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RGM Introducing – PriestGate

Hiya folks take a seat, what made you decide to start a band? 

Rob: Hey! A few years back I’d been struggling mentally and found myself doing absolutely nothing with my time, starting Priestgate gave me a reason to get off my arse. I’d never been in a band before. Everything was completely new to me, I think that’s what helped most. The fact I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. I still don’t aha!

Introduce us all to the members, how did the band get together? 

Rob: I’ll get our names and roles out the way first. I sing, Bridie hits the tubs, Cam plays bass, Connor plays lead and Isaac plays rhythm – the band formed quite weirdly, it all happened so fast. One minute none of us really knew each other and the next we were living in each other’s back pockets. Driffield is such a small place, I guess that’s what brought us together. There are no other bands here, it’s just us and we love that. We’re proud to say that we’re from Driffield.

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

Cameron: As Rob said the ‘unsigned’ scene isn’t too great in Driffield (unless you like some 70s/80s tribute bands (makes for a great Friday night btw)). The closest scenes we’ve barged our way into are Hull & Scarborough, which do have some brilliant people that are willing to put their time into grassroot acts like us, notably ‘Sesh Events (Humber Street Sesh & The Sesh)’ and ‘The Sound of Scarborough’ are both organisations we hold a lot of respect for. Driffield used to be such a thriving hub for music and art, we really hope one day we can make some reformation of what there once was, that’s a goal we all share.

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

Cameron: Ha, I don’t really wanna reiterate my last point so I’ll talk about semi local bands, if that’s okay? We played our first This Feeling gig with a band called The Feens, from Scarborough, and we’ve been bouncing off each other since. They’re sound guys and play good tunes, so what’s more to love, I guess? We all share a love for a few Hull bands such as: Bdrmm, LIFE, Lumer & Low Hummer. Seeing these bands doing well for themselves is really good to see and inspires us to do more. It also shows that it isn’t impossible for a band outside the major cities to get noticed and make waves in the industry, saying that  I do really think the Humberside region is gaining real momentum now and it’s great to see.

What’s your favourite song right now from another band? 

Connor: In terms of new releases I’m really enjoying everything on the new Egyptian Blue EP ‘Body of Itch’. Caught them at Neighbourhood festival and they were absolutely brilliant. However the song I’ll always be playing is ‘Latchmere’ by The Maccabees. Who doesn’t love a song about a swimming pool over summer?

What support is out there for new artists in Driffield? 

Connor: ‘Sesh Events’ has offered a great platform for local bands to experience  professional ‘gigging’ environments and play alongside some top bands. Also there’s plenty of people who will go out of their way to help out; to name a few, Stewart Baxter (LIFE), Mark Page (Sesh) and Steve Harris (mix engineer U2).

Who is inspiring you at the min?

Isaac: Chris Martin, the band hates me for this but I’ve fancied him since I was 6. I love that man.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Isaac: Every gig we play is gratifying and full of energy, whether we’re playing to a man & his dog or hundreds of people. We make sure to give it our all, but the show that stands out to me was when we played the ‘Made In Hull’ event which takes place on a ferry, this was our first time leaving the country as a band and all we could seem to do was drink, drink and bloody drink. By the time we played, we must have had around 10 bottles of wine between us. We’d never really had the chance to all get drunk and play so we jumped on this opportunity, everyone seemed to just let go. The energy was oozing out of us. I can’t say I remember all that much and I’m unsure what the few sober people made of it. But to me, it was by far the most fun I’ve had on stage.

What was the worst experience on stage? 

Rob: Isaacs’ favourite may be my worst, picture this. We’re playing on a ferry in the middle of The North Sea heading over to Amsterdam. It’s around 9pm and we’ve all had far too much white wine. The ships all over the job and I’m drunk, VERY drunk. We started playing and I just didn’t have a clue what was going on, it’s the first time i’d really played a show pissed. From the outside looking in the set probably seemed fine, at least I hope so anyway. I was just so confused, I’m not sure where my head was at but it most definitely wasn’t on that ferry. I can’t really remember all that much, It’s safe to say I was a sorry man in the morning. With all that been said I did enjoy myself, just wish i could remember a bit more aha!

