So tell me a little bit about you and what you do for fun?
We’re quite a mixed group, to be honest, but also just like any other group of 20-year-old lads. Music, drinking and football are the usual things to pass the time.
Introduce us to all the members?
Ben Coles (Vocals), Dan Vagianos (Drums), Ethan Tyler (Rhythm Guitar), Jim Green (Bass) and John Carter (Lead Guitar).
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
We don’t tend to interview often but we are always being asked about In My Head (the lead single from our very first EP.) It’s definitely a fan favourite and it’s always everybody’s go-to when listing our songs but it’s always nice to talk about the new stuff.
What made you start a band?
We’ve all kind of had different motivations, Jim and JC have been in bands previously and had been thinking of doing this for years whereas when the rest of us first started the band, we didn’t have a clue what we were doing and just sort of figured it out along the way. I’d say we have all wanted to do this for a very long time – the passion for music was there but we just hadn’t realised until we were teenagers that we could make it ourselves.
Who is the worst for lateness/forgetting things?
We are all a bit guilty of lateness and forgetting the odd thing but one story that stands out is DV once forgot to bring half his drum kit to a gig down in Sheffield so had to buy a full set of cymbal stands on the day only to find out they had a spare set at the venue anyway. That kind of springs to mind as a stressful one but we all found it pretty funny in the end.
What is the unsigned scene in Liverpool?
The unsigned scene is pretty vibrant in Liverpool, you get a lot of different genres thriving which is always great to see and you can go out on a whim any night of the week and end up at a great show. At the moment the venues have suffered pretty badly due to lockdown and government restrictions, we’ve had some devastating closures already much like the rest of the live scene so we just can’t wait to get back to gigging to get things back on track.
Any good bands coming out of Liverpool at the minute?
There are loads – The Kairos are one that we’re all really enjoying listening to at the minute.
What’s your favourite song right now?
That’s a tough one – we will all choose a tune: BC: “For me, it has to be I Don’t Belong – Fontaines DC” DV: “I can’t stop playing Trouble’s Coming. It’s the new single from Royal Blood and it’s a proper hip mover. I love it.” Ginge: “Have A Nice Day – Stereophonics.” Jim: “I keep finding myself coming back to Mersey Paradise by the Stone Roses. An underrated song from one of my all-time favourite records.” JC: “At the moment, definitely Model Village – IDLES. It’s just a relentless track and you can’t help but enjoy it – like everything IDLES release.”
What support is out there for new artists in Liverpool?
On the whole, it can feel quite limited. We’re a band who has done most things on our own up until now but there are great promoters and venues about and they’ve always been good to us and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. It can be daunting when you’re first starting out as a band in Liverpool – with a lot of our core independent venues closed there are less and less people and places that can really offer the support you need.
How difficult do you find it picking up new fans to come to your gigs?
We all agree our live show is our best asset. We’ve noticed it’s been word of mouth and social media posts that have boosted our live reputation and it’s really let us go from strength to strength. We’ve got our headline at the O2 Academy next year and that really feels like a big step in the right direction after selling out our last string of shows.
What useless talent do you have?
BC can do that Tuval throat singing and Ginge has a drama degree.
What was the most fun you had on stage?
Our sold-out headline show last year at EBGBs, it wasn’t the biggest venue we have played but everything just felt right on the night and the home crowd were brilliant. We would all agree that was our favourite gig so far. It was a classic: rock n roll, 100’s of people crammed into a tiny venue scenario. Nothing beats a super energetic, intimate show.
What was your worst experience on stage?
Our worst gig was JC’s first gig. We were all dead young and he’d been in the band for about a week and practised with us twice. We were all terrible and his guitar strap broke halfway through just to top everything off. We just about made it through in one piece and somehow there was a bit of a crowd left at the end.
Who is the biggest band you have played with?
We almost ended up supporting Dead Kennedys last minute but it fell through because half of us weren’t even in the country.
What advice would give somebody going into the music industry?
Just make sure you’re with a group of people you enjoy spending time with because you’ll be with them a lot and that’s what it is all about. Also, don’t worry about the end goal, we used to do that too much and you all just overthink and get nothing done. Work on your sound and once you’ve found it things seem to start falling into place.
What advice would you give to your younger selves?
If we were to give advice to our younger selves it would certainly be along the lines of don’t waste the time that you’ve got – get your head down and work hard. If you treat it like a hobby that is all it will ever be. We were kind of waiting for something to happen so that we could start taking it a bit more seriously but as we matured we realised you’ve got to make it happen – by yourself. The sooner you realise that the better!
What is your biggest achievement as a band?
It is between headlining and selling out BBC Independent Venue Week in our hometown, being booked to headline O2 Academy Liverpool and self-releasing two Extended Plays and a string of singles. We are all proud of what we have achieved so far as a band and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.
What makes you stand out as a band?
We definitely stand out as a band for a couple of reasons: We back our live show and think that’s definitely what we’re best at – we play with passion and energy and that has always been really important to us. Also we have a wide range of musical influences. Despite having a lot of common ground we are all into tonnes of completely different music. We’re quite mismatched which can be challenging at times but when we find something we all agree on it seems to work to our advantage really well.
Right now, what is pissing you off the most?
When was the last time you had a proper reyt good laugh together?
All the time. We are hard-working but we never take ourselves too seriously. At the end of the day there’s no point being in a band if you aren’t enjoying it!
What’s your favourite song to play live?
We all have different opinions on this one: BC: “What It Seems. Particularly at the Phase One headline when we debuted it. It felt like such a step up for us.” DV: “For me it’s between My People which is such a great vibe – it gets the crowd together & jumping OR My Kinda Love – it was our first dive into psychedelic rock and it always turns into an extended jam every time we play it live.” Ginge: “Pace for me just cos I know everyone’s loving it.” Jim: “We did a cover of Omen by the Prodigy at the last two sold out shows and it went down violently well. Love the carnage.” JC: “Pace. It’s quite an old one but our regular gig goers love it and it tends to be an encore which means something has gone well.”
What can you tell us about your new single?
What It Seems is definitely a step up. We’ve put a lot into this one and working with Al Groves at Motor Museum has been incredible. He always pushes us for our best performance and you can really hear it in this song. It feels like we’ve made a track that’s original and authentic which sounds like us and we hope everyone loves it just as much as we do. We’ve had quite a lot of buzz and radio plays from the single and we’re just hoping it continues.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?