Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Loved your last video lads and thanks for sending it to us to premier! Now lets get the know you!
When did you realise that you were into music?
Probably at 4 years old when I wouldn’t shut up singing at the dinner table. But more so when I couldn’t keep my hands off dad’s hifi system, meatloaf and classical music were on repeat – odd combo, but music was quite a sensory thing to me back then. Joining drama clubs, choirs and then bands in my teens, it’s always been there following me around.
Introduce us all to the members and their musical history?
The boys went to school together and so have always participated in bands together, classic rock predominantly and they had an awesome time doing it. Also various cover bands. Real Norfolk Rockstars.. I met Ben through our old band – Box of Light and that’s where our friendship blossomed. Tours, festivals and hours in vans, you really get to know people. Then we decided to collaborate on Sunnybones and here we are!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I do believe in Aliens and that the American Government are hiding them all! Along with covering up stories of UFOs… it gives me the heebee gibees if I think about it too much.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I think it’s when the crowd is fun that it makes a big difference. I love to see people vibing and singing along. A good crowd energy is absorbed into the performance and it becomes a momentum of energy being passed back and forth.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Everytime I go on stage there is ALWAYS a moment where my mind goes blank and I get absolute terror that I have forgotten everything, where I am, who I am, what Im doing LET ALONE remebering the lyrics, but then within milliseconds and just intime, it all comes flooding back and I can continue calmly. But terrifying… at least once…every time.
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Probably Conor who plays bass for us, he’s in a zillion other bands, so the anticipation is REAL on asking his availability to play a show.
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
Dicky who is my guitarist, he’s a general nightmare but we love him. We’re always trying to give him advice to make his life easier but he just loves the way he does stuff and so never listens. I admire his strong will.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Don’t be a rockstar. Being nice and friendly and supportive of your peers is so important!It’s not a competition, we’re all in the same boat so being part of a good music community is a great start. Go to gigs, meet people, don’t be afraid to talk about your projects, it might prick the right pair of ears one day.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Be cool – it’s the one everyone knows the words to, plus I think its a banger, so the energy in the room is amazing!
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Our Ep – this hell called home is a collection of songs written at a poignant time of life where a lot of change, self reflection and acceptance were happening. Getting over shitty relationships, getting into new ones, learning to love myself, and also dealing with the fucking crazy few years we’ve had. It’s an amalgamation of emotions that were felt, all in the home we call our minds.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album?
I will usually come up with a melody or chorus, or even a string of lyrics, work them out, flesh them out whatever you want to call it, then voice note a very loose idea to Ben, to which he will then send me back a guitar part to accompany it and from there a song is born.
What was the recording process like?
We’d take a handful of demos down to the studio, we recorded this EP with Gavin from catch 21 records. He has a listen, we’d debate on which were the strongest. Eventually, come to an agreement, go get a coffee and a snack. Then start tracking those puppies!! I need a bit of input from others to help me make decisions, that’s why I love being around other creatives so much to not only come up with suggestions but also – for my self-esteem, give me a pat on the back and say ‘ hey, that’s pretty good mate’
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album?
I often like to tell producers or other musicians what I want the song to LOOK like. Is it sunset on a dusty road? A sleepy twinkly night. Is it a bathtub of tears on a Sunday afternoon after a night of regret. That usually helps create the sound
Would you change anything now its finished?
There’s one track I’m not THRILLED about, we rewrote it to fit in with our vibe a wee bit more, I just wish we binned it. BUT apparently, it’s an alright track so we’ll leave it. There’s plenty of time to write better songs.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Play gigs!! That’s all I want, is just to be out playing shows. It’s the best feeling ever.
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.