Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Nottinghamshire band Kid Amelia 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?
Isaac Hallas (lead vocals, lead guitarist)
James Lane (guitar)
Joel Goddon (drums, percussion)
Will Lomas (bass)
Kid Amelia was founded in December ‘18. The name was a product of a very drunken night in a friend's garden while playing the card game ‘shit head’.
Isaac and James met at secondary school where they would often jam in the music rooms (definitely not while bunking off lessons👀). Isaac contacted James upon coming up with the idea of ‘Kid Amelia’ and from there his first port of call was an incredible drummer Joel. A few years ago Joel and James wanted to be in a band making music so Joel put an advert on a band making website, which is where he came across James. They played together a lot and got along like a stupid house on fire, however were both really busy and couldn’t find the time to create a band. A few years down the line, James contacted Joel when Isaac was forming K.A. and needed a drummer, which is where it all started! Joel also knew Will from all through school and playing in bands together so when they were looking for a bass player, it was a no brainer. Needless to say their personalities gelled like concrete upon meeting as a group for the first time and the rest is history.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Isaac - Growing up my music taste was a lot older than I was, I was into old rock bands like Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe and Nirvana. I’m still into those artists but now however I have bands such as The 1975 and Nothing But Thieves in my playlists.
Joel - Growing up I was influenced a lot by 80’s electronic music from my parents like Simple Minds, The Human League and Pet Shop Boys. However as I got older I started to discover rock and punk music from the likes of Royal Blood, Nirvana, Drenge, Sex Pistols and Slaves.
Will - I grew up with a very weird range of influences from Stiff Little Fingers to King Charles and everything in between. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot heavier music including The Black Keys and Royal Blood. (Talkative, as usual 🙄 cheers Will - Isaac).
James - Soo, I grew up listening to a fair variety of music, but I'm mostly influenced by the stuff my dad listened to like Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen and Bauhaus, but nowadays been finding myself listening to more indie artists such as Snail Mail and Car Seat Headrest along with the rockier vibes coming in from Nothing But Thieves and The Hunna.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe our sound as an amalgamation of styles. We have the grungy dirty guitars against a melodic section of other guitar sounds which contrasts against our old school synths. A bit of a mess really but it works (we hope).
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release was ‘Chemical’. There were multiple influences behind this tune, from drunken mistakes, good memories and bad situations.
What’s your local music scene like?
Our local music scene is pretty decent! There aren’t many bands that sound like us but is that a bad thing? Some bands have such sick styles such and The Mocking Jays - we love their funky jangle.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We would cut off our bassist's legs to open up for The 1975. (Maybe an ear if we can use their stage set up).
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We are genuine. No bullshit. We are here to have a good time with you and make some noise. We love what we do and want to take you along this journey with us.