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Review – Soil plus supports, Weymouth Pavilion, 28.10.14

Soil band pic

It’s not every day that you get to see four bands of the calibre of the line up on the current Soil tour, especially in a sleepy seaside location such as Weymouth, so it’s no surprise that the good metal fans of the town turned out in force for this extravaganza. I’m not sure if it was sold out, but it was certainly a respectable number for a Tuesday night.

First on the bill were Canadian metallers, Wolfborne, who did an admirable job of warming up a growing crowd. I hadn’t really heard much of their material beforehand, so it’s always great to discover a new band and I hope I’ll get to see more of them.

Next up came rock/punk/rap outfit (Hed)P.E, who from the first note inspired a mosh pit down at the front, with the eager crowd singing the lyrics back to vocalist Jahred.   They belted out classic tracks such as ‘No Turning Back’, ‘Bartender’ and ‘Renegade’, as the temperature rose along with the energy. Jahred was out into the crowd at the front and general chaos ensued; his engagement with the fans was pretty awesome – a real lesson in how to be an excellent front man that many bands could learn from. They ended a manic set with a one-off cover of The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ which went down a storm.

I was a little disappointed with third band American Head Charge’s set, but then (Hed)P.E were a hard act to follow. Indeed, I think many of the crowd felt the same as the number of bodies at the front thinned out as their set went on. I found it to be a bit plodding, although more people came back when they speeded things up a bit. It seems that louder isn’t always necessarily better.

Soil tour poster

Last but certainly not least, came the mighty American band Soil, who have been one of my favourites for many years and it was a real pleasure to be able to have a quick chat with singer Ryan McCombs before the gig. The lights were down as Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ rang out across the room as an intro and suddenly, bathed in blue light, there they were in all their glory. Kicking off with ‘Loaded Gun’, Soil stormed through a killer set, with the crowd loving it and getting involved from the off. We were treated to such favourites as ‘The Hate Song’, ‘Deny Me’, ‘Way Gone’ and of course the epic ‘Breaking Me Down’. The penultimate song was the massive track ‘Halo’, before a finale of ‘Shine On’ brought the house down.

I’m so glad to have finally seen Soil, they gave an awesome performance and it was also a treat to be able to cross (Hed)P.E off of my must-see list. A fantastic night of metal in a good little venue, so a big well done to the organisers Advanced Promotions for another amazing gig!

Soil set list: –

  1. Loaded Gun
  2. Two Skins
  3. The Hate Song
  4. Deny Me
  5. Need to Feel
  6. The One
  7. Way Gone
  8. Redefine
  9. Unreal
  10. Breaking Me Down
  11. Halo
  12. Shine On

www.soiltheband.com

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www.wolfborne.com

 

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Interview with Screaming Steel

I recently caught up with Martin and Ryan from Hampshire-based rock band, Screaming Steel to talk about all sorts of lovely things, including their eclectic musical influences, how they came by their band name and … why they’re ‘friends’ with inflatable swords … enjoy!

 

Screaming Steel pic

– How was the recent Joiners gig (supporting Dendera) for you?  The crowd seemed to like you … the inflatable swords went down a storm!

Ryan:  It was the best response we’ve had so far and not just down to the inflatable swords, we hope. It’s always easier for the first band to be watched as the crowd are more engaged at that point, so we were chuffed that everyone turned up to watch.

Martin:  I really enjoyed the Joiners gig from where I was sitting.  Like Ryan said, it’s easier to be the first band on but at the same token, it can be a killer if no one turns up when the doors open.  We had to make an impact both visually and musically and the inflatable swords and the music were our friends on the night.  We all had a great time.

– How did you choose the name ‘Screaming Steel’?

Ryan:  I actually can’t remember!

Martin:  That was down to me, I recall.  We needed a “metal” name and I grabbed a band name generator from the net, specifically a metal one and after two attempts, Screaming Steel popped up, it was a no brainer as it just fitted the band perfectly.

– How would you describe your style?

Ryan:  Judas Priest with Pantera vibes

Martin:  I’d like to add that our style can’t be specific to one or two bands because every member of the band has different influences.  My music taste is very eclectic and I’m proud to admit it, so listening to different genres of music, from funk and soul to heavy metal, has defined my playing style.  If I had to put my finger on one ancestral origin for the band, I’d say NWOBHM (Saxon, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath).

