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What made you decide to start the band?
Ryan C – “So we all started college together in 2016 and quickly became really good friends. They almost felt like brothers to me straight away. It was weird. I can’t speak for the others but I definitely felt a connection to them pretty quickly. I’d gone into college knowing I wanted to be in a band so it was just a natural thing.”
Andrew R – “I think being at a musical college with some quite talented people some form of band was bound to occur. Over time we became good friends and started jamming, creating some decent tunes, and the projects started from there.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
We have 3 members, Ryan C (Vocals, Guitar), Andrew R (Bass) and Ryan P (Drums). You’ll often see us refer to Ryan C as “Coop” and Ryan P as “Poddy.” We’ve been doing that for years so it’s become part of our vocabulary at this point.
Ryan C – “I’ve always loved music, I had guitar lessons when I was like 7 for a few weeks but for some reason stopped having them, not sure why. But when I started high school I decided to take it seriously and teach myself. So I learnt some basic chords and just built up from there. I started to learn the songs I loved which led me to learn more chords and stuff like that. I learnt a lot more when we started college and very very quickly realised how badly I wanted to learn more about music. So I started to study production and theory a lot more. I’m still not amazing with theory but I know enough to get by and create, which is all that matters to me.”
Andrew R – “I had family members that would play music at small live gigs and some that wrote songs. I suppose in that regard it was almost inevitable that I would go on to pursue music. I first played the drums when I was 7 or 8 and played them to songs on an iPod for about a year. In high school, I played the guitar and wrote little acoustic tracks. Shortly into college was when I met the boys and that’s really when I started making proper music. I taught myself to play bass and expanded my writing capabilities quite a lot, especially having worked with and observing Coop’s songwriting.”
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?
Ryan C – “I really like anything that Dakota Avenue do, J has been a good friend of mine for years and I think he’s probably one of the most talented guys I know”
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Ryan C – “Not really, I find them really interesting to read but I never take them too seriously”
Andrew R – “Not particularly, but the person who first realised that cows milk tastes nice must’ve been one brave bastard trying to figure out whether he should tell other people what they had found and I imagine coffee tasted shit for quite some time because of it.”
If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?
Ryan C – “Back in time, I’d love to walk around my hometown 60/70 years ago. See what it was like when my grandad was younger. I love nostalgia. I think walking around where I grew up, long before my parents were even born, would be pretty cool.”
Andrew R – “I would go forward a few hundred years to see whether we achieve our goal of becoming a space faring civilisation and to see how much development there would be on the Mars colony.“
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Ryan C – “We played a show on halloween once where I was dressed as Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade era. That was a lot of fun. It was in a small sweaty pub too so the makeup started to run down my face and everything. It looked so cool. Well.. I think I looked cool anyway. The others disagree”
Andrew R – “The most fun on stage was certainly my first live gig. The rush and euphoria you feel after doing it for the first time is the feeling that most artists that love gigs chase. The terrifying feeling that absolutely anything can happen, from the insanely brilliant to the most embarrassingly disastrous and after you get through it unscathed it becomes the most addictive feeling ever.”
What was the worst experience on stage?
Andrew R – “The shitty Atherton gig.”
Ryan C – “Yeah I’d agree, it didn’t technically happen on stage but there was a sound tech there who just gave everybody hell the whole day. The organisers were really nice about the whole situation but it definitely made the day a little tougher. And there was the time we played a show where the PA cut out every 4 or 5 seconds. I’d say we’ve been pretty lucky to be honest.”
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Andrew R – “Coop is a hardcore My Chemical Romance superfan. The man owns more MCR posters, collectables, special vinyl to name just a few items than anyone I know that owns things they love! I think he would give up nearly everything to see them live just once too. Poddy is a real alien sent down from a galaxy far far away. You can tell this whenever you meet him, he has that extra-terrestrial feel to him.”
Ryan C – “I have tickets to see them twice actually so if that goes ahead I will be very very happy. I would say people might be surprised to know that I and Andrew actually grew up like 5-10 minutes away from each other and never knew until we started college. Like my grandad lives pretty much right next to him so we would have definitely seen each other as kids, it’s like fate!”
Ryan P – “Coop is diabetic and I bought him sweetener for his birthday because he can’t have sugar.”
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
Andrew R – “I’d say there’s Poddy, one of your own, please don’t harvest our organs. Lyrically we try to take the listener on a rough journey and allow them to immerse themselves in the mind of the broken. Whilst simultaneously filling them with illation and energy in our chorus’ with stacked guitar riffs as well as synth and vocal melodies.”‘
Ryan C – “That’s probably a good way to put it, we’re trying to create something I would say. It’s important for us to try something new every time. And even though we might not be one of the bigger bands around, we try not to let that stop us from making music we think could sound huge in an arena. Our dream is to connect with people and bring them into this world of music and It’s important for us to keep that dream alive I think.”
