Brit alt-unit SIBLINGS OF US make a potent statement with their genre
bending new EP, Gargantua, which is out now 2nd November, via RetroSynth
Upon first hearing SIBLINGS OF US it becomes abundantly apparent that this
crew cannot be shoehorned into one tight and specific genre. The Bristolians
express an array of influences spreading from the groove and early vigour of
Muse and the intoxicating proggy vibes of Mars Volta, through to the driving
synth work of Carpenter Brut. In the distillation, the ascending trio convey
a sound that is unique and entrancing.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us
a little bit about your band / project.
We are an ‘Alt Wave’ duo from little old Bristol. We started purely as
Synthwave but have since injected mental in the mix and trying to develop a
new sound rather than repeating what’s already been done.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
My mum would blast E.L.O, Madness, Huey Lewis and the News as well as all
the 70s / 80s mix tapes in the car so always had that vintage taste and
wanted to find out more at a young age. My girlfriend when I was 13 showed
me the Dookie album by Green Day and that got my alternative interest to
listen to more bands in a different scene.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
Hermans Hermits Live Album. Yes I’m that cool.
When did you first take up your respective instrument ?
Being a sporty kid, I never really enjoyed it, though I was in nearly every
team. When music started taking over my old mum got me a bass guitar for
Christmas when I was 14. I used to only pretend with an old tennis racket in
front of the mirror while singing. I started singing in stupid places, like
at the lunch queue in school and other boys would take the absolute piss,
but I knew this is what I wanted to do, despite how awful I was back then.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music
school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
I formed a band and started skipping P.E to sneak into the music shed.
Though the band were shit and never really went anywhere, once I got a taste
for it I never stopped playing in bands, before I knew it I was touring the
U.K and Europe in like the 6th band I formed and I haven’t really stopped
chasing the dragon. I remember more dark times than good, I developed bad
habits and fell out with a lot of people because I wouldn’t tolerate
anything if I thought someone was trying to screw me, but now being in a
band with your best mate of 11 years is really something special.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to
want to be a musician too?
Steve Tyler, David Bowie, Billy Joe Armstrong, all ska bands ever. It would
change every week but id always learn something different to improve my act.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from
your youth that made you want to be a musician?
None that truly stands out, it was just an orgy of different sounds. I was
like what if i took this bass tone from Horace Panter The Specials, with
Karen Carpenters voice and this dude Dimebag can rip a solo here, that
collab sounds awful but you get the drift.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
I think more recently Pixies in Cardiff, just 2 hours of great sound with no
tricks or anything particularly glamourous, just authentic.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
So many. But admit I hate when alternative nights put on One Direction or
Taylor Swift. I prefer the 90s guilty pleasures like Vengaboys and The
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We are working on a new single and video for a release in January.
Where and when did you record it?
We have known Mark from Fragile Things for a while and never realised he was
the one making his band sound awesome on his own, so we had to get a piece
of that action.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
Myself or Zack will usually come up with a riff or synth line that we dig
and we develop from there. We have a back catalogue of like 18 songs but
have stopped writing them as we didn’t see them being that good. We are not
fans of generic writing so like to change keys and time signatures often in
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally &
beyond your local area?
Social media mainly, being video producers we like to do comedy shorts to
promote a new release or tour. We used to play a fair amount live however
since the sudden departure of our drummer and times being the way they are,
we do not play live hardly ever anymore, venues and promoters while most are
fine there were too many that turned us off to touring. It’s just not viable
to be lugging our shit around the country to not even get petrol money or
play to a crowd of a few of your friends coz the headliner is too arrogant
advertise or even watch you.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
Bristol is vibrant, there is so much going on. In terms of what we do
there’s only about 3 bands that are vaguely similar and we know all of them.
We put on shows with our company and actually pay the bands, people know
Siblings but not alot have heard this new sound live, maybe in 2019.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish
up and coming bands like yourself?
There’s enough, some venues do an amazing job but they have their own
battles to fight. We have both managed some of the venues here in Bristol
and know the struggle is very real. We get venues asking us back whether the
crowd was jumping or not and there are others who see it as a business over
encouraging the scene. We always put at least £50 quid behind the bar, as we
are borderline alcoholics but also want the venue to have a good bar take.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get
better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
What bands have to realise is that you can’t be expected to make a living
being an originals band and moan that its the venues or someone else’s
fault. You have to work hard and work actual jobs to fund your dream and
can’t expect someone else to get you there. I mean look at that Threatin
dude, whist he’s a prick and what he did was so stupid, buy you have to
admire his persistence with money just to make him look the bollocks, maybe
he gets money from mummy and daddy but he knew how much investing he had to
so to make himself stand out. Maybe its not the best example but you don’t
need support but the support you give yourself. We grew up with the mind set
that you have to work hard to get what you want and we think alot of people
have forgotten those morals.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
We have actually been the ones giving the advice, coming from the background
we have. Whilst Siblings aren’t the biggest band we have been around the
block a bunch. I honestly can’t think of a piece of advice we were told, we
have always had to learn the hardest way. Nobody warned us about that fried
chicken place and we sure as hell could have been advised that our bellies
and butts would be the way they were the next day, not cool.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your
journey to date?
Definitely don’t be afraid to ask a bigger band or rival band for some
advice and don’t take any shit no matter the circumstances. A few of those
times we haven’t taken crap from someone and its bitten us hard as they were
quite big or well connected, but overall we stand proud as people and
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc
enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a
Bit of both really, we rely on it. It’s irritating how advance it is now
before it was play as much as possible and someone will notice but now its
post as much as possible about your fucking dog or something that has
nothing to do with music. Social media can be misleading but can reach
people who didn’t know you existed faster.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
We are going to be releasing this video for a brand new track via Blank TV.
Just a lot more content audio and visual wise that we are working hard on to
be unique as possible.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
We roll the dice and take what we get. The choice to stop playing live is a
relief, we may do the odd show now and then but we want to turn heads with
our new releases. Our label has some plans as well hopefully. This is a
genre we believe hasn’t been done yet and we are going to keep experimenting
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
We want to see some awards and spark debates and make people think with the
new releases. In the long term we both have a lot going on in our personal
lives but 2019 is the digital age for the band.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Pixies, Fleetwood Mac, Metric and of course Spice Girls are gonna need some
support, we are there for you ladies.