RGM Introducing – Meek

Hiya folks, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?

The album Clean Break was actually almost complete before there was even “a band”. I’d (Sarah) had 10+ years out of music since my last band in Leeds; I started writing again naturally as a positive focus and distraction from my divorce and it unintentionally became a studio album, not even thinking I’d perform again. I’d been looking for a male vocalist for a lower range because I love to write split vocals/harmonies for contrast, but jamming with Jessy at a house party we had chemistry straight away and I can’t imagine anyone elses vocals now! Ash was our drummer from the start, when we put out a bassist ad, getting Dazz on board… Ash had to bow out for a while but luckily, multi-talented Dazz also plays drums, and Jessy learned bass as good as overnight! Never intended it to be a 3 piece but it was brilliant for starting out in terms of logistics and availability, but we’re really, really excited to be growing to 5 piece for a bigger sound live with Dann as the final piece, with more ideas/texture and a better show and more freedom on stage for the girls to put their guitars down here and there from now on! Though getting everyone in the same room is 10x harder!!! The next album “It’s not you it’s MEEK” is 100% a team effort and very exciting to see how things are developing with everyone’s input!

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

Sarah – Vocals & Guitar, last time in a band was at uni in Leeds more than a decade ago! You’d only find us if you can still remember your myspace password! Currently recording Solo album at Yuba studio for release through Fast & Bulbous in the autumn; it’s more stripped back writing and a graveyard for where the more emotional (depressing!) content ends up, so as not to bring the Meek vibe down!!! 

Jessy – Vocals & Guitar: first band and is a total natural! A guitarist with a beautiful picking style and husky deep vocals. Video editor extraordinaire.

Dazz – Bass, nailing it just as he did on drums while Ash had to bow out for a while! Previously bassist in Sordid Lies.

Ash – Drums – too many bands to list?! Currently also in 80’s Comedy Rock covers band ScissorKick with Dann…

Dann – Multi instrumentalist, song writer & composer. First hit the scene over a decade ago with Hull original band Liberty Stands, currently focusing on Synthwave project KasioKid88, his 80s comedy tribute band ScissorKick, composing music for short indie films and of course synths and guitar for Meek!

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

Writing songs, DIY, video calls and food!? Trying to keep each other motivated. As we’d only been gigging 5 months when lockdown kicked in, I think if we hadn’t already got the first 3 songs of this album down in the studio in Feb 2020, it could’ve easily felt like we were no longer a band in some ways, but we’d worked so hard getting to where we did on the Hull scene in such a short space of time and we had the encouragement and motivation to keep us looking forward.

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

Like we could explode with it. We had a week at Yuba Studio the second we could, with a 12+ track album getting close to completion with just details to go then mixing. We’re going to be fighting over what we release first because there’s so many potential singles on there!

How has 2020 affected your mental health?  It’s been a tough time for everyone but we’re all about the positive vibes and we have some really uplifting songs emerged through this as a result; I hope I’ve given these guys some purpose and direction knowing what potential we have as a team, in the way they have me. We’re all really creative and sociable people so I think more than anything we have found it frustrating, the not being able to get that gig buzz, both performing or getting to go see live music.  The lockdown video we did for Better this Time was a fun and distracting focus, making really poor props and sets and roping in those we were isolating with to cameo.

How are you feeling now the road map has been announced and live gigs can return?

Absolutely buzzing, We’ve got The New Adelphi, Hull booked for 3rd December rescheduled from gigs we had cancelled last April/June. I think it’ll be slower getting going again as a new band with venues honouring cancelled band bookings and supporting their local scene, as they should. I’m checking social media constantly to see if the festivals we were on the line up for last summer have set a new date yet!

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit? 

Pigs by Fire the Unstoppable Force, I can’t stand still if it comes on my Spotify and if I’m in private I (Sarah) try to [badly] sing the opera style guest vocal in it. 

What support is out there for new artists in Hull ?

