Monday, 3 March 2014

The Battles Of Winter Q&A

Your name:
Alistair Gale.

Where are you from?
We’re based in London, though I’m the only one who actually lives in London now.

Name of band:
The Battles Of Winter

Who else is in your band?
Graeme Dinning (bass), Lucas Manley (guitar) and Martin Good (drums).

How would you describe yourselves? 
Someone else described us as heart racing post punk with sonic landscapes and a quintessentially English feel. I think we’re comfortable with that.

Who are your main influences musically?
Our influences range from the likes of Nick Cave and Joy Division but also post rock bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor. I’m not saying we set out to sound like any of these though.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
The opportunity to keep on writing and recording music knowing that there are people (even just one or two) that genuinely get excited about hearing what we’ve done and then coming to see us play. I know we all want to play some festivals and I’d secretly like to play Alexandra Palace (it’s nice and local).

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Recently signing to indie label Ruby Music. Just knowing that there were some other people around who were willing to invest time and energy into promoting what we do was both massively encouraging and exciting.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
No real disastrous moments that we would want to sweep under the carpet. Unless I’ve already forgotten them of course. I mean we’ve played some terrible gigs and had our fair share of ups and downs, but all of it has helped us in one way or another.

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 as I think the songs are varied and capture different sides of the band. If pushed, I’d currently go with I Became A Station, which is the last track on our debut album. It has a brooding but uplifting epic-ness to it.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Our debut album Standing At The Floodgates is out on 24 March and we have an album launch gig at The Macbeth in London on 26 March. We also accept financial contributions/donations.

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