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1st single – Us Against Them All
2nd Single – Killing me

Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
Teddy – Vocals
Dave- Guitar and Vocals
Jimi- Bass Guitar
Tom- Drums

How did you meet each other?
Jimi and Dave had a flat together and started jamming. They got serious about it and needed a singer, bumped into Jim weirdly as he posting an add up. We got chatting outside this shop and joined. Tom was the missing piece and when he joined it changed everything. Now we’re playing around and loving what we do.

How did you come up with the band name?
It was written.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Imagine a massive bag of coal dust and glitter getting set alight and launched across a snowy landscape causing magical bits of said glittery bag to flair off into the night sky and the bag landing with a glorious explosion just as the sun was rising over the mountains. That’d be our sound in a moving picture.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
I grew up listening to so much great pop music. Neil Diamond, Maddona, Mowtown, Queen, Elvis, Gilbert O’Sullivan,  Spandau Ballet, Tom Jones, Tiffany, Bannarama, The Jam

Which artist or track inspired you to want to make music yourself?
Have always wanted to make music. Was no eureka moment, I do find myself drawing inspiration from many acts but mainly David Bowie, Morrissey, and Freddy Mercury

What was the last music you put on your ipod or mp3 player?
Rufus Wainwright – All Days Are Nights : Songs for Lulu

What is your current equipment?
Dave uses an ac30 with a fender tele and a gibson SG
Jim begs, borrows & steals… but mainly plays fender.
Tom plays a Tama…

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
A tour bus to rival U2's so we could live in it forever.

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
No, we like to get creative in the studio & take advantage of what is on offer.

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
In the studio you have all this great equipment to use to create the noise that’s in your head. 
Always been a big fan of the 'live album' tho… in particular 'The Who: Live at Leeds' & 'Thin Lizzy: Live & Dangerous' & Janes Addictions debut self titled LP… (studio overdubs included!).

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
We all pitch in & work closely with our producer, engineers & mixers…

Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
If only we had the time!

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
Love it! Recording studios have always felt like mystical and magical places to me… that said, I guess there's something extremely vain and self indulgent about recording… you've got to like the sound of your own band...

Do you have any new recordings planned?
Well…..Our second album is pretty much written.

Which are your favorite original tracks?
Always the next song…

Who are your favorite songwriters?
Morrissey, Burt Bacharach, Cole Porter

Who are the main songwriters for the band?
Teddy & Jimi put together a framework & then we all build around it…

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Every song varies… some of our best songs have literally come from nowhere, in the spare of the moment.

Do you have a method for writing songs?
No, they can come from a bass line, a vocal line, a guitar part… we're all pretty good chefs, so as long as somebody remembers to bring something to the table then we're all good.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
Easy, arrangements however are a whole other beast…

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
Absolutely, but most of them are dead!

Would you sign with a major record company?
Ultimately all we want to do is make music, so if a major label afforded us the opportunity to spend more time doing that then of course we would.

Who would you like to tour with?
The Littlest Hobo!

How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
Mainly on-line… social networking… Facebook… myspace etc… but mostly at gigs via the merch stand…

Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favorite?
I only really use Spotify & Youtube... although I must say it’s not particularly profitable to us artists… but then, what is these days?

Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
I think it’s easier than ever before to get your music out there…but on the other hand, I think it’s harder than ever before to get your music heard… it’s like finding a needle in a hay stack.

What is your opinion on ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
I can’t think of anything worse.

What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
Best gig is a room full of enthusiastic people, worst gig is a battle of the bands competition!

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
We tend to be more nervous off stage!


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