– If you had to recommend one of your songs for a new fan to listen to, which one would you pick and why?

Ryan:  ‘Deathclaw’ or ‘Hammered’?

Martin:  I am particularly proud of ‘Rider’. Joe (our singer) phoned me just after I joined the band and said “You ride a motorbike don’t you?  I’m gonna write a song about riding a bike”; the rest is history.  ‘Rider’ shows all sides to “The Steel”, it’s just a pulsing great foot-tapper.  However, if I was to recommend a chanting metal anthem, it would be ‘Hammered’, a song we wrote in five minutes and has had little change in composition since its inception.  I have a great friend in California – he builds the best snare drums on the planet – I sent him a copy of our demo and within a week ‘Hammered’ was played on his local radio station (they had a charity day where they’d play anything you requested for a $20 donation) and the DJ’s were singing the chant during the song that was played after ‘Hammered’.  It was a proud moment to know we’d been played on radio in the USA.

– You’ve been doing your bit for charity lately, do you feel it’s important for bands to get involved in charity work, or do you just do it because it’s a local cause close to your hearts?

Martin:  Well, I can answer that one as charity gigs stem from links to me.  Last year in May, our first gig was a joint concert with various acts from the Isle of Wight who came together to perform a concert to raise funds for the Lottie Rann trust.  Lottie is my niece and to cut a long story short, contracted meningococcal meningitis twice. That type of meningitis is the most dangerous of all and can be a killer.  We all rejoiced when Lottie recovered from the first one, but when she got it a second time (which is a billion to one chance) she was paralysed from the neck down.  That was two years ago and now she’s in an electric wheelchair, has control over her limbs, can speak and is able to feed herself.  The concert was all for her, so that she had funds to get a wheelchair and all the adjustments to the family home to make it wheelchair friendly.  Ironically, I met Ryan and Joe for the first time the evening after Lottie contracted it for the second time to talk about joining them to form a band, so Lottie has been there from the beginning of The Steel and thus is a cause close to the heart of the band.

We are doing a joint charity night in Ryde, Isle of Wight in November for another charity cause that’s personal to me – Ryde Inshore Rescue.  Recently some nasty individual took a screwdriver to both of the rigid inflatable lifeboats and destroyed their capability to save lives.  Both boats were out of action and still are right now, but they’re being fixed.  So both The Steel and another band I am in (Ozzy Osbourne tribute band We Waz Ozzy) are doing a gig to raise funds for RIR.

Obviously we can’t perform for every charity we’d like, but charities that are close to us get our undeserved attention.

– You recently acquired a new bassist; how has that affected the band dynamic?

Ryan:  Dramatically, he has reaped new life into the dexterity or our playing and writing.

Martin:  When James, our founder bassist decided to leave we thought it would be a struggle to find a replacement, but we found Sam through an internet ad and he’s brought an explosive dynamic to the band that we’d never thought possible.  He’s brought fun and oodles of enthusiasm and the whole direction of the music has improved, he really is a diamond (but don’t tell him I said so!).

– I understand you’re currently writing some new material, can we expect to see a release soon?

Martin:  With Sam on board, we’re foregoing songs that were in the pipeline for songs that the four of us have written together, normally through a warm-up jam at rehearsals.  The new material, like ‘Deathclaw’, is an improvement from the past songs, and we’d like to think we’ll have enough new material to start recording an album in the early part of 2015.

– Who influences you musically?

Ryan:  Everyone!

Martin:  Where do I start?  Drumming-wise, it started off with Phil Collins and Phil Gould (drummer for Level42) but as I progressed with my playing and listening to different music, I have a plethora of drummers who I’ve pinched ideas from.  Musically, I’m a big fan of 80’s American hair metal (Poison, Cinderella, Mötley Crüe and Dokken, to name a few) and that whole genre has become a major influence and source of playing ideas.

– If you could tour with any band, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?

Ryan:  Metallica, just because they are Metallica.

Martin:  I’d like to say Led Zeppelin but then our performance would have to be legendary for the audience to remember us.  Opening for our heroes like Judas Priest and Iron maiden would be a real compliment.  And I love Rammstein, so supporting them would be just as cool.

– What do you think about the current state of the music industry?  Where do you see rock and metal heading in the next 5-10 years?