It’s an incredibly supportive scene that makes us really proud to be based in Hull. After our first gig, at Dive, (which was a big gamble for them putting us on so that was support in itself!) we thought it would be months til we got our next booking but it was an absolute whirlwind with gigs with 7 gigs in our first 5 months (before lockdown cancelled the next ones!) and that was all thanks to word of mouth of people on the scene. We were offered the Warren Record store gig the following weekend; it sells the music of unsigned Hull artists and their merch and this was pretty mind blowing that our stuff is on sale and accessible to the general public in a real life record store so this place is a massive support for the Hull scene and well worth checking out! We were honoured to play Sesh at The Polar Bear just 7 weeks after our first gig, which was the best night and a huge achievement; it felt like “we’re officially a band now” and felt so welcomed into the Hull scene with loads kind words of encouragement from Mark Page and Dan Mawer. BBC introducing has been super supportive too, playing 5 of our tracks over the past year and interviewing us on air when we were no longer allowed to go in to perform for the Alan Raw show. Hopefully soon though!

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Hull unsigned scene? 

Newmeds are nailing it. The crowd just goes off when they play and they deserve to do really well in their scene; really talented and hardworking guys with tonnes of presence and a big sound. The Happy Endings for their flawless harmonies, The Dyr Sister for their quirkiness, fun and style and a really talented trio with all members having multiple other inspiring projects going on!

If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

That we don’t take ourselves too seriously?! We’d love our rubbish videos to be remembered, particularly Still Young Still Fun, which was our first… it is probably going to be played at our funerals! There were outtakes we’ll remember that had to come out to keep it PG! It was a hilarious night and what we storyboarded just went out the window because everyone was having such a good time. We only just had enough footage to fill the song and the lighting etc. is so terrible, but we’ve certainly set the precedent for future videos! Big up to Will Thompson, our secret member who’s always there to help out and ends up outshining us in these videos!

What useless talent do you have/party trick?

Not sure they’re talents/party tricks, but when we get giddy in each others’ company we somehow break into rubbish gymnastics / martial arts face-offs. In fond memory of our youth, when we could actually do some gymnastics / martial arts! 

What was the most fun you have had on stage? Headlining at Cafe Indie, Scunthorpe without a doubt. They opened their doors to a 14+ audience which was a first to us and they just brought so much energy; they were crammed at the front and danced start to finish through the set. Plus we had our first merch stall and actually sold stuff!!!

What was the worst experience on stage?

Won’t name names but a DJ who was playing after us was in a hurry to get on stage (we didn’t run over or anything) and pretty much pushed us off with his gear before we had the chance to unplug, was generally rude. Made him apologise though haha. 

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

Humber Street Sesh! It’s such an amazing atmosphere and insane seeing the amount of local talent at that scale. It was one of 2 festivals we had in the diary to play last year and as a sort of bucket list dream for us all, we were so gutted it was cancelled and we’re checking social media constantly to see if they’re announcing a 2021 date. 

What’s your biggest achievement as a band?

Coming out of over a year of lockdowns with more members and an album (reaching completion at least)?! We have a really strong bond for writing, branding, videos – a great creative partnership. For the boys it’s probably (and unapologetically) an overload of ADHD tendencies when we get together though!! We certainly bounce off each others’ energy and we’ve been complimented on Jessy and Sarah’s chemistry up front.   

What makes you stand out as a band? 

Infectious feel good vibes?! (In an annoyingly catchy kinda way? Sorry not sorry!!!) That we’re happy to be a bit silly? It hopefully comes across that we’re here to have fun.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus 🙂 That we’re full throttle back into work now the world has restarted and we can’t just put all our time and energy into music!

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

Shoots are always hilarious. Dazz in particular is amazing… he’s such a laid back guy but when there’s a camera about he owns it!

Tell me about your new release and how it came about? This one’s been a long time coming actually, with us shooting the footage between lockdown 1 & 2, but we turned our attention to writing to make sure we have bangers when we can finally gig again delaying this release for the “right time”, which is now. It’s lyrics just work for it to be a positive and fun track for us to be moving out of the final couple of weeks of “the last lockdown ever” with (Boris better not be lying!!!).

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