Fiona Stephens

WITTERQUICK – Interview

This week Fiona grabbed a spare few minutes to chat with WITTERQUICK. Ollie, the bassist and lyricist, was kind enough to give her the answers to the questions she, and the rest of Musicology, were curious about.

 

What inspired your band name, and why is it all in caps?

The name comes from an 80s cartoon that a few of us watched called Visionaries. Witterquick is a character in that. The caps was to make it more than a name, it’s not a name, it’s us.

 

How did you find trying to get started as a serious band in Exeter compared to “music hub” cities like London?

We aren’t finding it that hard at all actually, if you work hard enough and you’re making music people like, you can start anywhere. London is a regular for shows and other things behind the scenes, but you work around it. MUSE are from near us, they did ok.

 

What’s your song-writing process?

The majority of the songs start as demos from Will, either whole songs or melody ideas. He and I develop those into full songs and work on the lyrics together, some are more me, some are more him. We’ve got a good Buckingham Nicks writing thing going on. Once we’re done we bash them out as a full band and everyone picks it apart to give their feel.

 

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever been inspired to write a song by? And the most serious?

The most serious will be one from our upcoming EP, either Hiding Place or I Need a Friend Tonight. They were both written at particularly dark times for us. The lyrics and vibe tell the story in those songs. We wrote a song in our very early days called Leeroy Jenkins, it wasn’t directly about the famous WoW hero, but the demo needed a name.

 

You’ve just come off tour, do you have any interesting/funny stories from it?

All too many. We stayed in a place in Norwich that can only be described as a crack den. The rooms had no power or lights, the bathrooms had no taps and the floor seeped water. The place smelled so bad and the dodgiest characters were hanging around. We took the beds out of a few rooms and barricaded ourselves in a room together and left about 6am. That and staying in an abandoned school are up there on the list from this tour.

 

When did Witterquick really begin for you guys?

We toured with Nothing But Thieves right at the end of 2015, a sold out UK run, sharing a tour bus. We’d played about 4 shows before that so that was a serious jump in the deep end for us. It was mayhem from that point on, but with the internal and external changes we made through 2016 I’d say we’ve really found our feet now and are ready to really begin.

 

What’s next for WITTERQUICK over the next six months?

We’ve just announced a UK Summer tour through July, that will take us into festival season too. We’ve got a few releases coming up as well but my lips are sealed about that.

Everyday Sidekicks – Hope [EP]

The post-hardcore group launch straight into the EP with the track Glass House, which, although starting in a pop punk style, thematically evolves into something more alternative which produces a post-hardcore sound by the end. It’s immediately clear that Everyday Sidekicks aren’t just an average group; the band’s music is more complex, with varying guitar melodies sitting over the top of the noisy chord progression, discernible but not overpowering. Glass House is the latest single to be released from Hope.

Bury Your Friends is the second track, and this sees the group experiment more with effects. The tone for the track is set with the lone guitar, but then in comes the riff and screamed vocals and disrupts the listener’s assumptions. However the vocals are mixed between screaming and singing, something a lot of post punk and post hardcore bands do but only some pull off well: Everyday Sidekicks is one of the latter.

Fracture, the lead single, starts off sounding more metal than any of the other tracks so far. However, when the verse starts and the guitars split off between the melody and rhythm is when the listener starts to hear the post-hardcore influences in the track.

Lacuna is the other experimental track on Hope. It is the sole instrumental track on the album, but is a beautiful piece of music. The sound effects are used to enhance the music and the mix is balanced just right.

Saving the best track for last, Everyday Sidekick present Business Secrets of the Pharoahs. The track immediately starts with a catchy guitar riff typical of metal, however, much like the other tracks on the EP, there is an underlying melody that pushes the genre towards post hardcore instead. This melody becomes more prevalent in the second verse and bridge. This track is the heaviest on the EP, and would be amazing live.

Overall, Hope is a really well presented EP with great artwork, talent from the group and is mixed and mastered really well. The sound effects, when they are used, enhance the overall sound of the tracks contained within the EP and the listener can easily imagine a great stage show to go with the songs.

[9/10]

No Insight – Chasing Memories [EP]

London born three piece No Insight released their debut EP Chasing Memories on 30th March. Opening with an introductory track titled Into (No Insight) which lulls the listener into thinking that Chasing Memories will be calm, the following track, These Days, comes as a bit of a shock. With influences coming from the likes of Green Day in the guitars, All Time Low and Neck Deep in the vocals, No Insight is a bit of a mix between pop punk and emo.

These Days is not the best track to introduce a new listener to No Insight. The only redeeming part of the track is the catchy chorus, the verse vocals are not performed brilliantly and all the instruments clash together instead of being well balanced in the mix. If it was re mastered it might be a good track.

Chasing Memories, the title track, is instantly preferable to the listener. It is a better mixed track, and better performed. The verse guitar is gentle, with the bass leading the backing. The track builds gradually, with the full guitar coming in at the chorus and carrying on into the second verse, before leading into a solo that although simplistic, suits the song really well.

