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Issue 9

Editors Letter

September already it feels like just ye ste rd ay I began “the Rockette” scar y how t h e t i m e flies. This month bands have be e n p u l l i n g out, new bands contacting me, tr y i n g to get photos ect. Total mayhem!!! I’ve been to salon again, got a h a i rc u t t h i s time, its short for me (still getti n g u s e d 2 it. Nails done again too, was gre at gett i n g pampered (I could get used to it). This issue would have been even big ger, however a lot of bands h ave b e e n touring , working on n ew EP ’s, video’s ect, so they didn’t get the c h a n c e to send their stuff. However I hope you will enjoy this issue any way. I wa s i n Glasgow seeing MakethisRelate again; this was my fourth time s e e i n g t h e band live. T hey just get better each time; they were supporte d a ga i n by “aspen tide” that are a brilliant band too. I’ve seen them almost a s m u c h as I’ve seen MakethisRelate they are such fun lads. I was also at Knockhill to see “stuntman mike” perform, after win n i n g t h e i r spot at the Dreadknought. While I was there I got to meet “ Va l Ve rd e ”, who you may remember Mags and I missed them at the Bon-Jov i g i g . T h ey were really nice guys and seemed ver y interested in “the Rockette ” a n d where keen to be in it (fingers Crossed). Ver y excited to finally have “Ever yday at 10” on the cover, I h ave b e e n tr ying for months now and they are here!! This cover stor y i s s m a l l e r however as I only got Dar yl’s answers to the questions. Hopefull y I w i l l get the other “Ever yday at 10” members at some point soon too! Please if you are a music fan, send me a message on facebook, t w i tte r o r myspace! I really do need music fans for my “Sound of the Subu r bs ” p a ge . So P LEASE get in touc h....! Over the next few months I have a couple of gigs coming up. Go i n g to s e e “ Val Verde”,”faultline ” and “Ever yday at 10” when they tour with “ Bay C i t y Rollers” at the end of September. So the October issue will be a m a z i n g ! ! !

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Contents

T h e co s m o n a u t s I n d e pt h i nte r v i ew Pa ge 4 M e et F ra n c e s co F rom A r m o n i g ht Pa ge 6

S o l o S ta r - Te r r y King i nte r v i ew Pa ge 7

MakethisRelate Glasgow ABC 19/08/2011 August gig review Page 29 stuntman mike play at motorrad extream at knockhill page 33 Ever yday At Ten (Cover stor y) page 37

L i ps L i ke B ra i l l e Lomond [O F F I C I AL V I D EO] I nte r v i ew Pa ge 9

Titors Insignia!! inter vire with new band page 41

j o e sy m e s fo l l ow u p i nte r v i ew p a ge 1 0

Anna Macdonald solo star page 46

T h i s i s t h e s o u n d o f the s u b u r bs Pa ge 1 2

The Celestians’ tell all about music, life on tour and upcoming shows. page 47

va ga b on d s - v i d eo rev i ew a d e c l i rat i o n m u s i c video Pa ge 1 4 N ew B a n d o n t h e s cene m e et “ fa u l t l i n e ” p a ge 1 6 n ews f l a s h p a ge 1 8 M e c h a n i ca l s m i le v id e o i nte r v i ew p a ge 1 9 t h e b l a c k to u n ges short bio p a ge 2 1 t h e To i ’s i nte r v i ew p a ge 2 2 s h a u n b r ya nt s i n ge r /s o n g w r i ter p a ge 2 5

A Machine Devine inter view page 49 For Able INTE RVIEW With Rob and Colin page 51 So Many Anilal Calls Tell all about music, life on tour and upcoming shows! page 53 The Upbeat Beatdown “new band on the scene” page 55


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How d i d yo u co me up with the n a m e fo r yo u r band? Was it yo u r F i rst c h o i c e? No i t wa s n ’t t h e first choice for t h e b a n d … T h e Cosmonauts cam e f ro m a n o r i g inal name – Ala n a n d t h e A st ronauts as a lau g h … b u t A l a n c hanged it to Th e C o s m o n a u t s for a more soc i a l i st fee l . Did yo u h ave a ny other band na m e s i n m i n d ? No p e n o t re a l l y …the name fou n d u s ! Wh at d o e s e a c h of you bring to t h e b a n d ? Eac h individual member bri n g s t h ei r ow n uniqueness to t h e b a n d , C h r is and Alan bri n g t h e s o n g s … Claire, likes to b r i n g m e l o d y, h armony and col o u r w i t h t h e e lectric cello and Pa u l d o e s w h at drummers do b e st ! !

Chris Br yce – Guitar/Vocals/Bass – 27 A lan Robertson – Bass/Vocals/Guitar – 27 Paul Stuart - Drums – 31 C l a i re Schiavone – Cello/Vocals/Percussion - 24 How long have you all known each other? How did you meet? Alan and Chris have been best friends for the last 10 yea rs and have always played music together! Claire was introduced to the boys through other musical means over 3 years ago and Paul was advertised for not long after the 3 of us started jamming.

Who or what are yo u r m a j o r influences? Ever y thing f ro m 50s/60s/70s/80s….a n d a b i t from the rest! Ran g i n g f ro m Buddy Holly,The B e at l es , Jefferson Airpla n e, The Small Faces to The C l a s h , J oy Division and Radioh e a d

Which songs do yo u p e r fo r m most frequently? We always perform o u r ow n Which 3 words would you use tracks, we do have a co n sta nt set list and chan ge a few to describe your music? tracks depending o n t h e Rocking , Melancholic, Fresh mood/venue/crowd . S ta p l e s How would you describe the are Opposite, T h e Wa l l s , Nulif y, The Howl. ‘look’ of your band? An individual collective What are your re h e a rs a l s generally like?


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Do yo u h ave a s et time each we e k i n w h i c h you practice or a re re h e a rsals more sponta n e o u s ? Pra c t i c e i s at l e a st 3 times a wee k , s a m e d ays and times… go o d to ke ep u p form! Wh at ha s b e e n your big gest cha l l e n ge a s a b a nd? Dru m m e rs h a s been our big gest c h a l l en ge! We had be en t h ro u g h a fa i r few before Pau l ca m e a l o n g … and boy are we g l a d h e d i d ! ! Wh at ’s t h e o n e thing you HAV E to h ave o n tour? A go o d l a u g h … o n e of the most im p o r ta nt t h i n g s … and TEA!!! Wh at ’s yo u r favourite tour sto r y ? Th e Ro l l i n g S to n e s forgetting they h ave d o n e a world tour… we a re i n t h e process of orga n i s i n g o u r tour for our de b u t a l b u m . Wh at ’s t h e we i rdest yo u h ave eve r s i g ned? A J a m my D o d ge r

Q u i c k Q u e s t i o ns Favorite song ever: A day in the life What ’s your ringtone: Janis Joplin Tr y

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Name: Frens Age: 23 Band you’re in: ARMONIGHT W h a t d o y o u d o in the b a n d : B a s s P l a yer D o y o u h a v e any pets? A c o u p l e o f l a bradors Do you h ave b r o t h e r s / s i s t e r s? 3 brothers

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F a v o r i t e s o n g you have w r i t t e n ? A n d why? I l o v e C r y s t a l Tears for th e b a s s l i n e When you are not w o r k i n g , w h a t do you enjoy doing? I g o r u n r e gularly to u n l o a d s t r e s s , and I play my bass.. If y o u c o u l d have 1 s u p e r p o w e r w hat would it b e , a n d w hat would you use it for? I w o u l d w a n t t o be able to f l y , s o a s t o leave my c a r i n t h e p a r king! W h a t i s y o u r favorite band? A R M O N I G H T , l ogically!! What’s your favorite fo o d ? I l o v e I t a l i a n pasta so m u c h , a n d sausages w i t h f r i e s p o t a toes, with a pint of beer.. What’s b e en the h i g h l i g h t f o r y ou so far, a n d d o y o u have any re g r e t s ? M y h i g h l i g h t i t was when I e n j o y m y b a n d, and no I h a v e n ’ t e v e r had some re g r e t s . . W h a t d o y o u do to re l a x w h e n y ou’re not

working? I like to cooking, watching some Rugby matches on tv, prepare feasts and much more.. If you hadn’t become a band/singer etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now? I wou ld be a Rugby player, a hooker surely, or a good cook.. If a g enie gave you 3 wishes, what would you wish fo r? Peace in the World,

Armonight on Eu r o p e t o p ten and a Truc k f u l l o f beers One thing you ra r e l y t e l l people about yo u r s e l f ? "Frens, you are o f t e n i n party hard!" Any final words? Come to see an ARMONIGHT gig, y o u w i l l not be disappoin t e d ! ! !


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tr y to apply this meaning towards others so therefore can be a shared view, some of my music can be social or political at times and other times the music can be about things closer to the heart such as break ups or family issues. I guess my inspiration have come from what I feel strongly about, an example would be my son g Save our Soldiers (s.o.s), I feel strongly of the way our soldiers are treated as I feel they are not backed enough within the wars they fight, the mai n theme to this song , is whether you agree with the war or not, if you send a soldier to war then at least have the decency to back your troops. The Wh at i n s p i re s yo u when you meaning of life which can be heard on the facebook page wr i te yo u r s o n g s ? the re a re m a ny i n spirati ons, I Terr y king - solo music along like to w r i te m u s ic that one, to others is one of a more has a m e a n i n g to me, I then simpler meaning which is to Wh e n d i d yo u realize you wa nte d to b e a singer/ son g w r i te r ? I h a d a l ways b e e n interested in m u s i c a s we l l as writing mu s i c , p rett y much since seco n d a r y s c h o o l, however I n ever rea l l y s e e n myself as a s i n ge r /s o n g w r i ter until the tur n o f t h e ye a r 2 011, this was ma i n l y d u e to t h e fact I didn’t fee l a s t h o u g h I h ad a strong en o u g h vo i c e, s o confidence wa s a key to t h i s , however I wa s co nv i n c ed to take part in a co u p l e o f open mic’s aro u n d k i l m a r n o ck where I soo n rea l i s e d t h e potential I h a d i f I co u l d build up my conf i d en c e, n ee d l ess to say I haven ’ t l o o ke d b a ck.

enjoy your life an d to sto p letting things get yo u d ow n a s you only live once. s o t h e re are many things th at i n s p i re me to write but I wo u l d s ay i s that it is what ever i s o n my mind at the time I w i l l w r i te about it as this is my way o f expressi ng my views . The Most powerful l y r i c s a re ? to me the most power f u l l y r i c s are the ones with mea n i n g , i f i t has meaning I feel t h e p e o p l e listening will unde rsta n d t h e song better and a re m o re likely to listen this i s w hy I t r y to apply meaning to e a c h s o n g I write and don’t j u st w r i te music for the sake o f i t b u t more because I fee l a n e ed to say something at th e t i m e. Which artist would yo u l i ke to collaborate with ? there are too many a r t i st s o f different genres th at I wo u l d


wis h to co l l a b o rate with, bo t h s i g n ed a n d unsigned art i st s . I fe el i f i t felt right at the t i m e I wo u l d collaborate wit h a nyo n e re gardless of the i r gen re o f m u sic. How d o yo u relax when yo u ’re n o t s i n g i n g ? I u s u a l l y rel ax by spendi ng tim e w i t h f r i e n ds, family soc i a l i s i n g h av i n g a drink wh atever kee ps me happy, the re a re m a ny t hings I do suc h a s h av i n g a game of po o l o r fo o t b a l l . if not that the n yo u w i l l ten d to my find me i n t h e p u b d r i nking away and h av i n g a l a u g h. Out with gig g i n g a n d s o n g writing I am a l s o a re- e n actor and pe r fo r m s h ows throughout Sco t l a n d w i t h Veritas vincit thi s i nvo l ve s a b i t of sword fig ht i n g d res s i n g up etc I find it e n j oya b l e a n d a good laugh. If yo u h a d n ’ t b e co me a band/ sin ge r etc . , w h at job do you thi n k yo u ’d b e doing right now ? I a m c u r rent l y studying geo g ra p hy a n d h istor y so I wo u l d i m a g i n e something to d o w i t h t h es e subjects howeve r I h ave also con s i d ered s o c i a l work as I like t h e i d e a o f t r ying to help oth ers s o I g u e s s e ither social wo r k o r s o m et h i n g related to geo g ra p hy o r h i stor y. Do yo u h ave a ny pre-gig ritu a l s /L u c k y i te ms? the c l o se st I h ave to a ritual is hav i n g a co u p l e o pints before I go o n , I fe e l i t gets me in the m o o d to p l ay, dependi ng on t h e s i ze o f t h e gig I am play i n g I m ay sometimes che c k my vo ca l s i f I’m feeli ng ner v y. Wh i c h i n st r u m e nt do you wi s h yo u co u l d p l ay? the re a re q u i te a few, I wo u l d l i ke to l ea r n the piano, har m o n i ca , d r u m and the vio l i n . i f i t s a n i n strument to be h o n e st I wa nt to learn it to p l ay i t .

Do you play your own music or do you have a band? I play my own music as a solo artists but I have not ruled out turning the it into a full band peice, if that is happening it will only happen if it feels right. When is your next tour? there should be gigs coming soon over the nex t couple of months around glasgow, ayr and kilmarnock as well as other areas. I am currently in talks for 7 or 8 different venues the now around the glasgow ayrshi re music scene, so watch this space What band are you a big fan of? There are 3 that spring to mind metallica are my favourite band, in the unsigned scene mechanical smile are my favourite, I would also like to give special mention to an old folk band called company policy, who are not around anymore which my papa was in, with out them I wouldn’t have been a singer/ songwriter. Do you get compared to any other artists? no not really, I am still tr ying to relate my sound at the moment but at the same time I don’t tr y to be anyone else but me. The best way of you want to relate my music towards others is by going on and listening for yourself, I prefer the audience to label me

Q u i c k Q u e s t i ons…

-Favorite song eve r : I h ave nt got a favourite as t h ere a re too many Your funniest o n sta ge moment: having a p i s s ta ke argument with o n e o f my friends which I wo n , o n e o f those arguments w h ere I was one step ahea d o f w h at he was saying g i v i n g t h e audience a bit o f co m ed y went down well Highlight so far: I g u e s s playing the Ki l m a r n o c k fair festival where I wa s on a massive sta ge, w h i c h was something I h a d n ’t experienced, on th e b i l l t h at night were mechan i ca l s m i l e who as I have sa i d a re my favourite unsigned a r t i st s , there was others a swe l l a s Mik banner another a co u st i c act who I have do n e a few gigs with now an d w i l l b e doing more with ver y s o o n , the gig itself was b r i l l i a nt and was a new ex p e r i e n c e and one that I c h e r i s h . I guess being pa r t o f a n amazing line-up an d gett i n g the chance to play i n f ro nt of so many peop l e m a kes the gig one of my favo u r i tes so far. Favorite food: ita l i a n fo o d , lasange pasta riss o to I l ove it all, just italian fo o d i n general Favorite TV prog ra m s : to many so I’m just go i n g to say comedy prog ra m s a re my favourite

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Was that your first choice of Wh at ’s t h e v i d e o called? Th e v i d eo i s fo r our song how to make it? We did whatever we wanted, Lom o n d . but it turned out what fit the song best was super simple. Wa s t h i s yo u r f i rst video? Th i s wa s o u r f i rst video, but we’re a l rea d y wo rking on a How many “take’s” was it before you got it right? cou p l e m o re . We did a bunch of takes, but not ‘cause we’d done it wrong. Wh o d i re c te d t h e video? It wa s d i rec te d j ointly by a It was more like, we didn’t few o f o u r f r i e n ds who are know exactly how it was going to end u p, so we just recorded into t h at s o r t o f t hing. loads of footage, and patched Wh at wa s t h e stor y behind it up later. the v i d e o ? Th e sto r y b e h i n d the video How long did it take to film? is b a s i ca l l y t h e s ame as the We managed to film it all in a day, b ut the editing took a son g . couple of weeks. Wh at m e s s a ge was it tr ying How many people where to s e n d to t h e p u blic/fans? it ’s s o r t o f, a b o u t being with involved in the production? som eo n e, a n d then being Altogether, it was about 10, wit h o u t t h e m , a n d how that 15 people. It was small set, so we couldn’t have too many fee l s . people. Did yo u h ave a c h oice of how yo u wa nte d t h e video to be Are you excited about making the next video? do n e ? completely stoked We d i d n ’t re a l l y h ave a script We’re about it. We’ve already half or a ny t h i n g fo r t he video. It written what we’re going to wa s s u p e r i m p rov i sed.

do, and shooting sh o u l d sta r t thi s week. Where can people s e e yo u r video? It ’s up on our Yo u Tu b e o r any where where p e o p l e p o st videos of poor mus i c ! What album/EP is t h i s t ra c k on? Lomond was origin a l l y o n o u r first EP [PROVISIO N A L ] , b u t thi s rerecorded vers i o n , i s s o far unreleased. We ’re h o p i n g to put it on som e s p ec i a l edi tion or somethin g . Any more news to s h a re ? At the moment we’re s u p er busy. We’re record i n g a n ew record, videos and re h ea rs i n g like animals. We sh o u l d h ave some awesome stuff c ro p p i n g up in the near futu re .

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Since the last inter view, what have you been doing? Since our last inter view I’ve been wri ting new songs, playing a lot of gigs around the North West and getting great feedback. I’ve also been doing inter views with magazines in and out of Liverpool and Live radio sessions and my most recent radio inter view was by telephone to XI ROXONE R ADI O who are based in CA LIFORNIA USA , I’ve still got a lot of things coming up. How has being in “the Rockette” helped you? It has helped a lot, I’ve had great feedback from people and fans who read the last inter view and are looking for ward to catching the next instalment. When can fans expect to hear a new track from you? I’m playing NEW tracks from my up and coming album in gig s as we speak, and the feedback is great, a release date for the album will be confirmed soon and it will be available to


downlo a d o n I T U N ES . Any id e a o f w h at yo u r next tra c k w i l l b e ca l l e d ? LOL th e s o n g s ta ke a l l kinds of forms in the early stages a n d s o m et i m e s th e tit l e s to s o n g s ca n change i n t h e e n d , s o m e of the n ew s o n g s h ave titles t h at a re n o t h i n g to do w i t h t h e s o n g , i l et th e fan s wo r k t h at o n e out ;) Do you h ave a ny n ews o n a tour? Not at t h e m o m e nt , j u st th e gig s I ’m d o i n g at t h e moment a n d d ate s t h at are on my we bs i te s , A mini tour in is dis c us s ions at the m o m e nt . Any bad show experiences or has a ny t h i n g go n e wrong d u r i n g a s h ow ? YES, t h e m i c ro p h o n e went o f f h a l f way t h ro u g h a song re c e nt l y LOL t h e joys of p l ay i n g L I V E e h , that ’s o n l y o n e t h i n g t h at has go n e w ro n g u p to now LOL (to u c h wo o d ). What is your most popular piece o f m e rc h a n d i s e s o far? T he inte r v i ews a n d t h e reviews . How h ave yo u e n j oye d th e la st few i s s u e s o f “the Ro c kette ” ? D o yo u have a n i d e a w h at yo u would l i ke to s e e m o re of ? The last few i s s u e s h ave

b e e n g reat, a lot of great t h i n g s going on there and h o p ef ully the great work w i l l co ntinue, I wouldn’t m i n d being on the front cove r. I f yo u could duet with a nyo n e dead or alive w h o would it be? I go t asked this question re c e nt ly when I did a LIVE te l e p h one inter view to t h e U SA , I would loved to h ave worked with JO HN L E N NON, I may still be i n w i t h a chance if Paul M c C a r tney is free. Favo u rite city to perform i n a n d why?

Favourite city to perform in...? I enjoy wherever I play, as long as the audience enjoy it also. Do you have any lucky items pants/wristband/ socks? None that spring to mind. Finally, do you have any other news to tell us? Other news...YES download my 3 track ep “ TIME WAI TS FOR N O ONE” on I TUNES also on SPOTIFY and you can ADD me on FACEB OO K or TWITT E R .

QUI CK RO U ND...!!! !

Favourite song to perform: A new tra ck I’ve w r i tten “IM G O NNA FIND O U T SO MEDAY ” Favourite colour: B LACK Favourite meal: Pasta and sauce D i d you watch Britain’s got talent: NO...!!!! I’d rat her watch paint dr y :) L a st movie you seen: Nothing new that ’s out i n t he cinema...But I did watch GE T CA RT ER re c ently on DVD (Micheal caine version). W i l l you go to see the new harr y potter or t w i l ight: I’ve not even seen the first one yet, b u t I’m sure I’ll catch it sometime. c h e c k out: W W W. R EVE R BNAT ION.COM/1J OESYMES W W W.MYSPACE.COM/1J OESYMES to catch my other songs, recent press inter views f ro m around the world and the UK and links.


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This is where you can find out fans opinio who ha s the worst song & which

N a m e : J oh n ‘ N o j ’ Ure

Name: Ricky Fleming Age: 30

Na m e : L a u r e n McCafferty

Ki n d o f m u s i c y ou l i k e : pop-punk

Kind of music y ou l i k e : I l i k e l o ts , f r o m m e t a l to drum n bass, classical to post r oc k .

M u s i c h a te : classical

M u s i c h a te : W h i n y V oi c e s

Fav ou r i t e b a n d : sum 41

F a v ou r i t e b a n d : S l i p k n ot

Best Song: rearview mirror pearl jam

La s t b a n d y ou saw l i v e : k y ot o dr i v e w i th t h e morning of & paige

Last band y ou s a w l i v e : Periphery, Tesseract and M on u m e n ts .

Wor s t s o n g : j l s the c l u b i s a l i v e

Last album bought: Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

Be s t s on g : f a t lip - s u m 4 1 o r foo f i g h t e r s - b e s t of y ou

Worst song: haha, slipknot s on g t a tt e r e d a n d to r n , c a n t s ta n d i t .

Kind of music you like: Rock Music Hate: Rap Favourite Band: Foo Fighters/ Broken Alphas Last Band seen live: Dusty Porch Sisters Worst Song: anything that is released off the back of XFactor

Age: 15

Las t a l b u m y ou bo u g h t : a v r i l lavi g n e - g oo d b y e lullaby

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Age: 24

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Name: Danielle (editor) Age: 23

Kind of music you like: Rock, Indie, Dance, Metal

Name: Julie A g e : D on ’ t b e nosey

Music hate: R’nB, Gangsta rubbish

Kin d o f m u s i c y o u l i k e : v a r i ou s

K in d o f m u s i c y o u l i k e : r oc k / p u n k / indie

Favourite band: erm......Stone Roses/Whitesnake/ Pumpkins/Oasis

M u s i c h a te : classical

Last band you saw live: Primal Scream Worst Song Anything in the char ts probably Best song: Tough Love Gun (Kiss) or Still of The Night (Whitesnake) or I Wanna Be Adored (SR) Last album you bought: Good to be Bad - Whitesnake

Fa v ou r i t e b a n d : not a band – ROBBIE!! La s t b a n d y ou sa w l i v e : n o t a ban d – R O B B I E ! ! Sa d I k n o w b u t tha t r e a r m m m m Worst song: Mr Blobby Bes t s on g : N or a h Jon e s – c om e away with me La s t a l b u m y ou bo u g h t: R o b b i e W i l l i a m s ! ! ! l ol

M u s i c h a te : classical/jazz F a v ou r i t e b a n d : a t t h e m om e n t i like Hinder Last band y ou s a w l i v e : S tu n t m a n m i k e a t knockhill Worst song: any lady gaga! B e s t s on g : b o n jovi - always L a s t a l b u m y ou b o u g h t: b o n jovi greatist hits


“ A Decl ara ti o n ” Ar t i s t: V a g a b onds / Zambian Astronaut - Ft Mog Al b u m : V a g a b onds In Space Tr a c k : A D e c l aration

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“ Declaration” i s t h e new video release d b y t h e rappers “Wardie B u r n s ” , “Werd”, “Z a m b i a n Astronaut” with a s p e c i a l guest appearan c e of “Mog”. The trac k was taken from their n e w E P “Vagabonds in spa c e ” . hen you think of R a p y ou tend to think of “G h e t t os ” or “Boys in da hoo d ” U S A Style. The UK Ge n e r a l l y is not considered t o b e a bastion of the Rap S c e n e . Even more so, wh e n y o u think of Scotlan d , y ou probably think of t a r t a n , whisky and rollin g h i l l s and glens (maybe e v e n th e Loch Ness Monste r ) , y ou most certainly don ’ t t h i n k of Rap.

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owever, away f r om t h e rolling countrys i d e , in the darker rece s s e s o f our inner cities th e r e i s a growing unders t a n d i n g of this dark a r t. T o make their poi n t , “A Declaration” is a “Shout O u t ” t o


le t p e op l e k n ow that Scottish Rap ex i s ts a n d d oesn’t follow the usual c- r a p s c e n e . T he band has kept this vi d e o r a w a n d full of high energy. Lis te n i n g to the track it is much le s s a “ S h ou t Out” it is more of a “P u n c h i n t h e face”. I also felt that th e g r a f f i ti a r t in this video gave it an e v e n m o r e “raw” edge. a m n o t a h uge fan of rap, but I did l i k e t h i s video. As a “Hearts” fa n , I p a r ticularly liked the com p a r i s o n t o ex “Hibs” player De r e k R i o r d a n’s ban from drinking clu b s i n E d i n burgh.

p a r t i c u l a r l y enjoyed the third ra p p e r “ Z a m bian Astronaut”. I th ou g h t h i s rapping was a bit di f f e r e n t . There was a slight un d e r l y i n g m elody to his rap, think Sugar Hill Gang (if you can remember th e m ) w i t h a t estosterone injection an d y o u ’ l l g e t my point. With less br r r a a a p - p a p - pap than the other ra p p e r s . “ e r d ” on e of Scotland’s most re s p e c te d r appers, Edinburgh’s “Z a m b i a n A s t ronaut” taking care of th e r h y t h m s ection, “Wardie” who ha s h i s ow n a cclaimed ‘Oor Wardie’ alb u m , t h e n c huck in a sprinkling of “M og ” b r i n g t hem all come together an d y o u h a v e the ingredients of an

extraordinary eclectic mix. he video was well put to g e th e r , with edgy street scen e s of Edinburgh which woul d not normally be seen and othe r s h o t s taken from around Berli n . T h e camera was well controlle d f r om the opening shot to the end s c e n e . The editing was seamless a s t h e video cut from scene to sce n e . would recommend thi s b a n d to any fans of hip-hop a n d r a p . Together this crew are well c a p a b l e of rapping their way to the t op . A l l you need is Vagabonds!!!


N ew b a nd on the scen Sco tt B u r n s , D r u ms (31) Mi key Wa u g h , G u i tar & Vox (29) Wi l l G i l ga n n o n , G uitar & Vox (34) Stewa r t M c W i l l i a ms, Lead Guitar (29) Ma r k Mc C u l l a g h , Bass (31) Bio : For m e d M a rc h 2 011, we are Faultline. Based in Glasgow, Sco t l a n d , we h ave come together through our love of good mu s i c to ge n e rate our original version of some classic sounds. R an g i n g i n m u s i cal tastes all the members of the band are com m i tte d to b r i nging something new and exciting to the mu s i c s c e n e w h i c h is distinctly lacking original acts with hard hitt i n g m e a n i n g f u l lyrics, blistering lead and epic choruses. How d i d yo u co me up with the n a m e fo r yo u r band? Was it yo u r F i rst c h o i c e? We a g re e d u p o n Faultline as it wa s t h e f i rst d e c e nt name we all l i ke d . H a d a few roasters in m i n d b efo re b ut we went un n a m e d at t h e b eginning. Did yo u h ave a ny other band na m e s i n m i n d ? We we re go i n g to opt for ‘New A u d i o Te m ple’ before goi n g w i t h Fa u l t l i ne How l o n g h ave you known ea c h o t h e r ? We d i d n ’ t k n ow e ach other at all u nt i l we sta r ted jamming toget h e r i n M a rc h 2011. How d i d yo u r b a n d start? Mi key p u t a n a d vert online ‘Jo i n M y B a n d ’ a n d it took off fro m t h e re . M i key, Scott, Will an d S tewa r t ca m e together in the f i rst i n sta n c e and Mark joi n e d u p l ate J u n e 11. Wh at h a s b e e n your big gest cha l l e n ge a s a b a nd? Pro b a b l y e a c h o t h er!!! As a n ew b a n d , h ow much of a c h a l l e n ge h a s i t been in the ind u st r y ? T h e re i s p l e nt y o f competition bo t h l o ca l l y a n d nationally. A l o t o f go o d bands go un - n o t i c e d and lots of ave ra ge b a n d s s eem to get som ew h e re . H o pefully we can b e d e c e nt a nd get a bit of m e a n i n g f u l attention!! T h e b i g ge st c h a l l enge for any ba n d i s e n s u r i n g you play tig ht to get h e r a n d have songs

that people will remember. When you write your lyrics, what inspires you? For Mikey, it was his time and experiences in the militar y. For Will, people’s circumstances and the things he has seen in life. What ’s your favourite song to perform? O rganic or Sell, Sell, Sell (2 of our own). We haven’t really If you could add a ny o t h e r settled on any covers yet. band member from a ny w h e re What where your musical in the world, who wo u l d i t b e and why? influences growing up? Mikey – Noel Galla g h e r (h e i s Mikey – OCS, Oasis a legend) Will – The Beatles, U2 Stewart – Ozzy & R andy Will – Maybe the Ed ge (t h e n we can look almost t h e p a r t ! ) Rhoads, AC/DC Scott – O asis, Stone Stewart – Malco l m Yo u n g greatest r hy t h m Roses and Smashing Pumpkins (world’s guitarist) (still stuck in an 80’s time Scott – Paul Sta n l ey (h e warp) is the P-AR-T-Y in p a r t y ) Mark – RHCP, Metallica Mark – Let me t h i n k . . . . . . Who is your favourite band at What lyric, either yo u r ow n o r the moment? someone else’s has a s p e c i f i c Mikey – Foo Fighters meaning to you? Will – Kasabian From our song ‘Sel l S e l l S e l l ’ Stewart – Ozzy!! Scott – Still stuck in an 80’s – ‘It ’s all designe d to b l ow time warp!! Couple of local your mind...’ It catc h e s yo u r imagination and yo u ca n Ayrshire bands!! Mark – Last Shadow Puppets really see it in so m a ny t h i n g s today. How long have you been What type of mus i c d o yo u playing (any) instruments? really not like? Mikey – 15yrs R ’n’B, Jazz, Itchy S t ra p - o n o r Will – 9yrs whatever he is call e d … . Stewart – 12yrs Scott – 18yrs X-factor, love or l o at h e a n d Mark – 13yrs why? Loathe – It is a m e d iu m for


ne! M e e t “ Faultline ”

‘Shuttey ’ (drummer from Links Terror vision!!) Other than Email a few other autographs and glasgow faultline@hotmail.co.uk meeting Glen Michael from Cartoon Cavalcade the rest of Myspace us can’t beat that!! htt p : / / w w w. mys p a c e . co m /glasgow faultline

Do you have any exciting Twitter shows coming up? http://twitter.com/GlasgoFaultline We will have played 3 gigs alone in August ‘11 Facebook Search for Glasgow Fa u l t l i n e Alloa Town Hall – Part of and add us ! Friday Nite Live (playing to over 250 people). This will have been our 2nd large gig in the town this year after playing at West End Park in June. A right good night, buzzing! Bar Bloc & Mag gie May ’s in Glasgow, our first gigs in the city, so really looking for ward to them. We are also booked to play Box, Glasgow on 15th September 2011. Jam Hot! th e l e s s t h a n o rdinar y to get t h ei r 5 m i n u tes of fame wi t h n ex t to n o ta lent or real graf t . Wh at d o yo u d o to relax? Sit w i t h my t h o u ghts…. If yo u w h e re a TV/cartoon ch a ra c te r w h o would you be an d w hy ? Al l Glenn Q uagmire – Gi g g i t y G i g g i t y ! ! ! If yo u we re a superhero, wh i c h O N E s p e cial power wo u l d yo u h ave ? Mi key – I nv i s i b i l ity (to be na u g ht y. . . ! ) Wi l l – To f l y !! Stewa r t – Be e r-man! For obv i o u s re a s o n s ! Sco tt – I ’d l ike to be Gi ro - m a n (a l ways have the powe r to get a G i ro!) Ma r k – S p e e d (to burn up t h e b a s s ! ) Wh at h ave b een your ex p e r i e n c e s o f “celebrity life ” ? W h at a re the perks/ ne gat i ve s i d e s o f fame? Mi key is f r i e nds with

In amongst this we are currently putting together the final parts of our 1st demo EP which we hope should be ready for launch in September also. Who would you like to tour with? Foo Fig hters, Stone Temple Pilots, Kasabian, KISS!! Finally, where do you HOPE to be in a year ’s time? And where do you think you will AC TUALLY be? We would love to have tied up a promotions deal to tour the UK. What do they say ‘ We would love our name up in lights’! Probably see it up in smoke!! If we are going strong with regular gigs between Glasgow and Edinburgh, we all agree we will be doing well.

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m e c h a nical smile (video interview)

l i n k to the video: http://w w w.youtube.com/user/mechanicalsmileuk W h at ’s t h e v i d e o called? Ou r v i d e o i s ca l l e d “ Take Me To T h e O t h e rs i d e ” Wa s t h i s yo u r f i rst video? T h i s wa s o u r 2 n d video. O ur fri e n d J a m e s B a i ley shot a vid e o fo r o u r s o ng ‘L eap of Fa i t h ’, w h i c h yo u will find on yo u t u b e . We f ilmed it in Nove m b e r l a st ye ar. We had go o d f u n w i t h i t as we had neve r ex p e r i e n c e d any thing like t h i s b efo re . W h o d i re c te d t h e video? Jo s h u a Po r te r i s the great gu y w h o d i re c te d and shot ou r v i d e o Ta ke Me To T he Ot h e rs i d e . We h ad worked wi t h h i m p rev i o usly before wh e n we d i d a band photo sh oo t w i t h h i m , a nd decided he wa s a go o d choice to wo r k w i t h a ga i n . W h at wa s t h e stor y behind th e v i d e o ? T h e sto r y b e h i n d the video is a c t u a l l y q u i te a simple on e b u t yet c l ever. Take Me To T h e Ot h e rs i d e basis the lyr i c s a ro u n d b e ing on the ot h e r s i d e o f o n e ’s emotions an d s e e i n g l i fe pass by

you from the outside. So we decided to have other people play our instruments on stage and perform like us, whilst we were in the crowd on ‘ The Otherside’ looking in at ou rselves. You can take from the video what you like, it is up to the viewer to decide how it relates to them. Murray the drummer came up with the idea and concept for the video and we just worked on it from there. What message was it tr ying to send to the public/fans? The message we are tr ying to send to our fans and the public who are viewing this is things are not always what they seem until you look at them from the outside or rather from ‘ T he Otherside’. We want people to accept themselves for who they are and enjoy ever y thing they do without being looked at or talked about in a bad way. It is a video of self expression and how things can be so easily changed when you step back and take a look at things around you in a different light.

