In late 2015, Our Nameless Boy vocalist Iain Gorrie was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread as far as his neck. Shocked and scared, but with the support of brave family, friends and a dedicated team of NHS doctors & nurses at his side, Iain began the long road to recovery and to playing music again.
Wind back 12 months and Iain, Richie, Ben and Will were stepping into a Bristol rehearsal room to chart their course as Our Nameless Boy. Crossing paths at basement shows and clubs in the South West of the UK, the members of Our Nameless Boy found plenty in common and decided to form a band in 2014. Sifting through around 30 song ideas the band began to formulate a style of introspective, brooding emotional rock akin to bands like Manchester Orchestra, The Early November and At-The-Drive-In.
Sharing a flurry of singles and beginning to solicit interest from labels, the band began working on what would become their flagship EP ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Scared Again’ right before Iain’s health took a turn for the worse just before the Christmas of 2015.
“I was scheduled to start my course of chemotherapy in January, but a high blood count meant I had to begin just before Xmas. The NHS team who looked after me were brilliant and my then girlfriend (now wife) shaved her head in solidarity with me and raised a load of money for charity in the process” explains Iain.
Despite Iain’s health battles, the quartet continued to make plans and press forward. Dealing with the aftershock by spending time in the studio perfecting material, and in the practice room adding to their repertoire, this time would prove carthatic to both Iain and his band-mates:
“I finished chemo in March 2016 and we began filming the music video for our lead single ‘All It Is’ about 2 weeks later, just before I had to go in for another operation. Most of the EP songs were written right before I was diagnosed. However, there were songs like ‘Nothing On My Mind’ written in the times I could stand and hold a guitar between chemo cycles. It describes many of the themes you might imagine – denial, battling with aging, isolation and how to be around people you care about”.
Now with a clean bill of health, and a fresh outlook in-tow, Our Nameless Boy are excited to be releasing their formative EP ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Scared Again’. Teaming up with a supportive label in Beth Shalom Records, the EP will be available both digitally and on cassette tape on 1st March 2019 and is available to pre-order today: https://bit.ly/2VI3k4M
Our Nameless Boy have a series of live shows in the coming months, including an exclusive release show at the Louisiana, Bristol on 28th February 2019.
25.01.19 – Worcester – Paradiddles
26.01.19 – Andover – Rockhouse
28.02.19 – Bristol – Louisiana
01.03.19 – Winchester – Railway
Our Nameless Boy are:
Iain Gorrie – Vocals/Guitar
Richie Steadman – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Sellers – Bass/Vocals
Will Purcell – Drums/Vocals