Interview: Mik Crone of The Sourheads

    1. How did your band get started?

Our singer Jake started the band with his brother Sid around ten years ago. We were originally more of an Indie style band, and various members came and went. I got to know the band as a producer and worked on some of their early demo’s. I felt that if they rocked it up a bit, they would be on fire. I left the band and asked if I could join on guitar. Not long after that Sid left and the Sourheads of today was born. We signed with Oak Island Records in Autumn 2016 and released our album worldwide a year later.

      1. What inspired you to go into this genre?

Classic rock, Punk, Metal, Desert rock whatever rock is all good in our eyes. The big MTV videos of the 80s were awesome, but then something was equally great about Woodstock footage and old Stones concerts. We set about trying to make a combination of multiple styles. There is no better feeling than rock music when it’s done correct. The beat and the groove. Makes you want to dance.

      1. Who are your inspirations that have shaped the sound of the band and how so?

We are a multi-genre inspired band so I will list a few. The Cult, Radiohead, White Zombie, Iggy and the Stooges, The Doors, Inspiral Carpets, Motley Crue, Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, Oasis, Clutch, Deep Purple, Kansas, Arctic Monkeys, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath.  Each member of the band likes different stuff. I think we do a pretty good job of mixing everything and adding our own take. Each member compliments each other. I personally like the full-on rock mode. We want to inspire people and give people that slice of true Rock n Roll.

      1. What is the creative process your band takes when making an album?

We are constantly writing throughout our rehearsals. One of us comes up with a riff, the others help with more riffs and song structures then Jake goes and adds his poetry over the top. We all help with melodies. We have all been around a fair few years so we can pretty much dip in and out of different genres that we feel inspired by at the time. Some of our new stuff is a bit like the Stones in style actually.

      1. Lyrically speaking, what inspires the themes that are written about in your music?

Jake takes inspiration from many different places. Art, Divorce, Demonic Possession, Murder, Rock N Roll, and the age-old Boy Girl stuff.

      1. Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band standout compare to other bands?

We are a multi-genre rock band, so I feel we fit into many different genres. We can play Metal Festivals, Classic Rock Festivals, Pop Festivals. We tend to go down really well with loads of different audiences. Bikers like us, Families like us and Stoners like us. We are kind of like the crazy Uncle of the family. We played a cracking festival the other day called Staxtonbery in Scarborough 6000 people in total. Full families rocking out.

7. What is your dream tour? Name however many bands you want to create the perfect tour.

A big American tour would be great. Maybe us NIN and Queens of the Stone Age. Actually, any big tour of the USA would be great.

8. If you went into a completely different style of music, what would it be?

I think we would be cybergoth dance. We would be like us, but a futuristic TRON inspired version. Lots of tight space age lycra and neon. Grooving but to synth.

9. If you can collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?

Anyone who is true to what they do. Madonna would be cool. Maybe Barry Gibb. Alice Cooper. Anyone that is iconic and has had a long lengthy career. I would love to collaborate with Al Jourgensen. Although I don’t think our singer Jake and Al would be a great idea as that rocker gene would implode in a barrage of decadence and stupidity.

10. With all of the downtime you get as a musician, how do you kill time?

I chill in my hotel with a bottle of Vodka and the largest pizza I can get. It’s my favorite thing.

11. Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

Personally, I travel a lot, been to loads of places. With the band, I would say the USA we need to get there and conquer.

12. What is a goal that you would like to see happen in your career?

We would like to continue playing as many gigs as possible and release our second album. The current predicament in the music industry may try to stop us but as long as we rock we will. Let’s be underground and survive. It’s all good.

See concert dates below for The Sourheads along with a link to their website:

September 30: Stalybridge Tavern, Greater Manchester

October 27: Embers Rock Club, Carlisle

November 10: BlackMass Club, King Street, Wakefield

December 8: The Doll House, Alma St., Abertillery NP13 1QA, Wales

https://www.thesourheads.com/home

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