So for anyone unfamiliar with yourself, tell us a little bit about your backstory and how you ended up here.
We are Prime, a rock band with indie and blues influence from the East Midlands. We worked live in this area and beyond for the last five years, and I decided to end the group as a live proposition at the end of 2019. We were meant to do our last tour this Spring but the Coronavirus put an end to that, so this compilation that we have out on CD in June 5th called “Art/Facts” and our final recordings will be the end for us before we move on to new projects.
What’s Happening Now? Tell us about what you are currently up to.
Our CD and Spotify list out on June 5th from “Art/Facts” contains our last 3 singles, ‘In Summer’, ‘Bye Bye’ and ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ (all available on YouTube), our first EP ‘IOU’ and tracks from our first album Before The After and other unreleased material.
What is next for you?
My plans are to finish off our latest recordings with our guitarist Chris D. Bramley at RatCat Studios in Nottingham – we’re recording one of Chris’s tracks, called ‘Sorry’ – and we’ve also gone back to our garage-punk roots with the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ being covered too. Then I’m going to have a bit of a break and work on new songs. I’m going to show my support for Chris too as he’s going to be promoting his new EP, One Of The Boys in a hometown headline show in Leicester and Nottingham and also performing in Europe again. I joined him there in Germany and Holland last year for some joint shows and we had a great time.
Tell Us About Your Influences & Inspiration
Music like The Doors, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie made me want to get into music and join a band, I used to play stuff like The Doors’ first album and The Soft Parade by them on a loop and it really got me singing along and wanting to be a frontman. Chris’ respect for really good lyricists like Ray Davies and Alex Turner got Chris into playing guitar, after being into a lot of poppy American punk.
The Doors – ‘Touch Me’
The Doors ‘Touch Me’ from the album The Soft Parade (1969)
“Listening back to it now, it was like a response to Love’s brilliant album Forever Changes – which had better songs than this – but in my late teens I loved the overblown, bonkers style of orchestra, blues, great melodies and insane poetry and time signatures.” – Lee
Prime (UK Band) ‘Art / Facts’ Playlist out June 5th: