The 45’s are the real deal, they sound like they have been at this for decades , this garage rock is good stuff, and not that it matters but garage rockers out of Liverpool, how cool is that. This band does it all and they do it with force, the vocals are straight out of the history books, fun backup vocals, harmonies , I’m loving every second of these tunes. It’s bands like The 45’s that restore my faith in todays’ generation and I have no doubt that we will be hearing a whole lot more from these guys in the years to come. Me writing stuff about how good they are kinda slows you down from giving them a listen, so get ready for some screaming guitars, sing along catchy tunes and a tight rhythm and blues beat from The 45’s…..
Hi our name is “The 45s”
People say we sound like “The Yardbirds illegitimate kids” (article in Blues magazine)
We are: Jalen keyboards & vocals, Mikey bass & vocals, Rob guitar & vocals, Sam drums, Tom lead vocals & guitar
We are based in Liverpool. Most of the band attend the Liverpool institute for Performing Arts based in Paul McCartney’s old school which he sponsors. Jalen is from the US, Mikey and Sam are from near Liverpool and Tom and Rob are both originally from London. Tom spent the last nine years in Carlisle in the far north west of England and put the first line-up of the band together in school.
Who are some that have an influence on you? We have loads of influences. Here are a few. Son House, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry, Stones, Beatles, Small Faces, Yardbirds, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Jimi Hendrix, MC5, Stooges, Dr Feelgood, Sex Pistols, Blondie, The Jam, Oasis.
How old were all of you when you started to play? We all started learning pretty young, certainly before any of us were ten. This line-up was handpicked for their musical excellence and everyone can play more than one instrument. Tom learnt to play Blues harp on a former cotton plantation near Clarksdale Mississippi. That experience enthused him to put his first band together.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out. Tom is the band songwriter although Rob and Jalen are now bringing their own songs for consideration. Tom will usually play around with a riff on his guitar and build a song from there. It is usually music first, then lyrics but not always. He will then take a new song to band in a form that he can play on guitar. The others will then build their parts around the guitar chords. We will then make a rough demo in our rehearsal space and have a good listen. We are building up a portfolio of songs for possible inclusion on our first album. Those that make it onto the list will be recorded properly in the studio.
We have released a double A side single and an EP under our own steam and used friends and fans to promote them as well as having them on sale at Amazon and itunes. With almost no marketing budget these records sell well at gigs but are ignored by the mainstream music media. We are planning a new single for this Spring and we will throw as much money as we can at marketing and promoting it. A French label is keen for us to put out an album this autumn as we seem to be building a decent fanbase over there.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges? This certainly isn’t the best time to be in a guitar band. There have always been loads of bands but the opportunities to go professional are fewer and fewer as the music industry looks to solo artists, boy bands and talent competition winners to fill their rosters.. Also, bands like ours who are proud of the music that influences us and are not ashamed to say so, can be classified as retro dinosaurs which just isn’t true. We make music for today building on many influences from across the last seventy years.
Listen to this….