RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MANCHESTER BAND SALLOW
Hi folks, welcome to RGM. What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Jon: Music chose me.
Joe: Only thing I never get bored of.
Will: I’m sh*t at everything else.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
Some of us go way back playing in bands together. We were playing during the pandemic as a three (Will, Thom and Jon) and looking for a drummer. Joe came along and we started writing new material together. We then collectively decided to move to Manchester to pursue this new project (Sallow), and here we are.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?
Too early to say. Having just released our debut single, we are now starting to gain traction in a new city so it’s hard to tell just yet. We’re planning a small tour for next year though which we’re really stoked about.
How have your songwriting skills developed over time?
We’ve always loved toying with dynamics and chord progressions that go against the grain, but recently we’ve started experimenting with odd time signatures that have opened up a lot more expressive playing.
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?
Joe: I witnessed Frank Turner create a female-only mosh pit at his show at Download Fest this year, allowing women to jump about without the fear of being groped by bastards.
This is a great idea, but these creepy guys just need to stop it honestly.
Tell us two truths and a lie about you.
1. One of us doesn’t skate.
2. Jon has three nipples.
3. Will has three kidneys.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
The earth is shaped like a telecaster.
Did you buy anything you didn’t need during the pandemic?
Thom: I built a guitar so can’t complain.
Joe: I bought a telescope but turns out I needed it to really discover who I am.
Jon: A lot of skunk.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Joe: Playing drums with an infected tattoo on my leg.
Thom: Had one too many drinks and got chased by a bee for half the set.
Will: Slicing my finger on my rusty control plate and getting metal stuck in my finger.
Jon: Playing bass with trigger finger.
Tell us something about you that people would be surprised about.
Will has got a surprising amount of kidneys.
What makes you stand out as a band?
We focus on writing and developing tracks that have constantly evolving melodies.
I hear you have some music, what can you tell us about it?
That it’s actually relatively old – our debut single is one of the first songs we wrote and recorded together as a four-piece. Lockdown put a bit of a stint in releasing, but now we have so much newer music that is yet to be heard.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
That we still haven’t found our sound yet and that’s the most exciting thing about it for us.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the world?