How would you describe your music?
The best was to describe our music is, teenage angst with punk rock rifts. We have a considerable East Bay punk sound compared to current punk bands.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Tradmrkd has been around since 2014. It began as a muck about with mates just wanting to enjoy playing music. Badly. Very, very badly. We became serious with it in 2018. So the band has been about for 6 or 7 years. The current line up of, Finlay Cardno, James Riddoch, Corey Finnie and Myself has been since late 2018. It was Finlay and I who began the band in 2014 with our mates.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
As a band, we have similar tastes in music and influences. Including Green Day, The Smiths, Ramones, Blink 182, Guns N Roses, Nirvana and the Buzzcocks – to name a few. We all share similar musical heroes as well. You know the likes of: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Billie Joe Armstrong, Corey Taylor.
What inspires you?
Everything and anything can inspire us. Whether it is something we are going through individually or something some said or saw. We take whatever we can for inspiration. You never know what could spark it. I like to come up with other lyrics while listening to a song. I find it helps create lyrical ideas.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I prefer writing in my bedroom. I sometimes come up with some melodies and riffs walking about and chilling but the real, magic happens when I’m in my bedroom with my guitar and a piece of paper.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I think as a band we have two favourites. One is released on our SoundCloud called Pendulum. It is just a funky little song we love playing to end the show. Our second one would have to be Cactus. One of our fastest songs and just so enjoyable to play and watch people react to.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
The pop disaster tour in 2002 would have been the dream tour to be part of if it was taking place today. Unfortunately, we were only four when that happened. So, maybe a little too young.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It seems a difficult place for bands. If you looked back to the 90s especially, punk bands seem to be everywhere on the radio. Nowadays it seems you have to sing the same four chords and cry about the same person leaving you. Popular music today is the worst it has ever been. I cant remember the last time I listened to the radio.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Seeing what really happens when you drop a knife in a toaster. It is what you would expect hahaha!
What are your future plans?
We are hopeful to have an EP out by the end of the year. We have enough material for an album but an EP seems more realistic right now. That is one of our goals. We just want to play as many shows as possible. We do have some projects lined up with other bands, they are still in the creation process. Exciting stuff in the works though. Following our Instagram and Facebook will help you stay updated.