Ryan:  It’s pretty much a developing world with metal. It has been around since ‘69 and has a very stable dynamic in the musical world. The fact it’s managed to stay a niche for so long is fantastic and keeps itself fresh. New bands come and go; eventually the style shifts slightly but usually for the mainstream, not the fans. Metal is an intellectual people’s music and will always be a back burner of any household from Thin Lizzy to Dimmu Borgir. I hope I’m still part of it in 10 years, or at least helping to shape it.

Martin:  Ryan has summed it up perfectly.  I see that rock will never die, it’s just ace to see young kids walking round with Guns ‘n’ Roses t-shirts and them actually knowing who G’n’R are.  You never see youngsters walking round wearing a t-shirt of a boy band from 20 years ago.  Rock will never die, it’s too awesome.

– What’s the plan for the next 12-18 months?

Ryan:  Ride the unknown!

Martin:  I’d like to think that The Steel will collect new friends, or ‘Screamers’ as we call them.  I’d also like to see us record some of our songs, we have some great feedback from people who’ve been to our gigs and they’ve been hungry for an album size collection of material.  The great unknown, as Ryan put it, is actually where it’s at, we can’t predict our future but if we’re healthy, still great mates and having a blast, then that would be the best thing to look forward to.

 

Catch the video for ‘Deathclaw’, filmed at the Joiners gig https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=664586440301511 – you can also check out Screaming Steel at www.facebook.com/ScreamingSteel

 

Interview with Between The Void

I had a nice, pre-show chat with local Dorset-based band, Between The Void, before their gig at the Lord Nelson, Poole Quay on 20th July.  The full interview is here, but you can also access the review article via Rock Regeneration via the link at the bottom.  Check it out!

Between The Void logo

You’ve been doing some dates locally in and around Dorset and Hampshire, how have you been received?

John:  Pretty well, I think.  You don’t necessarily hear from everyone who sees you, but we’ve had people come up after shows and say that they like it.  We’ve also had a few follows on social media, which is nice and promoters have asked us back.  We’re playing a lot in Southampton because there are a lot of excellent venues there so we’re making steady progress.

Marc:  It is difficult playing out of town shows because you don’t have a fan base that you can call upon to come to your show.  You just have to go in blind and hope that people come along.  You need fans to call upon fans, that’s the difficult thing.

John:  Every time we’ve played at the Talking Heads we’ve got a lead which has led to other gigs.  Last time we played at Battle of the Bands, the Septic Stars were very nice, very complimentary, so I’m pretty sure that we’ll do some gigs with them.

You mentioned the lack of a fan base; are you not seeing some of the same people at your gigs?  Is it different faces every time?

Marc:  The difficult thing about a new-ish band is that once you’ve brought your family along to a couple of shows, they don’t want to come any more because they’re bored or have other things to do.  It’s difficult to build a fan base from that.

John:  We have seen some people more than once though, we’re still on first name terms with all of our fans!  We’ve got some people coming to the Railway (in Winchester) who have seen us before.  I think if we went back to the Joiners we would get some of the faces that we saw the first time around.  You just hope that it will snowball, really.

You’ve been going for just over a year, so how did you come together?

John:  Ten years ago Oli and I were in a band and then he went to Tanzania for a while.  When he came back we both still had the bug so we advertised on Gumtree and Join My Band and we got Pippa, after going through quite a few people who weren’t really appropriate; they didn’t like what we were doing, we didn’t like what they were doing or they didn’t necessarily fit.  We went through about eight drummers before Pippa found Marc.

Marc:  I’d just finished with a band called Dead By Dawn – the singer moved back to Scotland and we disbanded.  The two guitarists went to play in a wedding covers band and the bassist went to Metaprism.  That left me so I went back on to JMB, I didn’t really want to go back into heavy metal hard core stuff, even though it’s the music that I love, but I wanted to have something a bit more rocky and a bit more intelligent, with various different levels.  Pippa asked me along to a practice so I just turned up and that was it.  It just worked and happened.

Oli:  It was quite comical, the drummers that we went through.

Pippa:  We had quite a few people come along and play with us as a favour, even John’s brother.

John:  We had a guy who only played the double bass pedal.

Oli:  The best one was the guy who was fresh out of Deep Purple.  He was an absolute 70’s rocker and hadn’t played the drums for a while – he turned up without drumsticks.

John:  Eventually it clicked and everyone was happy straight away.

We’re glad it did!  If you had to pick one BTV song to introduce the band to a new fan, which one would you pick, and why?