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Andrew R – “Out of the three of us, I believe that I’d probably be the most unpredictable or spontaneous. The other two like to be quite methodical and planned in their day-to-day lives where-as im alot more disorderly and with that comes peaks and troughs in regards to spontaneity wherein I will go through phases of having quite a few ideas in different aspects within the band and as quick as it comes it can fade for a while. I’m also always fashionably late, I’m convinced it’s a genetic predisposition at this point. And during some of our outbursts over the years I am quite aware that I can be quite emotional and quick to pull the trigger lets say”
Ryan C – “I’d agree with that, to be honest.”
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
Andrew R – “Most certainly Poddy and I. His ability to drag us into 3-hour long conversations on History isn’t in the best interest of being productive. Usually after a couple of hours of back and forth non-stop, tit for tatting after we were supposed to work on a project it’s not uncommon to see Coop’s face of resignation as well as the occasional hum and sigh.”
Ryan C – “It depends, I would say I’m a bit of a nightmare when it comes to actually writing the music because I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times. But Andrew is always late, so he takes the crown.”
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first?
Ryan C – “Andrew never ever ever answers his phone and Poddy would probably just laugh at me. So honestly neither of them. If Andrew would answer I’d probably call him. But he wouldn’t answer.”
Andrew R – “I think both of them would laugh so fucking hard that they’d end up taking up my 2 minutes by just howling down the phone whilst they take the piss out of me, so none of them would be any use.”
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Ryan C – “Drums – Mat Nicholls. Bass – Flea. Guitar – George Harrison. Vocals – Gerard Way. I’d be really interested to see what they come up with.”
Talk me through the thought process of the new single?
Ryan C – “This song actually started off as a completely different song about 3 or 4 years ago. We had this song called “Turn” that we just never quite finished. We loved playing it but never finished the lyrics or even the whole structure so it kind of stayed on a shelf for a long time. Then I was looking for some inspiration through our old demos and remembered this song. So I completely rewrote it from scratch. I dropped the tuning down and really only kept the chord progression. In terms of lyrics, I tend to write a lot about mental health, it’s just something that has always been at the front of my mind for as long as I can remember. The song is about noticing when something isn’t quite right, when you get that gut feeling that something is wrong. It took me a long time to ask for help and it’s only when looking back I realise just how bad it got for me and the people around me. The song is mirroring my feelings of not wanting to go back to that place I was in, and I hope it can connect with people who are also going through something and encourage them to get help if and when they need it ”
What was the recording process like?
Ryan C – “It was a lot of fun, this whole new record is a hybrid of studio recording and home recording. I always track vocals at home by myself as I’m a little self-conscious to be honest. It can sometimes take me a while to get a take I’m happy with. We tracked the drums pretty late into the recording process too which is something we never do. They’re usually done first but because of covid we couldn’t really get in a studio for a while.”
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Ryan C – “We’re constantly learning when we write, whether it’s learning more about ourselves or learning more about songwriting in general. We’ve always pushed ourselves to create something we’d wanna listen to ourselves. I’d say the biggest learning curve was when we finally got the structure right, it was a little all over the place for a while and when we finally got that bit right it was almost like it was staring at us the whole time wondering when we’d get it. So I’d say we learnt to listen to where the song actually wants and needs to go, if that makes sense”
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Ryan C – “The problem with being as independent as we are is that we can literally change anything and everything all the time. It’s a blessing and a curse. I’m always listening back to our stuff and thinking of ways to change stuff but I think with this song and the rest of the album, we’re pretty happy. We spent almost 2 years writing and rewriting these songs so I think we’ve made every version we could make.”
Andrew R – I think when you create songs as frequently as we do the songs you listen to are always in an unfinished state, even the songs you love by other bands. Your mind is always ticking thinking about alternative harmonies and different additions in melodies and effects you could implement, it truly is the writer’s curse.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Ryan C – “We have a whole album on the way and it’s honestly the best thing we’ve ever made. We’re gonna try and get a few gigs in but we’re more focused on getting this music out to as many people as possible. We wanna create a whole little world around this new album so people can really get a sense of what we were going for. We’ve got plans for loads of visual stuff too and we’ve been making these Zines that we’re gonna be putting up for free whenever we release something.”
Andrew R – “Well currently we’re prioritising the promotion of the new single ‘Phantom/ Shadows’, upcoming singles and then finally the album. We’re doing more interactive things with our social media which has been quite interesting trying out and we never really stop writing which is a blessing so we’ll be up to quite a lot this year I can imagine.”
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Ryan C – “Dream as big as you can and don’t let it fade away, because it’s easy to let go but difficult to reach out and grab it again. That’s about as inspirational as I can get. Also you can find the free Zine for ‘Phantom/Shadows’ on our website. www.myonlysolution.co.uk.”
Andrew R – “If there are two things to keep in mind it’s definitely ‘This too shall pass’ and ‘Aim to be better today than you were yesterday. Both are very distilled phrases pointing to the hardship and existential nature we all are bound to face in life. When things get extremely difficult just try to remember that it won’t be that way forever. If you want to better yourself remember what you did yesterday and do more than you did the day before, that way you are guaranteed incremental improvement and therefore you will always have an achievement over yesterdays ill’s.”
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.