Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Ethan from unsigned band BRIDGES 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?
There are now 5 of us in BRIDGES; Ethan Proctor, Henry Matthews, Josh Redman-Thomas, Tom Farkas and Chessa Williams. Most of us are friends from college, Chess joined most recently. The name is a nod to our hometown of Bridgwater in Somerset.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up for me at least was AC/DC, Motörhead, Nirvana through to old Green Day and Blink 182. It evolved a lot getting older - my current faves are Frightened Rabbit, The Gaslight Anthem, Pinegrove, Phoebe Bridgers, Manchester Orchestra, The Wonder Years. I could go on a while...
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound I’d say is pretty personal, especially lyrically. 100% influenced by a ton of American bands, which has shaped the sound. When asked to put a label on it we usually put transatlantic indie rock, but labels are kinda weird.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest track is called Sunday, it’s about wishing every day was Sunday, not wanting to waste a moment and making the most of what you have.
What’s your local music scene like?
Now me and Chess live in London, loads of great music here. The other guys are around Bridgwater, where the music scene is getting really strong again since the takeover of The Cobblestones a couple of years ago. Seeing a lot of awesome touring bands coming to our small town; very cool.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Next 12 months is busy with more new music coming in Summer and Autumn. We are at a bunch of cool festivals, some tba but are worth the wait. We are touring again this Autumn, tickets are available now through our site www.bridgesofficial.com/listings.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We haven’t really explored this as a band yet, but who knows!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Our last show in London, two people had a massive break up in the middle of a song called Stole The Words. The argument bounced in and out of the lyrics, almost seemed intentional how well it slotted into the rhythm of the song. Was sorta terrifying, but comical. Ironically the song is about sharing your feelings.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Would love to see you on a tour date later this year, we’ve got a bunch of new music coming so worth taking a look on all socials.