Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Terry from London based band Cuecliché 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?
Cuecliché consists of myself Terry, on Bass and vocals, Jake on Guitar and vocals and Jeremy (Jezza) has just joined us in recent months. I’m from Liverpool, Jake is from London and Jeremy is from Rochester. The band name, Cuecliché (I’m very protective of that accent on the é), pronounced Kew-Clee-Shay, was born from our ambition when we first got together, we just wanted to make good old cliché’d Pop Punk unashamedly. Yet somehow we’ve developed our own sound that isn’t all that cliché, even if we do stray back now and then with the odd song.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Terry - Well very early on I was into Linkin Park then Bon Jovi, the way Jon Bon Jovi owned the stage mesmerised me, then in my early teens it became Blink 182 particularly Mark Hoppus, he’s the reason I picked up a Bass.
Jake - My Dad is a musician too, well a drummer. He got me into Def Leppard at a very, very young age! As I grew up I got into Papa Roach, Metallica and Blink 182. I think if you listen to the song Take it Away on our new EP you might hear some of my none Pop Punk influences slip through.
Jeremy - I think it’s always been Pop Punk really especially when it comes to my playing, Blink 182, New Found Glory and Sum 41! I do also take that next step into Post Hardcore with bands like Saosin and Alexisonfire, so rolling out my double pedal is good fun!
How would you describe your sound?
We initially strived to just write cliché’d fun Pop Punk songs but then as we wrote and developed we soon found that we were straying from it, despite still having clear Pop Punk influences people definitely tell us there’s something else there.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release is called ‘Look at the Pictures’ it’s a much darker EP lyrically than the first one. Dealing with darker look at social media, materialism, break ups and self identity.
What’s your local music scene like?
Huge, as in there’s so much, London there’s so many venues and so many bands. It just struggles for people through doors, very rarely in London will you get passing by crowds or venues that have a regular crowd it’s largely down to bringing your own people, but in London people have so much choice for stuff to do, it’s hard to convince them to come down to Punk Rock shows.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
So we’ve just released an EP so the first few months will be spent pushing that, then once that fades away. We’ve already begun work on some acoustic versions of our favourite songs from both our EPs then hopefully we’ll find some festival spots through the summer but right now we haven’t actually booked anything passed our EP launch touch. Getting that all lined up by ourselves was about 6 months of non-stop work and hundreds of emails.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There’s a unanimous agreement across the band that Mark Hoppus is the stand out. He is the Father of modern day Pop Punk and has done some incredible collabs with both Pop Punk bands like All Time Low, State Champs and Motion City Soundtrack as well as going beyond his genre to Owl City, Amy Shark and Rennee Rennee. Working with him would be a dream and a lot of fun!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Our EP name was actually inspired from our third ever gig. The event was put on by a photographer who wanted to capture the hybrid of photography and music. Yeah me neither. So he took all the bands on the bill on a photoshoot and had us doing weird things in Notting Hill, like jumping in the middle of a busy market and playing ‘air instruments’. On the night of the gig he played the photos on a screen over the stage. He hosted the night himself and introduced the bands himself. He got more and more drunk as the night went on. Towards the end of night he was getting annoyed people were paying more attention to the bands than the photos so he grabbed his microphone in the middle of a song and started shouting “Look at the picture, look at my pictures.” It was horrific. Luckily it wasn’t our set, but watching that car crash stuck with us.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We absolutely love what we do, we’re so grateful that we get to do it. We might only be playing dive bars, and that might be all we ever play but if that’s all it is, we’re loving what we do. Come and join us on the ride!