The final track, If I’m Rick, You’re Morty is evidently based on the hit TV show Rick and Morty, however it sounds like it could also be a romantic song, which is weird because the two characters are blood relatives. In this track it’s evident that the singers are not performing in tune with each other and one is a much better vocalist than the other two.

[5/10]

Terrifier premiere ‘Nuclear Demolisher’ lyric video

Skullsnbones.com have been given the honour of premiering Terrifier‘s latest lyric video for Nuclear Demolisher. The video is in support of their new album Weapons of Thrash Destruction released in January via Test Your Metal Records. You can catch the track here.

Terrifier have also announced a mini tour in Canada for this week:
April 5 – The Royal On Baker – Nelson, BC – info
April 6 – Smokehouse Bar and Grill – Lethbridge, AB
April 7 – The Forge On Whyte – Edmonton, AB – info
April 8 – Nite Owl – Calgary, AB – CEMR Metalfest (Headliners) – info

You can also catch them live here:
April 22 – SBC Restaurant – Vancouver, BC – info
May 5 – Logan’s Pub – Victoria, BC – info
July 15 – Hassen Arena – Armstrong, BC – Armstrong MetalFest – www.armstrongmetalfest.ca
August 11 – Brookside Resort – Prince George, BC – Metallion Festival – www.metallionfestival.com

James Leese – Live @ The Night Owl, Birmingham, 23/3/17

The Night Owl, a small venue off Birmingham’s industrial estate, was buzzing with anticipation on Thursday night. The performing artists could be spotted mingling in the crowd; headliner James Leese seemed to know everybody present.

First up was Stafford based Alex Voss, who accompanied his vocals with electric guitar rather than acoustic. Creating a relaxed and chilled out vibe, Voss began his set and immediately impressed with a well rounded sound. The guitar mix was set up nicely and didn’t overpower the vocals. The set list was mixed and contained slower and faster songs, however it became clear that the faster songs wouldn’t work on acoustic guitar as they were mostly chord based. Some songs were quiet, others loud, and Voss demonstrated his capabilities by performing in different keys. However, it would have been great to see him using different dynamics within the same song.

[7/10]

Up next was local acoustic singer/songwriter Lauren Marie. Following Voss‘ casual vibe, she chatted to the audience in between tracks and admitted to not having a set list, and just performing whatever she felt like, however her songs were well rehearsed.

Her original tracks used lots of finger picked melodies underneath the vocals instead of just chords, which sounded nice and a bit different to most acts. She has a great vocal range and used different guitars for different tunings. Her most popular tracks were covers; she performed Always by Blink 182 and Mr Brightside by The KillersAlways sounded quite different to the original and she added new depth to the track.

At the end of the set, however, Lauren Marie looked cold and a little bored!

Here's a really rough video of what to expect on my newest EP, a short preview of the first track "alive". I don't wanna give too much away about production and what not. 🙂 Quite messy in parts but had to rush it! Catch me playing here next: https://www.facebook.com/events/387204948316319/?ti=icl xx

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Laurenmarie‎‏ في 19 مارس، 2017

[8/10]

Finally, to a big cheer, on came James Leese. Starting on Bye, Bye Butterfree, and then proceeding to tell the crowd off for not paying as much attention to the acts before him, it’s clear that Leese commands a lot of respect from his fans. His set list contained different tracks, including some new ones that will be on the upcoming EP (I Have A) RomComplex. All of Leese‘s music was well polished and it’s clear he feels at home on the stage, chatting to the audience and putting on a great show. Crowd favourites included The Nerd Song and Mrs Unknown. The set list chosen clearly demonstrated Leese‘s talents, as there was a wide variety of material, including A Song For A Waltz. There was only one occasion where he was out of tune in the whole set!

[9/10]

Guitarist Andy James announces instrumental solo album

Guitar legend Andy James has announced his latest instrumental solo album, Exodus, to be released on 5th May via Urban Yeti Records.

The latest track from the upcoming album is Never Back Down, which can be streamed on YouTube.

“It’s been a while since I did my last solo album, but the time has come where I’ve suddenly got a collection of songs that seem to fit together pretty well and thought why not put out another album. I don’t like to force material, it either comes naturally or it doesn’t. However, every so often I get inspired to write some songs and the next album is exactly that, spontaneous inspiration. Some of it is a slightly different vibe for me where other songs encapsulate what I think people associate with my sound and writing style, but as a whole fitted together nicely.

I decided to do everything myself this time around. Sometimes when you do demos you capture a vibe that when recreated in a studio, doesn’t quite get the same vibe, so with these songs they started as demos then I spent more time on them to get them sounding like proper songs rather than going back to a studio to re-do it all. On past releases, I feel some of the original vibe has been lost, but this time I think for me it has captured more spontaneity that I wanted to get down.

I’m excited to put this collection of songs out with the relatively new label, Urban Yeti Records, and getting out there to play.” – Andy James