A Month Of Sundays
Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Aarron from unsigned Scottish band A Month Of Sundays 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?
Hello, our band consists of myself Aarron McIntyre (frontman), Matty McIntyre, Ryan ''Gunny'' Gunster (guitarists), Craig Taylor (bass) and Ian ''Moony'' Duncan (drums). We are all from Scotland. Myself and Matty are brothers and are from the same town as Craig which is called Crieff and we met at the pub, got chatting about how we need someone to come in on the bass and he's stuck around ever since. We have been through line-up changes over some time now, but we met Gunny who is from Dunfermline and Moony who is from Glasgow both through Join My Band and they both joined within a week of each other. The band name originates pretty much from The Stone Roses track - This Is The One of which there is a line in it which says ''I'd like to leave the country, for a month of sundays''. It was actually a mate of ours Lee that really brought it to light so he deserves a big bit of credit for that.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We are all generally heavily influenced by 60s, 70s Rock n Roll and Psychedelia to late 80s and 90s Britpop. Bands Like The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who etc too The Stone Roses, Oasis, The La's, Primal Scream and so on. Growing up for myself it was definitely The Stone Roses that took over my mind and I know for the other boys it was Oasis and The Stones as well that got them right up for it. When you fall into music from those kinda bands it becomes an infectious obsession that takes over and alters you from your kicks to your haircut, and we love it.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound's got the sharpness and edginess of early Stones and Oasis but the melodic feel and invention of The Stone Roses because a lot of our songs have a lot more to them than any other band I've ever heard kicking about in our scene. We have tunes that are bass driven, percussion driven and just an overall classic anthemic feel to it. When we play them right, they just feel very special.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
It's called Kingpin. It's most definitely Stones influenced with a Primal Scream groove, but if I'm being honest it comes across much more obvious as Oasis, but overall just your classic rock n roll.
What’s your local music scene like?
Our local music scene is garbage man, but there is one or two bands out there giving it an effort, but there is so many bands out there getting a heap of praise for being boring and crap. We wanna show folk you don't have to look silly to get on and we are not trying to make a statement by being speaking truth, it's just the way it is man.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are planning on releasing single by single over the next couple of months which will build up to be an E.P which we will release collectively once they are all out. We will be playing Live @ Troon this year and a part in Outwith Festival as well which we are looking forward to and can't wait to get stuck in about.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
If they are still living and realistically (not split up) then me and Matty would love to collaborate with Ray Davies and maybe John Squire and maybe even Lee Mavers or along those lines. Gunny would like Noel Gallagher and I know for a fact Moony would have love to have collaborated with Brian Jones if he was still about. Could even say Paul Simon and along those lines as well.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Craigy boy tends to just daydream sometimes so we find a lot of humour out of him at gigs. Not one specific except from drunk performances and incorrect audiences and I'll not delve into them seeing as this is a family friendly discussion. In terms of a story, we opened for Neon Waltz who are an established signed act over here in the U.K so it was a big gig for us. It was a closed dressing room and we were told we weren't allowed to go in, but when you tell one of us not to then you can stick your house on it that we will do whatever the hell we want. So we made our way in and stuck our feet up and emptied their fridge and drank pretty much their rider to the point they had to go keep asking for more. Of course every time that fridge got filled, we were just as quick emptying it. Even when they were playing their set, we were backstage polishing off their booze. It's not exactly Mötley Crüe and it may be funny to some, but nonetheless we enjoy bringing it up.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The one thing we want people to know about us, with all the arrogance in the world is that the band you have been waiting for, for whatever time you have been waiting, has arrived. It sounds young and silly but it's just how we feel. So get excited, get on Kingpin and get some band merch. And stop listening to Catfish and the Bottlemen, please.