How would you describe your music?
We are a classic rock band with loud guitars and great energetic live performances. We combine different forms of rock music and mould it into our own.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
The original version of the band was formed around five years ago with our singer Jake and his brother Sid. Sid left in 2015 and I joined and that is the version of the band that is around today. I was originally producing the band and they asked me if I would like to be a permanent member.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We all have different influences Jake likes The Doors and Ben likes Pearl Jam. I and more influenced buy band such as ZZ Top, Kansas and Glenn Hughes vera Deep Purple we also like bands like Queens of the Stone Age clutch and our friends Red Spektor.
What inspires you?
Most musicians who can make a career and keep providing great music without selling out and jumping on trends. It is important to have a musical identity when you are in a rock band. This is the best way to build up a loyal following. At the same time I don’t think it’s a good idea to become a nostalgia act. So to answer the question more directly I would say somebody like Trent Reznor Madonna ZZ Top.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We write at Band practices musically and Jake writes the lyrics afterwards. We record all our jamming sessions an our mobile phones. When we record the songs in the studio properly we add layers to them and think of things we can do to improve them.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Secret cigarette is my personal favourite song to do live but the fans really like Don’t get caught – I am the Lotus. The Uptempo songs are always more exciting for me because I love the groove and energy that we give off in the show. Although you have to have slow songs too to complement the faster one’s.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I would love to do one of the big American festival tours like Vans Warped tour or lollapalooza. Playing with lots of different styles of bands as we like to think of ourselves as a band who could fit in with multiple genres of music.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry is different in every country. Somewhere large like the USA can have multiple styles of music playing on different Media where as the UK is small and tends to concentrate more on mainstream music. I think Simon Cowell is to blame for this with The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. I love the fact that in America you have sirius and you can choose whatever you want to listen to. I think now that the media is becoming more exposed as being corrupt and money driven things may change. The underground scenes will take control a bit more. We already see a Resurgence in classic rock music via fan sites and pages on the internet.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
It’s a story we have spoke about before and involves our singing Jake swapping clothes with a cross-dresser at one of our shows in Leeds. He did the whole set in a lovely frock he looked stunning.
What are your future plans?
We are about to embark on a 14 date UK tour and then we will continue to work on our second album. Things are coming together well and we have started to gain some great response for our debut album ‘Care plan for the soul’ which has had amazing reviews from mainstream press as well as fansites and webzines. We would like to thank sites like this for taking interest in the band. Check us out at thesourheads.com