For fans of… Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Frank Zappa, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Last week , we ran a ‘Track by Track’ by Tanners Pool so it just makes sense that you get the rest of the story today. This is good rock ‘n’ roll reminds me a little of Bad Company meeting up with Artic Monkeys , it has that classic guitar rock kicking out the jams kind of vibe , I like it, a much cleaner sound than a lot of current guitars , very nice work indeed. Give a listen if you’re looking for a new guitar driven rock band that reminds you a little of the good old days, you just hit gold…
a little more on Tanners Pool new Ep,
In keeping with the EP’s title, the record explores themes of going against the grain rather than following the mainstream trends we are force-fed and ultimately drawn to in life, instead promoting idea of individuality and following ones own path. Opening track Bad Advice kicks off with Jess Ashdale’s thrashing distorted guitar, which mirrors contemporary acts such as the Arctic Monkeys’ punchy, electrifying sound. While on I’m Long Gone the band click into a funk rock groove akin to the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, as Jess steals the show with an expertly delivered wah-wah pedal affected guitar solo. The band reverts back to their rock ’n’ roll roots in Nothing and Nobody and Plastic Wings; both tracks filled with fuzzy guitar riffs and pounding drums throughout. Each track on Out of Line offers something different as you work through the EP, as Tanners Pool impressively traverse the line between indie rock, funk and classic rock sounds of days gone by.
Tanners Pool formed in Oxford in late 2015 after joint songwriting duo Matt Ashdale (vocals, guitar) and Jess (lead guitar, backing vocals) had been playing and writing together for a number of years. Having begun practising with Seth Roberts (bass) for a few months, they enrolled old school friend Shoji Maeno (drums) who was keen to get involved after seeing the band perform their debut show. The rest, as they say, is history. Now with a debut EP on the horizon, a music video in the works and live dates to follow, Tanners Pool are excited to take the next steps on their journey as a band together.
Out of Line by Tanners Pool is out now via Alt/Logic and is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
Meet- Tanners Pool
1) For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
We’re a new four-piece fronted by songwriting duo Matt and Jess, who met at university. We hit the live scene with our sound at the end of last year, with Matt on lead vocals and Jess on lead guitar. We’re joined by Seth on bass and Shoji on drums – we met Seth through a friend and Shoji is an old school friend who came to our first gig and loved what he heard.
2) Who would you list as your musical influences?
We write in our own style, but our debut EP draws influences from the rock legends we grew up loving through to modern indie rock and beyond. We’re drawing on some different influences for our newest material – our sound is developing, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Think that’d have to be playing the Jericho Tavern in Oxford for our first gig. How cool to play your first gig at the same venue that’s hosted Radiohead, Supergrass, Ride, and so many other great bands over the years!
4) What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Reach new crowds with our sound, meet some great people and play in great places!
5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
There are some banging tracks on Sistrionix – Deap Vally and Royal Blood’s self-titled album. We really love that heavy rock sound. Right now we’re also digging Little Victories – The Strypes and we’re looking forward to checking out Home of the Strange – Young the Giant when it comes out in August.
6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Social media is a great way to connect with your fans and let them know what’s happening, but it’s tough to keep it up to date when there’s so much else to do. Jess would literally play the guitar all day instead if she could!
7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
Yes we’re always keen to see how people react to our stuff! There’s so much good stuff out there so it’s ace when people take the time to let us know what they think, especially when they love it 😉
8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
That’s a really difficult question, there are so many cool places we’d want to go! The USA would be awesome as there’s a great scene over there, but as long as there’s a crowd digging our sound, we’re game.
9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Does your mortal soul need saving? What did you do?! Haha, yeah, it’s all about the music for us.
10) Any last thoughts for your fans?
Hey guys, thanks for tuning in! Hopefully see you at a gig real soon – come say hi, or if you can’t wait until then, drop us a message 🙂