Love For Zero

B and W Group edited1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
All of us have started playing and getting involved with music at a very young age be it playing the triangle or guitar in a rock and roll band. What brought us together is our common passion for music and the drive to pursue a musical career. We all draw our inspiration first of all from our varied tastes in music ranging from experimental electronica and indie to quality commercial pop. As well as that, other art forms such as photography, painting, film and of course, day to day events have an impact on what we write.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

We all grew up listening to pretty different stuff but the common ground was found in classic rock bands of the 60s and 70s such as The Kinks, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath along with more modern artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Aphex Twin.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We’ve been playing and writing in this formula for about two and a half years but not all of it was Love For Zero as wr are now. We gone through plenty of stylistic changes. A quest for finding our sound and what we want to write as a unit. 2013 was the year that defined our sound. We’re looking forward to 2014 to expand our audiences and reach people’s hearts.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? 

We love the energy and the vibe of playing live so we do it as often as we can. It’s very important to reward our audiences with good quality gigs and hopefully convert some new fans to the Love For Zero family. We finished this year with an amazing hometown gig at Sound Control and we will be starting to gig again early 2014. Best way to keep updated about our future concerts and plans is to check our website.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
One of Love for zero’s favourite moments was flying to Cyprus to support The Kooks. The gig took place on a beach and it must be one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever played in. Another very important moment for us was finishing our debut EP entitled ‘Allies and Enemies’.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to find us online is our website, www.loveforzero.com, which contains all the information about the band and links to all our other social media pages. Hopefully we’ll see you all at our next gigs.

The Greeting Committee

The Greeting CommitteeAlternative indie psychadelia from six Newcastle lads. Meet The Greeting Committee…

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

It was fairly early for all of us, probably around 15/16 when you first realise that it’s ok to like things even if other people don’t. Luckily there was a fair amount of decent bands about at that time for us to latch onto or we’d probably just be busy watching reality TV and following idiots on twitter, which is how I’m led to believe the world spends it’s time these days.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

We all have a very different influences musically. For instance, our keys player is obsessed with instrumental ambient electronica and other such craziness which I would rather eat my own legs than listen to. There are certain common grounds though such as, obviously, The Beatles and some of those great 90s bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre. They probably do influence what we write, they can’t not really, but I don’t think that comes across too much in our music. It’s like making a pie really. Now I can guarantee you if I tried to make a pie it would very much turn out looking nothing like a pie. And it’s a bit like that with music. You put all the ingredients together but come out with something new that you hadn’t intended.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Basically as long as we can remember. At this point I can’t ever remember not being in a band or making music. I’m pretty sure that isn’t actually true of course but things can get kind of hazy. The GREETING COMMITTEE has been ongoing for about three years or so though, first as a recording project then moving onto playing live.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

We try not to ‘overplay’ round the north east where we’re based. A lot of bands seem to have some bizarre desire to play 700 gigs a week, which will usually all only be attended by their mums and some bloke who popped in for a pint ‘cos he missed the bus. I admire the enthusiasm but to be honest, if I catch a band on a Friday who I like I’m probably not going to go and see them again two days later. We prefer to space them out a bit and try to make an event. Luckily this also fits perfectly with the fact that we’re all extremely lazy.

Seeing as we’re all equally irritated by the strange custom that is ‘Christmas’ we’re heading back into the studio in Dec/Jan and should be announcing some new dates in the new year.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably something insignificant like when you’re in your first rubbish band as a kid and you first get a copy of a CD you’ve made or hear one of your songs on a local radio station for the first time.

Once you get beyond that stage though being in a band tends to be more of a hindrance to having any kind of normal life and becomes more of an annoying obsession than any kind of pleasurable pastime!

It is however something that we have to do. There isn’t really a choice in the matter.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online

Well, apart from pie making websites the best place to hear us is probably on our Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/greetingcommittee). There’s also our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/thegreetingcommittee) but that mainly consists of bizarre drunken rants and pictures of our mostly unacceptable behavior towards ourselves and other people.

Pale Green Things

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I was into music from about the age of 8. I remember getting dead annoyed in music lessons when the teacher used to give the girls all the good instruments haha. We’d have to make a song by the end of the lesson and the boys had woodblocks and shakers when the girls had guitars and keyboards. Anyway, as you can see, I’ve let that go and got a few of my own instruments since then. Originally I was inspired by what I heard my mum listening to, which included Madness and the Manic Street Preachers. I also went searching through her vinyl collection and found Joy Division. I also have a memory of playing a game in class where you had to say a line from a song and you got a point if no one in class knew the next line. Everyone was doing Spice Girls and Billy Piper, that sort of thing. I was going for more like Madness and the Verve. I think I lost a few friends that day…but I won!

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Nowadays I listen to a mix of folk, punk, rock, electronica and all sorts really. It all stems from the early stuff I heard. I was well into the Manic Street Preachers, which kind of got me into rock and punk. This got me into all sorts of alternative music (whatever that means!). Everything I listen to has an impact on what I create. I can’t remember simple things from day to day life. When I read I have to go over each line like 3 times to remember it. However I seem to have an encyclopaedic memory for songs and melodies (and premier league goals from 1995 onwards). For a musician every time you listen to music you are still learning and thinking, ‘What can ideas make this song work, and would it improve any of my songs’.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started playing the saxophone when I was 9, because of the whole Madness thing. I think I had visions of myself flying over school like in the video for ‘Baggy Trousers’. When that didn’t happen I started learning the drums when I was about 11. It was at the same time I started writing rap songs, cos at the time I was too shy to sing. The irony is that now I’m probably too shy to rap haha….maybe one day! I wrote a lot of punk music in my teens and played in bands that loosened all the light fittings in the room below where we practiced. I like to think that nowadays all the influences are all coming together more into my music.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I always have gigged very regularly. I used to do at least 2-3 acoustic gigs per week. Recently I’ve been putting together more of a show that I’m going to start performing next year, along with EP releases. At the moment my upcoming shows are

25th Jan – Castle Rock, Alderly Edge

22nd March – Kings Arms, Manchester

More will be coming soon.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

It’s kind of hard to pick one. It’s always exciting when you support a band you like. I played with Rifles and at Noel Gallagher’s aftershow party over the last year or so. To be honest the best things are when you’re in a studio and you can feel something good is happening with you music and also just being out gigging with your mates and being able to enjoy what playing music brings.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

If you’d like to give the EP a listen before release then head to Soundcloud. Also you can ‘like’ and ‘follow’ me on Facebook and Twitter

https://soundcloud.com/palegreenthings

https://www.facebook.com/palegreenthingsband

https://twitter.com/PaleGreenBand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uvyt-a25d4

Anglia

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I’ve heard Queen when I was 11, that’s changed my mind totally

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? –

Freddie and Paul, these two melody geniuses still impact on what i create now

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since 15

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? 

Not often, 2-3 times per year. No upcoming gigs

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

It’s going to be in the future I suppose

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

www.angliaband.com