EMQ’s With BRAZEN BULL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, UK based Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band, Brazen Bull. Huge thanks to them 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?
Luke: Hi my name is Luke Green, bassist and founding member of Brazen Bull. Myself and Charlie, had formed a few bands throughout secondary school for a bit of fun as we loved listening and performing music. It wasn’t till we finished our GCSE’s that we decided that we wanted to form a proper band and be serious about it, by not just performing at school shows but writing/releasing our music and performing to fellow rock and metal heads. So, we set out to find like minded musicians and on the first of June 2018 we had the first jam session under the name Brazen Bull where we first met Jordan behind the kit who has since then become a crucial member of the band. over the course of a year and half to 2 years we had numerous line up changes as we wanted to make sure that we not only worked musically but had the chemistry to make the band feel like a band of brothers. In 2020 we made the last line-up change and we believe this is the one, with the addition of Hayden on guitar and Alex on vocals this was the first time we felt the band was complete and we then set on to record our debut album!
Hayden: I’m Hayden and I play guitar. I joined a little over a year ago but had been following the bands progress from almost the start and it’s been amazing to see how they’ve changed and grown and evolved into the best it’s been to date; and I can’t wait to continue with this path into the future.
Charlie: I’m Charlie, I’m one of the guitarists and founding members of Brazen Bull!
Alex: Alejandro Martinez and I say stuff into a mic.
How did you come up with your band name?
Luke: The Brazen Bull name has got the most elaborate origin stories. When coming up with a band name we really struggled, so we looked at bands that have influenced us and looked for inspiration. Our biggest influence is Iron Maiden, so we thought why not name the band after a torture device and at the time Charlie was working on an animal farm and was obsessed with bulls, so we named the band Brazen Bull, and it has stuck ever since.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Luke: We are based in East Anglia in England mainly performing in and around Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. In both areas there is a great music scene and big wide range of genres. In Bury the Rock and Metal scene is still growing with Rock/Metal bands being the only local bands that are able to sell out 200-650 cap venues and this then multiplying by 10-fold in Norwich. Both great areas to put on a show and get an amazing audience.
Charlie: We are from Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. There is quite a vibrant scene in Bury at the Hunter Club where no matter who’s playing, you’re bound to have a great night. Then up in Norwich where we’ve played most of our shows you have a great little circuit with some great bands. They’re great because it means we have to raise our game to keep up with these bands, plus it also means going to local gigs is fun knowing you’ll see some great music! Also, in Ipswich there’s the work that Darren is doing at Deadsoul Promotions where he’s getting some really great bands in, always puts on a good night no matter what genre!
Hayden: Suffolk, no matter what the world throws at it, it’s hard to kill the music scene in Ipswich because there will always be hungry bands here searching for a venue to let out their creativity and energy.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Luke: Our latest singles are ‘Stray Wolf’, this song is one that has a different connection to each member of the band as It’s about setting your self free from a toxic relationship and being able stand on your own two feet by not letting these people take you down and new single ‘Pact In Blood’ . The releases are a build up for our self-titled debut album releasing on the 5th of March 2021.
‘Pact In Blood’ (Audio Visualiser)
‘Stray Wolf’ (Official Visualiser)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Luke: Personally, for bass playing my influences have to be Brian Marshall (Alter Bridge), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) not only for their talented skills and musicianship but also their personalities and how passionate they are.
Charlie: My biggest influences are players like Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Van Halen and John Sykes but that’s just scratching the surface. I also love the work of players like Tom Misch and bands such as Snarky Puppy or Vulfpeck, I love Jazz and Neo-Soul!
Hayden: Bands like Judas Priest and Dio have been the biggest influences on me but I’ve always looked up and aspired to play like Jason Becker and Michael Romeo.
Alex: Tom Waits, Russell Allen, RJD, Howard Jones, and lots more but not enough time to name them all.
What first got you into music?
Luke: I remember the first time I listened to a Rock song that was when my dad first showed me ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on YouTube and after hearing the iconic intro and beautiful guitar solos I was in love. Then when I turned 13, I got my first guitar and that was also when I first listened to Avenged Sevenfold which bought me into the world of Metal.
Charlie: I always grew up around music with my dad playing guitar, so it’s mainly his influence on that. I then started lessons when I was in middle school and I’ve been obsessed with guitar since then.
Jordan: Seeing the video for Iron Maiden’s version of ‘Women In Uniform’ and everything about it just made me want to peruse music.
Hayden: I was introduced to music as early in my life as I can remember, losing myself to the likes of Blur, Kaiser Chiefs, and Arctic Monkeys whilst jumping around my best friend’s living room in London as a young child.
Alex: My Dad, he has a bunch of CD’s and cassettes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, and a bunch of other classic rock/metal artists.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Luke: I would love to collaborate with Steel Panther as it would be such a laugh.