Did you have a cho i c e o f h ow you wanted the vi d e o to b e done? Joshua Porter who s h o t t h e video was open to a l l o f o u r ideas that we ha d fo r t h e video. Most of t h e i d e a s for the video act u a l l y we re being created on t h e d ay o f filming. We had a n i n i t i a l idea of what we wa nte d , i.e. a crowd scene , st ra n ge rs playing our inst r u m e nt s , colours and locatio n s , i t wa s just a matter of Jo s h u a b e i n g able to put this to get h e r and blend his own i d e a s a n d creativeness into m a k i n g the video connec t w i t h o u r audience. Was that your first c h oi c e o f how to make it? In the beginni n g when thinking about different ideas of where to shoot t h e v i d e o and how to shoot t h e v i d e o our initial idea wa s h av i n g the crowd/per fo r m a n c e / band scene shot o u td o o rs . We couldn’t go a h e a d w i t h this idea though a s o n t h e few days leading u p to t h e video shoot, the S co tt i s h


we at h e r h a d go n e from bad to wo rs e , s o we didn’t want to r i s k s ett i n g u p our stage wi t h i n st r u m e nt s outdoors an d t h e ra i n would start po u r i n g d ow n . I n the end we de c i d e d i t wa s m ore sensible to s h o o t t h e b a nd playing an d c rowd s h o ts indoors wh i l st m i x i n g t h i s with some mo o d y o u td o o r s c enes. How m a ny “ ta ke ’s ” was it before yo u go t i t r i g ht? T h e v i d e o s h o o t took the wh o l e d ay to complete. Eve r y t hi n g ra n i n time and we nt s m o o t h l y w ithout any inte r r u pt i o n s o r numerous take s o n t h e o n e scene. T h e c rowd wa s excellent and pro fe s s i o n a l , a n d the team we we re wo r k i n g with were gre at at w h at they were tr y i n g to c re ate w hich meant the re wa s n o t m a ny re-takes of o n e p a r t i c u l a r scene. It wa s a l l q u i te ex perimental an d n at u ra l w h i ch seemed to m a ke eve r yo n e more at ea s e a n d h ave more fun wi t h w h at t h ey were doing. T h e o n l y t h i n g i n the video in p a r ti c u l a r t h at was the lon ge st to s h o o t was the live shot o f t h e b a n d p laying their inst r u m e nt s a s J oshua had to s h o o t u s a l l i ndividually, so w h i l e e a c h i n d ividual was be i n g f il m e d t h e rest of us in the b a n d st i l l h a d to perform as n o r m a l w i t h the track rep e at i n g ove r a nd over. It wa s n eve r a ta sk though. It wa s j u st g re at fun and en j oya b l e . How l o n g d i d i t ta ke to film? Lot s o f p e o p l e we re involved in t h e p ro d u c t i on of the ma k i n g o f t h e m u s ic video for Take M e To Th e O therside. We a d ve r t i s e d for extras to b e in t h e v i d eo as part of c rowd a n d performing as u s . O ve ra l l there were

roughly 60 extras in the video, including Joshua who directe d the video and his assistant Charlotte. How m any people where involved in the production? We are all really excited about making another music video. Mostly because you get to work with and meet a lot of really nice people. The music video for Take Me To T he Otherside was a thank you to our fans for their support. Getting to know ever yone properly on the day of the video shoot was really great. Ever yone worked so hard and without them it would never have been a full success. Are you excited about making the next video? I personally can’t wait until we shoot another music video because I find that when you have a certain song that people really enjoy and then you pair it up with an exciting video, there is nothing more satisf ying than the feeling of pride a nd happiness you feel when watching back your hard work and the hard work of others. And having this joy and fulfillment to give back to your fans is the most wonderful feeling for us as a band.

Where can people s e e yo u r video? People can see o u r v i d e o for our single Ta ke M e To The Otherside on Yo u t u b e and via our faceb o o k p a ge . We will also be re l e a s i n g a limited edition phys i ca l co py of the single wi t h b - s i d e s and the video whi c h w i l l b e available at our K i n g Tu t ’s gig in October. What album/EP is t h i s t ra c k on? At the moment we a re j u st releasing it as a s i n g l e , b u t we will be recordi n g a d e b u t full length album at t h e e n d of the year and the s i n g l e w i l l feature on the alb u m . O u r current EP is also ava i l a b l e on itunes etc wh i c h h a s 4 songs on it. Any more news to s h a re ? We are finalizing o u r S co tt i s h tour for October w h i c h we are really looking fo r wa rd to . Our video has had ove r 6 0 0 views in less than 3 d ays . We have also been inv i te d b a c k to Germany to pl ay I -RO C K festival, we playe d t h e re i n June and it was su c h a g re at experience, we are d e l i g hte d to be going back n ex t ye a r


The Black Tongues T he Bla c k To n g u e s a re a n ew u p co ming Rock/In d i e / Po p b a n d f ro m Ed i n b urgh. T he ba n d i s m a d e u p o f m e m b e rs : Alan- L e a d Vo ca l s a n d R hy t h m g uitar, John-L e a d G u i ta r, Keith- Ba s s a n d b a c k i n g vo ca l s and Steve o n D r u m s . All the g u ys h ave p l aye d i n l i ve b ands over th e l a st 1 0 ye a rs . A l a n , Ke i t h and John p l aye d to get h e r a s te e n agers in a ba n d a n d a re n ow b a c k p l aying togeth e r w i t h S teve fo r m i n g T h e Black Tongue s . T he Bla c k To n g u e s h ave s eve ra l great tracks t h at ca n b e h e a rd o n t h e b ands

“sound cloud”. Tracks include - in exile, Mr. strange, Love Yourself and The Shug , The band hopes to do some more recording in the coming months, to add to the list of tracks and play live in a town near you!!!!! The band will be playing at the following venues: Henr y´s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh on Sat, Sep 10 Doors Open: 8:00 PM, Ages: 18+ Whistle Binkies in Edinburgh on Wed, Sep 14 Doors Open: 8:00 PM, Ages: All Ages Box, Sauchiehall St in Glasgow on T hu, Sep 22 Doors Open: 8:00 PM, Ages: 18+ Be sure and get your tickets NOW!!!!

Until t h e n yo u ca n e n j oy t h e b a n d’s music at.... htt p : / /s o u n d c l o u d.com/the-black-tong ues or check out the bands Facebook htt p : / / w w w.facebook.com/pages/The-Blac k- To n g u e s / 1 4 7 8 7 0 0 6 1 9 3 8 5 4 5 ? s k = i nfo

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N a m e : p o l h e a l y - Vocals & guitar, A ge: 26, My favourite thing in the whole wor l d i s : l ove , I re a l l y h ate: hatred, I have a p et: bass player, But I would like a pet: mus i c i a n o r p e a co c k , M y favourite colour is: white, I love eating: fullstop. N a m e : A n d y C a rr - bass/vocals, Age: 24, My favourite thing in the whole world i s : p l ayi n g l i ve , I re a l l y hate: small portions, I have a pet: dog – roxy, But I would like a p et : n o m o re p et s ! M y favourite colour is: black, I love eating: healy. N a m e : S tev i e “ D og ” Mclay - drums/ba d karaoke, Age: 26, M y favourite thing in th e w h o l e wo r l d i s : H i tt i n g drums, I really hate: playing 4/4 beats, I have a pet: dog-budd y, Bu t I wo u l d l i ke a p et: nope, My favourite colour is: black, tan, blue together great co m b o . I l ove e at i n g : c h i cken stirfr y.


H ow did you ch o o s e t h e n ame of your b a n d H ave you changed th e b a n d ’s n ame before? T he original ba s s p l aye r c hose it. We have n ’ t b e e n i nspired to change i t . . . p l u s i t ’s easy to say. What genre of m u s i c d o you consider you r wo r k to b e? Who are yo u r m a j or i nfluences? our music is me l o d i c a n d rocky with pop e l e m e nt s really prominent to o ! When did you fo r m yo u r b and? we’ve started as a t h re e p iece in ferbruar y What inspired yo u to m a ke m usic together? I t ’s like an esca p e p l a n f rom mundanity. We wa n n a get out of jail. We h ave a mutual love o f s i m i l a r b ands and we p l aye d . . . t he natural prog re s s i o n i s t hen “ let ’s find a ga ra ge to make some n o i s e i n . . . w ill we do a gig? h o p ef u l l y we get a rider ” T h at ’s h ow ever yone starts o u t . Where have yo u p erformed? W h at a re your favourite a n d l e a st favourite venues ? D o yo u h ave any upcomin g s h ows ? We’ve played a l l t h e G lasgow hotspot s . . . a few g reat gigs in Germ a ny to o . . . favourite venue . . . . I t h i n k K i ng Tut ’s was ou r b e st g i g i n terms of atmo s p h e re . . . a s aturday night, s o l d o u t p laying with two o t h e r g reat bands...a n d the staff were gre at . Ve r y h elpful. Box is g re at to o

a n d we ’ve f r i e n d s t h e re . . . G i b by i s re a l l y g re at o n t h e s o u n d b o a rd . . .We l ove a l l t h e ve n u e s t h at we l co m e us! H ow has yo u r music evo l ve d s i n c e yo u f i rst b e ga n p l ay i n g music to get h e r ? A s i d e f ro m b e co m i n g re a l l y t i g ht t h e s o n g w r i t i n g i s i m p rov i n g a l l t h e t i m e . I t h i n k we exc e l i n w r i t i n g s o n g s . Th at ’s h ow we p l a n o n sta n d i n g o u t . H o o ks , hits and choruses! A re yo u s e e k i n g fa m e a n d fo r t u n e ? I t ’s w i t h i n u s . . . j u st n e e d to s o u rc e i t ! W h at a d v i c e d o yo u h ave fo r p e o p l e w h o wa nt to fo r m t h e i r ow n b a n d s ? P l ay w h at yo u l ove , b e i n a b a n d w i t h p e o p l e yo u l ove a n d t r u st a n d wo r k yo u r b a c ks i d e s o f f ! S ay p l e a s e and t h a n k-yo u . . . s m a l l t h i n g s l i ke t h at h e l p yo u sta n d o u t . A n d b e p re p a re d to p l ay to t wo m e n a n d t h e i r d o g . . . i f n o t yo u ’ l l n eve r p l ay a ny w h e re ! H ow ca n fa n s - to - b e ga i n a c c e s s to yo u r m u s i c ? Fa c e b o o k , soundcloud... a n d a s s o o n a s i t ’s re a d y o u r E P/L P w i l l b e o n iTu n e s . D o yo u g u ys h ave a ny other hobbies besides, o bv i o u s l y, m a k i n g m u s i c ? We e at ou t a l o t , c h e c k out other bands, mainly e at i n g . Re h e a rs e , e at , g i g , m u s i c i s o u r l i fe . Fo o d for the soul!

W h at ’s yo u r most e m b a r ra s s i n g ex perience? Po l ; my j e a n s ripped o n sta ge i n G e r m any a night a n d to q u o te D ave Murray o f I ro n M a i d e n fame “Me e a r r i n g s p o p p e d out ” D o g ; f i n i s h i n g a song a c h o r u s e a r l y i n front of 1 0 0 0 p e o p l e . N i ce A n d y ; Lo s i n g h i s wallet. W h at ’s yo u r dream h o l i d ay ? G o o d b o o k , good food a n d go od co m p any. Wine h e l ps . S u n s h i n e too. W h at a re yo ur songs about? O u r s o n g s a re a mix of things....some are about us o r f r i e n d s . . . s e l f analysis, social co mmentar y. T h ey ’re about things w h i c h p e o p l e experience eve r y d ay. . . l i fe , love, loss, wa nt , n e e d , fe a r, anger.... a n d t r y i n g to m ake sense o f i t a l l re a l l y.

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W h e n d i d yo u realize you wa nte d to b e a singer/ so n g w ri te r ? On l y re c e nt l y. 2 006, to be exa c t . I we nt t h ro u g h a divorce and wa s l o o k i n g fo r a n outlet, a ho b by, w h ateve r you want to ca l l i t . S om e m ay joke, a midlife c r is i s ! S o, I purchased my f i rst g u i ta r, a Hohner Co u nt r y m a n d readnought aco u st i c i n a rat h er fetching bl u e .

I am a late starter. I took guitar lessons at 36 and then started songwriting. I realized I had a reasonably decent singing voice and my then guitar teacher (who is now my producer) encouraged me to take it further. The rest is histor y….. What inspires you when you write your songs? A lot of my songs are above love, relationships, love lost and un requited and broken

hearts….you know, t h e st u f f that makes the wo r l d go round, right? I see myself as a sto r y te l l e r and life’s stor ybo a rd i s my main inspiration . Th at ’s why I called my f i rst E P release, Angel & O t h e r Stories, because t h ey a re a l l stories. They may cove r t h e same themes but t h ey a re all individual sto r i e s t h at I hope my fans an d l i ste n e rs can relate to.


For exam p l e , H e roin of the Sou l i s a ve r y powerful, em o t i ve s o n g a b o ut being in a re l at i o n s h i p t h at is bad for you . We h ave a l l been there and ke pt go i n g back even tho u g h we s h o u l d n’t. I have had n u m e ro u s comments abo u t h ow t h e l yrics relate to p e o p l e ’s ex p e riences on that o n e . 3am I n Th e Morning is the t i t l e s o n g from the for t h co m i n g a l b u m of the sam e n a m e (d u e towards the end o f 2 0 1 1 ). I t is a rocky bal l a d a b ou t g u y awake at 3am w i s h i n g h e co uld get the love o f h i s l i fe b a c k. And yes, it wa s w r i tte n at 3am in the mo r n i n g , h e n c e t he title! T he n ew a l b u m has some gre at n ew m ate r i al going on it w h e re I a m ex p erimenting wit h d i f fe re nt m u sical styles and ge n re s . C h e ck out my son g T h i s I s W h e re and you wil l s e e a d ra m at i c change in sty l e . I’ll l et yo u l i ste n to the rest of my s o n g s a n d you can dec i d e w h i c h o n e s relate to you a n d , m o re i mportantly, wh i c h o n e s i n s p i re you. T he M o st p owe rful lyrics are ? Wh e n i t co m e s to my lyrics, I wo u l d s ay t h at l o st love is a big t h e m e i n my work and it do e s i n s p i re s o m e powerful ima ge s ; t h e b ro ken heart is always a p owe r ful theme. Fin d i n g l ove w i t h a broken hea r t . S o p py, I k now, but it wo r ks . Ch e c k o u t my s ong Where Is T h e L ove ? a n d there are som e p owe r f u l l y r ics in there abo u t h ow I s e e society and wh e re we a re at right now. We h ave b e co m e a pretty mate r i al i st i c wo r ld and to use my l y r i c , w h ere is the

love? O ther powerful lyrics; Bon Jovi (I am a big fan) – Living O n A Prayer, anthemic, rocky, we-can-make-it lyrics that have stood the test of time. Another Jovi track I love is Wanted Dead or Alive. True road warrior music of a life on the road in a rock band. Modern day cowboys on a tour bu s. The immortal line, “A loaded six-string on my back.” It says it all. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are my L en non and McCartney, but I do love a good Beatles track as well. Personally, I cannot stand the UK charts right now. Most of it is bubble-gum dross using drum m achines, samples and auto-tu ne. There’s no-one in the charts who really stands out anymore. So, I look to the independent music scene and there are a lot of artists and bands out there who are kicking out some really powerful tunes with powerful lyrics. One of my favourites is Cherr y Suede (from Canada) who are a true rock and roll outfit a la Bon Jovi, Rick Springfield and the like. One of their ballads called In Pieces is so powerful, it brought a lump to my throat when I heard it the first time. Randy Scott and R andy Young are great guys who can really rock it. Another independent band I love right now whose lyrics are powerful but with that lovely pop/rock sound that remind me of my youth are The Ma rs Patrol. Davina has a crack ing voice and some of their lyrics just rock it. Period. Check out their latest single S hake It Up. Pure pop/ rock at its best.

