Laying It Down On The Heavy Sound , Meet -Rootwork



Meet – Rootwork:

For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
We’ve known each other for ages, since school, and decided to form a band back in 2013. We had worked on different musical projects together before we realised we had such unified music tastes, and needed an outlet for all our writing. It was definitely one of the better decisions we’ve made.

Who would you list as your musical influences?
There’s tons of course but some of the ones that really stick with us are The Beatles, Radiohead, Karnivool, Mastodon, Muse, QOTSA and MUTEMATH to name but a few. There’s so much brilliant rock and metal music being written at the minute though so we’re constantly inspired by our peers too.

What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up
Easily being approached by Jamie Lenman (of Reuben fame) after a show in Guildford, who really dug our sound. He’s kind of a hero of ours so to hear him wax lyrical about our music was amazing. We were a bit starstruck to be honest!

What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Definitely touring around the UK – there’s some very cool venues in the Midlands and up North that we’d love to play. Also a few Summer festival appearances would be ace, and we’re determined to get a full length album out soon!

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Black Peaks’ Statues was well worth the wait, and SikTh’s Opacities shows they’re still the dons of progressive metal! We’ve also really enjoyed recent stuff from Arcane Roots, Three Trapped Tigers, Toska and Tigercub. It’s a great time to be in the heavy rock scene!

Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Haha, it can absolutely be both. It’s time-consuming sure, but the upsides are that you can establish a great dialogue with your fans, as well as other bands on the scene. Anything that makes music a more participatory experience is a good thing.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
It’s always pleasing to hear from people who enjoy the music or who connect to it in some way. I think equally you can learn a lot from criticism if it comes from a constructive or informed place. We’re aware of it but it doesn’t influence our writing.

If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
JB: New Orleans. Such a rich musical history, not to mention the amazing food and culture!
MW: Japan! Whisky, Food, Culture,  Mountain, extended versions of albums everywhere, plus Fuji-Rock!
CB: Too many to be specific for me. The European audience are always such an open-minded crowd, and naturally it’s a fantastically diverse place to go (and eat). America is one of my favourite places on the planet… Red Rocks would be a pretty memorable gig for sure!

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
I think anyone that doubts music can save the mortal soul has never been on an MDMA comedown at 5 in the morning in a wet field in Kent. Not an advocation, mind.

Any last thoughts for your fans?
We’re heading into the studio in July so stay tuned, we hope you enjoy all the new music and content we have coming and we can’t wait to play our songs directly into your faces in the near future!







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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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