Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Gregor from unsigned Falkirk band petty thieves 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?
Gregor Davis - songwriter & lead guitar
Myles Howieson - lead singer
Conroy Hunter - drummer
Ian Elrick - bass guitar
Luke Strathearn - rhythm guitar
Most of us are from Falkirk, Scotland. Gregor, Myles and Ian went to school together and then Myles got to know Conroy through Myles’ girlfriend. Gregor met Luke at work (when Luke cut Gregor’s head with a spade during his first week... ’accidental’).
Gregor came up with the band name before he and Myles had even started the band. It comes from a line in Morrissey’s ‘First of the Gang to Die’... ”we are the pretty petty thieves and you’re standing on our street” and so I made note of that and made the petty thieves logo and so when it came to starting the band with Myles that was the natural band name to choose.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Gregor - Oasis, Courteeners, The 1975
Myles - The Beatles, The View, The Snuts
Conroy - Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Catfish & the Bottlemen
Ian - Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Arctic Monkeys
Luke - Oasis, The Snuts, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Latest release is our debut EP ‘petty thieves ep’. From the songs that are out at the moment our ‘sound’ is mostly influenced by indie music with big chorus’ that are fairly pop influenced. In terms of this EP I would say you can probably hear Catfish and Oasis influences quite heavily. I write the lyrics before doing the instruments most of the time so lyrically it’s just influenced by various things happening during the time I was doing those particular songs.
What’s your local music scene like?
Our local music scene in Falkirk isn’t great but we’ve been doing more and more support gigs in Glasgow and the scene in music as a whole is pretty good, some good Scottish bands that we’ve done gigs with over the past year including the Snuts, Mark Sharp & the Bicycle Thieves and Luna the Professor.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We only started the actual full band a year ago so the next 12 months will be interesting for us. Plan is to keep doing support gigs and get as much exposure as we can, probably building towards a few headline gigs throughout Scotland in the near future. Biggest thing for us is just to keep practicing regularly, trying to get our name out there and get our music listened to.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Is there anyone we’d love to collaborate with? Robbie Williams. That’s all.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
There’s a lot stories especially from me and Myles going around pubs doing acoustic stuff over the past few years but some better left untold...
The first time we actually played in a pub was a few years ago and I came back from the toilet and next thing I’m getting handed a guitar from the boy that was playing at the pub because Myles had somehow suggested that we should go up and do a few songs... having never played anywhere before. So we done Not Nineteen Forever like 4 times in a row and started to get offered pub acoustic stuff after that.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The one thing we want the readers to know about us is that our drummer is a very suspicious man, stay safe x