Which artist woul d yo u l i ke to collaborate with ? Easy. Top of the l i st h a s to be Jon Bon Jovi. T h e g u y i s a legend. He sti l l h a s t h e women swooning at n e a r l y fifty! But on a ser i o u s n o te , he has received a G o l d e n Globe and an Acad e my A wa rd nomination for h i s s o l o song , Blaze of Glor y f ro m t h e movie Young Guns I I a n d t h e music he and Richi e S a m b o ra create is just pu re c l a s s i c hard rock. Also, c h e c k o u t Jon Bon Jovi ’s so l o a l b u m , Destination A ny w h e re . There are some ve r y c l o s e similarities to S p r i n g ste e n and Dylan in th e re . Th at is why I would l ove to collaborate with h i m . G o o d old-fashioned bl u e co l l a r rock music. So, Jon , i f yo u ’re reading , please g i ve m e a call. As I mentione d a b ove , I love the independ e nt m u s i c scene and woul d h a p p i l y collaborate with Ra n d y S co tt and Randy Young of C h e r r y Suede who are gre at f r i e n d s of mine. They are t h e n ex t Bon Jovi/Sambora w r i t i n g duo. Great at t h e i r c raf t and superb live to o . I wo u l d also happily work w i t h t h e lovely guys from Th e M a rs Patrol. Ross Nelso n i s a g re at songwriter and gu i ta r i st a n d to do a duet wi t h D av i n a would be sublime . Th e re st of the guys in that b a n d a re solid as well. How do you re l ax w h e n you’re not singing ? I live in Norfolk i n t h e e a st of the UK and we h ave s o m e of the most bea u t i f u l (i f somewhat flat) co u nt r ys i d e the UK has to offer. Be a u t i f u l beaches with sa n d d u n e s and pine trees and f i e l d s a n d countr y walks ga l o re . S o, when I am not si n g i n g , yo u will often find m e wa l k i n g , or cycling , aro u n d the


No r fo l k co u nt r ys i de with my he a d p h on e s o n , l ooking for ins p i rat i o n fo r t h e next song. I o f te n p o st my p i ctures that I ta ke o n my B l a c k Berr y from my t rave l s o n my personal Fac e b o o k p ro f i l e . O t h e r fo r m s o f relaxation inc l u d e ; catc h i n g up on T V shows I h ave m issed (Sky Plu s i s u s ef u l that way), gard e n i n g (we e d i ng – great an ge r t h e ra py ) a nd chilling ou t w i t h a d e c e nt glass of wi n e w it h f r i e n d s and family. If yo u h a d n ’ t become a ba n d /s i n ge r etc . , what job do yo u t h i n k yo u ’d be doing rig ht n ow ? I st i l l d o t h e d ay j o b. I run my ow n b u s i n e s s a s a freelance con s u l ta nt a n d instructor on C o m p u te r A i d ed Design (CA D ) s o f t wa re and have do n e fo r t h e l a st ten years. Yep , i t is o f f i c i al. I am a com p u te r ge e k . Weird thing is t h at t h e d ay j ob affirms the m u s i c j o b . I n t he day job, I get u p a n d p re s e nt to other fel l ow co m p u te r geeks in cla s s e s o f u p to o ne hundred in wo n d e r f u l p l a c es such as Las Ve ga s w h i c h h as prepared me fo r gett i n g u p on stage to p e r fo r m my m usic. What goe s a ro u n d co m es around. Plu s t h e m u s i c h as instilled suc h co nf i d e n c e a s well. O n e t h i n g I w i l l s ay, pardon the p re a c h i n g . A s a parent, get yo u r c h i l d re n involved in mu s i c . A N Y k i n d of music. It is a g re at l eve l l e r a nd inspires a d e g re e o f confidence I neve r t h o u g ht I would have at t h i s a ge . A n d by that, I d o n ’ t m e a n t h e X-Factor eit h e r. To ta l l y w rong on all leve l s , t h at s h ow. I mean, mu s i c c l u bs , c h o irs, where they m i x w i t h their own pe e r g ro u ps . I t gets them off

of Rockband or Guitar Hero as well. Get them playing a R EAL instrument! Do you have any pre-gig rituals/Lucky items? A coup le. If I am wearing shoes with laces when I am performing , I always have to undo them and do them up again, just before I go on. I have a phobia of tripping over them if they come undone! I always double knot them as well. Another thing I always do is tune my guitar about thirty minutes before I perform. Just a routine thing. It calms my ner ves. And I always have a guitar pick wedged in my guitars strings at the top of the neck near the nut, so I know I have a pick ready to play plus a couple of spares in my pocket too. Which instrument do you wish you could play? My main instrument is a sixstring acoustic and I own two; one regular acoustic and an electro-acoustic for

live performances , p l u s t wo electric guitars th at I w i s h I could play bette r. M o re practice, I think! I wish I could play key b o a rd s . I have always wante d to s o n g writer on one of t h o s e b i g grand pianos! Che c k o u t t h e video to Bed of Ro s e s by Bo n Jovi and you’ll get t h e i d e a ! Do you play your ow n m u s i c or do you have a b a n d ? It depends. I h ave b e e n known to do an o c ca s i o n a l “unplug ged” kind o f s h ow where it is just m e a n d my guitar but I have “g u e ste d ” in with a local cove rs b a n d i n the past where I d i d p u re l y vocals. If I do tou r at s o m e point, I will have a b a n d o n tour with me. When is your next to u r ? The big question. A n d r i g ht now, I really don ’ t k n ow ! I am ver y deep in w r i t i n g a n d recording the alb u m w h i c h is my main focus r i g ht n ow. There is a lot of wo r k i nvo l ve d and as an inde p e n d e nt I


don ’ t h ave t h e re s ources of a large re co rd com p any either (bu t i f t h e re is o ne reading , I co u l d d o w i t h a helping han d … . ). I a m c u r re nt l y fan (crowd) fun d i n g my a l b u m and need inve sto rs to h e l p me reach my ta rget o f 1 2 , 000 Euros to re co rd a n d distribute the a l b u m , s o we have that hurd l e to c ro s s first, then a to u r ca n eve n be thought abo u t . May b e c h e c k o u t my music and i nve st a n d OWN part of the a l b u m at w w w. sellaband. com /s h a u n c b r ya nt. Trust me , i f yo u d o invest, you w i l l h ave o ne of the hard e st i n d e p e n d ent singer/ son g w r ite rs in the UK wo r k i n g o n yo u r i nvestment. Wh at b a n d a re yo u a big fan of? It go e s w i t h o u t saying I love B o n J ov i . Th ey inspired me to p i c k u p a guitar and sta r t s o n g w r i t i n g. I love Spr i n g ste e n , a b it of Bob Dyl a n a n d a l e sser-known Au st ra l i a n band called Ice h o u s e w h o were pretty big ove r h e re i n t h e eighties. T hey we re p i o n e e rs of what wa s ca l l e d sy nt h -rock with the b i g o l d Fa i r l ight CM-1 synt h e s i s e rs . D i d you know you ca n n ow get a Fairlight em u l ato r fo r t h e iPad that rep l i cate s a l l t h e o ld Fairlight CM - 1 s o u n d s ? Technology, eh? An d , a s I h ave a l ready waxed lyr i ca l a b o u t t h e m, I love Che r r y S u e d e a n d The Mars Pat ro l . G re at in dependent roc k b an d s w h o are lovely peo p l e a n d h ave what we cal l i n t h e b u s i n e s s, soul.

Do you get compared to any other artists? I have had a few comparisons to Jon Bon Jovi ’s solo material, and I have been told my voice has similarities to Tom Petty as well.

Q u i c k Q u e s t i o ns -Favorite song ever: Tough one….but I would pro b a b l y have to say Welcome To Wherever You Are by B o n Jovi because the lyrics mean so much to m e o n a personal level. -Your funniest onstage moment: When perfor m i n g a guest slot with my producer (who also perform s ) a n d I came in so early (I was that ner vous) I san g TWO intros to one of my own songs! -Highlight so far: Playing a live set and b e i n g inter viewed by the lovely Sue Marchant on he r s h ow on BBC radio in April 2010. -Guilty pleasure: If I am working late, a wee d ra m o f my favourite scotch, Lagavulin, keeps me comp a ny o r another tipple I discovered a few years back ca l l e d Tod ka. It is toffee flavoured vodka which is de l i c i o u s on a hot night mixed with lemonade and lots o f i c e . And, for those old enough to remember the a d ve r t , I am not a secret lemonade drinker either. I a m s u re if you look up the old R .Whites lemonade adve r t o n YouTube, you will understand! -Favorite food: Well, I just love food in genera l … . b u t a decent curr y is always good and I love good C h i n e s e food. I was lucky enough to check out Chin atow n in San Francisco recently on a business trip a n d we found a real Chinese restaurant with only C h i n e s e menus and the food was just amazing. I als o l ove sushi. -Favorite T V programs: I am quite partial to a n episode of Doctor Who and Torchwood (the s p i n o f f series). Plus, I am a bit of a secret sci-fi buff, l i k i n g shows such as Stargate SG-1 and Babylon 5.


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I got into G l a s g o w a round 6:45p m w i t h v ery little time t o s p a r e a s the door s w e r e d ue to open a t 7 p m I made my way a c r o s s S auchiehall Street. S tanding outs i d e t h e v enue was Ke v i n f r o m ‘ MakethisRelat e ’ w h o s houted out “Hiya D anielle”, it’s r e a l l y d ifficult to be so f amous don’t c h a k n o w l ol. Once in th e v e n u e I made my way o v e r t o t he merchandi s e s t a n d t o get a t-shirt . I w a s p leasantly surprised t o see Toni fr o m T h e C orleones was h e l p i n g o ut selling all the b ands stuff at the merchandise stand. I decided to g e t a n ‘ Aspen Tide’ t-s h i r t a n d l ucky for me I g o t t h e l ast re d one! Wh i l e I w a s t here Ross from A s p e n T i de popped o v e r a n d we had a quic k c h a t . T hen I acted l i k e a r eal grown up a n d g o t a blue slushy f r o m t h e b ar. Mind yo u I d i d a dd a shot of V o d k a ! ! ! T he first band o n s t a g e was “So Many A n i m a l C alls”, a 4 piece F ailpop band from Glasg ow. The b a n d g o t t he crowd war m e d u p ; t hey performe d s o n g s s uch as “We Sle e p B a c k T o Back” and th e i r n e w so far “un- n a m e d ” t r ack. Their “unn amed” track w a s j u s t r ecently put t o g e t h e r when they all g o t b a c k t ogether afte r their r espective holidays o ver the summ e r . T h e

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band asked for suggestions from the crowd what to call the song, if anyone had ideas they should contact the band. I think “revenge!” would be good as that lyric came across very loud!! The band played a set of around 6 or 7 tracks. A very good band and great opening act.


N ext up was “ A s p e n T i de” the band c a m e o nto t he stage t o a n e ntrance trac k a n y h eavy weight boxer w ould be pro u d o f . T hey were miss i n g o n e m ember as the b a n d ’ s d rummer left th e b a n d l ast month, s o t h e y b orrowed Dann y f r o m “ MakethisRelat e ” to f i l l in f or this gi g . T h e y o pened their s e t w i t h “ L ions”, and then t hey played the i r n e w t r ack “Brother” . T h e i r t hird track “Q u i v e r ” w as a bit slowe r . T h e y r eally needed t o s l o w t hings down a b i t a s Ro bi was g e t t i n g r ather sweaty. They t hen played “fr o m t h e s t rong came f o u r t h ” . J ust before “Bre a t h i n g u nderwater” there w as a proble m w i t h R oss’ guitar an d R o b i a nnounced “that t his never ha p p e n s ” e veryone ha d a g iggle, includi n g t h e b and. Closing t h e i r s et was “the h o b b i t t r ack”...? Again s o u n d t e ch problems , w a s i t time to pa c k u p a nd leave? Of c o u r s e n ot! Their las t s o n g is currently called J ohnny lynch, i t i s a n ew track wi t h t h e w orking title of J o h n n y L ynch (it is mo r e t h a n l i kely it will ch a n g e ) . O ne o f the ma i n l i n e s i n it is “A rabb i t i n a h at is a spell I n e v e r m anaged”. Bef o r e t h e b and left the s t a g e I asked Iain f o r h i s s et-list. Overal l a f e w p roblems, but s t i l l a g reat set.

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H eadlining for t h e n i g h t “ MakethisRelat e ” , n o w p l aying as a 3 p i e c e . D ave having l e f t f o r p ersonal reaso n s , s t i l l h elps out with s e t t i n g up etc. The band o pened their s e t w i t h “ Stop. Look. Listen”, t h is was the fi r s t s o n g I ever heard th e b a n d p l ay. This is on e o f m y f a vorite song s they h ave released . They s eem to be h a v i n g a f e w onstage p r o b l e m s t o o, with Dann y ’ s d r u m k i t; he was g o i n g s o h ard on the dru m s i t w a s f a lling apart. Th e y t h e n p erformed “Tod a y , I ’ m o n Autopilot”, t h e b a n d s ang the lyri c s “ w e s u ffer” – then th e c r o w d s ang “we fa l l b a c k d own”. They as k e d t h e c r owd to sing a l o n g a s t h ey sang “W a t c h i n g C ars Crashing” . “This C onve rsation is M i s s i n g Y our Voice” Ke v i n t o l d a l l men in the r o o m t o g r ab t heir girls f o r t h i s t r ack as they s l o w e d it down. The n they p l ayed “Pick Yo u r S i d e ” a nother of my f a v o u r i t e t r acks. Kevin th e n g a v e a solo perfo r m a n c e of “California gurls” ( c orrect spelli n g , I ’ v e c hecked!), he s a n g i t w ith just an a c o u s t i c g uitar. While th e y w e r e c orrecting ye t more t e chnical problems t h ey had some f u n , t h e y a sked Alan th e b a n d s r o adie to come u p a n d d i d a little bea t b o x i n g a nd Danny (d r u m m e r ) j o ined in and d i d s o m e r a pping. Afte r the p r oblems were s o r t e d o ut Kevin play e d “ L a s t y ear” acou s t i c a l l y , a gain a very c a t c h y t u ne. The guy ’ s t h e n p erformed the i r n e w s i ngle “Sugar g l a s s ” ; t h is track is r e l e a s e d o n 22nd of Aug u s t . T h e

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t r ack is avail a b l e o n i T unes you can a l s o g e t a preview on Y o u T u b e . C l osing the s e t w a s “ We’ll always b e f a m o u s f o r our biggest f a i l u r e ” . B efore leaving , I h a d a chat with t h e g u y s f r om “Aspen Tid e ” . T h e y s i gned the s e t - l i s t I m entioned earl i e r . R o b i s i gned it first, l e a n i n g o n Ross’s back . O o p s , h e pushed to o h a r d a nd ripped through t h e paper and g o t p e n o n Ross’s t-sh i r t . R o s s s i gned it next. H e u s e d R obi’s back to l e a n o n . H e said he wou l d h a v e t o remember a n d p u s h r e ally hard to g e t b a c k a t Robi! Iain s i g n e d i t l a st, his signatu r e l o o k s a mess, just a l o t o f l i nes, so it’s ea s y t o t e l l h i s apart from t h e o t h e r l a ds. It was nic e t o s e e a l l of them aga i n . F i nally on my w a y o u t i n the crowd, I r a n i n t o “ Damo” from “ A l w a y s r e ad the Label” . I h a d n ’ t s een him in a lo n g , l o n g t i me so it was n i c e t o c atch up. He wa s t e l l i n g m e th at “Alwa y s r e a d t h e Label” are h o p i n g t o play again s o o n a n d

of course I was invited. He also said he had lots of news for “the Rockette”, so I will keep you posted with all the up-dates!

so many animal calls:

http://www.myspace.com/somanyanimalca l l s b a n d http://www.facebook.com/somanyanimalca l l s

Aspen tide:

http://www.myspace.com/aspentide http://www.facebook.com/aspentide

MakeThisRelate:

http://www.makethisrelate.com/ http://www.myspace.com/makethisrelate http://www.facebook.com/MakethisRelate


S t u n tman M i ke

play at Moto r r a d E x t r e m e at K n o c k h i l l You m ay re m e m b e r from la st m o nt h s i s s u e that I cove re d a sto r y about S t u nt m a n M i ke at the D re a d n o u g ht i n Bathgate . T h e 9 6 . 3 Ro c k Radio Batt l e o f t h e Ba n d s was jo i nt l y wo n by b o t h “Stunt m a n M i ke ” a n d “Hot Ra i l s ” a n d t h e p r i ze was to p l ay o n t h e sta ge at the BM W M o to r ra d Extrem e at Kn o c k h i l l . We got o u t o u r va n a b o u t 11.30a m a n d co u l d h e a r a band b l a st i n g away o n stage b efo re we eve n got into th e ve n u e . I t wa s a typical S co tt i s h s u m m e r ’s day wh e n we t u r n e d u p to see t h e m . T h e w i n d was ge nt l y g u st i n g at around 6 0 m p h a n d t h o s e who h a d b rave d t h e freezin g te m p e rat u re s where s u i ta b l y d re s s e d i n woolly h at s , s ca r ve s a n d thick p a d d e d j a c ket s . We had a q u i c k l o o k a ro u n d to see w h at wa s t h e re . T here we re m o to r b i ke s speedi n g ro u n d the racing c i rc u i t , s eve ra l

co m m ercial stalls selling a l l k i n ds of suitable nickn a c ks , lots of different t y p e s of racing cars on d i s p l ay and even an i c e c ream van doing a ro a r i n g trade.

