The band started with myself and Jesse, the drummer, who was a bassist at the time. Just started writing music and it just felt right. That was about 6 years ago now. – Jim
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Jim, lead singer. Been playing guitar since the age of 6 and writing songs since age of 11.
Jesse, drummer. Been drumming for 3 years
Alex, bassist. Been bassing for 16 years
Jacob, guitaring for about 10 years
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
We’ve just been jamming. We have a rehearsal room so have just been playing the whole of lockdown basically. We figured it was a time to get ahead of everyone else as a lot of other band have been dormant, waiting for lockdown to open up. We’ve been super busy. When things opened up between lockdowns we went into studio and have done records and live sessions and been signed. – Jim
How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
Very positive. Feels like this is THE year. We have been signed to Monomyth Records and we have records coming out and have already booked gigs for this year. We sound the best we’ve ever sounded. The overall feeling of the band is great. The music we’re writing is the best I’ve ever been involved in, so we are very positive about 2021. – Jim
How has 2020 effected your mental health?
I’m a loner at the best of times and not seeing anyone without having to make up a good excuse has been great. I know it’s been a hard year for a lot of people, and I don’t want to make light of the horrendous situation, but I just stopped watching the news near the end of the 1st lockdown and it’s been great. Just sitting at home and getting better at music. It is the dream. To play music, so I can’t complain. – Jim
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?
Goth Girl – Venus Grrrls – Jim
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
I can down a Guinness in less than 4 seconds – Jacob
What support is out there for new artists in Leeds?
There’s plenty of open mics and local promoters putting on gigs perfect for cutting your teeth as an up and coming artist/band – Jacob
What was your worst experience on stage?
I’d not slept in 2 days and getting through the sets felt like pure hell – never again. – Jacob
Best drink to have on stage?
A tall, frosty glass of nice-cold-ice-cold water. With lots of lime. And a pink umbrella. Beer is soooo last year. Water is the new black. – Alex
Who is the biggest named band you have played with?
A couple of examples spring to mind… supporting Space (English rock band from the 90s that had a popular, charting single called ‘Female of the Species’) at Liverpool Sound City was pretty cool. However, my favourite moment has to be supporting vibes master, and jazz-funk legend, Roy Ayers at Leeds University. After the show the band hung out with Roy backstage and he gave us some sage advice: “You gotta believe in the music man! Oh, and don’t do drugs.” – Alex
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
Hmmm… a funny story… Well, a gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell, but there may or may not have been an incident involving a game of strip poker, a tin of green body paint and more people crammed into the same shower than could ever be considered hygienic or socially acceptable. I’ll say no more. – Alex
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Be patient! Be persistent! Be relentless! I think that lots of young bands and artists have an unrealistic, romanticised idea of what success in the music industry looks like. They imagine that they’ll release one song, rack up 100 million views on YouTube, be played constantly on Radio 1, take the charts by storm and then be picked up by Sony and given a multi-million-pound, three-album record deal. While there is certainly a possibility that this might happen, I would suggest that it is extremely slim! In truth, being a professional musician and being in a working band is a grind, just like any other job. You need to put in the hours, hone your craft, develop relationships and build a network of contacts. You need to put in the unglamourous work and always be ready to take advantage of any opportunity. You need to put yourself out there and make things happen yourself, rather than waiting for someone else to do it for you. Overall, I think the essential qualities that any musician needs are dedication, resilience, perseverance, proactivity and self-belief. That’s it… easy! – Alex
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
Blue Kubricks have a distinctive sound. I’m sure that every band would say that, but for us I really think it’s true – an unusual mix of rock, pop, funk and more besides. I think this comes from the fact that each band member draws upon a range of diverse influences, from the Beatles, to James Brown, to Derek Trucks. Our music is both catchy and accessible (we hope!) and weird and wonderful in equal measure. We also bring a fierce live game to the table. Lots of bands think that playing a gig is just about showing up and playing their songs, but a live performance is so much more than that. The clue is in the name – it’s a performance! The audience need to be entertained; they need to be taken on an emotional journey and provided with an unforgettable experience that leaves a lasting impression. If music is art and, to quote Andy Warhol, “art is what you can get away with”, then we aim to take serious liberties! – Alex
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus
I suppose everything that would piss people off is related to the virus and for me personally it’s the fact that we can’t rehearse as much as we would like in preparation for gigs. It feels like literal years since we were pacing up and down backstage with nervous yet excited energy to give a great show. However, we all practice meditation so not much pisses us off. – Jesse
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
It would have to be when we went to shoot the music video for our latest track that is about to be released. One memory springs to mind where we were in a bar on the first day of shooting. The lead guitarist dressed as a woman and the drummer a priest. If I say much more it will give too much away. – Jesse
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called Latin.
The song was written some 10 years ago by Jim during his escapades over in Finland making an album. Once he touched down on UK soil the song has been bashed around, lengthened, shortened, beat up and drugged to form the 3 minute, aggy, punk inspired fast paced song you’ll be able to hear on the 26th of March, so strap in. – Jesse
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?
The recording process was a relief when it finally came about. It was post lockdown number 1 and we were all raring to get in and play our hearts out. I think its reflected in the song just how passionate we were to get in there. – Jesse
What are your plans for the year ahead ?
Having recently been signed to monomyth records we’ve set our sites on some big shows around the Yorkshire area. The explosion of pent up creative slop that has been building up through this past year is bound to make a big splash. We have an EP on the cusp of being made and more new music on its way all the way through the year. We are so excited for everyone to hear. Is there anything else you would like to share with the world? Wash you hands!! – Jesse
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Jim: he’s actually a bookworm. The guy reads a lot.
Alex: He doesn’t drink anything except hot water.
Jesse: he’s 1/8th Jamaican.. Jah bless!
What was the most fun you’ve had on stage?
When I was 16 I played in a covers band with my dad. It was all new and exciting at the time and played some pretty whacky venues… it was a blast – Jacob