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

Rob: Isaac likes coldplay, Bridie can eat literally anything, Cam can pretty much remember the whole script for any Lord of the Rings film, Connor used to run for county and I’m like 13 – not literally but i’m the baby of the band. 

Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing? 

Bridie: The last gig I went to, The Murder Capital in Sheffield. The way they connected with the crowd was amazing. They had everyone’s attention with their slower songs to the point you could hear each other speak. And then brought the energy back up again effortlessly. I think it’s so inspiring and a great skill to have as a band.

What goes into your favourite sandwich? 

Bridie: I love a wrap. Preferably quorn chicken nugs with anything from the fridge – cheese, any veg, mayo and/or sweet chilli. Might throw some crisps in if am feeling wild x

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry? 

Cam: Make sure you have deep pockets? Haha, I’m not really sure, depends which angle you’re taking to get into the industry I guess, manager? Promoter? Record Label? Or be an upcoming band and try do everyone one of them jobs with 0 experience? I’d say, do what you think is best and when you make mistakes, learn from them (there’s gonna be many.) Another massive thing is never to rush anything you truly love, if you love it, others will relate and love it too. It just takes time and for us it’s taken us nearly 2 years to be able to sit on music and be happy with sitting on it. When you record your first single it’s like a dog chasing a rabbit, if the dog caught the rabbit it wouldn’t really have a clue what to do with it? And that’s exactly what it’s like for a band, so you just kinda panic and put it out I guess hoping for the best.

What advice would you give your younger self? 

Cam: Always a weird question to fathom, I’m content with where I am, so any advice would lead me from where I am now. It could be better or worse, objectively. If there was any advice it would be not to take things so seriously and not push against the world so much, allow it to move as it always has and always will do. Also dispelling blame away from myself and other people would have helped in some points in life I think, maybe.

What’s your biggest achievement as a band? 

Rob: I guess learning to believe in ourselves was a massive achievement for us. Believing in oneself isn’t easy. Especially these days, I could sit here and tell you about signing our first management deal etc but none of that would have been possible without the self belief and trust we had built between us.

What makes you stand out as a band?

Bridie: Rob. Both his character and his voice. It’s good to have a confident frontman that isn’t afraid to own the stage and really express himself. He also gets the whole band revved up – for example no one would know this as I’m right at the back of the stage but he’ll often shout and pull faces n shit which raises my energy on stage so much.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus 🙂 ) 

Bridie: When people say ‘can’t wait for everything to go back to normal’. But what is normal? Maybe normal wasn’t working out? We need to change to evolve ☀️☀️

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

Connor: What Rob would call his worst stage experience would certainly be my funniest. Well until the morning that was. The only clear memory I have of the night is of me throwing up with Rob standing over me trying to piss in the shower and Isaac falling off his bunk. Enough said really.

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

Connor: I feel like this was the longest it’s taken to fully nail down a song. After months of playing it live we went into the studio fully expecting to make this spectacular fuzzed out masterpiece but ultimately came out with something which wasn’t really Priestgate. After some rejigging and a new guitar hook, NOW has become something we are insanely proud of and can’t wait to share come July 17th.

What’s coming up in 2020 for the band?

Isaac: Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation all the things we had been looking forward to was sadly cancelled, we were going to be making our first festival appearances this year with slots at Live At Leeds, Long Division and Humber Street Sesh. As you can imagine this was devastating for us, but not all is doom & gloom. Our upcoming single NOW will be released in July, we’ve been sat on the track for too long. It’s about time we released new music, like Connor said, it’s been a long time coming.

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

Rob: Nothing beats quality.