RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NOTTINGHAM BAND HUNCH POWER
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band?
Harvey: I needed a fresh start after my experiences with Barking Poets in London. I had a new set of songs with a more Indie and contemporary vibe which needed a different sound.
Moving to Nottingham was a leap of faith for me but totally worth it. That’s the drive the band name refers to.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history.
H: I wanted to team up with a lead guitarist first and Dean brought in a great work ethos and ideas despite this being his first originals project. Then it took us a while to find a solid and committed rhythm section but we were quite lucky finding Ollie who used to play in Vanity Box and Thomas who got in touch after playing with Marco Island at Dot to Dot.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
H: We’ve been lucky so far with the music press but I hate when the mainstream media ask famous artists about their next album when they’ve only just released a new one.
We set up RGM USA to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
H: Definitely. Any help to build bridges across the pond is very welcome. Also, our music wouldn’t be the same without the influence of many American acts.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Dean: Some people believe the hat that Ollie wears on stage gives him supernatural abilities, I tend to believe them as no normal person eats that amount of sushi.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
H: Yes, lots of bullshit from the UK Government. Haha. No, I absolutely needed every vinyl and band t-shirt I bought.
D: not at all, I now have one of the best-looking clothes racks on my street.
As an added bonus if you were to remove all the clothes it doubles as an exercise bike. Money well spent I’d say.
Ollie: Not to brag, but I bought a house! That sure made for a fun process at the height of lockdown. Talking to a solicitor through double glazing on a busy road sure tested my patience.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
H: I really enjoyed playing at Camden Rocks Festival in 2018. I can’t wait to go back with this new band.
O: Coincidentally, the most memorable gigs I’ve played have all been in Camden; particularly at the Monarch and Dublin Castle. The music scene down there is second to none and wherever you play, you’re guaranteed a great crowd.
What was the worst experience on stage?
H: Probably playing socially-distanced gigs after the lockdowns when some venues even had glass screens between the stage and the tables.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
D: I’m actually a right-handed guitarist, all of the photos and videos online of me playing guitar have been digitally altered and flipped to a left-hand perspective.
H: My musical background is more Americana and Folk actually but weirdly Punk-Rock helped me find a tone of voice that suits my lyrics.
O: I’m actually a left-handed bassist…
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
H: Bittersweet sonic waves from that blue planet full of lunatics.
What makes you stand out as a band?
H: We’ve been told it’s mainly the fact that each of our songs has something unique and distinctive.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
H: Putin invading Ukraine and how mainstream media talk about a World war as if it was inevitable.
D: the rising cost of fuel, energy, and shampoo products.
O: Not so much the cost of living crisis but the fact that multi million pound profiteering companies keep refusing their workers a proper pay rise. Maybe I should just say ‘corporate greed’.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
H: “Should I Ever Forget” is good fun to play and it makes for a great finale with instruments ringing and the crowd cheering. It’s Thomas’ favourite in the set too.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
H: “Stop the World” is our debut single, out September 2nd. It’s a tribute to everyone who suffered in lockdown. We tried to channel the social unrest caused by the political scandals in the UK plus the lack of action to save lives impacted by other big issues such as pollution and the climate emergency.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
H: I wrote it on my own last year while I was still in London. Then I had this crazy idea of filming myself singing it into a vintage red phone and banging the camera with it. It took me multiple sessions and takes to get it right.
Then I went to Westminster to find a red phone booth where I could film too. I’m glad I didn’t give up and it proves hunch is real power in arts if you have the ideas and courage to follow it. It’s now live on YouTube.
What was the recording process like?
H: We had a great time recording it with Sam Cook in Lincoln. He’s produced some killer tracks for Hell’s Ditch, Harker, Ducking Punches and his own band Northern Captives. His bandmate Jack Gregory recorded some epic drums for us before Thomas joined the band.
Sam has a great work ethos and vision. He was spot on with everything he suggested.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
H: The actual words came to me quite naturally and they didn’t need much editing. It’s still a controversial topic so the angle had to be right and respectful to those affected by the lockdowns.
The big question for me was the arrangement but after trying it with the band and the session drummer it seemed to work for everyone so we kept it as per my original home demo.
Dean’s lead-guitar ideas were crucial in taking the song to a different dimension during the quiet break where he almost entered shoegaze territory.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
H: Not really. We tried every possibility while we could to ensure we wouldn’t feel like we missed out later.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
H: Keep releasing singles ahead of a major release and hopefully play a few festivals plus support slots with established acts.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
H: Our songs are very organic so they really come to life onstage. We can’t wait to present them live everywhere. Keep supporting your local venues and follow your hunch power!