Sunday, 26 May 2013

Subrosa Q&A

Your name: 
My name is Daniel Davies, I am responsible for the vocals and one of the two guitars.

Where are you from? 
We are from East London and Essex, England.

Name of band: 

Who else is in your band? 
Gary Cumberland plays bass, David Woolf plays the other guitar, Rachael Smith plays drums.

How would you describe yourselves? 
I think the main part of our sound comes from the pounding drum and bass lines. A lot of our songs are written this way- we work on laying the right foundation first. If the drums and bass sound good enough to dance to on their own then that leaves a great opportunity to really experiment and have some fun with the guitars and vocals. We like the contrast of dreamy delayed atmospherics combined with the thumping urgency of the rhythm section. Somewhere between garage punk and shoegaze. I guess the simple answer would be. Atmospheric and edgy! 

Who are your main influences musically? 
Obviously all four of us have our own influences, but we seem to come to a firm middle ground around the post-punk sound. Bands like The Sound, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Jam are the ones we probably most agree on- not forgetting Bowie and Kate Bush! Personally at the moment I'm listening to the first two Chameleons albums almost constantly and a lot of the early Simple Minds albums have been a massive influence on me.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Between us we agree that the most important thing we want to achieve out of it this to make music that we are proud of first and foremost. It's all about the music, and there's so much more to write that that's the exciting thing. We are on a constant mission to write a better song. That's what it's all about!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
So far we have only released one EP which was independently recorded and released. That was definitely the highlight. We are so happy with the reviews it got and reception we received that it made the last two years of woodshedding all worth while. And it gave us loads of desire to better it next time.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Well... At the risk of sounding too happy with things, at this point in time we don't really want to forget anything... It's been a great process to be a part of so far. Bands can be complicated but we are all friends and we have a good dynamic between us. At the moment it's fun.

If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
We have a song called Tidal Waves which was the last song on our EP. Personally I think its has a little bit of all the things that I like. Structure-wise and melody-wise it seems to tick all the right boxes for me. Although we wrote that song over a year ago now and our new stuff is sounding much more like I'd always hoped we could sound. Which I think is very exciting, so I may well have have a different answer to that soon!

Where can we listen to it? 
You can download our free EP here

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
Just thanks to everyone that has shown an interest in our music so far. Like I said we have really kept ourselves hidden away for two years in the studio writing and writing more, and when you do that there's a slight fear that you will get so used to the songs that you've been playing that you don't actually hear them properly anymore, or know if they're any good. So the nice feedback we have gotten so far has been really great for us and giving us a bit of clarity and perhaps a bit more belief and determination to go and make a better record. Which is exactly what we are doing now. Hopefully our next EP should be ready for release in a month or two. 

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