Heavyball Give Us The Inside On Their Brand New Album “When Can Start?”

 

With the much anticipated release of brand new album ‘When Can You Start?’, the guys from Heavyball managed to have a little talk through the release and explain, why they chose the subject of a normal working week as the theme for their new venture.

So, What can you tell us about the new album? Where did you get the ideas?

“When Can You Start? recounts a week in the life of an ordinary office worker. The diary of a nobody who represents everybody. He doesn’t know it, but this week is different. Because this week is his last on earth”.  

“Storytelling, humor and everyday observations wrapped up in sharp melodies.  When Can You Start? is a story of the very ordinary told differently”.

Can you give us a taste of one of your songs, What does it tell us, What stories do you explore? 

“The first track to be released from the album is ‘Top of Your Game’. You used to be someone, you used to be a contender.  Now you work in an office doing nothing of consequence for people you hate.  The memories are still there though, and there’s still a small chance you could still make it big!”

How would you guys describe Heavyball for people that have never encountered you before?

“Heavyball are a self titled ‘new tone’ 4 piece band originally from Nottingham; signed to Magnetic North Melodies.”

So there you have it, a little pre release teaser, be sure sure to stay up to date with all things Heavyball:

 

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Website: www.heavyball.net  

Get to know Jamie Porter

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? 
My parents were always musical, they would sing around the piano in the evenings when I was very young.  My uncle was a big Johnny Cash fan, and whenever we went round he would always have Johnny Cash on the record player.  I was introduced to various bands through friends…it was actually a TV advert for band I saw on TV…can’t remember who exactly…loved the guitars, the vocal harmonies and the energy and for me at the time I had never seen or heard anything like that – and thought I want to be able to do that!
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to lots of Classic Rock bands and guitarists – there are so many too list but I guess you could say some like Gary Moore for his Rock/Blues technique, Dan Baird, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen song writing, Kee Marcello for some amazing melodic solos work, Beach Boys for vocal harmonies…AC/DC and the Stones, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams for energy and great song writing..there are so many more, Hendrix, Dylan, Clapton, Queen, Free, Aerosmith, Van Halen,…I would then go back and research who influenced them and discover The Everlys and Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters and…which was cool…I listened to a lot of guitarists and took away lots of ideas and kept working….. 🙂
When I write I can hear bits that remind me of certain things I’ve heard, but essentially I’ve soaked it all it and just write what comes out..I do tend to try to keep it simple…play for the song.
How long have you been playing/writing?
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and have been writing really for the past 10….
How often do you play live?
Not as often as I would like to at the moment.  I am currently having to restructure the live band, and plan to be out gigging regularly in 2017.
What has been your favourite moment in music?  
There’s been a few great gigs, and some really bad surreal moments where you think is this really happening, but you can laugh about it later and write a song about it. There are so many aspects…music keeps me sane, and I love it! Finishing the latest songs in the studio was a great buzz…having taken in the tracks I had recorded at home and the ideas and then editing mixing them into the final version.  I often refer to it as a musical painting…or adding the ingredients – like cooking….so I’m told…
Where is the best place to find you online?
www.jamieportermusic.com and there are lots of social media links there….I try to keep up with it!
Check me out on Instagram – jamieportermusic/ Twitter – @jamieporterband/ Facebook – jamieportermusic

Andy Meadows-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I started singing in the Baptist church where my dad led the music. He always used to sing around the house, he has a great baritone voice, and I think that’s probably what first inspired me.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Because I was in and around radio I grew up listening to a little bit of everything, classic country, rock and roll, 50’s doo wop music, the Rat Pack, western swing, blues and gospel. I think that eclectic mix makes it hard for me to try to confine myself to one specific genre.
 3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, I began writing and playing guitar around 16 or so. But I was 19 before I actually wrote anything worthwhile.
 4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I play live with my 9 piece band every couple of weeks, but we’re starting to ramp up our booking to promote the new CD. We’re actually playing a show today in Corsicana, TX to kick off their annual Derrick Days celebration. I’m also about to start playing a weekly Tuesday night show that’s a little more intimate with just me and my piano player. You can see all my upcoming shows here http://andymeadows.net/shows
 5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I was 21 the first time I played a gig with my own full band and I’ll never forget the way it felt, the energy of creating something live that an audience was reacting to in real time. The rush of being surrounded by five other guys that are in that moment with you and the way each person’s performance is reliant on the others. I don’t really know how to describe it, the only thing I could compare it to personally at the time was playing sports and maybe dunking a basketball over the opponent and having the crowd go crazy. I remember turning to my guitar player and saying something like, “Holy crap this is incredible”.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
My website, www.andymeadows.net