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By the t i m e we go t b a c k to the sta ge a re a , Va l Verde wa s j u st s ett i n g up. So we h e a d e d i nto th e cafe fo r a q u i c k c u p o f coffee, we re a l ly n e e d e d someth i n g to wa r m u s up a bi t . A f te r o u r co f fe e we cam e o u t to watc h Val Ve rd e . They a re a five p i e c e I n d i e ro c k band f ro m D u nfe r m l i n e . Regula r “Ro c kette readers ” w i l l re m e m b e r I was d i s a p p o i nte d to miss t h e m at t h e Bo n Jovi gi g i n i s s u e 7 ! I liked t h e i r t ra c k “G l a s s Girl in a C a ge” i t wa s ver y catc hy a n d h a d m e singing a l o n g by t h e e n d . After th e i r p e r fo r m a n c e I went to ta l k to t h e b a n d . I ment i o n e d I wo u l d like to get t h e m b a c k i n the ma ga z i n e , b u t t h ey weren’ t awa re t h ey h a d even b e e n i n it . I gave them a f l ye r w i t h d eta i l s and a li n k to t h e Ro c kette and th ey s e e m e d ve r y keen to b e i n i t a ga i n . T heir l e a d voca l i st t h e n gave m e a f re e C D. Th ey were a l l ve r y n i c e l a d s and I h o p e to get t h e m i n the ma ga z i n e ve r y s o o n , so watc h t h i s s p a c e ! ! ! T here wa s a ga p i n t h e playlist fo r t h e sta ge s o a membe r o f t h e Kn o c k h i l l

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staf f f illed in doing some cove rs . He was up there o n h i s own playing guitar a n d s inging. He was re a l l y quite good. We staye d and watched the f i rst couple of tracks t h e n went for another wa n d e r. This time we wa n d e red over and watc h ed the Go Karting. W h e n we got back to the

stage the next band was on and we didn’t catch their name. We stayed to hear a couple of their tracks but were so cold we went back into the cafe to warm up again.

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After t h e co l o u r h a d returne d to o u r h a n d s we b rave l y ve nt u re d outside once m o re . Now o n sta ge wa s “ H o t R ails”, t h e o t h e r w i n n e rs from t h e D re a d n o u g ht in B at h gate . T h ey perform e d ex t re m e l y well du e to t h e f re ez i n g weathe r co n d i t i o n s ; their p o o r g u i ta r i st wa s visibly t u r n i ng blue! T hey s a n g a n u m b e r o f catchy t ra c ks . I eve n remem b e re d o ne o f t h e m from t h e D re a d n o u g ht and wa s s i n g i n g a l on g . When “Hot Rails” finishe d we went b a c k into th e cafe to get o u t of the co l d . S i tt i n g inside we re “ S t u nt m a n Mike”. Th ey we re busily ra k i n g t h ro u g h their go o d i e b a g s f ro m Rock R a d i o . Lucky for th e m t h e b a g s contain e d ‘beanie’ hats, s o at l e a st t h e i r heads wo u l d stay wa r m on stage . A co u p l e o f t h e guys ca m e ove r to s ay hi, but b efo re a ny re a l meanin g co nve rs at i o n could b e h a d t h ey we re whiske d away to sta r t setting u p o n sta ge . So once a ga i n we b rave d th e ele m e nt s a n d m a d e our way b a c k to t h e sta ge area to watc h “ S t u nt m a n

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Stuntma n Mike

M i ke ”. The brave few w h o h ad ventured out to watch them were huddled to get her for warmth, b u t when Scott asked

for a ‘Mexican Wave’ the masses responded with what can only be described as a ver y short rendition which sadly


enco m p a s s e d the wh o l e c rowd . The gu ys p l aye d s o m e sto n k i n g t ra c ks a n d t h e c rowd s h owe d their appreciation w i t h a wa r m hand clap or m ay b e t h ey we re j u st clapping to wa r m their hands, either way the band we nt d ow n we l l . A ga i n , t h ey disappointed m e by not playing “ C h e m i ca l ” b u t ove ra l l , t h ey we re g re at . Fol l ow i n g th e ir s et , we we nt b a c k i nto t h e cafe to t h aw o u t . We could s e e s o m e o f t h e stunt-b i ke r i d i n g f ro m th e rel at i ve wa r mt h o f th e cafe w h i c h l o o ke d pretty co o l a s we l l . A few brave a i r ca d et s h a d gone o u t s i d e to watc h but it wa s a w h o l e l o t warme r a n d p ro b a b l y a little s afe r to ke e p o u r vantage p o i nt at t h e cafe wi n d ow. Before l e av i n g , I d e c i d e d to get some merchandise. It was s o col d n ow t h at th e ice c re a m va n h a d closed a n d eve n t h e police h a d l ef t . I h a d heard t h at t h e re wa s a band ‘ m e rc h ’ sta l l , b u t

Stuntman Mike a l l I could find was the Ro c k R adio stall, so I got a ro c k radio goodie bag (h at , badge, cup, post-it p a d , p ostcards, vinyl car st i c ke r and a packet of c r i s ps ). O n my way out t h e gate, some of the “ S t u nt man Mike” guys p u l l e d up and thanked m e fo r coming. I told t h e m I was tr ying to find t h e ‘ merch’ stall to get o n e o f their t-shirts, so t h ey gave me one for f re e , t hanks guys! O ve ra l l, I think the we at h er played its part i n s p oiling what could h ave been a really good

event. Had it been warmer I think people would have hung around a little longer. It was so cold, that people would show up and only stay for a short time before heading off home again. So to all those brave souls like me who managed to stay around for more than an hour or so, I hope the feeling returns to your toes real soon!!!!


Everyday At Ten (Cover story) Genre: I n d i e / ro c k How long you’ve been together: aro u n d 1 ye a r

T he messiest member is: D a n ny The Prankster is: D ave Most attractive is: D a r y l

Bio: Eve r yd ay At Ten a re a n Edinburgh based band p l ay i n g m el o dy-driven, h a r m o ny- l a d e n I n d i e/ Ro c k b and. The ra p i d l y em erg i n g b a n d h a s supported R a zo r l i g ht , I ya z a n d H ea d i n g to Canada a n d J a p a n o n to u r s u p p o r t i n g T he Bay City Ro l l ers . L e d by t h e h i g h l y e n ergetic front m a n , D a r y l D e m a rco, t h e g u ys a re working o n m ate r i a l t h at a n n o u n c es w ithout any d o u bt t h at t h ey h ave t h e ta l ent , chemistr y, p a s s i o n a n d r i g ht te a m to m ove them to t h e n ex t l eve l .

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What are you up to at the moment? Making album and preparing for Can a d i a n a n d Japanese tours.

How did you get into the music industr y? Slipped in the back door

Who were your favourite bands growing up? Snow Patrol, the Beautiful South an d J a m e s .

Who where your Childhood music idol’s? Tom Yorke from Radiohead, Pete ham & To m my Evans from Badfinger and Roy Orbis o n

What song is your earliest musical memor y? Twinkle Twinkle little star snug i n my co t ( good Times).

What age did you each decide music was going to be your career? This decade

Can you describe your early experiences of gig ging and working on your first EP? Our first 3 concerts were supportin g T h e J a m , Iyaz and Razorlight, We play short 1 5 m i n s et s and give fans high energy perform a n c e w i t h songs straight from the heart. Our F i rst a l b u m is nearly finished. Ten songs record e d i n to p UK studio.

How would you describe your music? Melody driven Indie songs with ove r l o a d e d with catchy hooks and a commercia l fee l .

Who would you say are your greatest influences and who do you particularly admire right now in the industr y? Our greatest influences and arti sts we a d m i re are Indie bands like Razorlight, Th e S t ro ke s , Arctic Monkeys, who have found m a i n st re a m success but kept to their original v i s i o n fo r their music.


Touring – love it or hate it? Can ’t wa i t fo r C a nada in Nov and Japan Feb 20 1 2

What are your worst and favourite parts of being on tour together?

the call to go overseas to perform.

What can we expect in the future from you? Lots of profile concerts tours a n d go o d records. . .

We ca n a n swer t hat question after 2 weeks toget h er i n Nov. . . .

What would be the best piece of advice you have been given that What was the best gig you’ve ever you would like to share with our played, and what was the worst? readers? We l ove eve r y min of being on stage and play i n g to o u r fa n s.

Work hard never give up and learn f ro m t h e best. (Fred O ’Neil) Susan Boyle’s ex vo ca l coach

Could you briefly describe the musicmaking process? And how you come What artist would up with your lyrics? collaborate with? I w r i te h ow I fe el at the time and get the hooks the g u ys h el p to construct the song properly als o o u r p ro d u c ers have a massive part to play in gett i n g s o n g s ready for people to hear.

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Damon Albarn

The best gig you have been to? R .e.m when I was younger at Glasto n b u r y

If you could do a cover of any song , What do you do to relax when you’re what song would you choose and not working? why? Oh believe me there is not really a ny t i m e to May b e to m o r row by The Iveys who became Ba d f i n ge r.

relax right now lol

If you hadn’t become a band/singer What song do you get requests for etc., what job do you think you’d be the most? doing right now? Hows i t go n n a fe el and Lift you up

Concert Promoting and Events Man a gem ent

What would be your ideal date?

Who is your celeb crushes?

On e t h at d o es n ’t end badly

Susan Sarandon if she was 30 years yo u n ge r

What song reminds you of the first If a genie gave you 3 wishes, what time you fell in love? would you wish for? Any J o h n D e nver s ong

health, money and 10 more wishes

Do you have posters up on your room Would you like to star in a movie, if walls? so what kind of movie? I h ave p o sters o f concerts we have played in. Yeh sure would have to be a B movie What is the weirdest gift you have horror received from a fan?

Do you have any pets? If yes what is their name? What ’s been the highlight for you so I got a Irish setter puppy called indie far, and do you have any regrets? Mo o n p i g ca rd s ( l a ughs) 4 of them to date.

Ra zo r l i g ht wa s a highlight also when we got


W hat super power do you wish you had? And why? Xray v ision (for obvious reasons) Describe your bedroom? T idy comf y lol W hat inspires you most when writing lyrics? life experiences Any last words? A thanks to your readers supporting a great mag.

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T i t ors Insignia ! ! N a m e : L ew is Ri c h a rd S a n d e rson

Name: Stephen Swift

Ba s s G u i ta r

Drums & Vocals

A ge : 1 8

Age: 25

M y favo u r i te t hing i n t h e w h o l e world is: music!

My favourite thing in the whole world is: music

I re a l l y h ate : S c e n e K i d s !

I really hate being: sober

I h ave a p et : D o g

I have a pet: dog - spar ky

Bu t I wo u l d l i ke a p et : S n a ke

My favourite colour is: blue

My favo u r i te co l o u r i s Bl a c k , u nless you co u nt t h at a s a s h a d e , t h e n red.

I love eating: indian take away

I l ove e at i n g c h i n e s e fo o d

Na m e : M a r k Pe a rc e

Name: S tuart “Og gy � Ogden

L ea d G u i ta r & Bac k i n g Vo ca l s

lead singer & rhy thm guitar

A ge : 2 5

Age: 32

My favo u r i te th i n g i n t h e who l e wo r l d i s : Ho r ro r f i l m s

My favo urite thing in the whole world is: my kids & playing live gigs

I re a l l y h ate : X Fa c to r !

I really hate: when its home time after a great gig.

I h ave a p et : D o g , 4 d o g s a c t u a l l y. . .

I have a pet: no

Bu t I wo u l d l i ke a p et : B i g fo o t M y favo u ri te co l o u r i s : Re d I love e at i n g : T h e l i tt l e H a r i b o fried eggs

But I would like a pet: A fish ha ha My favourite colour is: red I love eating: Chinese food, kebabs!

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between rock and indie with a bit of punk thrown in here and there... My influences are Jimmy Page, Adrian Smith, Ace Frehley, Pete Townshend, Johnny Ramone, Keith Ste p h e n : I t wa s c hose Richards, L emmy. be ca u s e o f a man My na m e d John Titor Stuart/og gy: wh o c l a i m e d h e was opinion is rock with a a t i m e t rave l l e r. He splash of indie & punk ha d h i s ow n i n s i gnia in there, but don’t say fro m t h e f u t u re and indie to loud because we n a m e d t h e band that lads hate indie afte r t h at . I was ha-ha. And my major are, prev i o u s l y i n a band influences cal l e d t h e d i f fe rents Stereophonics, OCS, wh o co n s i ste d o f 3 of the Who, Jet, Oasis the 4 b a n d m e m b ers. just to name a few! How d id yo u c h oose the n a m e o f yo u r band Have yo u c h a n ge d the ba n d ’s n a m e b efo re? Lew i s : P i a n o p i c ked it afte r c h e c k i n g o u t the “ti m e t rave l l e r ”, John T ito r.

Ma r k : We we re a 3 p i e c e ca l l e d T he Dif fe re nt s fo r a w hile, the n sta r te d T i TOR ’s iNS i G N iA a s a 4 p i ece. T h e n a m e ca m e f rom a sto r y s o m e body pu t m e o n to a bout a g u y on t h e i nte rnet cla i m i n g to b e from the f u t u re .

When did you form your band? L ewis: Swift, Stu and Piano have been playing together for years but I joined the band in July 2010 Stephen: The band was formed around 4 years ago Mark: L ate summer 2008 Stuart/og gy: This band formed in July 2008 I think it was in a little practice room in our local.

Stu a r t /o g g y : Ou r band na m e wa s c h o s e n by ou r lead g u i tarist ma r k “ P i a n o ”p e arce, so I ’ l l l et h i m a n swer that b e ca u s e I ’ve told the sto r y a m i l l i on & What inspired you to make music together? on e t i m e s . Stephen: I’ve played Wh at ge n re o f music with mark the guitarist do yo u co n s ider since we was 11 as yo u r wo r k to be? we went to the same Wh o a re yo u r m ajor school togethe r. Stu the lead singer called inf l u e n c e s ? Lew i s : Ro c k / I ndie round my house 1 day mu s i c . My m ajor to see if I wanted to inf l u e n c e s a re Jeff start as band as he Ma n g u m , Mark heard me practicing Ho p p u s , To m D e l o nge, in the back garden. Ma r k Eve rett , E l liott We recruited Lewis a couple of years after Sm i t h starting the band. Ste p h e n : I would I’ve known say ro ck i s t h e best Mark: way to d e s c r i b e it our drummer since an d I ’m i n s p i re d by our early teens at suc h b an d s a s t h e foo high school, we both fig hte rs , p i n k f l oyd, took music lessons seeing them iro n m a i d e n a n d o ther after advertised and being suc h a s b i l l y j o e l . into similar bands. Ma r k : S o m ew here 42

Stuart/og gy: At the beginning it was just to jam and We have always been close friends and have been in other band together for many years until we decided to write our own material for Ti TORS iNSiNGiA ,

book or M y S p a c e i f you just G o o g le o u r band name.

How has yo u r m u s i c evolved since yo u first began p l ay i n g music toget h e r ? Lewis: Gon e f ro m a more raw in d i e s o u n d , to a slight l y m o re Where have you mature, heav y s o u n d . performed? What are your favourite Stephen: W h e n we and least favourite first started we p l aye d venues? Do you have covers an d p l aye d any upcoming shows? pubs and clu bs . W h e n Lewis: Favorite Venue we started t i to rs to - Jabez Cleg g & L east get away f ro m t h e favourite venue covers we d e c i d e d to - none. go for a heav i e r s o u n d than indie b u t n o t Stephen: We have to heav y th at wo u l d played all over the put people o f f f ro m north west in places coming and m u s i c t h at such as the cavern, we would a l l e n j oy Manchester academy, playing toget h e r. Liverpool academy and other venues and Mark: It ’s b e co m e festivals all over. We more com p l ex a n d have upcoming gigs in layered, we te n d to The zoo bar St Helens write stuff t h at we ’d and other venues listen to rat h e r t h a n throughout the north write what we t h i n k west. We also play a would be po p u l a r. lot of charity gigs and fund raisers. Stuart/og gy : We l l we have record e d o u r Mark: We’ve debut alb u m FA IR performed all around CI TY R IOTS a n d a re the North West, ready to be re l e a s i n g favourites being The that ver y s o o n a n d Cavern in Liverpool, we have al s o go we l l Academy 2, Jabez enough mate r i a l to Cleg g and the Dr y record ou r s e co n d Bar in Manchester. I album. better not name my least favourites just Are you see k i n g fa m e in case we’re booked and fortune ? there! L ewis: Of co u rs e . W h o isn’t? Stuart/og gy: We Headlined the o2 Stephen: Fa m e a n d academy in Liverpool fortune I s u p p o s e i f what was an awesome you make i t b i g a re gig and have played something t h at ’s p a r t the academies in of the job b u t i n a l l Manchester also the honesty I j u st l ove dr y bar is one of our playing mus i c w h et h e r favs, the least fav ones it be with t h e g u ys i n are the ones that have the practice ro o m o r no people in them cuz where ever i t w il l b e the promoters aren’t at a sold ou t s h ow. ver y good. We have got a load of up and Mark: I’d be l y i n g i f I coming shows that said I wasn’ t ! can be seen on face


Stu a r t /o g g y : Fo r me I love live performances an d t h e m o re p e ople the b ette r, a s for fam e and fo r tune that co m e s w i t h is an d I wo u l d s ay no to h av i n g my p o c kets ful l o f d o l l a r

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Wh at a d v i c e d o you have fo r p e op l e who wa nt to fo r m t heir ow n b a n d s ? Lew i s : D o i t with pe o p l e yo u like, an d m a ke s u re the inte re st s f ro m all me m b e rs a re the sam e . Ma r k : S t i c k w i t h it, ma ke s u re i t ’s a l ways a go o d t i m e , a n d if yo u ’re eve r o n the sam e b i l l a s u s m i ne’s a w h i s key a n d co ke ;) How ca n fa n s - to-be gai n a c c e s s to your mu s i c ? Lew i s : w w w. mys p ace. com / t i to rs i n s i g n i a Ste p h e n : a ny body can a c c e s s o u r band just t y p e i n t itors ins i g n i a i nto go ogle or a ny o t h e r s e arch en g i n e a n d yo u will fin d u s o n fa c e b ook, reve r b n at i o n a s well as p l e nt y o f o ther site s . Ma r k : Yo u ca n find us o n Reve r b n ation, My S p a c e , Fa c e b ook, YouTu b e a n d Tw i tter Do yo u g u ys have any o t h e r h o b bies be s i d e s , o bv i o usly, ma k i n g m u s i c ? Lew i s : N o p e . Ste p h e n : I l i ke to play fo o t b a l l and watc h a l o t o f s p orts. We e ke n d s a re u s ually fai r l y b u sy s o I do en j oy t h e s o c i a l life that co m e s w i t h a ba n d . Ma r k : I ’ve been bu i l d i n g g u i ta rs for a co u p l e o f m o nths now, and b e cause I’m a g i a nt n e rd I’m obs e s s e d w i t h v ideo gam e s a n d I co llect old h o r ro r f ilms an d T h e S i m psons me rc h a n d i s e . . . Wh at ’s yo u r most e m b a r r a s s i n g exp e r i e n c e ?