Pippa:  I think I would pick ‘(The Silence of) Alex Marshall’ because it’s got the range of lighter and heavier sounds. Also I like playing it!

Marc:  I would say ‘Relax’ based on the reaction that we’ve had to the song, everybody seems to go nuts for it.  It’s got riffs, it’s got heavy drums, it just seems to work, it’s got some funky bass parts, it’s got melodies.

John:  I agree with Marc that ‘Relax’ has probably, on balance, got the best response, but I’d have to play them ‘Alex Marshall’, just because it’s most representative of our sound all round.  ‘Relax’ seems to be every sensible BTV fan’s favourite song …

Oli:  I would say, to listen to, ‘Alex Marshall’, but to play it would be ‘Relax’, purely because it’s got a fantastic guitar solo.

John:  Oh, very modest …

When you’re writing, what are your biggest musical influences?

John:  It’s a big mixture; I’m a massive Seattle fan, so in general, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains – they’re some of my favourite bands that I still listen to a lot, even though everyone else has stopped listening to them.  Also Incubus, Funeral For A Friend … although I don’t know how much they [Funeral] influence the writing as they haven’t written anything good themselves for a while.

Do you all write together?

John:  Normally one of us will come with the bones of a song and we’ll flesh it out together.

Marc: We build organically …

John:  Well done.  We promised that we would work in the word ‘organic’ at some point … I think it’s different for everyone.  We had to do a cover for one of the Jurassic Mark Battle of the Band nights, so we did Day Tripper and Pippa just went on a reggae/funk trip.

Marc:  We actually realised that we listened to the same bands at the same time of our lives.  We grew up listening to ska and punk and moved into heavier rock and hard core but we draw influences from everything; jazz, rhythm and blues, Chilli Peppers and the grunge stuff of the 90’s.

Oli:  We’re not idiots, we realise that if we rock up here at the Nelson and play an absolute chug-fest then it’s not going to do down very well.  I’m not saying we play to each venue, but with the songs we’ve got from start to end it varies a lot.

Marc:  I think that plays into our hands with venues like this.  In other bands it was difficult to get gigs in pubs because it would be a heavy metal venue that put on heavy metal bands and that’s it.  We have the flexibility and opportunities to play in a much wider area.  The Goblet is a bar that we played last week – we’d have never got in there if we were in any way heavy.  We have heavy riffs, but we’re not shouting and screaming.  Anybody and everybody who can appreciate a little bit of this or that in a certain song can latch on to us – that’s the idea I suppose, isn’t it?

What do you think of the state of the local music scene at the moment?

John:  I think it’s thriving in certain genres; if you’re a doom band, there’s a lot of support for that.  I think Southampton is buoyant – it’s brilliant, but I think a lot of that is down to the venues, there are really good venues with good sound that are prepared to give local bands playing original music a chance without the prerequisite of having to sell 100 tickets.  I would love to play Mr Kyps, but I totally understand why they put on bands like Dirty DC and not us.  They need to keep their head above water.

Oli:  The problem with Bournemouth and Poole, well Poole especially, they shut the centre down, which doesn’t help.

Marc:  With Bournemouth being a Uni town, the Uni has no music scene and the students don’t seem to want to get involved in live music.  Back in the days of the Gander and Mr Smiths, where you used to play rough and ready punk gigs …

Ah, the days of the Gander and Mr Smiths – happy times!  Back to the present, if you could play with any band or artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Oli:  Stevie Wonder.

John:  I think Led Zeppelin would be hard to beat.

Marc:  Probably any punk band that went through the late 1970’s, just for the whole scene and how much influence it had on the culture at the time.  It would have been really cool to have been a part of that.

Pippa:  I’d play with Mr Bungle but I would be star struck by Mike Patton the whole time so I wouldn’t be able to do anything.

So, what’s next?

John:  Recording.  We’re going into the studio.

Pippa:  We’ve recorded a couple of songs, but we want to go and get the drums down properly.  I think we’d like to play some festivals.

Marc:  I think we’d like to write some new songs between now and Christmas.  I’d like to do some open mic nights.  We can transfer four or five of our songs into acoustic versions and I’d like to do an experiment to see how that would go down.  There’s people drinking in a pub, they don’t come to see you, they don’t pay to see you, they’re just there soaking at the atmosphere. You come on, you play a couple of songs which are catchy, they go home and think – next time these guys are playing a live set we’ll go along.  Building fans is impossible through social media and with friends and family because there’s only a finite number of people available, but I love the thought of just getting out there and playing some songs and seeing what happens.

