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 unsigned band Backwoods Creek to find out more…
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 made up of:
Jamie Wood - Lead Vox, Acoustic
Yannick Van Riet - Backing Vox, Electric
Dean Parker - Backing Vox, Electric
Jack Densley - Bass
Kamil Bartnik - Drums
Most us met at music college in Guildford, and over a period of 3-4 years it went from Jamie & Yannick playing acoustic guitars together, to all 5 of us turning it up as loud as we can!
We’re all fans of Black Stone Cherry in the band, so we took 2 of their songs we liked (Backwoods Gold & Soulcreek) and figured that sounded pretty cool!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We’ve all come from a very mixed background in terms of music growing up - we love everything from Classic Rock to Pop Punk to Blue to full on Metal!
So you could say we have both “country influences” & “other influences”.
In terms of country the big ones are Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Brad Paisley & Luke Combs - but really theres a little hint of everything we’ve listened to (from Green Day to Iron Maiden!)
How would you describe your sound?
Thats a hard one, country with a punch!
Jamie’s been known to call us an 80’s rock band with an accent, but you’ll have to see/ listen to us to make your own decision!
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is a track called ‘When I Grow Up’ and since its birth its kind of taken on 2 different meanings.
When we were writing it, we wanted to make a song that really showed the imagination of a child - one day they just want to grow a beard, the next they want own a pirate ship and play basketball on it!
The animated video by LR animations has taken this as its main inspiration, but has also paid tribute to Jamie’s best childhood friend and a close friend to the band, who recently passed away. So now there is a lot more emotion in the song then there ever could have been before.
What’s your local music scene like?
Coming from a town that has multiple different music colleges/universities it's a very varied local scene.
You get everything from singer-songwriters to huge gospel choirs playing with the tightest bands!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’ve got a lot lined up in terms of festivals/shows such as FSA Fest and Live in the living room gives back! We have a lot of shows in the works, but we can’t spoil all the surprises yet!
While we keep playing shows, we’re also secretly (or not so secretly) preparing to release our next EP to the world - make sure you check out the artwork on all our social media pages.
We also have a lot more in the works, including some things that might surprise a lot of our fans!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
It’s a very long list for us to choose from, but at the moment we’re big into Luke Combs, so it would be great to do a collaboration with him. Then there's always the idea of playing with a band like Zac Brown Band, and merging the two bands together - we like to think of our music as more than just songs… we want to entertain any musicians in the audience as well!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Haha, we’ve had a fair few funny moments happen, so we’ll just share a couple!
The most recent one was literally at a gig the other day, very early on in our set Yannick broke a guitar string! This is pretty standard for most bands, unless you have another guitar you kind of make do - so Dean & Yannick kept swapping guitars depending on who needed to use the fully stringed guitar. However…as the set went on, while Dean was using the 5 stringed guitar, he managed to break another string!! Meaning by the end of the set he was using just a 4 stringed guitar - our bassist had 1 more than him!
It's definitely also worth mentioning our set at Buckle & Boots festival 2017, where we headlining the Paddock stage at the end of festival. It's a festival that's in the middle of a field (that runs pretty much completely on generators) and we were playing for one of those crowds that just didn’t want to go home, it was encore after encore. We ended up playing so long, that during our last song the generator completely cut out! Luckily by that point the crowd were so into it (or drunk enough) that they kept singing along with the last chorus, despite having no instruments!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We’re not that bad...