Lewis: Pants falling Mark: Grew up down mid gig. listening to Queen, Led Zeppelin, Green Stephen: an incident Day, Iron Maiden, under a bridge that Kiss, Metallica. mark can tell you Saw music lessons about if he so wished. advertised at high There was no 1 around school with Swifty and for some reason and got my first guitar I decided to tell him aged 12, taught myself and now ever yone how to play after not knows. enjoying them and got into song writing Mark: My most in my late teens. Been e m b a r r a s s i n g in and out of a couple experience was of bands ever since, getting up to play started covers band Come Together by The “ The Differents” with Beatles completely Stu and Swifty which drunk on my became “ TiTOR ’s birthday and playing iNSiGNiA” a couple of Day tripper in stead, years later. completely oblivious to playing the wrong What are your songs song! about? Lewis: Women!!!!!!! What ’s your dream holiday? Stephen: All kinds L ewis: Snowboarding of things from love, in the Alps. break up, not being Stephen: canal boat accepted due to not holiday. being from a particular Mark: In a caravan city or just generally somewhere in the being out and about freezing cold rain with with friends. an acoustic guitar and a nice big bottle of JD Mark: Our songs are for company! usually about small town life, nights on What is your music the tiles, random background: stuff that ’s not L ewis: I started really about any thing playing in a brass and throwing your band age 7. played girlfriend out! (Read roughly 9 instruments into that what you in the brass band/ will...) Continued from there and then began If you could play on playing bass at age1 your dream tour, what 5 when prompted by bands would be on it friends. Joined Titors supporting you? insignia in July 2010 Lewis: Jeff Mangum, the Olivia Tremor Stephen: I started Control and Foo playing music when Fighters. i was 11 with mark Stephen: Foo fighters the guitarist in high would be my main school. We diceded choice, Dave Grohl is we wanted to be in my idol. I’d quite like a band but couldn’t to play with muse and play an instrum ent or queen if freddie was even a note between still around. us. He said he would Mark: Foo Fighters, learn guitar so I the Answer, Elbow, learned drums. Kasabian


Quick Questions…L ewis: Best gig you played & why: Jabez Cleg g - The venue was AWES OME and the people appreciated the music. Your funniest onstage moment: Pants falling down mid gig. Life on tour is: awesome, I hope! Band you would love to support: Foo Fighters or Jeff Mangum Would you date a fan: Nope. I have my Girlfriend :D

Quick Questions Stephen: Best gig you played & why: T here are a lot to be honest i really enjoyed. Couldn’t really pick out a favourite. I seem to remember a lot of the pub gigs were it was packed and ever yone was dancing. Doesn’t matter about the size of the venue. As long as ever yone and were enjoying it. Your funniest onstage moment: Possibly the ver y first time that Lewis the bass player played with us, he stripped down to a pink bikini! Band you would love to support: Foo Fighters Would you date a fan: No I already have a missus.

Quick Questions Mark: Best gig you played & why: Li verpool O2 Academy headline, it sold out and loads of our friends and family where there Your funniest onstage moment: the numerous times random blokes have decided to strip off at gigs! Life on tour is: going to be emotional Band you would love to support: rolling stones Would you date a fan: I doubt anyone coming to our gigs and seeing us messing about off stage would consider us dating material!


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Macdon xxx Wh e n d i d yo u realize you wa nte d to b e a singer/ son g w r i te r ? My fa m i l y a re ve r y into the ce i l i d h t ra d i t i o n so there wa s n o c h o i c e a b out singing! I t h i n k t h e w riting just ha p p e ne d … s o me people ke e p d i a r i e s I w ro te songs. Wh at i n s p i re s yo u when you wr i te yo u r s o n g s ? Eve r y t h i n g a n d any thing. Life , b oo ks , f r i e n ds and other wr i te rs T h e M o st p owerful lyrics are ? T h o s e w h i c h yo u can believe in . I wo u l d go for Robert Bu r n s A m a n s a m an Wh i c h a r t i st wo u ld you like to co l l a b o rate w i t h? Jo a n Ba ez - h ow folkie and ge e k i e ca n yo u get! How d o yo u relax when yo u ’re n o t s i n g i n g? I a m a b i t o f a r u nning fiendit get s ri d o f my excess energy wh i c h i s go o d fo r ever yone ;) If yo u h a d n ’ t b e co me a band/ sin ge r etc . , w h at job do you th i n k yo u ’d b e doing right now ? I’d go w i t h wo rking in a job w h i c h I h ate but on the plu s s i d e m a n a g ing to eat reg u l a r l y … …

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Do you have any pre-gig rituals/Lucky items? No- I tend to get lost, lock my self in rooms and break things so I tr y not to pay attention to the wee things Which instrument do you wish you could play? The fiddle- Ever y time I hear certain players I wish I could play it Do you play your own music or do you have a band? I play myself or with a band. It ’s always lovely to play with folk- you get a bit more banter going When is your next tour? I am literally just back from L ondon where I was gig ging for about 2 week. I always have a great time in London . I have a wee tour on October around Scotland pre album release then an album release tour early next yearver y exciting! What band are you a big fan of? O oohhhh there are so many on the Scottish folk scene- The rule of three, the Treacherous Orchestra, Adam Holmes& the embers or Mans ruin.. The not so folky Paper aeroplanes and the Dan Hutchins band… the list cou ld go on and on

Do you get compa re d to a ny other artists? I don’t know….. n o b o d y h a s ever said any thin g l i ke t h at and now I am won d e r i n g i f I should be worried … … … . .

Quick Questions -Favorite song eve r : Diamonds and Rust J o a n baez -Your funniest onsta ge moment: I fall ove r a l o t … a lot! -Highlight so far: P l ay i n g with the Portobell o Orchestra in London ( t h ey performed five of my s o n g s ) and they are now co m i n g to Skye to do a retur n g i g ! -Guilty pleasure: a ny w i n e with bubbles -Favorite food: oat m e a l a n d raisin cookies…... -Favorite TV progra m s : Dexter

Links:

Official Website: http://w w w.annamacdonaldmusic.com/


‘ T h e C e l e s t ia ns’… tell all abo u t m u s i c , life on tour and upco m i n g s hows.

G e n re : A l te r n at ive/Pop/Rock M e m b e rs : R u s s ell Ferguson, Keir Pal mer, Craig Devoy & Keir Fletcher. I nf l u e n c e s : Ba c k in the golden days it was Blink 182, Sum 41, nowadays i t ’s m o re A n ge l s & Air waves, White Lies & Kings of Leon.

Bi o : T h e C e l e st i ans are an alternative/pop/rock quartet from Cumbernauld/Co atb r i d ge . We h ave two aims; our shows to be frenetic, memorable and entertain i n g an d to b e eve r y t hing you haven’t heard before.

H ow yo u b e ga n writing your own so ngs: Well me (R ussell) and Keir always love d p l ay i n g m u s i c w i t h e a c h other and always had the dream to start a band, I know ver y o r i g i n a l , s o w i t h t h i s i n m i n d we just clashed our ideas together until we created some son g s . N ow i t ’s a b i t m o re co m plex, I’ll write a song about 99% complete, take it to all the guys at p ra c t i c e a n d t h e n t h ey ’ l l mangle it in their own special way and usually something com p l ete l y d i ffe re nt a n d b etter comes out.

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W h at h ave b een yo u r ex p e r i e nces of ‘c e l e b r i t y l i fe’? W h at a re t h e p erks an d n e gat i ve s i des to fa m e ? We l l f i rst l y I d on’t th i n k we ’d c l a s s ourse l ve s a s c e l e b r i ties or fa m o u s , m o re like m e ga s o c i a l b u tterfli e s . Th e re a re two tim e s I re m e m ber fe e l i n g l i ke a “c e l ebrit y ” a n d t h e s e were w h e n I wa s wa n derin g a ro u n d i n town ea r l y t h i s ye a r and two g i r l s ca m e u p to m e a n d a s ke d I f I was in ‘ Th e C e l e st i ans’ an d t he o t h e r t ime is w h e n we p l aye d a ch a r i t y s h ow i n L ivin g sto n a n d t h i s wee boy ca m e u p to me an d C ra i g a n d a s ked us to s i g n o u r E P for hi m . Th e p e r ks are it ’s j u st re a l l y cool to s ay yo u ’re i n a ba n d w h et h e r yo u’re as b i g a s U 2 o r as sm a l l as u s ! Th e neg at i ve s wo u l d b e that so m et i m e s b a ndm ate s g r i n d o n e ach ot h e r a n d i t ’s annoy i n g , yo u ’ l l s o metim e s wa nt to p u nch on e o f t h e m a n d you ca n ’ t . M o st o f t h ose tim e s a re p ro b ably th e o t h e r g u ys wantin g to p u n c h m e , I’m an n oy i n g . L o t ’s o f fa n s want to k n ow h ave yo u a g i r l f r i e nd/ boy f r i e n d ? We a l l h ave girl fr i e n d s … at l east to t h e b e st o f my kn ow l e d ge t h ey ’re al l g i r l s … W h at ’s yo u r favou rite i te m o f c l o t hing yo u ow n ? M y re d b u rg u ndy ju m p e r o u t of Topm a n , I ’ve b e e n the bu tt o f a l l j o ke s due to t h at j u m p e r beca u s e i t ’s a l l I wear. I d o n ’ t ca re , I l ook

cool. Do you have any tattoos/piercings? If yes, how many and where are they? I don’t have any piercings or tattoos. I’m too wimpy. Ideal date or celeb crushes? Tom Delonge from Blink 182/Angels & Air waves… wait was it meant to be a girl? Do you have any posters up on your room walls? If yes, what are they? I have a few old posters of when ‘ The Celestians’ played… this isn’t a poster but I have my papa’s old police medals up on my wall, I think that ’s pretty cool and deser ved a men tion. He was a good man! If your life was a song , what would the title be? Fabulous & Flamboyant. L ife on tour is… We haven’t properly been on tour yet (YE T) but I can hazard a ver y accurate guess! On tour with us would be really plain sailing until sound check when stuff would go wrong and ever yone would get agitated because none of us have had our McDonalds for dinner. Also it ’d be great because meeting new people and older friends is fantastic, it ’s also a challenge to turn at least a few heads at gigs further a field from your based gigging central, which is Glasgow for us. As a band what do you most love about

http://thecelestians.bandcamp . co m / being on stage? I think it ’s the rush you get from seeing people watching you and wanting to impress them, it ’s a real adrenalin jolt. Also it ’s truly spectacular hearing the songs you’ve practised come together on stage and you play it like you’ve been doing it for years! We want to know how you prepare for a show? And do you have any exciting shows coming up? We always seem to do this pre-show hug before we go on stage, no one says any thing there’s usually just an odd laughter then some one makes a low grunt then we go on stage, it ’s peculiar but seems to work! I always steer clear of alcohol before I go on stage because really I’m a horrible drunk who starts cr ying , no one wants to see that on stage. As for exciting shows, we’re playing our “comeback” show at Firewater on the 2nd of Septem ber then supporting one of my favourite Scottish bands, Make Sparks, in

Stirling on t h e 9 t h o f Septembe r. Th e n o n the 30th O c to b e r (I know a w h i l e away ) , we’re supp o r t i n g O c tane OK at t h e 0 2 ABC2 in G l a s gow, really pump e d fo r t h at one. Any other n ews yo u would like to s h a re with the re a d e rs ? First off yo u ca n download a l l o f o u r current E P ’s and tracks on o u r b a n dcamp for f re e , t h at ’s right, no t a s i n g l e penny. A l s o ke e p an eye ou t fo r n ew songs and ot h e r m i scellaneou s i te m s !


Bobby, 24, Vocals. Douglas, 21, Bass. Noj, 24, Guitar. Scott, 26, Guitar. Sean, 22, Drums. Ryan, 31, Keys/Synts. What a r e t h e m a i n theme s o r t o p i c s f o r m ost o f y o u r s o n g s ? Lyrica l l y t h e c o n t e n t i s based o n C o n s p i r a c y Theori e s . T h i s r e l a t e s to a c o n c e p t a l b u m we’re currently workin g o n w h i c h i s s e t post appocalyptic. I n s t r u m e n t a l l y we’re taking a cyber soundscape appro a c h w h i c h i s in tend e d t o r e l a t e t o the co n c e p t . Do you r s o n g s a l w a y s expre s s personal exper i e n c e s o r i s i t peopl e w h o y o u k n o w also? The songs aren’t based o n r e a l l i f e experi e n c e s . H ow e v e r in strum e n t a l l y this m ight b e a d i f f e r e n t case as we’re all motivated by differe n t t h i n g s a n d each o f u s c r e a t i v e l y draws i n s p i r a t i o n f r o m differe n t t h i n g s . T h e lyrics a c t u a l l y c a m e first before we created the concept. The conce p t w a s m e r g e d round t h e l y r i c s , b u t i t was a l m o s t m e a n t t o be!

W h a t can you tell me about your instruments and do you only p l a y one and what m a d e you choose the i n s t r u ments you have now?” Each of us has i n v e s t ed a lot of m o n e y into gear. Ryan ( S y n t hs) for example, h a s j ust invested a l o t o f money into his n e w Roland G7 which u l t i m ately soundwise d o e s everything we c o u l d possibly want. R y a n has used many Synths over the years... from Novations to K o r g s and everything i n b etween. As far a s g uitars go... Our g u i t a rists use a v a r i e t y of different g u i t a rs. Scott recently i n v e s t ed a lot of m o n e y into his new C a p arison Horus H G S fitted with Bare K n u c kle’s, and Noj has f o r e v er been sealed o n h i s Gibson Les Paul w i t h E MG’s. The guitar w o r k instrumentally is q u i t e technical, and d o w n to preference, our guitarists are h a p p y with the tone q u a l i t ies their guitars a n d pickups achieve.