BTV coming to an open mic night near us soon, then?!  Anything else to add?

John:  Thanks to everyone that’s come along to see us!

You can catch the BTV review article here –

http://www.rock-regeneration.co.uk/wordpress/2014/07/between-the-void

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Interview with Matt Jones of Grenades – 10.06.14

I caught up with Matt Jones (a.k.a Django Black) of Grenades after their May show at the Talking Heads in Southampton, where they supported Pulled Apart By Horses.  Here’s what he had to say about the local music scene, his hopes for a future album and the state of the music industry in general …

Grenades logo pic

Couple of quick fire questions to warm you up …

Download or Sonisphere?

I would have to say neither, we’re more ATP kinda guys; private chalets and shellac.

North or South?

Both have their merits.  Leeds have got some cool bands at the moment, obviously PABH are from there, but it’s also home to my new favourite band, Eagulls.  Of course, we’re from the South though, so it has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ in comparison. Some might say a mystical allure..

Jägermeister or Firewater?

I’m not entirely sure what Firewater is, but if I wanna get proper grotesque I’ll go with a cocktail of absinthe and chemicals, followed by a self-loathing chaser.  I often abuse myself before writing, like an anti-chastigation to filthy the soul.

Classic Rock or Rock Sound?

I couldn’t say, I don’t read the music press.  The irony isn’t lost on me.

South Park or Family Guy?

I’m religiously South Park.  It’s so clever on so many levels. If someone just wants gross-out humour, then it’s there, but it also has cutting satire, stemming from socio-political observations that challenge the way we look at culture.  I think that if someone has a platform to express worthy, well informed opinions that question the way by which society behaves, then I can only commend them for doing so, and if they make it funny at the same time that’s even better. Family Guy’s good too though and I really enjoyed Ted.

Now, down to serious business ….

Are you finding that you have the same faces turning up to gigs, i.e., are you building a solid fan base?

To be honest with you we’re lucky for anyone to turn up at all. The crowd were wonderful at the PABH + Wytches show, but they hadn’t come to see us. Hopefully we entertained them though. Winchester has a brilliant venue called The Railway which puts on some really cool acts, I recently saw Nick Oliveri down there who was raw and awesome, but there just doesn’t seem to be any kind of scene. There are some excellent bands about like Cavaliers and The Wynona Ryders, but there’s just no consistent crowd of people who seem to go out for live music. It’s amazing when you consider that students make up about a quarter of the city’s population. Obviously, I’m not talking about every student, but the majority don’t seem to be very inquisitive, supportive of local art, or interested in what else is happening outside of their Uni bubble.

It’s quite worrying that presumably the future generation of leaders and professionals seem disinterested and unengaged with what’s going on around them.  After all, the arts at their grass roots are what define our culture. So for anyone who might be reading this, don’t just sit in your room listening to music on the internet, don’t just attend the already well attended festivals, don’t just sit on your bum, in front of the TV obsessing over glorified karaoke contests, head down to your local venue and check out who’s playing. That’s where you’ll see the magic, unspoiled, pure creativity before the corporate machine chews ’em up and spits ’em out. These guys ain’t doing it for a job, this ain’t their 9 – 5, they’re doing it because they love it, and I for one think it’s amazing to experience that first-hand, because once you take part, you become part of the history and that’s how legends are made.  I appreciate every single person who has spent their time and money on coming to see us play, do you think that Mr Rock & Roll feels the same way when he’s performing to a sea of anonymous faces, made up of lads and Dorises at some Disney Land festival sponsored by the Devil.  I’m not saying don’t go and see your favourite bands, I’m saying do both, because there’s great stuff happening on your doorstep.

Well said and entirely agreed with!   When you’re writing, what influences you?

