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 James from Manchester band Puppet Rebellion to 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 are:
Oliver Davies – Vocals
Henry Rogers – Drums
Craig Gibson – Guitar
James Halliwell – Bass
Paul Trochowski – Guitar
We met when our original singer, Simon, put an advert out looking for like-minded musicians to start a band. Simon already knew our original drummer, Chris, then Craig replied to the advert, then myself and Paul. We took a while thinking of a name that we liked. We all put a few choices into the mix and then voted on them. It was Simon who suggested ‘Puppet Rebellion’. It’s a reference to how he felt like he was being controlled in his old band. He said he felt like a puppet. I hated the name at first, but I thought it might grow on me, and luckily it has!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We have quite a diverse taste within the band! There are a few bands that we all seem to agree on, like Editors, Interpol and The Killers, but we’re kind of all over the place individually. When I was growing up I was a big Guns N’ Roses fan. I still like them, but at the moment I’m listening to a lot of Mogwai and Simon & Garfunkel!
How would you describe your sound?
I’d say our sound is made up of uncompromisingly heartfelt lyrics and edgy, in your face contemporary musical arrangements which are meticulously designed to move your body and mind – or some shit like that.
What’s your local music scene like?
We’re based in Manchester, so it’s great! We’re very lucky to be part of such a thriving scene. If you throw a stick up in the air in Manchester, chances are it’ll land on a band. Some of them are even good!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’re slogging away – gigging, recording, promoting and generally building our fanbase. We’re hoping to release a debut album next year, so things are gonna start getting a bit more intense soon…
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Katy Perry. For purely artistic reasons.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We gig a lot – so come and check us out if you get chance!