As for the future of our gear, we’re set on investing i n an InEar monitoring system so we can start to run expansive sounding backing tracks to make our music more three dimensional. This should be implemented after the completion of our album in late Winter/ early Spring. How has your music changed sin ce you first started playing music together? It took us a while to secure our 6 piece line up. Initially the songs were wrote to a premade template which Ryan programmed. Later Scott would write a collection of riffs/sections. Until we secured our remaining members, this was the simplest way we could make the most out of something we hadn’t yet secured. Soon after came the addition of Noj, then Bobby, Douglas and lastly Sean, our replacement drummer who we’re


still working with right now to rew rite o u r s o n g s . S o i n conclu s i o n , t h e s o n g s w ere o r i g i n a l l y w r o t e by the founding memb e r s , R y a n , S c o t t and P e t e . H o w e v e r , w e’re g r a t e f u l n o w to ha v e m e m b e r s a l l churn i n g a n d s h a r i n g ideas. T h i s h a s m a d e our m u s i c a l o t m o r e divers e a n d a l t h o u g h it’s ta k e n t i m e , w e believ e t h i s i s o u r A l l Star lin e u p . T h e t r a c k s so fa r a r e so u n d i n g brillian t ! How d o y o u p r o m o t e your b a n d a n d s h o w s ? Most o f o u r s h o w s locally a r e p r o m o t e d through word of mouth since w e h a v e q u i t e a str o n g f o l l o w i n g . Shows o u t s i d e W e s t Lothia n a r e p r o m o t e d throug h Facebook and through the o r g a n i z a t i o n “ M a y h e m Under g r o u n d ” . Descr i b e y o u r s h o w , visual a n d m u s i c a l l y ? We’re unlike most bands right now w e’d l i k e t o t h i n k . There are many techn i c a l a c t s a t t h e mome n t , b u t l i s t e n i n g to unstructured techn i c a l m u s i c i n our op i n i o n b e c o m e s a littl e t e d i o u s . W e choos e to write melod i c a l l y and w e tr y t o s t r u c t u r e our m u s i c s o m o s t peopl e c a n r e l a t e / appre c i a t e i t . W e ’ r e

v e r y happy with our S y n t h driven sound a n d unlike most bands w h e r e the guitarwork, o r v ocal work drives the melody... our s y n t h s add layers of a m b i ence allowing t h e guitars to be as a g g r essive as they like whilst maintainting t h e general mood/ f e e l of a section. V i s u a lly, with there b e i n g 6 of us we’re a d o m i nating force! D o e s the crowds input help? We love hearing input from people a f t e r shows. It helps u s r e flect on the gig w e ’ v e played and h o w people percieve o u r music. W h a t has been your b i g g est obstacle so f a r ? And how did you g e t p ast it? O u r biggest obstacle h a s been securing o u r line up. We’ve u l t i m ately hand s e l e c ted some of t h e best musicians in W e s t Lothian. Some o f o u r members came f r o m other successful b a n d s that had just d i s b a nded and in the end, our patience p a i d off.

our new album. Soon we’ll be focusing soley on recording and we should be gigging our new material early spring. Describe your bedroom (colour/bed cover/posters ect)? Rather than describing our bedrooms, we have our own rehearsal room/studio. Posters range from Kat Von D to Quentin Tarantino! The room contains a collection of random furnishings from old houses. Our DIY guru Ryan, man of many skills has constructed most of the room from ex/used building site materials! We’re self resourceful all the way, not a penny spent! Any last words? Check us out on face book And let us know what you think on our page. Hope to see you at a gig in th e future, come up and speak to us! We love talking to people after a show! Thanks very much for this interview its been awesome!!!

T e l l us about your n e x t shows and why w e s hould be there? C u r r e ntly we have no s h o w s lined up. Our m a i n focus right now is t h e p re-production of

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INTE R V I E W With Rob a n d C o l i n FOR A B EL a re : Ro b e r t A r m strong (voc), C o l i n H e a l y ( gt r ), J onny McGif fe n (b a s s ), D a r ro n Foy (d r u ms). What a re yo u r wo rst / favo r i te parts of bei n g o n to u r ? Rob: H a n gove rs / M a k i n g N o i s e . Colin: Favo u r i te p a r t o n to u r i s the set. A n d t h e af te r p a r t y. L o a d i n g in / sound c h e c k ca n f u c k o f f. T he M o st p owe r f u l l y r i c s a re ? Rob: T h e G re ate st Th i n g . Colin: D u n n o, I d o n ’ t l i ste n to t hem. What i s t h e we i rd e st g i f t yo u have receive d f ro m a fa n ? Rob: A L a m b D o p i a za . Colin: A f r i s be e w i t h s o m e st ubble staple d to i t . I f l u n g i t ove r a ra i n bow.

Which artist would you like to collaborate with? Rob: Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame, failing that Nick Cave. Colin: I’d like to collaborate with Steven Drozd, Thurston Moore, Kevin Shields. How do you relax when you’re not working? Rob: A pint of best and cigarettes. Colin: With my junk in my hand. What plans do you have for the near future? Rob: Album, touring and America. Colin: Eat a pizza and drink a morphine & soda.

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Is the re a ny t hi n g yo u w i s h yo u could add to you r b a n d ? Rob: M ex i ca n Ba n d i t s . Colin: B o o b i e s . What ge n re of m u s i c d o yo u co n sider your wo r k to b e ? W h o a re yo u r major i nflue n c e s ? Rob: Po st P u n k / I n d i e / A l te r n ative. Sonic Yo u t h , Th e N at i o n a l , T h e 80’s. Colin: Ly n c h / Po l l o c k How l o n g h ave yo u a l l k n ow n each other ? H ow d i d you m e et ? Rob: Th ro u g h a d u l t h o o d a n d t h rough chanc e . Colin: M e a n d Ro b h a d a f i g ht over the l ast b a g o f Q u ave rs at o u r l o ca l convenie n c e sto re . We k i s s e d a n d made up an d w ro te a n a l b u m a l l a b o u t the encou nte r. How d o e s i t ma ke you fe e l , w h e n you hear fa n s s i n g yo u r l y r i c s b a c k to you? Rob: E p i c . Colin: C o nte m pt . Who w r i te s yo u r s o n g s ? Rob: Fo r A b e l. Colin: S i r J a m e s A l exa n d e r S t irling Hamil to n E s q u i re . What a re t h e m a i n t h e m e s o r topics for m o st o f yo u r s o n g s ? D o yo u think these to p i c s w i l l c h a n ge ove r t i me? Rob: A f u l l s p e c t r u m … a lways i nterc h a n g i n g . Do yo u h ave a ny s h ows com i n g up? Rob: P i n u ps N i g ht i n G l a s gow … with Aidan M o f fat & F ra n k M c Ave n nie as guest d j ’s . Tell u s a ra n d o m fa c t a b o u t yo u rself? Rob: I s p e a k f l u e nt Po l i s h . Colin: I h ave a n A u st ra l i a s haped birthm a r k o n my r i g ht a rs e c h e e k.

Any last words? Rob: Masquerading. Colin: Peach Plum Pear Cla m Crab Cockle Cowrie.

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“ S o Many A n i m a l C a l l s ”. . . Te l l a l l about music, life on tour and u pco m i n g shows! Genre : Fa i lp op Memb e rs : Sean McKe n n a , Ro s s Stewa r t , Martin Johnsto n , Ro s s C o l l Influe nc e s : ( g row ing up – n ow ) N i r va n a , The X c e r t s , M o t i o n City S ou n d t ra c k , Jimmy Eat Wo r l d , The A nt l e rs , D e at h Cab Fo r Cutie, Sunny D ay Re a l Estate , F r i ghte n e d R abbi t , B ra n d N ew, Bo m b ay Bi cycle Club… S h a k i ra . Bio: S o M a ny A n i m a l C a l l s o r i g i nally began a s a 3 p i e c e . S e a n , Ro s s S tewart and M a r t i n re co rd e d t h e i r f i rst EP “ Your H ou s e is a H o s p i c e ” s u m m er of 2010 i n S e a n ’s h ou s e f ro m w h atever record i n g e qu i p m e nt t h ey could muste r f ro m p e o p l e t h ey k n ew. The EP wa s re c e i ve d ex t re m e l y we l l and a bun c h o f g re at g i g s fo l l owe d . The band t h e n d e c i d e d to a d d Ro s s Coll on ba s s to ex p a n d t h e s o u n d o f the band i n l ate 2 0 1 0 /e a r l y 2 0 1 1 . The “Eulo g y ” E P wa s re l e a s e d i n April 2011 a n d t h e b a n d h ave b e e n p l aying shows u p a n d d ow n S cot l a n d since prom ot i n g i t . We l ove w h at we do.

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H ow yo u b e ga n writing your own songs? Wr i t in g m u s i c is an amazing for m of p ro c ra st i n at i on , we like to procrastinate a lo t . We we re b rought together through a love o f s i m i l a r b ands. We’ve always been in b a n d s i n d i v i d u a l ly and it just made sense to tr y p l ay i n g to get her, thankfully it seems to b e wo r k i n g o u t okay! W h at h ave b e en your experiences of “c e l e b r i t y li fe ”. What are the perks/negative si d e s o f fa m e ? We ’re a nt i fa m ous in all honesty. We’re m o st li ke l y to b e known as the nuisances lu g g i n g h e av y e quipment around venues/ lo ca l t ra n s p o r t rather than members of a b a n d ! M a r t i n was recognised once as the d r u m m e r o f o u r band in the train station b u t t hat ’s a b o u t it for us. Hopefully now th at we h ave m e rch and things people will re co g n i s e u s a b i t more both as a band that p l ays m u s i c , a s well as “those creepy guys w i t h t h e we i rd o shirts”. Ross Coll was also re co g n i s e d i n t h e bathroom of a nightclub on e t i m e a s “A NIMAL BAND MAN” if that co u nt s . W h at ’s yo u r favourite item of clothin g you ow n ? We a l l we a r o u r clothes into the ground u nt i l th ey ���re fa l l ing apart. It ’s not like we wo u l d n ’ t wa nt new clothes, we just end u p wa st i n g o u r money elsewhere HENCE so m a ny s u p e r t ramp calls. Saying that I do love a n ew p a i r of socks (black of course), th at o r my b e at u p green hoody I’ve literally wo r n u nt i l i t ’s started to come undone. D o yo u h ave tattoos or piercings? If yes, h ow m a ny a n d w here are they? We d o n ’ t h ave any piercings. Ross Coll h a s ex p re s s e d i nterest in getting Michael Ba r r y m o re a n d Enrique Iglesias having a b ox i n g m atc h tattooed on his chest. It wo u l d b e g l o r i o u s. Lo t s of fa n s want to know have you a G i r l f r i e n d / b oy f r i end? We ’re 3 / 4 re lat i onshipites and one quarter al l s co tt i s h m r l uv valuv va Id e a l d ate & C e l eb crushes? M ex i ca n fo o d a nd T he Shining on whilst q u o t i ng i t b a c k . We don’t have celebrity cr u s h e s , we j u st admire Flip Banshee. A LSO

Zoey Deschannel. Yes Please. Do you have posters up on your roo m wa l l s ? If yes, what are they? A picture of Henr y Rollins looking d ow n at me disapprovingly contrasted with a p i c t u re of T HE CUSACK telling me ever y t h i n g i s going to be alright. If your life was a song , what would t h e t i t l e be? Snuffleupagus by Take A Worm Fo r A Wa l k Week or You Don’t Know Jesus by M o g wa i or Time Steps by Wendy/Walter Ca r l o s . Life on tour is: Fun. It ’s a sleeple s s n i g ht before hand, numerous checks i n t h e morning , broken patch leads an d st i c ks , replacing strings and vocal exerc i s e s . I t ’s meeting new people and watchin g b a n d s . It ’s long car journeys in the b o r rowe d ford mondeo and stops at weath e rs p o o n s who decide not to bring your food . To u r i s playing your hardest to make som e fo r m o f new fan and friend. Tour is singi n g s o n g s about Michael Barr ymore in harm o ny w i t h each other. Tour is getting to p l ay w i t h some really good bands ever y n i g ht a n d seeing new sights. It ’s getting lo c ke d o u t of a multi stor y car park at 1 in the m o r n i n g and pleading with the operator to l et t h e car out. This tour should involve : M a ke Sparks, pizza, good times, pizza, ca pta i n s rest appreciation hour and pizza. As a band what do you most love a b o u t being on stage? Throwing ourselves around and h av i n g a good time. It ’s simple but it ’s rea l l y w h at it ’s all about. We want to know how you prep a re fo r a show. And do you have any exciti n g s h ows coming up: We generally eat too m u c h a n d thank the people who have went o u t o f their way to see us. At our show at A B C 2 we started selling our merch for t h e f i rst time so that was a nice and fun way to meet new people! We go on tour o n t h e 3 rd of September with Make Sparks! P l ay i n g a few of the dates on the Scottish le g o f t h e i r tour. VERY EXCI T E.


New B a n d o n t h e s c e n e... Th e B a n d :

F ra s e r Lindsay (24) – L .Vox //Synth//Sax C ra i g Edwardson (21) – B.Vox / /R .Guitar//Trumpet S t u a r t Edwardson (24) – B.Vox / / L.Guitar Chris McMenemy (24) – B .Vox //Bass Jack Gibson (22) – Pe rc u ssion

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S i n c e their debut gig i n M a rch 2010 Glasgow f i ve - p i e ce ‘the Upbeat Be atd own’ have prided t h e m s e lves on playing m u s i c that is a little d i f fe re nt from the norm. S p a n n i ng Rock, Pop and eve n F unk the band have c re ate d a unique sound that h a s s e c ured them support slots w i t h E l ectric Six at the O2 ABC 2 -ye a rs running. T heir new EP w i l l b e out later this year.

How d i d yo u co me up with th e n am e for your band? Wa s i t yo u r F i rst choice?

F L : I t took us ages to come up w i t h a name. In fact, it actually to o k u s so long th at we were b i l l e d as ‘Backpack Audio’ (a refe re n ce to how the band sta r te d ) for our ver y first gig. I n t h e e nd it came down to the f i ve o f us standing in a circle i n o n e of Glasgow ’s many fine d ri n k i n g establishments shouti n g ra n dom names at each oth e r u nt i l one stuck.

Di d yo u h ave a ny other band na m e s i n m i n d ?

F L : O t h er than ‘Backpack Aud i o ’ I was arguing in favour of i n t h e early days was ‘Epic… l i ke Batman’…I feel we made t he r i g ht choice!

How l o n g h ave you known ea c h o t h e r ? F L : I wa s the year above Stuart a n d C h r is at schoo l and three a b ove Craig…which makes me fe e l p retty old! C J E : I ’ve known Jack since I wa s a b out 4 or 5 I think, but we d r i f te d apart for a while when

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we went to d i f fe re nt s c h o o l s . We used to m e et u p a co u p l e of times a ye a r a n d o n e t i m e we had a j a m a n d I fo u n d o u t when we we re h a n g i n g o u t o n e day that h e ’d p i c ke d u p d r u m s and had go tte n re a l l y go o d . So whe n o u r o l d d r u m m e r (Gordon H ow i e ) wa s u n a b l e to continue p l ay i n g d u e to o t h e r commitm e nt s I wa s q u i c k to throw Ja c k ’s n a m e i nto t h e l i st of possib l e n ew d r u m m e rs . A n d Stuart...we l l we ’re b ro t h e rs s o I’ve know n h i m a w h i l e . CM: Have k n ow n j a c k s i n c e he joine d t h e b a n d a b o u t a year ago, S t u wa s i n t h e s a m e year as m e i n s c h o o l a n d h ave lived in t h e s a m e st re et a s him and C ra i g fo r 8 ye a rs n ow. Met Fras e r at o n e o f h i s m a ny gigs wit h h i s p rev i o u s b a n d , remembe r t h e m p l ay i n g a g i g in the ba r I wo r ke d w h e n I wa s about 18 .

How did your band start?

FL: Chri s , C ra i g , S t u a r t a n d myself d i d t h e We st H i g h l a n d Way in 2 0 0 9 . We h a d a l l b e e n in other b a n d s i n t h e p a st a n d as we a l l h ave ve r y d i f fe re nt

m u s i ca l ta ste s a n d i nf l u e n c e s we t h o u g ht i t wo u l d b e i nte re st i n g to s e e h ow we ’d wo r k toget h e r. T h at ’s w h e re t h e n a m e ‘ B a c k p a c k A u d i o ’ ca m e f ro m . C M : We h a d ta l ke d a b o u t gett i n g to get h e r for a j a m at va r i o u s n i g ht s o u t a ro u n d t h e t i m e F ra s e rs ’ p rev i ou s b a n d b ro ke u p , I wa s j u st sta r t i n g to l e a r n b a s s b u t wa s in Ed i n b u rg h st u d y i n g a n d h a d o n l y re a l l y b e e n i n t h e st u d i o a co u p l e o f t i m e s w i t h S t u . W h e n I ca m e b a c k we d e c i d e d to get to get h e r i n my p a re nt s ’ ga ra ge to s e e w h at wo u l d h a p p e n a n d it j u st b l o s s o m e d f ro m t h e re . C J E : I re m e m b e r b e i n g d raf te d i n s li g ht l y af te r wa rd s to p l ay s o m e b ra s s o n a co u p l e o f t ra c ks . Bu t t h e b a n d ’s ove ra l l s o u n d c h a n ge d ve r y q u i c k l y at t h e b e g i n n i n g a n d st i l l co nt i n u e s to d o s o . . . s o I fo u n d mys e l f ta k i n g a m o re p e r m a n e nt ro l e w i t h o t h e r i n st r u m e nt s .

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Wh at h a s b e e n your big gest cha l l e n ge a s a b a nd?

F L : I t ’s hardly Rock & Roll, but b e h i n d the obvious challenge to w r i te songs that interest a n d c h a llenge us all, time mana ge m e nt has been a big issue. W h e n we formed in 2009 Stua r t wa s completing his Hono urs d e gree, in 2010 he was t h e n co mpleting his Masters… a n d C ra ig , not to be out-done by h i s b rother just finished his H on o u rs degree this summer. We ’re a clever bunch...for the m o st p a rt! C J E : Ye ah...I didn ’t practise fo r a m onth or so. So I had the c h a l l e n ge of learning all of the n ew t ra cks after I had finished my d i s s ertation – I didn’t do a l o t of w riting at that stage. C M : Wr iting songs has never re a l l y b een a huge problem, we s e e m to write ver y well together a s a g roup and as individuals s o n ew ideas are always flying a ro u n d ; the real challenge has b e e n t i me. The first time we re co rd e d I was working 12-11 eve r yd ay, getting to the studio at m i d n i ght, recording with the g u ys t i l l 6 and back in work at 1 2 , i t s tough but we love doing it.

As a n ew b a n d h ow much of a c h a l l e n ge h a s it been in the i n d u st r y ? F L : I t d epends on how you’re j u d g i n g it. If you take it as writi n g m u s i c, playing gigs and havi n g a l a ugh, then it ’s been rea l ly st ra ight-for ward. Tr ying to ta ke i t to the next level is when i t b e co mes harder.

C M : I t ’s hard knowing what to d o next to get noticed by p e o p l e with any influence in t h e i n d ustr y. We’ll just keep p l ay i n g gigs and promoting o urs e l ves as much as we can u nt i l t h e right set of ears are l i ste n i n g at the right time. S E : T h e re are bands that get n o t i c e d because they are in line w i t h c u r rent trends in the music i n d u st r y and there are bands t h at t r y and align themselves a c co rd i ng to what is considered ‘c u r re nt ’. I don’t think that has eve r b een something we’ve a s p i re d to achieve which I think

in a way re m ove s t h e p re s s u re to ‘sound a c e r ta i n way ’. I t h i n k we reall y j u st fo c u s o n m a k i n g music th at we l ove a n d t h at we’re ha p py w i t h .

When you write your lyrics, what in spires you?

FL: Any t h i n g ca n i n s p i re m e when wr i t i n g , b u t I te n d to t r y and write f ro m my ow n ex p e r iences. L u c k i l y i n re c e nt ye a rs that has ex p a n d e d b eyo n d j u st about be i n g d r u n k . C JE: I ju st l i ke to w r i te d ow n whateve r s p r i n g s to m i n d at the mom e nt I get a n i d e a fo r a hook i n a chorus. I l i ke to think t h at whateve r l i n e comes to m i n d straight away is in my h e a d for a re a s o n . . . but my l y r i c s , as eve r yo n e in the b a n d could te l l yo u , don’t fo l l ow a consistent t ra i n of t h o u g ht at time s . Fo r example, I ca n write a go o d hook fo r t h e chorus but then d eve l o p verse ideas that are a b o u t a com p l ete l y different to p i c . It annoys J a c k because he always l i ke s to know w h at we sing abo u t .

What ’s your favourite song to perform?

FL: It c h a n ge s f ro m t i m e to time, bu t I st i l l re a l l y e n j oy t h e songs th at i n c l u d e t h e S ax a n d Trumpet . I t ’s s o m et h i n g a l i tt l e bit differe nt t h at a l ways s e e m s to get a re a c t i on . . . a n d a l s o, they ’re s h i ny ! C JE: Yea h i t c h a n ge s , I re a l l y like play i n g ‘ Th e Way ’ b e ca u s e it ’s got a go o d r hy t h m to i t . CM: I st i l l l i ke to p e r fo r m ‘ I n the City ’, i t ’s o n e o f o u r e a r l iest song s a n d h a s a re a l p a r t y vibe to i t . I t a l ways get s p e o p l e

up and dancing. SE: The sound of the band is st i l l evo l v i n g d ra m at i ca l l y, s o w i t h e a c h n ew s o n g I ’m f i n d i n g a n ew favo u r i te at t h e m o m e nt w h i c h i s re a l l y exc i t i n g . I t h i n k i t ’s a b i g m o t i vato r f ro m a w r i t i n g sta n d p o i nt b e ca u s e yo u wa nt eve r yo n e t h at you p l ay t h e s o n g s fo r to b e a s exc i te d h e a r i n g t h e m a s yo u a re p l ay i n g them.

What where your m u s i ca l i n fluences growing u p ?

F L: O n c e I go t o u t o f my R ay Pa r ke r J r. a n d J i ve B u n ny & Th e M a ste r M i xe rs p h a s e , w h i c h

wa s a s i m p l e r t i m e , I sta r te d l i ste n i n g to a bs o l u te ly eve r yt h i n g I co u l d get my h a n d s o n . M i c h a e l J a c ks o n a n d P r i n c e h ave a l ways b e e n favo u r i te s t h o u g h . Th ey m a d e m e re a l i s e h ow i m p o r ta nt t h e e nte r ta i nm e nt e l e m e nt o f m u s i c i s . C J E : I d ef i n i te l y l i ste n e d to a l o t o f b a n d s l i ke D a s h b o a rd C o nfe s s i on a l , Fa l l Ou t B oy, M o t i o n C i t y S o u n d t ra c k , t h at k i n d a ge n re . M y favo u r i te b a n d wa s p ro b a b l y Bl i n k 1 8 2 fo r


m a ny years...but that was the s a m e w i th ever yone around me I th i n k ! I liked a whole bunch o f st u f f, however, that kind of m u s i c was, and maybe still is my p reference. C M : I didn’t really develop a re a l a ppreciation for music u nt i l l ate on; I think the first a l b u m I owned that wasn’t a co m p i l ation was ‘By the Way ’ by t h e Chilis’. My dad used to p l ay a l ot of Rush and Zepplin w h e n I was growing up but I d i d n ’ t take it all in until I sta r te d playing bass. I think the b i g ge st influences on me have

Who is your favourite band at the moment?

FL: That ’s a t r i c k y on e , b u t t h e one arti st t h at I n eve r m i s s when he to u rs i s D av i d Fo rd . Really g re at m u s i c b r i l l i a nt l y performe d u s i n g l o op m a c h i n e s and othe r m u s i c - w i za rd r y t h at I don’t f u l l y u n d e rsta n d . H i s autobiog ra p hy i s i m m e n s e to o . Well wor t h c h e c k i n g o u t . CM: T h e Fo o F i g hte rs a re probably my favo u r i te b a n d at the mom e nt , h av i n g j u st s e e n them clo s e T i n t h e Pa r k , t h e re new alb u m i s on e I ’ve j u st listened to ove r a n d ove r a ga i n . C J E : Li ste n i n g to a l o t o f Fo o F i g hte rs (o l d a n d n ew ) a n d t h e n ew C h i l l i ’s album. S E : I t c h a n ge s fo r m e o n a near-daily basis I don’t t h i n k I co u l d s ett l e on a s o l i d a n swe r ! R i g ht n ow I ’m l i ste n i n g to a lot of The Jimi Hendrix Experience...

How long have you been playing instruments?

b e e n t h e Red Hot Chili Peppers a n d t h e Foo Fighters, I’ve loved b ot h o f them for years and F l e a e s pecially has had a great i nf l u e n c e on my playing style. S E : I ’ve also been a huge fan o f t h e Chilis’. When I was first l e a r n i n g to play guitar their s o n g s were the songs that I was l e a r n i n g . I’d say they were the m o st p rominent influence on h ow I d eveloped as a musician.

F L: I ’ve b e e n p l ay i n g S ax since I wa s a b o u t 8 -ye a rs o l d , a n d m u rd e r i n g g u i ta rs a n d a ny o t he r i n st r u m e nt I ca n get my hands on f ro m t h e a ge o f a b o u t 13. C JE: I’ve b e e n p l ay i n g g u i ta r since I wa s a b o u t 1 0 , t r u m p et since ab o u t 8 , a n d o n l y b e e n singing fo r a b o u t a ye a r o r t wo . CM: Not l on g , my s i ste r wa s always t h e m u s i ca l o n e i n the fam i l y, I t h i n k I sta r te d playing g u i ta r towa rd s t h e end of s c h o o l , p ro b a b l y j u st competin g w i t h my s i ste r, b u t I never d eve l o p e d m u s i ca l l y

u nt i l I p i c ke d u p a b a s s a b o u t 4 ye a rs a go a n d sta r te d p l ay i n g w i t h t h e g u ys . S E : I sta r te d p l ay i n g g u i ta r e a r l y on in high school. My friends we re a l l p l ay i n g g u i ta r a n d t h ey u s e d to get to get h e r to p l ay m u s i c d u r i n g l u n c h , t h at ’s my e a r l i e st m e m o r y o f p l ay i n g g u i ta r s o . . . a ro u n d 1 1 ye a rs .

If you could add a ny ot h e r band member from a ny w h e re in the world, who wo u l d i t be and why? F L: I re c e nt l y t h re ate n e d to re p l a c e C h r i s w i t h t h e c u r re nt b a s s i st f ro m S h o n e n Kn i fe a s s h e i s j u st re l e nt l e s s l y c h e e rful. Chris in the morning, not so much!

CJE: n a h . . .wo u l d n ’ t eve r re p l a c e a nyo n e . I ’ve a l ways l i ke d t h e i d e a o f a co l l a b o rat i o n w i t h a h i p / h o p p ro d u c e r / ra p p e r t h o u g h . T h at wo u l d b e awe s o m e . C M : M ay b e get S tep h e n Ku p ka f ro m ‘ Towe r o f Powe r ’ to p l ay s o m e s ax fo r u s t h at ’d b e a m a z i n g , wo u l d l ove to get a f u l l h o r n s e c t i o n to p l ay s o m e l i ve g i g s fo r a p ro p e r o l d s c h o o l funk sound. S E : I d o n ’ t t h i n k I ’d a d d a nyo n e to t h e b a n d re a l l y. . . t h e re a re s o m a ny m u s i c i a n s I a d m i re t h at I ’d l ove to s p e n d t i m e w i t h a n d l e a r n f ro m . J o h n F r u s c i a nte , h e ’s b e e n a m a j o r p e rs o n a l i nf l u e n c e fo r a s l o n g a s I ’ve b e e n i nte re st i n g in m u s i c ; I re a l l y re s p e c t a n d e n j oy h i s a p p ro a c h to m a k i n g m u s i c , b u t t h e re a re s o m a ny o t h e rs , to o m a ny to n a m e .

What lyric, either yo u r ow n or someone else’s h a s a s p ecific meaning to yo u ?

F L: D av i d Fo rd – S on g s Fo r T h e Ro a d : “ I d o n ’ t l i g ht l y u s e wo rd s l i ke fo reve r, b u t I w i l l l ove yo u to t h e e n d o f to d ay, a n d i n t h e m o r n i n g w h e n I re m e m b e r eve r y t h i n g t h at yo u a re , we l l I k n ow I ’ l l fa l l fo r you ove r a ga i n .”


C J E : I co uldn’t tell you one from t h e to p of my head, but a lot of t h e b a n ds I listen to, I listen to b e ca u s e their lyrics relate to c er ta i n aspects of life. S E : N o thing springs to mind t h at h a s really resonated with m e , I d on’t have the greatest m e m o r y for lyrics! I like l i ste n i n g to ever y thing that goe s i nto a song. There are d ef i n ite ly songs that make me fe e l a certain way, those are t h e s o ngs I really remember b u t i t ’s not necessarily a lyric t h at ’s creates that feeling , it cou l d be the way ever y thing goi n g on sounds together at a p articular moment or a p a r t i c u l ar guitar sound or line o r a vo cal melody.

Wh at t y p e o f m usic do you re a l l y n ot l i ke ?

F L : R a c kety dance music that s ou n d s like you’re having a b u z z - s aw taken to your head. C M : I ’ l l listen to pretty much a ny t h i n g , my I-Tunes is filled w it h a l l sorts. FL : I t ’s true! I’ve seen his i Tu n e s , and it ’s Westlife-tast i c . . .t r u e stor y.

X-fa c to r, l ove o r loathe and why ?

F L : D ef i nitely loathe…not that i t sto ps me watchi ng it ever y we e k w ith my Girlfr iend. Ameri ca n I d ol on the other hand, n ow t h ere’s a TV show! C J E : Bi g fan! C M : N o t a fan, more interested i n t h e music that gets produced w h e n t he shows over than the s how i t self but I’ll sometimes watc h t he auditions. SE: I ’m determined not to watc h i t this year! Ever y time I k n ow it ’s going to be on T V I s ay ‘ I ’m not getting drawn i nto i t this year ’ and I usually c r u m b l e at some point. T here a re s o me genuinely talented p e o p l e on those programmes though.

Wh at d o yo u d o to relax?

F L : H a n g about with my mates a n d p l ay music...so pretty m u c h t his. SE: Same really... I love s pe n d i n g time with my friends a nd those close to me; l i stening to and writing

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music, watc h i n g f i l m s . . . t h at sort of t h i n g . C JE: I p l ay b a s ket b a l l a l o t , it ’s anot h e r o n e o f my m a i n interests , I h ave a l o t m o re time for i t , e s p e c i a l l y n ow I ’m finished U n i . O r I h a n g a b o u t with frie n d s o r my g i r l f r i e n d just the u s u a l st u f f. FL: I wo u l d l i ke to p o int o u t that I to o re a l l y e n j oy b e i n g with my g i r l f r i e n d . . . s ave !

S E : D o n ’ t k n ow i f t h i s i s exa c t l y w h at yo u m e a n b u t w h e n we p l aye d t h e G a ra ge i n G l a s gow fo r t h e f i rst t i m e we we re g i ve n a d re s s in g ro o m a n d a f r i d ge full of beer which I guess is l i ke a ‘ b a n d r i d e r ’ w h i c h wa s a b i t o f a n ove l t y. We d i d n ’ t a s k fo r i t o r a ny t h i n g s o t h at wa s a perk I guess!

If you where a TV/cartoon character who would you be and why?

F L: I ’d l i ke to t h in k a l l o f o u r s h ows a re p rett y exc i t i n g , b u t t h e m o st exc i t i n g s h ows we h ave i n t h e p i p e l i n e a re ; Th e S p e c i a l s O f f i c i a l A f te rs h ow @ M a g g i e M ays on t h e 1 8 t h O c tob e r, H o o ta n a n ny (I nve r n e s s ) o n t h e 1 2 t h N ove m b e r, s u p p o r t i n g E l e c t r i c S i x @ t h e O2 A BC o n t h e 2 4 t h N ove m b e r a n d p l ay i n g t h e ‘ B et we e n t h e D ays ’ fe st i va l i n G e r m a ny o n t h e 2 9 t h D e c e m b e r.

FL: Spon ge b o b S q u a re p a nt s … he always s e e m s to b e h av i n g a good tim e . C JE: Too m a ny to c h o o s e f ro m . CM: Pro b a b l y C h r i s Tu r k f ro m scrubs t h e n I ’d b e a b l e to actually d a n c e .

If you were a superhero, which ONE special power would you have?

CM: Th e a b i l i t y to sto p t i m e , could get s o m u c h d o n e a n d could sle e p a s l o n g a s I wa nte d without F ra s e r m o a n i n g . FL: Haha . P ro b a b l y t h e p owe r to fly. Th at way I m i g ht b e l e s s likely to b e s ca re d o f f l y i n g , and hol i d ays wo u l d b e a l o t cheaper. SE: I th i n k te l e k i n e s i s wo u l d be prett y co o l , t h e re st o f t h e guys in t h e b a n d w i l l te l l yo u that wh e n we ’re w r i t i n g o r practisin g I ’m p l ay i n g w i t h t h e amp or g u i ta r ef fe c t s o r s o u n d s so havin g t h e p owe r to m ove stuff wit h my m i n d I fe e l wo u l d be prett y u s ef u l i n t h o s e k i n d of situat i o n s .

What h ave been your expe riences of “celebrity life”. What are the perks/negative sides of fame?

FL : Erm, I d o n ’ t t h i n k we ’re quite the re yet . I st i l l t h i n k i t ’s great if s o m e o n e we d o n ’ t k n ow comes up to u s to s ay t h ey e njoyed th e s h ow. I h ave h oweve r met the C h u c k l e Bro t h e rs o n a few occa s i o n s , a n d t h ey we re ver y plea s a nt i n d e e d . CM: Not q u i te at t h e c e l e b r i t y stage yet , i t ’s st i l l st ra n ge seeing p e o p l e we d o n ’ t k n ow buying T- S h i r t s at o u r g i g s .

Do you have any exc i t i n g shows coming up:

Who would you li ke to to u r with?

F L: A s l o n g a s t h ey ’re a l a u g h I wo u l d n ’ t re a l l y m i n d , b u t D ave G ro h l wo u l d b e p rett y go o d . Yo u ’d a l ways k n ow t h e re wo u l d b e a f re s h p o t ! C M : Wo u l d b e a m a z in g to to u r A m e r i ca w i t h t h e Re d H o t C h i l i Pe p p e rs , b u t i t ’d b e g re at to to u r w i t h a nyo n e re a l l y, j u st gett i n g to p l ay to l oa d s o f n ew p e o p l e at n ew ve n u e s wo u l d b e co o l . S E : A nyo n e w h o ’ l l h ave u s . . . I ’d l ove to to u r ! C J E : A nyo n e . . . a to u r wo u l d b e f u n . H oweve r, I re m e m b e r I u s e d to watc h Bl i n k ’s U ret h ra C h ro n i c l e s DV D a l l t h e t i m e a n d t h i n k h ow f u n b e in g o n to u r w i t h t h e m wo u l d b e .

Finally, where do yo u HO P E to be in a year ’s t i m e ? A n d where do you thin k yo u w i l l AC T UALLY be?

F L: I wo u l d h o p e we ’re j u st co mi n g o f f t h e b a c k o f a s u c c e s sf u l s u m m e r ta k i n g t h e fe st i va l s by sto r m … h oweve r I t h i n k i t ’s m o re t h a n l i ke l y t h at we ’ l l st i l l b e i n C h r i s ’ ga ra ge w r i t i n g m us i c we e n j oy t h at d o e s n ’ t re a l l y f i t i nto a ny o f t h e c u r re nt s c e n e s wa i t i n g fo r h i s D a d to te l l u s d i n n e r ’s re a d y !


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