Stephen Baldwin (Bass & Manager).
Where are you from?
Heathfield, East Sussex, UK.
Name of band:
Who else is in your band?
Henry Baldwin (Guitar/Vocals), Jack Baldwin (Guitar/Vocals) and Ed “Barking” Barnes (Drums).
How would you describe yourselves and your music?
A rock band with a love of blues. The band was formed by my sons and a school friend in 2013, I only came in as they couldn’t find a bass player with the level of dedication they required. Like most bands, they started playing covers of their favourite artists but quickly learned to write and write well. Now most sets are mainly originals. As a rule Jack writes the music and Henry the lyrics.
Who are your main influences musically?
The Stones, Hendrix, The Who, Bob Marley, John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, BB King, The Ramones, Neil Young etc..
What do you hope to achieve in music?
To see the band fulfil their individual and collective talents. They take their music seriously and love both playing live & recording. Any excuse to just play. I’m hopeful that they will realise their potential and with their determination anything is possible.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Probably playing The Hastings Music Festival in July this year. This was the first big stage with decent sound engineers, a very professional set up & a big audience. We have since played several very professional venues & often take our own engineer, Nik Lobanov-Rostovsky, but Hasting was a highlight this year. Also I think the first foreign gig we played in Chantilly, France, a fantastic audience.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
When one of our amps blew mid set and we had to put one of the guitars through the PA for the balance of the gig. It was a decent sized gig, local, but with a few hundred attending.
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
The Legs Just Snapped – This was written quite early on & is just a straight forward rocking number that we all enjoy playing.
Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
This might be interesting, it’s a review from a gig we played in July in Brighton this year.
From the review of Rising Stars at The Brunswick, Brighton 19th July 2014 by Kaye Inglis.
“The band that impressed me the most, however, were the last to take the stage. Wild Horse, from Heathfield, have an average age of just 13 but play like seasoned rockers. Wild Horse’s influences are wide and include many members of rock ‘n’ roll high society, including Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Their guitar skills, vocals and tight drumming are remarkable and much better than many bands twice their age. Beginning as they meant to go on, they launched into a strong cover of “This Could Be The Last Time”, followed by one of their own songs called “Hey”, where you could hear strong 80s post-punk undertones and vocals reminiscent of the Tom Robinson Band. All of the covers, which included songs by John Lee Hooker & JJ Cale to name just two, came with an original Wild Horse twist, while their original numbers were strong compositions. They ended the show in typical rocking style, including some true rock n’ roll playing of the guitar using teeth. Definitely check out these guys if you get a chance – they are destined for big things.”
For the full review go to: http://www.overheadwiresmusic.com/history/pantograph-2014/pan68/