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.
Witterquick are a striking British rock band following in the footsteps of Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis and others.
Following their debut EP Beneath The Spinning Lights in 2016, Witterquick‘s recent single is the latest in the lead up to an exciting new EP.
Having supported Nothing But Thieves on a lengthy sold-out tour last year, the band are becoming veterans of the UK tour scene, and are currently out playing shows with Altered Sky and Autumn Ruin.
The band’s current tour dates are:
March 28th – Coventry, Arches
March 29th – Manchester, Rebellion
March 30th – Glasgow, Broadcast
We’ll continue to have the latest from Witterquick, so don’t miss out!
Brit-Rockers WITTERQUICK have announced the date their new single.
“Hiding Place” will be premiered on BBC Introducing in Devon on March 11th with the music Video following a week later. The track will then be released on all major platforms on March 27th.
“Epic new British rock.full of big Mallory Knox and Young Guns style music”
– Rock Sound
“Their rousing brand of pop-rock rivals any of their more experienced UK
counterparts.crammed with the sort of dreamy, melodic anthems you’d expect
from a band much further into their career” – Kerrang! Magazine
“Hiding Place” is the first track to be released from the bands eagerly awaited second EP which will be released in the summer.
WITTERQUICK will also be heading out on tour with Altered SKY and Autumn Ruin in March, check out the poster below.
Keep track of the release of both “Hiding Place” and the upcoming EP at WITTERQUICK‘s social media below
If you like your alternative rock/pop punk, then you will definitely enjoy the fact that rising stars Altered Sky will be doing a small tour this March in the UK. Support comes from Autumn Ruin and Witterquick.
You can check out the dates below as well as listen to headliners!