What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.

“For me there were a few different key moments in my life. Growing up my parents played a lot of music while we drove and also around the house so I was always exposed to cool rock music. My favourite was the Ice Age song which later turned out to be London Calling. Also, my neighbour was in the band Teenage Head and while I was growing up I watched them load their gear every weekend for shows and it was something otherworldly to me – so by the time I heard Nirvana and my neighbour offered to teach me guitar lessons, boom. Being in a band and playing music was the only thing I wanted to do. And when Stephane and I met in highschool, we’d cut class and drink beers in his attic and play pool and listen to music. So making music together evolved really naturally from there.” – Sam

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

“Drive Me Wild is one of our oldest songs. It’s been kicking around for over 10 years. I wrote it in mid 2009 after first listening to Ticket to Ride. I wasn’t in a band at the time and was just demoing on my family’s iMac in Garageband. I worked on it a bit more and then kind of shelved it for years. In 2016 I was getting super into acoustic guitar, and I wrote that big chorus outro and knew pretty much right away that I had finally finished writing Drive Me Wild.” – Stephane

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

“Weather is always pretty influential in the mood we’re in and how songs turn out, or how they come about. But more than anything I feel each band member is bringing something of their own to the table and helps influence a certain sound.” – Stephane

In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?

“We’re a proper guitar band. It seems as though a lot of bands previously labeled as guitar bands are more synth based now – that’s fine but not our vibe. We like guitar music most so that’s what we make.” – Stephane

“We’re making the music we wish we heard more of. It’s heavy, distorted, but we also throw in ballads and acoustic tracks which tap into a different area of our writing but still very much driven by guitars.” – Sam

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

“I’d bring In Bruges for my 1 desert island movie, I’d trade my 2 extra movies for 2 extra albums so my 5 desert island disks would have to be Amnesiac – Radiohead, best of – Scott Joplin, Down in Albion (deluxe edition) – Babyshambles, some early Beatles comp, led zeppelin early days stuff maybe zeppelin 3. As for books I’d borrow Sam’s harry potter books (assuming we’re stranded on the same island) and probably trade my 3 book choices for 3 more albums and they’d be highly evolved – the vines, definitely maybe oasis, and shades first LP.” – Stephane

“The Harry Potter books for sure. The Harry Potter movies. And maybe just an album of ambient noise? After listening to anything a couple hundred times I’d start to hate even my favourite albums. But for the fun of it, give me the greatest hits from ABBA and then My Bloody Valentine’s, Loveless.” – Sam

Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

“It’s like choosing your favourite child, you can’t really do it, I think. Being in the studio and creating something and watching it come to life is insanely cool. It’s like being a modern Frankenstein. But then seeing it live and people reacting to it is also pretty wild too. I guess you can’t really have one without the other.” – Sam

“Shows to me feel like the party at the end of a long work week. The work week in this case being time spent recording and refining the songs as a band in the studio. I love both!” – Stephane

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

“Always make sure your amp is turned on if you’re performing on live television” – Sam

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

“At this point and based off our record, I would say Drive Me Wild. It’s a pretty hard hitting album of feedback and fuzz and it sticks out as a captivating ballad and emotional ride.” – Sam

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

We’re going to be playing shows in the UK in May, and hopefully Europe in the fall! <3

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

Photo credits: Scott Waring (1st one), Oh Sierra (2nd one)

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

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