Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Multiplier Q&A

Picture by Trust A Fox Photography
Your name:
Phil Hartley (guitar).

Where are you from?

Name of band:

Who else is in your band?
Andy Gardner on vocals, Danny Callaghan bass and Rod McFarlane on drums.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Moody and melodic, loud and quiet. Rich passionate vocals, guitar that shimmers and roars, pounding yet melodic bass and driving drums that interweave the songs rather than merely act as a foundation. Indie, pop, rock, post-rock, shoegaze, it’s all in there, somewhere.

Who are your main influences musically?
Our collective influences are all over the place and we each have our own influences and fave bands. We all come together and agree on bands such as early Radiohead, Doves, Elbow and The Chameleons. We certainly don’t actively try to sound like anyone else, but equally we’re not offended by comparisons. I read somewhere that being in a band is a compromise and it is, but hopefully something unique comes from all the disparate influences we have.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To be honest, we just want to be the best we can be. We’re serious about what we do without taking ourselves too seriously. Of course we want people to be into what we do, but if the extent of that is a good reaction at a gig, that’ll do. Anything else is a bonus

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Our debut at The Deaf Institute in Manchester (my fave venue) opening for I Like Trains was special, but also playing Night & Day recently was terrific for the reaction and feedback we received.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Probably the most disappointing time was when we were given a support slot for a band that me and Rod really admired but they turned out to be a bunch of c***s! Never meet your heroes as the saying goes!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
There are a few we’ve yet to record that are even more representative of what we do, but probably Choice from our new EP.  It’s moody, full of dynamics and light and shade but it is also very melodic.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music? 
https://multiplier.bandcamp.com/releases - Our EP will be available for streaming or high quality download from May 11th.

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Our debut three-track EP is released as a very limited CD on May 9th and we envisage that it will only be available at the launch show on that day - details on our Facebook page. It can be downloaded from our Bandcamp page from May 11th.

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