JL was the 1st to talk about , The Spitting Pips a few weeks ago as part of his The Magnificent 7, Week 26. Giving them a little more time and space is well warranted given the sheer amount of talent coming from The Spitting Pips. Like a few other Bands that have made it big , The Spitting Pips do an excellent job of combining their vast range of influences into a sound that is distinctly their own. Plenty of blues/psych/soul to keep you listening and wanting more. The music is excellent ,reminds me of when I first listened to Happy Mondays and Blur way back when and right away I thought we would be hearing a lot more from those bands over the years, the same holds true for The Spitting Pips, these guys are really good at what they do and I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more from them in the months and years to follow.
The name of our Band…
The Spitting Pips
our sound is……
A mixture of British Pop, 60’s Psychedelia and a flick of Grunge… we like to call it “Acid Soul”.
We are from…….
A very sunny town called Rhyl, North Wales, UK
Who are some that have an influence on you
I think as a band there are endless amounts of musical and non musical related influences, its hard to name just a few bands, but I think its safe to say The Brian Jonestown Massacre have had the biggest impact on us, Anton Newcombe has definitely played a massive part in influencing us musically and mentally to go the extra mile and to never stop.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
We all began playing at a very early age in different bands, some as early as 13. We all met either through school or the local music scene, after a long wait myself, Zack (Lead Vocals / Guitar) & Jolliffe (Drums) decided to put this band together last year, recruiting Cameron on Guitar, Woody on Bass and recently Podbury on 3rd guitar to do all the insane psychedelic sounds.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
90% of the time I will write the basic tune by myself at home, just chilling out with an acoustic and some awful TV on low in the background, cup of tea, cigarette and see what comes out, I never really force myself to write, it could be a week before something comes out, but when it does, and you can already hear the chorus hook, you know its time to take it to take that seedling to the practice room to grow. We all then jam the tune, straight off the bat, individually adding melodies and rhythms that make the track flourish. We are 5 of the best mates, we all have different ears and can hear things in each song that the other can’t, so it just works and its nothing but positive fun, the whole process is amazing. Its Chemistry baby…
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Well we all face promoters and venues exploiting us, expecting us to play for free, but I think more and more bands are standing against these money grabbing idiots these days…
I think a big challenge for musicians, especially unsigned musicians is basically the same as running your own business, everybody is trying to be noticed and get their product out into the public eye all at once, 24/7, and just like any business there is the problem of anybody being able to get into the spotlight if they have enough money, which intern means even if they are not the best, because people have heard of them, they are a go to point for people that can’t be bothered to dig deeper to find better quality. But I believe originality and persistence will always conquer.
1st rock concert you went to and age….
I was 11 years old!!!
May 22nd 2002
System Of A Down supported by The Dillinger Escape Plan
Coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
The Bright Young People, Local band, amazing design of the clown from the sign above the old playground…
the most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
Our debut show was insane, it was New Years Eve 2014, we had a crowd of 250 people.
We decided to finish out set 15 minutes before the countdown on Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor by Arctic Monkeys… the crowd had been going mental all night, but then it went up a notch with glass and people, thrown all over the place, the bar decided to stop sweeping up in the end because it was just a sea of glass, clothes and beer… an awesome start to our new adventure.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
The Brian Jonestown Massacre… because we know everyone in the place would get it.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Have as much fun as you can, get used to sitting in the back of vans for hours, carrying very heavy equipment up and down stairs, work with people who you feel work best with you, don’t take any shit, make sure you always get paid, and love the music.
your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Its gotta get better… its gonna get better..
Our plans for the rest of 2015…..
We have a new EP coming out this summer, loads of gigging and a few festivals, then back into the studio in November to record the next EP which is all ready to go.
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