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What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Joel – I think it was when I saw All Time Low headline the O2 arena in London for the first time. It really captivated me that playing live music could be this fun and entertaining.

Thurein – I’ve always been into music since I was a kid. After, high school, I decided to take on making music, as it feels right and songs frequently bring inspiration.

Jake – I think for me personally it’s always sort of been the only way of expressing my thoughts and emotions in a creative way.

Luke – My sister brought a drum kit when I was 18, but she had no rhythm what so ever and I tried playing it once and wasn’t half bad. 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history.

Joel, Vocals – I originally started learning the guitar around the age of 15 for a few years and then I moved on to singing around 17/18, so most of it is still quite new to me. 

Jake, Guitar, and vocals – Started to learn how to play guitar in early secondary school (high school).

Thurein, Guitar – I taught myself how to play the guitar around twelve watching YouTube Videos. Growing up I would just play along to songs and not until 2nd year of uni, I started to write songs.

Georgie – Bass (unfortunately Georgie was unable to take part in this interview)

Luke, Drums – My music history is, my dad liked punk and my mum’s favourite band was Green Day, so that explains my taste in music.

Name me your 3 favorite Albums.

Joel – The Story so Far – What you don’t see, Static Dress Rouge Carpet Disaster, Knuckle Puck – Copacetic

Thurein – A Day to Remember – Homesick, Blink-182 – Enema of the State, Green Day – American Idiot

Jake – Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends, This Town Needs Guns – Animals, Alesana – The Emptiness

Luke – Sum 41 – Does This Look Infected?, Blink-182 – Self Titled, The Story so Fat – What You Don’t See

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Joel – All time low – To Live and Let Go. I’m not sure why, but I would listen to that song rigorously.

Thurein – 21 Guns by Green Day, that’s when I first discovered guitar driven music, not long after I picked up learning guitar.

Luke – I think it must have been Fatlip by Sum 41

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

Joel – I feel like we are doing decent. We had a fairly slow start trying to get everything sorted in the beginning, but the music and shows we have been putting out has been getting us nothing but good feedback. The main thing we need to do now as a band releases more music, as that’s something we lack in. 

Luke – I think we aren’t doing badly, but I don’t think we have really started yet.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

Jake – I think there’s very clearly always been an issue in the community with harassment and abuse in live settings and the industry as a whole. The problem with solving this issue is that the only way to fix things is for decency to be taught in education. It’s an ugly part of the alternative music scene as well as the popular scene and the solution has to start looking outside of the music and in the world as a whole.

Luke – Be sure to call anyone even your mates if they’re making women feel unsafe. 

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials, in what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

Joel – The main thing would be to play shows wherever and whenever, but that doesn’t always work. Main thing to do now days is to push your music online as much as you can, get people to share and interact with posts. One thing we like to do is hand out free stickers to people with our Spotify link on,  as it’s kind of an easy way to network and spread your sound. Most of the time it leads to having conversations with people who could be of some help. 

Thurein – Having good songs is the most important but with the internet and modern technology, I think everyone can figure out a decent path to promote their music. 

Luke – I think you just have to shove your music in peoples face in any way you can.

Tell us two truths and a lie about you.

Thurein – Speak 3 languages, Left-handed, Don’t like chocolate

Jake – I can’t grow armpit hair, I can sing Merry Christmas in Vietnamese, I met Joel when a girl got a bin thrown at her head at a play area

Luke – My great grandad played for spurs, I’ve broken over half of my fingers, I believe the earth is flat

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

Joel – I feel like it’s a good and bad thing because it does make it easier for people to find music in one convenient place, instead of needing so many different apps. It’s also bad though, because that then means they run and decide everything. They can decide who they want to push and how much they want to pay musicians and if people don’t like it then there aren’t many other places they can go. 

Luke – I think they’re greedy

Do you sign-up to any conspiracy theories?

Luke – I love conspiracy theories, my favourite is how the pyramids were built, definitely built by aliens. 

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Joel and Jake – Mostly clothes that I will probably never wear again.

Luke – Not in the pandemic, but since I found out about vinted I am. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Jake – During one of our shows my girlfriend’s band card was stolen mid-set. 

Luke – Probably when all guitarists came in at different times at the start of a song, not once but twice, but it looked like it was my fault.

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

Joel – I used to live in Canada when I was a kid and I’m pretty good at Parkour, need me to do a flip and I can do it.

Thurein – I’m from Myanmar so my first language is Burmese 

Luke – I didn’t study music until I was 21 and went back to college.

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

Luke – I think we have so many influences such as emo, soft grunge, and pop punk that it makes us sound unique.

Joel – Like what Luke said I think we try to incorporate more influence from a range of genres rather than just one. I also like to think we kind of have an edge/ harsher tone compared to most other bands in our genre, which I find most fans crave more of. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

Joel – New song is very high energetic pop punk with some influence of hardcore.

Luke – It’s fast, up beat and an absolute banger!

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

Joel – The main thought process for the new song was that we wanted to create something that was fast, and energetic, with lyrics that are relatable but catchy. We also had the goal of wanting to get people moving when they hear this song live.  

Luke – I think for me as a drummer I just wanted it to make the listener want to jump.

What was the recording process like?

Joel – The recording process for this song was different compared to our last song, in which we decide to go with someone new. This time we recorded it with Matt Williams at sound labs studios. Matt did a really good job on this track, and because of that, he was able to help captivate how we wanted the song to be portrayed.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Thurein – Working together as a band and accommodating different talents. 

Luke – Keeping in time on certain sections.

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

Joel – Nothing

Jake – Nothing

Thurein – Nothing

Luke – I don’t think so.

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

Joel – Make sure to follow us on our socials @rosary.uk. Keep your eyes on us, I promise we will be something you don’t want to miss out on. 

Luke – Make sure to check out our shows, we are pretty decent live

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