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 Tom from unsigned band Lower Loveday 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 consists of Mark (Vocals), Chris (Guitar), Stuart (Bass) and me (Tom) Drummer/ Songwriter. The band has its roots in a Year 8 school talent show where me and Mark performed in a band and ended up winning the show! It was ever since then that we had a dream of doing things on a bigger scale in the future! We however went our separate ways and both went to university to 'do the sensible thing' and get a degree. It was in my second year of university where I stayed on a street called Lower Loveday St, where me and a couple of my uni mates decided to start up a band playing some of this new material that I had been writing and we performed under the name of Lower Loveday. This band fizzled out after finishing uni, but then fortuitously me and Mark had both gone travelling all over Asia and ended up bumping into each other in Australia! It was one drunken singalong that night in Sydney that reunited our flame and passion for music! And it was then that we decided when we got back we would follow our dreams and pursue a career in the music industry! Luckily I had quite a large catalogue of songs that we thought were really good and what guitar music was currently lacking. From then it has been a case of finding the perfect members which we have found now in the form of Chris and Stu.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When growing up I was into mainly rock music and also some rap/hip hop. The first band I loved was The Darkness and so at that time I loved classic rock as well as being really into Eminem (I know all the words to Lose Yourself) so it really was quite a mix! And I was always influenced by my parents tastes which was mainly U2 from my Dad's side and Blondie from my Mum, with The Beatles trickling through her side of the families Scouse heritage! It was really when the Arctic Monkeys burst on to the scene that my taste really streamlined and shaped what I like today as I fell in love with their first album. Now then as well as still varied my main influences are other bands doing interesting things within the Indie scene, Arctic Monkeys, Blossoms, Foals, Tame Impala, whilst still drawing inspiration from those aforementioned classic acts.
How would you describe your sound?
We call our genre of music as Melodic Indie Rock, that's because our songs are typically 'Catchy' with big choruses but at the same time have a distinct Indie feel, filled out with powerful riffs, groovy bass-lines and some dance-able rhythms! We also have a rockier edge to us in some of our songs too, but maintain that style.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest song then is called 'Is It Right?' and it combines the catchy poppy side to our music with the rockier edgier side all set on top of a dance beat, that'll get you dancing and singing the song over and over in your head! There's no specific influence behind the song and I think you can gather that as it doesn't really sound like anyone else, but it more combines aspects of many of my other influences as mentioned earlier! The song was based off the riff that you hear a few times, then I came up with that catchy chorus and the rest just fell into place, adding in a few different nuggets in there along the way.
What’s your local music scene like?
Our local music scene in our hometown of Evesham isn't great if we are being honest. There are a couple of live music venues however they generally look for cover acts so there isn't much in the way of original bands. So we have to get out and get involved in other cities mainly, Bristol, Birmingham and London.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are playing a couple of festivals this Summer, Lakefest and Venture festival with dates for the Autumn and Winter starting to slowly book up too. Then we plan to continue releasing songs building up towards an album. Each release at the minute is having significantly more impact than the last, so the plan is to keep trying to build up a fan base so that each release impacts streaming platforms like Spotify more significantly so that we can get picked up by editorial playlists to reach many more potential new fans! Ultimately leading to an album release!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Our dream would be to collaborate with Arctic Monkeys as they're our favourite band! Also would love to collaborate with the 1975, as I love the way they produce and put together music.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Our first ever live performance was a pretty iconic venue in Bristol, The Fleece. A lot of pressure and anticipation, was all going well for the first minute of the first song and then my drum stool decided to collapse... So I was pretty much sitting on the floor for the rest of the song! After that song we managed to get me up a different drum stool, but yes that was a pretty amusing start to our live music performances!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We want readers to know that we think guitar music needs to be brought back to the top, and that we genuinely think that we can get there. We have the tunes and the live performance plus the work ethic to eventually get there and make guitar music truly great again!