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.
Ade – I’ve always been into music, played some guitar and bass over the years, produced some solo stuff. Nice to look back on but bloody awful (laughs)! Just messing about really, I think it’s always been there, to write my own words and play stuff live.
Rich – Punk DIY ethos and the ethic it had.
Rich – I’ve played in a few bands over the years, live shows, experimenting with the punk, post punk scene. My solo project Resonance Spinner has been there for a few years now, and crosses over with SNS. Some stuff I release some gets mixed with SNS. I met Ade – he had the lyrics, I had the music, TA DA!
Ade – STOCKSNSKINS came together pretty easily, it felt like the right thing to do. Rich produces some great beats n bass, I was writing quite a bit at the time and had a load of ideas. Got it together and like Rich says, Bosh!
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Rich – Umm 2Birds was the first track we recorded after the last LP, Face Don’t Fit. The rest came along pretty quick really, Bang It Down, Drinks ‘n’ Nibbles etc. .. very current, feels good.
Ade – Really happy with how Drinks ‘n’ Nibbles came out, thanks to our sound guy Jason Poole. He sprinkles the glitter on our sound. 2 Birds was written in my garden, funnily enough when I was watching some birds on my fence, and it felt like it flowed well. As for Bang It Down, I love the energy in this track. I think I had been drinking when I wrote it but that’s life. Drinks ‘n’ Nibbles, humour, honesty, life experiences all gelled together.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Ade – It’s difficult to detail this, so many artists have influenced me over the years… back in the 80’s it was Ska, Madness, The Specials, reggae, The Jam, Paul Weller. I was listening to a lot of music; in fact I even had a Billy Idol album! Bit of rap, hip hop, Public Enemy, techno, bit of house. Nowadays still Jim Morrison, The Doors, Jah Wobble, The Streets, The Specials, Kraftwerk, Sleaford Mods, Sink Ya Teeth, Billy Nomates, the list goes on…
Rich – So many bands and artist over the years, London punk, post -punk scene. I listen to a lot of artists now, The Stranglers, Jah Wobble, Sleaford Mods, Factory Acts, Andrew Fern, Sink Ya Teeth. Following the death of Dave Greenfield, I’ve been re-discovering The Stranglers, finding myself migrating towards the unknown experimental bands; I like the fresh new sound.
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?
Ade – STOCKSNSKINS are different; original lyrics and music, our sound doesn’t conform. We sit outside the mainstream, awkward for some but we love it. Same genre artists, umm not sure a lot of people are doing what we do, we’re certainly in the minority.
Rich – No guitars!
Rich – Current, relatable beat bass poetry, ears are starting to open, ha ha!
Ade – Different, driving bass lines, layers of beats, keyboards, synths, lyrics of life stories.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Ade – Difficult… Soft Parade by The Doors, English Tapas by Sleaford Mods, A Grand Don’t Come for Free by The Streets, that’s a tough one to answer.
Film, again so many I would want to watch over… Scarface, Little Big Horn, Big Wednesday… ha I don’t know.
Book? Not a massive reader of books, more magazines or online really. My last book was biography on Jim Morrison, worth a read
Rich – Music: Black and White by The Stranglers, Jah Wobble box set.
Film: Unbearable Lightness of Being.
Book: George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Ade – Live, it’s a great feeling belting out your own tracks on stage, studio is an important part though as it’s where it all starts.
Rich – Umm, live shows, people get to hear our sound, ears get blasted but I really like recording, messing around with different sounds and putting it all together.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Ade and Rich – We were on stage at Chaplin’s in Boscombe and someone shouted out “you’re like an angry Chas n Dave!”. What a heckle, classic!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Ade – At the moment, Bang It Down, I love the energy of it. It changes for me, always got a soft spot for Short Back ‘N’ Sides. At the point of writing it, it made me feel, ‘yeah this works.’ First recorded on a kid’s plastic keyboard with a simple 8 bar beat, shouting into a mobile phone recorder.
Rich – Coughs Mr Sleep Taker coughs ha ha! Ade will get that one… umm pretty hard to say, like Ade I change my mind, now, umm probably Drinks ‘n’ Nibbles, fresh story with added humour.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Rich – Book some live shows, get back in the studio, get some recording done, break out of Bournemouth more, play some decent venues.
Ade – Yeah same really, when the current COVID situation changes, we’ll back to it, get back on a stage and shout a lot. Just on that, hope everyone is keeping well, we’ll get through it and live music will come again!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Ade – Would you like to Collab with Ed Sheeran?
Rich – Ha ha ha ha! Would you like the opportunity to record some covers?
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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