Sid – Lead Guitar (left may 2016),
Lammy – Percussion,
Mik – Guitar
Ben – Bass Guitar.
I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know?
We are The Sourheads from Wakefield West Yorkshire. We play a blend of rock and roll somewhat Classic, somewhat Desert somewhat Garage Band. We tend to be influenced by the great 70s rock bands such as Deep Purple The Doors and Iggy and the Stooges. We also like to think that we could be long alongside band such as Queens of the Stone Age and Clutch.
Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
We released our debut album ‘Care plan for the soul’ last November to good reviews and are now in the process of touring the UK to promote it you can check us out at thesourheads.com. We also have a new music video about to be released. Our songs all have slightly different styles and themes but I would say the song that sums us up is ‘Don’t get caught I am the Lotus’. We have lots of swagger as well as varying song topics such as demonic possession relationship breakdowns and mythical beings that steal souls.
When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
We always write the music at rehearsals and record them on our phones. Jake our singer then goes and writes the lyrics. One of us will come up with a riff or a catchy chord progression and then the others will lock in on it. This tends to work well for us so we don’t stray away from this very often.
With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
The music industry has always been a two edged sword certain things are good but a lot is bad. I think that small PR companies are really helpful and obviously YouTube and Spotify etc are great for getting the name out and the music to the people. It seems to be hard to get into mainstream magazines even though we have press people. We have noticed that there is a great resurgence in vinyl and we do well with our limited edition blue and splatter records.
Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
We don’t have any side projects as we like to feel we are all a big team and The Sourheads takes up most of our time. It’s important to give it our all and not filter our commitment to the band.
When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
The nature of our performances are genuinely energetic and this can sometimes cause problems with hitting cues. But I think that we get around it because we are all locked in on each other and know what to do. It’s mainly things like bringing a guitar solo in the wrong place or Jake missing his vocal cue for a verse or chorus. We tend to hide it well though and it doesn’t happen very often.
How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
We tend to play 8 of the songs from the album and two or three new ones. We don’t do covers as we take pride in being an original band. That’s not to say that we won’t do in the future but at this moment in time we tend to just play our own songs. We move around the song orders sometimes but we know which songs get the Crowd going so we like to place them in strategic places to keep the set entertaining.
If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
Maybe one of the big festivals like lollapalooza. I feel that we are a band that appeal to multiple genres and audiences so the more diverse the better.
Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Don’t just play your hometown get out and about and head to the big cities sooner or later people will start to take notice. Use gigs swapping with other bands so you can play further away. Get a decent press agent and make sure your product is professional in everyway. Don’t be ashamed to do other things to get money because a band needs investing in T-shirts posters etc.
Any last words?
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us it’s sites like yours that help all the up-and-coming bands. We really feel like there is a strong Underground music seen at the moment. Please check us out as what you get is what you see we wear our hearts on our sleeves.