I think the most obvious influences are the Pixies, Nirvana and Fugazi. Essentially, I’d become pretty bored of the indie-pop bands that were dominating the alternative music scene. Don’t get me wrong, I really like acts such as The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club and Bloc Party, in fact, Grenades’ early material fell far closer to that camp. It’s just not my passion. Simply, I want to make music like the music I grew up on and I have a lot to say. After graduating from Uni last year, Chris De Roux and myself really struggled to find employment and were forced to sign on.  Now, Winchester is an expensive place to live so what we received in benefits didn’t cover our outgoings. Once rent and bills went out we were left with about £15 a week for everything else; food, toiletries, clothing, washing up liquid, etc. I had to go out administering hand jobs in public toilets just so I could eat and apparently I’ve been told that’s illegal work, like I enjoyed it or something …

Anyways, during my sordid year of living in poverty I became acutely aware of so many social and political injustices. Why do the rich exploit the poor? Why can’t people look after the environment? Why do people kill each other over things like idealism and religion? What the hell is racism all about? Racists are weird. The list can go on and on and that’s what the songs are about. The funny thing is, as a teenager and young adult I was very much concerned with these themes in my first band Yenpox, but over the years I guess my lifestyle became more comfortable and I suppose I became apathetic, losing my edge. Maybe falling on hard times was a blessing in disguise because I got my mojo back.

If you had to pick two of your tracks to turn a new fan on to Grenades, which two would it be?

My favourite track that we do is probably ‘Santa Maria’, I think it’s cool, visceral and gnarly. The others see it as more of a fan favourite, but I would want to release it as a first single. I think it would really announce the band. The others like ‘The Mark of Cain’ best. I think the other one I really like is ‘The Rapture’. Actually, this is a tough question, it’s like Sophie’s Choice. I really enjoy playing ‘Babel’ too and can be heard singing it in the shower.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Obviously, I’ve already mentioned a few bands, but the others I’m digging at the moment are Men of Good Fortune from Hackney Wick and Royal Blood from Worthing; both excellent. The cat’s out of the bag regarding Royal Blood but MOGF are equally worth listening to.  On top of Grenades I also do quite a bit of acoustic stuff under the name Django Black (I have a Soundcloud) so often pay attention to that scene as well. At the moment I’m listening to guys like Chris Simmons, George McCanna and Greg Vernon, who are all really talented songwriters.

What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever given you?

I don’t think anyone’s ever given me anything weird. In truth, I’m far more likely to give them something weird, weird and unexpected. It weirds me out when people ask for autographs though. It really isn’t worth anything. If it was I’d be selling it myself, I’m completely broke.

What’s the best/worst thing about being in a band on the local music scene?

The best thing about playing in local venues is there’s no driving involved, therefore we can all get pissed. The worst thing is limited exposure – obviously, I want to be performing to as wide an audience as possible.

Grenades

Grenades supporting The Wytches and Pulled Apart By Horses at The Talking Heads, Southampton, 10.05.14

Have you had any notable ‘celebrity’ band moments?

I’m not sure what you mean by ‘celebrity’? The most star struck I’ve ever been was supporting Eric Bachmann of The Archers of Loaf. They’re one of my all-time favourite bands, and he made a point of watching me play. With his permission, I even did a rendition of ‘Web in Front’ during my set. It was a special night for me, and I’d like to give Andy Rossiter at Love Thy Neighbour in Brighton a shout out for booking me, thanks man.  If you mean the reverse of that scenario I always love it when other people cover my songs. It’s a massive compliment and reaffirms to me that I’m doing something right, even if I don’t get paid for it.

How do you see the music industry evolving in the next 5-10 years?

Who can say? I think rock music will actually start rocking again. I think for the last 15 years roughly, rock music has been very tame and more like pop. That’s not to say there haven’t been some fantastic acts, it’s just I think it’s time the pendulum swung back the other way. Commercially I hope that more people start paying for music again. If you don’t buy the music, the artists don’t get paid, they have to work day jobs to fund living and ultimately the quality dips. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the moment people stopped paying for music it became a bit more shit.

Can Grenades fans expect an album in the near future?

I would very much like to put a record together. We have some small label interest, but we’ll see. I would like a certain amount of autonomy over the recordings, so doing it ourselves might be for the best. I want it to be as filthy and gnarly as possible. Basically, I want my parents to hate it. That’ll learn yer for getting me an Admiral Akbar instead of Boba Fett for Christmas 1984, I still carry these scars.

What’s next for Grenades?

Over the next couple of months we’ve all got bits and bobs here and there, but I’ll probably write a few more tunes over the summer. I just need to get angry and induce some alcohol-fuelled misery and pain.

Check out the Grenades facebook page at www.facebook.com/GrenadesMusic