Sunday, 10 March 2013

Vinyl High Q&A

Your name:
My name's Dave the bass player from Showaddywaddy. Only joking I am Tom Lee, Lead Guitarist and Singer of Vinyl High.

Where are you from?
We hail from sunny old Manchester, from the district of Levenshulme (mostly).

Band name:
We are called Vinyl High, The reason being, I was drunk at a party a few years back and ended up locked in a room with a load of old vinyl records. Somehow in my drunken state I started talking about being on a 'Vinyl High' and the name has stuck ever since.

Who is in your band?
As I said there's myself on Lead Guitar and Vocal duties. We have Kain Panter on Rythm Guitar, the pair of us switch up vocals depending on what song we're singing, it depends on who wrote it which one of us sings it. Jamming out on the Bass we've got the famous (mostly on his own lunch break) Sam Charlton. Then to cap it all off the man sat behind the kit making all the noise is Dan (Briggsy) Briggs.

How would you describe yourselves?
It's a bit tricky to describe this band correctly as there as so many different influences in there, But I think the easiest to put it as Kain once said is, We're a Mancunian twist on old school rock n roll. There's a lot of early 50's vibes in there and quite a lot of blues and country guitar riffs going on.

Who are your influences musically?
Influence wise, like I say there's so much going on in there that it'd be hard to pin point just a few. But with that being said, the 4 that stand out mostly and are most apparent in the music would be The Beatles, The Stone Roses, Oasis and The La's. But we also have to give a big nod to people like Elvis and Johnny Cash. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We want to conquer the world man!! We think it's about time a band emerged from the shit that's going around (Gaga, Minaj, One Direction and Bieber we mean you fuckers!) and proper put Rock and Roll music back at the front of people’s minds. I'm not saying Rock and Roll is dead, but it's certainly sitting on the sidelines at the moment and it's tragic. So it's well overdue that a band capture the moment like all the greats do and give the people something to shout about.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Think I can safely speak for all four of us on this one. We recently played a gig at a place called Antwerp Mansion in Manchester. We weren't even added to the bill until the day before, but we ended up opening for Vince Vega (Happy Mondays touring dj) and also the renowned 808 State. The place was absolutely rammed and they went mental for the tunes so it was really a true buzz to play. To add to the occasion we even ended up having a good few beers and a chat with the legendary Bez. All in all a fantastic night for the band.

And what’s the moment you’d like to forget?
We don't want to forget anything man because ultimately every moment shapes you and gets you to the places where you're supposed to be. There have certainly been some dodgy moments along the way though haha.

If you could choose one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
The song that most defines us, now that's another tricky one. For me personally it'd be the song 'Fishy Times' because it fuses that Mancunian vibe with all the classic Rock n Roll songs from the 50's. There's also one on the album called 'Partner In Crime' which is a bit of a Rock n Roll/Dance crossover which sums us up quite well and is a big nod to the Madchester scene of the late 80's/early 90's.

Where can we hear it?
At the moment we are only circulating one demo as we're getting ready to release our debut album Don't Be Shy, that can be heard on

Where can we find out more about your music?
We're also on Facebook if you type in the band name. We can be found on twitter @VinylHigh
Once the album has been mastered and released it will on the soon to be finished website which will be
It will be on itunes and amazon respectively and if I remember rightly then it will be stocked in a few record shops in Manchester.

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