Sunday, 10 February 2013

My Everest Q&A


Your name: 
Lizzie Cooper-Smith.

Where are you from?
Finchampstead, Berkshire, England.

Name of band:
My Everest.

Who else is in your band?
Laura McReynolds - Vocals/Guitar, Jen Barnegren - Guitar & Edel Fogarty - Bass. 

How would you describe yourselves?
We're an all-girl pop/rock band playing catchy tunes that people can sing along to!

Who are your main influences musically?
Paramore, You Me At Six, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We want to change people's perceptions of girls in rock music and show that we're just as capable as all the guys. We want to be the first band that comes to mind when people think of a 'girl band', and inspire other girls to start bands too. We'd love to get to the level of a band like You Me At Six, and play venues like Brixton Academy; maybe even the O2 one day!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
In December we were given the opportunity to record two of our songs at Outhouse Studios in Reading, which was really exciting as we'd never recorded professionally before. We worked with Ben Humphreys, and the tracks were mixed by John Mitchell, both of whom have worked with some of our favourite bands on albums we love, so that was very cool for us! 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We got to the final of a Battle of the Bands competition once, but the performance didn't go our way at all! Laura's mic stand started collapsing halfway through a song, so she had to limbo whilst singing, Jen's guitar wasn't turned up so nobody could hear her playing, there was terrible feedback from the speakers, and the bass drum and hi-hat stand kept sliding away! That said, we still finished in second place. We also wrote a song called 'Riot' in our very early days; the chorus was just the word 'riot' about 24 times over... Thankfully, it only saw the light of day at about two gigs! We'd very much like to erase that from our memories...
  
If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our most recent release, 'Playing Us Like Chess', which was one of the two songs recorded at Outhouse Studios. It's heavier than our previous material, and it represents the direction in which we want to go with future material. We all feel like we challenged ourselves musically on this song; it's very varied in terms of rhythm and melody, and it's definitely one of our best tracks so far.

Where can we listen to it?
You can download it for FREE here: http://myeverestband.bandcamp.com/ 


Where can we find out more about your music?
Official site/band blog: http://www.myeverestband.com
SoundCloud (you can listen to our full debut EP here): https://soundcloud.com/myeverest

Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
We're currently working with the charity ITV Fixers on a project to encourage girls to pick up non-classical instruments like guitars and drums. We'll be making a promotional video using our newest song, 'Cut and Crop', which was recorded at Outhouse Studios. You can read all about our project here: http://www.fixers.org.uk/news/5523-11208/giving-girls-rock-solid-confidence.php

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