EMQ’s with ATTIC THEORY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool, England based Alternative Sexy Groove Rock band Attic Theory. Huge thanks to vocalist Lewis Wright for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi, I’m Lewis Wright, I am the frontman of Liverpool Groove rockers Attic Theory. The band features previous members of Matchstickmen, Rain May Fall and LimeHawk. All of these bands had come to their natural end and Peter Donnelly (Guitarist) and myself decided it was time to start something fresh and new, something different to what we had all previously been doing…and here we are.
How did you come up with your band name?
The inspiration behind the name Attic Theory was taken from an episode of Elementary – a CBS television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories with contemporary twists. In the second episode of the show, Sherlock talks about ‘Attic Theory’ and states that the human brain is like an attic. A storage space for facts. But because that space is finite, it must be filled only with the things you need to be the best version of yourself. We thought this was a fitting name with everything that was going on at the time.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are based in Liverpool. Kenny McArthur (Bass) is from South Africa, Matt Lawler (Guitar) is from Stoke, I’m originally from London and Peter, Tim Cunningham (Guitar) and Matt Simon (Drums) are from Liverpool. Liverpool has had a thriving music scene for a long time now, but it has been very limited on rock/metal bands…until now. I’m proud to live in a city where there are so many great up and coming rock/metal bands, all with their own unique signature.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our debut EP “The Sign Of An Active Mind” will be released on Friday 27th November via our own label ThunderGun Records. You can pre-order it now from our website www.attictheory.co.uk/store.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I am a huge fan of grunge music so my greatest influences growing up would have to be all of the bands from the 90’s Seattle scene. Bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, Candlebox, Mudhoney…the list goes on. We’ve actually made it into the Shazam top 20 chart in Seattle, with our single ‘Your Light’ so teenage me would have probably fainted by now. Another grunge band, not from Seattle, that has been a massive influence on me is Stone Temple Pilots. Their 90’s albums still stand the test of time.
What first got you into music?
When I was a child and my sister wasn’t home, I used to sneak into her room and listen to her rock collection of vinyl records. I would listen to Def Leppard, Megadeth and Faith No More. This definitely started my musical journey down the path of rock. “Hysteria” was the first rock album I ever owned, and it was mind blowing when Def Leppard’s frontman Joe Elliot complimented our track ‘My Own Design’ on the radio.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Kevin Martin from Candlebox. His tone and vocal range are amazing. To say this would be a bucket list moment for me is an understatement, I would probably fall to my knees and weep if this actually happened.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
As a band, we would love to play every festival humanly possible around the world. One of the festivals I would personally love to play at is Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza. The vibe and atmosphere always looks so electric and everyone looks so friendly. I recently stopped drinking alcohol but I’m sure that festival would get me in the party mood and I would treat myself to a couple of white wine spritzers.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’ve been given a lot of fan-made merchandise over the years which I love as it shows people have taken the time out to actually bother to make it for me. Nothing has been made of human hair just yet. I know that Tim, in one of his old bands, was given a picture in a frame by a fan of him and said fan. The picture was taken when they met at a previous show. I bet he still has it on his mantelpiece…to be honest…it’s probably next to his bed haha.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
That we love them for helping pay for our music, which we make for their enjoyment and we can’t wait to gig for them again…and Pete’s single.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
There are so many talented late musicians that have influenced me and the rest of the band so it would be difficult to choose. Could there be some sort of timeshare put into place so their time is divided equally? That way they all get to grace the world with their talents once more… and if not, why not?!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I pretty much enjoy every part of being a musician. I love playing live, writing and recording the songs but one thing I do hate is when people expect you to play for exposure. I bet if the tables were turned, they would be massively offended… “Hello British Gas, I’d like to pay my bill this month with exposure… what do you mean you don’t accept exposure?”
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Correctly paying artists across all major streaming services. It’s a huge deal and needs to be addressed.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Purple” by Stone Temple Pilots. It’s grunge music without the super miserable side of the genre. I remember buying the limited-edition CD and having it on repeat on my discman for months.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
We have to move with the times, but artists receive a higher return on physical formats. If artists were paid correctly from streaming and downloads, I would probably say that as it is environmentally friendly…but you can’t sign a download.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Just before lockdown, we supported the awesome Terrorvision in Grand Central Hall in Liverpool. The venue is a magnificent Victorian Theatre and the crowd loved our opening set. We walked on to Conga by Gloria Estefan, which definitely set the mood for the evening. One of my other favourite gigs was when we supported the Soap Girls and they got Kenny up on stage wearing a chocolate pudding filled nappy. I still wake up screaming to this day hahahaha!!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Crying. Music keeps me together. It’s my release. It’s good for my mental health.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I was going to say the rest of the band. We spend that much time together, we are like family, Like brothers but I’m going to have to say Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson. Marge puts on a good spread, intelligent conversation from Lisa, Maggie is just cute, and you don’t know what crazy antics will happen between Homer and Bart. Dinner AND a show.
What’s next for the band?
We are releasing our debut EP ‘THE SIGN OF AN ACTIVE MIND’ on Friday 27th November which you can pre-save on your preferred music service – www.orcd.co/gbzgjym or purchase the CD at our website store – www.attictheory.co.uk/store. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of it. We will also be returning to the studio in the new year to continue work on our debut album. As for gigs, due to the current situation, we are taking it a day at a time so hopefully we will get to play for all in 2021. We are scheduled to play Planet Rockstock in December 2021 so keep your fingers crossed that things become a bit more normal by then.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
This question is similar to ‘what came first? The Chicken or the egg?’. This is one of life’s mysteries. They are called a ‘Jaffa Cake’ and clearly have cake in the title BUT are always found on the biscuit aisle. I believe a ‘Jaffa Cake’ is created when a biscuit and cake make love as it is a soft biscuit. I did have scientific evidence to prove this…but our drummer ate it.
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