Sunday, 10 November 2013

Gallows Gate Q&A

Your name: 
James Thorley.

Where are you from? 
My nearest city is Preston, however I grew up in a nearby town called Leyland (Lancashire, England) along with the rest of the band.

Name of band: 
Gallows Gate.

Who else is in your band? 
As well as myself on drums the rest of the band are made up of John Moss on lead vocals and guitar, Howard Little on guitar and Christian Redfearn on bass.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We’re a metal/hard rock band that really tries to put the melody first. We have Megadeth and Metallica driven riffs with Maiden style instrumental breaks but above all that we try to make sure the vocal melodies are strong and that you’re walking away remembering a hook.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Everyone in the band for the most part has the same musical tastes, although we all have a few exceptions that the others can’t stand! I’d say Iron Maiden, Metallica and Dream Theater were some of the big influences when we first started out, some of the more recent (the past 10 years) metal acts such as Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry and especially Sacred Mother Tongue gave us the inspiration to experiment with lower tunings and sort of develop our own sound. I think we’ve tried to stop sounding like one of our favorite bands and decided to become one instead ha!

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
The dream is definitely to do this full time. I know in this day and age musicians are struggling to make ends meet more than ever, but I’d at least want to be able to come away from it all saying I gave it a good shot, and I feel at this moment in time as a band we have a lot more to say musically.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Reading and hearing all the great feedback from our new EP via our ever growing Twitter audience! It really gives me the drive to carry on making music

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
There’s nothing to regret! (yet..)

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
That’s a tough one seeing as we only have one release so far! I’d say check out ‘Mistakes of yesterday’ it has a bit of everything, great example of the riffs, catchy chorus and a very Maiden inspired harmony and solo section.

Where can we listen to it? 

Where can we find out more about your music? 
Our self-titled EP is available right now digitally via iTunes. We do have a limited run of CDs you can pre order through our big cartel store, however once they sell out we’re not doing any more! (time to focus on EP number 2!!) 

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