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 Joe from The Experimental 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?
Formed in 2016 - we are a three piece based from the Southwest of England, made up of myself, Joe Billingham, on bass, Chris Firrell on drums/vox and Darren Curnow on guitar and lead vocals. The band formed after a jam session featuring Curnow and Firrell at a party the latter was hosting. I was added soon after. The name came from an idea we had for doing collaborations (experimenting with different band members), it never really happened but the name was on the posters and stuck!!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Personally Britpop was all the rage as I was growing up. Definitely Maybe was the first album I truly loved. Bands like Supergrass, Oasis, and Blur all featured heavily in my early listening, my Dad loved The Jam and Springsteen so they were pivotal for me also. The Arctic Monkeys were the band that made me want to make music - although it took a while before I actually got around to learning to play. Currently I adore Royal Blood (they have shaped how I play, my personal sound and my ridiculous pedalboard setup) - I also really like local Devon based two piece Moriaty (another pedalboard inspiration).
How would you describe your sound?
Indie - although I'm aware that is a broad term. Although we are rock at heart, our first EP was probably more pop rock, our newer stuff (our next release is due out in 2018) is more out and out rock music. Harmonies play a big part in our sound and that softens the music even when we write something slightly heavier.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our current single is called 'Million Voices'. It was a chorus Darren, our frontman, had in his head for a while - then off the back of Brexit and Trump's Presidential campaign the whole 'Shoulder to shoulder we stand but we don't fall' lyric seemed all the more poignant.
What’s your local music scene like?
In a word, OK. There aren't a whole load of live music venues putting on original music around us. However, the ones that do are doing a cracking job. We are lucky to have some really good bands in and around where we live. The standards are high. Punk band Arizona Law, Grunge stoner rock outfit King Colobus, the young and incredibly talented Ethyrfield, Indie rockers The Poet Junkies and recently signed to Marshall Records Reigning Days are all bands from Devon and are well worth a listen.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Yeah, we have been in with Josiah Manning at Momentum Studios here in Devon. We have 4 tracks (and a drum and bass solo) recorded and in the process of being mixed - its current title is Alternative, but the big question is whether we put it out as an EP or add more tracks and make it an album. The plan is for it to be out in 2018. We are supporting local favourites Moriaty, and then The Hoosiers at Exeter Phoenix on 21st October as part of their tour celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their number 1 album "The Trick to Life". We have a whole host of local gigs for the remainder of this year and are currently in the middle of contacting bands, venues and festivals for bookings in 2018!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Not really. As mentioned above there are a whole host of local bands that I love, and we absolutely adore supporting bands, having a drink and a chat, but in all honesty we love the dynamic of the three piece. That said never say never, we are open minded about new concepts.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
One of the best bits of travelling about as a band is gathering little stories and picking up sayings. None of which will make particularly entertaining reading here, but for us phrases like 'byesy bye', 'her words', 'help yourself to condiments', 'Vodka Redbull Revolution' and Jim Pope from Black Sail Records stellar advice: 'just don't be sh*t' bring back fun memories of good, bad and indifferent gigs.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we love it, we are in it for a good time. The energy we display on stage is born from a passion for wanting to play - we have no 'what if we make it' conversations (I don't even really know what 'making it' means). We just want to write music that we love and hope other people do too. If they do then come to the gigs and enjoy it with us!