Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Holly from London based rock band BERRIES find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band is made up of three of us - Holly, Lucie and Lauren! Holly and Lauren grew up together in Norfolk and then both moved to London and met Lucie through a mutual friend and BERRIES was born! The band name came from our overwhelming love of those Berry fruit winders... just joking, we basically wanted a really flexible name... some band names conjure up a bit of an idea of a specific genre and we wanted to avoid that, we are all influenced by so many different genres and even though we label ourselves as Rock there are certainly Bluesy Folk hints coming through every now and then mixed in with hard rock breakdowns so the name BERRIES just seemed great for its flexibility.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Holly: Jimi Hendrix has always been my absolute favourite guitarist and some of the bluesy licks hidden in our songs are certainly down to that influence and of course Simon Neil’s (Biffy Clyro) ability to sing and play such complex guitar has always fascinated me and just Grunge/Rock/Blues bands like Dead Weather – amazing!
Lucie: Growing up I was into bands like Blind Guardians, Sum 41, 36 Crazyfists, The Police and now I’m just going to as many gigs as I can and really enjoy Nothing But Thieves, New City Kings and Lower Than Atlantis.
Lauren: I grew up on rock bands like Subways and Red Hot Chili Peppers and still think they are amazing but also a bit obsessed with Frank Turner at the moment!
How would you describe your sound?
Riff driven grungy rock with hints of drivey dark Blues every now and then.
What’s your local music scene like?
Really great, we love London there are so many different places to play and such a vibrant scene it’s a great place to perform! We are surrounded constantly by incredible bands – Forfeits, Barricades, The Franklys just to name a few and it's great how London musicians really stick together and support each other! Obviously some venues are unfortunately being forced to close which makes it even more crucial for people to come out and support live music!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are currently in talks with several festival organisers so updates on those will be coming shortly. Over the last few months we have been releasing individual tracks from our debut EP ‘Those Funny Things’ and selling hard copies at shows and on November 11th the full 6-track EP will be available on iTunes and Spotify so we are currently promoting that and are very excited to unleash the full 6 tracks! We are also writing loads of new material and planning on heading back into the studio in November to get some of those down. The newer tracks are heading in a slightly grungier direction, which we are all really enjoying! We are also confirming several live dates for next year including Camden Assembly on January 28th so lots of exciting stuff is happening!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Dave Grohl – such an amazing song writer and seems like a lovely guy!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Too many, we are constantly crashing into each other live but a particular favourite involves Lauren’s bass strap snapping. She dropped to the floor so suddenly I thought she had fallen backwards but like a trooper she just continued on rolling around the stage and still nailed the bass lines perfectly, we have some great videos of that, she has the biggest smile on her face and her legs in the air! Ha!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we absolutely love playing live and we love when the audience goes crazy! So please come to our shows and dance/mosh/sing/chuck yourselves around.