Sunday, 23 February 2014

NoRey Q&A

Your name:
Mike Swallow

Where are you from?

We are based in Seattle WA, but are originally from Bedford UK, Shrewsbury UK, Bogata Colombia, and Detroit Michigan, USA.

Name of band:


Who is in your band?

Alejandro Garcia - vocals & guitar
Vicky Bowes - vocals & percussion
Nick Nanry - guitar
Dave Swallow - bass
Mike Swallow - drums & vocals

How would you describe yourselves?

Eclectic, energetic, ...... Our sound would be best described as a mix of alternative/acoustic folk-rock/experimental music.

Who are your main influences musically?

We all have such a diverse taste in music and I think some of our influences come through, but for the most part I would say that we don't really relate our music to any specific groups or performers. Bands like The Doors, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Wailers, Tom Waits, Cake, Bjork, Nick Drake are some common favourites.

What do you hope to achieve in music?

Happiness, first and foremost. Music is a crucial part of life to so many people and we want to be a part of that, to feel the connection between musician and listener. We want to make the listener feel something for our music whether it is happiness, sadness, excitement or whatever. To have the chance to share music and create what we want to create is important.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?

I'm sure it is different for each individual member, but for me it would be headlining The Crocodile in Seattle. The Crocodile is a famous club that was established during the early 90's when Seattle was the epicentre of music, and to play on the same stage as some of my hero's growing up was a big deal.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?

None of it. All the memories and events, even the failures are there to teach you. I wouldn't chose to forget anything we've been through.

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, but I would have to say the title track from our new album 'Untie Your Arms'. It's a very difficult thing to write a positive song that has as powerful words as this song does. For me it's a song that begs for love and openness in a positive way. I think everyone excells on
this song, the drums and bass keep the song full and break up the rhythms, whilst Nick really delved into a new style with his slide guitar. I'm really proud of the backing vocals that Vicky and I managed to create, it was the most creative we've been vocally in the studio.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?

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