RGM Introducing – Marquis Drive

Hi lads thanks for your time today, So….Introduce us all to the members?

In order of how good looking we are- starting with the best and going quickly downhill!:

Leon, Conal, Chris, Ed, Mark, Matty…………………Mal!

The total number of points on our driving licenses is 9……. and Mark has all 9!

We have 2 wolves fans, 2 Villians, 1 blue nose, 1 baggies, 1 Sky blue. 

There’s one thing we agree on …Mal’s mom. 

How did the band get together?

Somewhere under a wandering star somewhere next to a Weatherspoons….Haha, there’s four of us cannock lads who’ve played in bands for years and we brought the Brummy lads and the Cov boy into widen the gene pool slightly. There’s a full story as complicated as Fleetwood Mac’s, but to the best of our knowledge no one’s slept with each other yet, other than the odd spoonin’ sesh on tour.

What is the unsigned scene in Cannock like at the minute?

There’s the Station, a music venue in Cannock, there is a great live music venue. Unsigned bands have to cut their teeth playing support slots to tribute acts who have bigger followings. That’s the start of something- it’s how it is around the country. You’ve just got to make sure you match the tributes to the originals. If you’ve watched Blues Brothers where they have to play the country and western club you’ll know what we mean. Ever supported a Motorhead tribute band? We did years ago! Needed more than chicken wire to survive that night!

What good bands are coming out of Cannock at the minute? 

Jack Fletcher, Sleepyheads, The Ezys and Honey factory are all great bands. You wouldn’t strictly just call them cannock bands-that would probably start a turf war!-these bands have spread their wings a little further.

What support is out there for new artists in Cannock?

There’s a whole load of people who want to go out and watch live music, that’s all you can ask for. Build it and they will come I suppose, there is no “help” and in a way that’s the way it should be. Can’t knock the local rags, the good old Express and Star have been good to us. Haven’t featured on page 3 wearing our bikinis, but there’s time.

Who is inspiring you at the min?

There’s so many different tastes within the band. We agree we like Liam’s Gallagher’s new stuff, the singles are strong and the albums are a good listen. Gerry Cinnamon’s a bit more divisive, but we all admire the way he’s gone about his business. That’s as much consensus as you’re going to get! 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

There’s been so many. Headlining Mosborough Festival last year was an absolute ball. The Farm wanted to watch the champions league final, so we swapped our slots. The cavern was spiritual. Some of the gigs on the scooter scene have been completely bonkers, Tom Jones was lucky he just had knickers thrown at him!

What was the worst experience on stage?

For Mat, probably Mark wearing a wolves shirt on stage at the wolves promotion party gig. Horrific!

In a scene that would have looked perfect on Phoenix Nights, we were halfway through a gig, going pretty well when the drummer Con decided to get carried away on the smoke machine. Smoke everywhere the fire alarms went off, it cut all the electric and everyone had to evacuate the building. You couldn’t see 2 yards in front of your face. People were shouting and running aimlessly trying to find the exit……almost sounds like one of our normal gigs!!

Con’s just piped up and said it’s playing with Mal every week. Ladies and Gentleman we give your rhythm section!! Supposed to be tight, on stage and off, but constantly ripping each other!

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Mal has only one testicle.

Matty has three.

Mark is somehow bald and ginger at the same time.

Con did once turn down a curry, he must have been really ill.

Ed has the fattest neck in the northern hemisphere.

Leon can translate Brummy into english.

Chris did on one occasion do a gig and not lose his car keys. This meant he didn’t have to smash the window the next morning to drive home for a change.

Sorry did you want sensible answers? One of us has had to edit the initial responses to this question, you don’t want to know what some of the lads said!

I know you have played the cover band circuit how difficult or easy has it been gigging your own original material?

It’s great. Playing your own songs alongside the songs you love worked for the best bands of the 20th century. If it’s good enough for the Beatles it’s good enough for us. It’s not been the fashion for many years now, but doing things this way has helped to build a fanbase and now we can play sets full of our own music. It’s taken time, and effort, as it should, but it’s actually made our own songs better. Someone asks for a cover, we can throw it in, we know we can finish on Proud and other songs we’ve got and have the place bouncing.

If you could play any music festival which would it be?

Glastonbury has the aura. It’s the dream. Isle of Wight

Chris says Rock in Rio and Summerfest in America. He’s half Bolivian, think he’s just trying to get home!

Mark says Big Day Out Australia.

Mal’s just messaged to say Coachella fest. He might have misspelled cock fest though. 

What goes into your favourite sandwich?

Bacon and egg. Lets not get into the sauces they’ll be a scrap! 

What advise would you give your younger selfs?

Stay away from the Rattler. One of us would like to tell Molly Brown “no” before they take her round the back of the bike-sheds. (The name has been edited apologies to any Molly’s out there)

Whats your biggest achievement as a band?

Not kicking the shit of each other every friggin’ Saturday! (usually sometime around 5’o o’clock)

Getting Proud to no.2 in the UK vinyl chart having sold out all copies of the vinyl, it was in top spot earlier in the week but Bastille pipped us by the end of the week when the charts get published. Had we been able to sell anymore who knows? But we got to be pretty happy with that.

Obviously the Mosbrough Headline. Oh and playing with Simon Fowler of OCS- what a voice, what a talent, an absolute honour.

What makes you stand out as a band?

Probably the fact there’s 7 of us and we make one hell of a racket. We’ll let other people make their own minds about the rest.

Right now, whats pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

Prob each other! Ah no man. We like to have a good time and concentrate on the music. There’s the day to day BS to moan about, and on a different day we might have told you. It’s a time to get very excited about music, not in the normal way, but maybe in the sort of way kids wait for Christmas. Now’s the time to be chompin’ at the bit, not getting pissy. When the music scene comes back it’s gonna be bigger than ever. That didn’t exactly answer your question did it? Must have been watching too many people on the tv not answer a straight question with a straight answer. haha.

Its strange times at the min with the virus almost stopping the whole live music scene in uk and abroad, how do you lan to stay productive while we get through this?

We are lucky. We’ve been busier than ever. When we can’t go out and play we will write and demo. We have the facility to record all of the elements of the song and send them to each other. The moment the lockdown eased we were back in the studio, and will be back in again later this month. We’ve two streams gigs lined up-info later-and we’ve been penciling-in some pretty big gigs- One massive one for next year.

short answer: Some people go fishing. Some people watch X factor. We talk music and band, we’ve never been busier!

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

To have one moment above all else is tough. 

We’ve actually got a series of videos that will be coming out on Youtube really soon. We’ve called it the Marquis Diaries, its daft, but it’s where we’ve captured those funny moments on film, it’s sort of like a tongue in cheek documentary. 

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Yeah Truth Don’t Shock comes out on the 24th June on all digital platforms. It’s a big track. It sounds glorious and it’s pretty mature theme for us. We want to avoid the BS and let people hear it. We’ll save our thoughts on it till people are lining the streets demanding to know, or someone wants to write our autobiography! The tongue is firmly in cheek.

Whats coming up in 2020 for the band?

After Truth Don’t Shock we’ve got got another 2 new releases back to back in the next few months. Along with this we’ve got all of the music videos. interviews, the Marquis Diaries and behind the scene stuff as well. Gig wise we’ve got two online streams. We’re doing one for a site called Birmingham Streams on June 27th and you’ll see us on the Night Owl’s virtual party on July 11th alongside other great bands.  

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Just to say thank you to everybody who’s come with us on the journey so far, top people, far too many to name, each one magnificent.