RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LIVERPOOL BAND ATTIC THEORY
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Lewis – I would have to say the first time I heard the dulcet tones of Richard Marx on his track ‘right here waiting’ was the moment that got me heavily into music. It was like someone clicked their fingers and my eyes had been opened to an entirely new world. The passion he puts into every performance is amazing and I will be forever thankful for the musical influence he has on me. I think if I didn’t have music, I would be living a dull, boring and uninteresting life. Music is great for my mental health, not just the release I get from the singing and performing side but also from the writing side where I can express my thoughts and feelings through our lyrics. Whatever shit life throws at me, music cushions the blow.
Peter- I just wanted women.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history.
Lewis – I’m Lewis, I’m the lead singer, this is Peter… he’s 1/3 guitarist. Peter and maybe were in a previous band together for years. We decided we wanted to start and create something completely different to anything we had done before, we recruited Tim and began writing songs for Attic Theory. We then brought in Kenny and Lawler and released our debut EP ‘The Sign of an Active Mind’ in 2020. The ‘god of thunderous drums’ Norm joined us in 2021. He was previously in a band with Tim and is the drummer of the Stone Temple Pilots tribute band we are in.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Peter – Who my influencers are because it was so long ago since I was influenced to start that they are not as relevant to my current playing.
Lewis – “Who do you sound like?” is the one I’m sick of. We try not to sound like anyone else and create our own signature sound… isn’t that the point?
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Peter – Sure.
Lewis – Totally. There are so many undiscovered and unappreciated bands across the world that they need awesome people like yourselves spreading the word.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Peter – Australia isn’t real.
Lewis – Isn’t that Finland? The space between Sweden and Russia is actually empty ocean, right? Does that mean the Rasmus doesn’t exist? Do I exist?! Next thing you know, you’ll be telling me that the earth is round!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Peter – Just lots of wine.
Lewis – I purchased a PlayStation and I may have become addicted to collecting PlayStation trophies.
What useless party trick do you have?
Peter – I can recall all of Henry 8ths wives in order.
Lewis – Lawler can open a beer with a PlayStation controller so I keep mine well away from him. I can connect any two actors using other actors via films they have been in together. Kind of like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. I have never lost. We have super wild parties.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Peter – Supporting Elvana at a sold out O2 Academy.
Lewis – Same. Tom Petty had just passed away so as a sign of respect, we quickly learnt ‘Free Falling’ at sound check and added it to the set. When we played it, it was quite an emotional moment for us and for the sold out audience.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Peter – Never had one worst one but a series of mishaps like wireless falling off and snapping a string.
Lewis – I’ve got one from before I went on stage. One time I had to get changed and do vocal warm up in the venues kitchen whilst the chefs cooked food around me. That sucked… and I smelt of chip fat.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
Lewis – I was actually born in London, Tim has a degree in Biophysics, Norm is really 5’5, Kenny dreams of mowing Lawns and if you press the red button on your remote, Lawler’s thick northern accent comes with subtitles.
Peter – When I was a child I dreamt of growing bonsai trees and my aim was to take the tiny wood and make tiny guitars. Their tiny size of the tiny grains of the tiny wood would make tiny microtones… Tiny. I sold this idea to Scott Weiland shortly before he died and this inspired the album Tiny Music.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Peter – I am Groot.
What makes you stand out as a band?
Peter – There are 47 of us on stage.
Lewis – We take our music seriously but not ourselves… All 47 of us.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Peter – Our bass player Kenny sitting next to me playing a banjolele whilst a fat goth keeps telling me how good the cure is.
Lewis – Love island. Always love island.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Lewis – ‘Your Light’ definitely means the most to me. I wrote the lyrics about my beautiful wife Kelly and always dedicate it to her live.
Peter – ‘A Brand New Burden’… which isn’t out yet but makes me headbang so much I now have to see a chiropractor.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
Peter – It is new and you should listen to it because you haven’t heard it before.
Lewis – We will be donating 100% of the proceeds received from downloads of our brand new single ‘Narrow Lines’ on our webpage to the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), charity number 1110621. CALM is a charity uniting the UK against suicide, the leading cause of death among men under the age of 45 in the UK. You can pre-order your ‘Narrow Lines’ digital download now for just 99p – https://www.musicglue.com/attictheory/shop
Talk me through the thought process of the single.
Peter – Find the root note. Play the root note.
Lewis – With my lyrics, I try to relate to the listener but let people make their own opinions. I don’t want to dictate the message, it’s all about what it means to that person at that time. I feel that we have only just started to see a true form of ‘AT’ as we are constantly developing ourselves and moulding our signature sound.
What was the recording process like?
Peter – Mostly sitting on a couch watching Spiderman and then recording for 12 minutes.
Lewis – The Blu-Ray of ‘No Way Home’ has 8 hours of bonus footage.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album/ep?
Peter – Do it faster.
Lewis – Don’t write a critically acclaimed EP before you release your debut album. It makes life so much harder.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Lewis – We plan to finish recording the album, release it in 2023 and tour it. Until then, it would be amazing if you would all download ‘Narrow Lines’.
Peter – I’ve recently discovered this underground band from Seattle called Nirvana and everyone should check them out. They only have a few albums but I think they’re going to be huge.