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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Interview: Kriss Briggs of the Band SHOUT

1.     How did your band get started?

“SHOUT is a pretty recently started band. I had some songs and an idea for a new band so I called some friends that I have known since way back, and they were game! The band and consists of me “Kriss Biggs” (Bass, lead vocals), Rob Raw (lead guitar) Danny Diemond (lead guitar) and Ol´ Hurricane (Drums)  Me and Danny had played with The Scams, hitting the road all over Sweden and Europe for more than ten years – having quite the time. Ol’ Hurricane started out as a farmer boy. He learned to play the drums in a basement and later moved to the city where he met me, Danny and Rob. Rob had been Rocking out playing guitar with his band Danger touring Sweden and Europe and had no plans slowing down when joining what was to become SHOUT.”

 

2.     What inspired you to go into this genre?

“Its what we got hooked on listening to as kids, and we have all played in different bands since our teen years within the rock genre, so it has always come natural to us, its what we love to do.”

 

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

 

“We have influences both from heavy metal, rock n roll, and punk rock. And are inspired by bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P. KISS, Iron maiden, Motorhead, Turbonegro, Rose Tattoo, Ramones, Misfits, Danzig To mention a few.”

 

 

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

“We usually write at home or in our rehearsal, sometimes after a few beer at the pub to get the right flow! And usually, we do some changes and the finishing touches in the studio. Have never written on the road I think, but its something that I’d like start doing since its probably easier to get inspired when your out playing surrounded by it all!”

 

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

“Well since we mostly write about the rock and roll lifestyle itself I guess its drawn from life and stuff other bands have inspired us with, we write about the usual stuff like fast cars, girls, and rock n roll but also the freedom this lifestyle gives you, and the bond the music gives us and unites all headbangers out there!”

 

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

“Well, we don’t try to sound like any specific band or “sound” too much, we just try to write good songs with a lot of energy and power and hopefully people will recognize that and enjoy our music.”

 

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

“To tour with bands like Iron maiden or Judas priest would, of course, be awesome since they were your childhood heroes growing up, but I have always been a big Turbonegro fan and love their attitude and smart lyrics, so I guess a tour with all of them would be the ultimate one? A bit strange combination perhaps but sure fun! Haha!”

 

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

“That’s a tough one! Haha! I wouldn’t I guess, it wouldn’t feel right!”

 

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

“Haha! Downtime!? What downtime!”

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

“Never been to Japan! So that would be cool!”

 

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

“To spread our music as much as possible and to be able to play all over the world and awaken the party animal and get some heads banging!”

You can visit the band’s Facebook page here.

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