Charlie: I’d love to play with Iron Maiden as they’re my favourite band, but I’d love to play with Steel Panther, it would be hilarious!
Hayden: Tony Iommi. The pure riffage that comes from that man is always inspiring and he always seems so chill and such a nice guy to work with.
Alex: Mikael Akerfeldt for sure.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Luke: In the UK it will have to be Download Festival, It’s the biggest Rock and Metal festival in the UK and I thick for any aspiring British Rock/Metal musicians it is a dream to be able to play among some of the amazing bands they have there each and every year. Abroad though. the opportunity to play at Wacken would be insane, I hope to actually attend it one year but to perform would be truly something else.
Charlie: I would love to play Download; it would be amazing!
Hayden: I’m not one for festivals in all honesty but something has always drawn me to Wacken Open Air ever since I saw Dimmu Borgir’s live show “Forces of the Northern Night” with a full orchestra and choir playing with them. It just gave me goose bumps.
Alex: Wacken Open Air
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Luke: I can’t say we are big enough to start receiving weird gifts, but we did do one show for free In Great Yarmouth and at the end of the show we had people just donating money to us which was one the most heart warming gigs we have done to date.
Charlie: We haven’t really had too many weird gifts; I’m setting a challenge now for people to send us the weirdest thing they can think of.
Hayden: Having only been able to play one gig so far with this band due to the pandemic, there’s not been many opportunities to receive gifts from any fans, but their continued support is a gift in itself.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Luke: We would love to say thank you to every single person that has been streaming our songs since their release and buying merch over the lockdowns when we can’t gig. We can’t wait to get back on the stage and perform our hearts out to you all.
Charlie: Thank you so much for all your love and support so far, I can’t thank you enough for being on this journey with us!
Hayden: You’re not going to want to miss our first gig back for the first time experiencing our current and best line-up yet, live on stage giving you one hell of a show!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Luke: This is such a hard question, but at the end of the day it has to be none other than Ronnie James Dio. He was such a talented vocalist and would love to see him live and see what music he would write today.
Charlie: I think either Van Halen or Randy Rhoads.
Hayden: It’s got to be Ronnie James Dio. A beautiful heart with a beautiful voice that’s gifted so many people with its emotions. He’ll never be forgotten.
Alex: Ronnie James Dio
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Luke: There is nothing better than performing on the stage. Seeing people mosh and sing to the songs that you put your heart and soul into is a feeling that can’t be beaten. However, the thing I hate the most and I think I can speak for most musicians here is the money. It costs so much to start up and run a band especially during a pandemic.
Charlie: I love being able to do this every day. I study music at uni too so my entire life is music orientated and I wouldn’t have it any other way! However, I hate the competition aspect and toxicity of music. From artists and even fans now it’s just stupid; I don’t get it and frankly it just hides their insecurities. Let music be music, no need for anything else!
Jordan: I love being able to get in a room with my 4 other brothers and make the music and that we make together. What do I hate? – The extreme lack of money.
Hayden: The sense of family among the band members has got to be the most enjoyable part. Everyone fits in so well and there’s not a thing I would change. The thing I hate most though is probably that moment when you come up with a sick riff or lick and then realise you’ve just gone and ripped off one of the most popular songs in the genre.
Alex: I love the rush from playing live, but I hate the perfectionist nature I get when trying to write.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Luke: The biggest issue I see within the music industry is recognition for talented musicians. With Rock and Metal getting less and less recognition from the main stream media there are less people of the younger generations being inspired to pick up a guitar, bass, sticks or even belt out some powerful vocals that isn’t a bunch of mumbling.
Charlie: I would change it so streaming services didn’t pay us fractions of pennies.
Hayden: I would make it so there were more small/mid-sized venues in the country to inspire and facilitate more local bands to be able to grow and share their music.
Alex: Talent over image.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Luke: My favourite album of all time has to be “Appetite For Destruction” from GnR there is not a single song on there that I don’t remotely like, and it was one of the first albums I ever bought.
Charlie: I’m going to go for “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden. It’s an absolute masterpiece!
Jordan: The Damned – “Machine Gun Etiquette”. Every song is different and interesting as well as a banger, it’s just the perfect punk record if you ask me and it’s such a replayable record.
Hayden: “The Odyssey” by Symphony X, every song takes you on a journey and no matter how technical it gets, it never sacrifices on its melody and composition.
Alex: The Clash – “London Calling”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Luke: Downloading songs is so much easier. Being able to have millions of songs on your phone is fantastic, it allows you to explore bands more freely and different genres that you probably wouldn’t even know existed 5/10 years ago.
Charlie: Now I do love vinyl. There’s nothing quite like chilling out to some vinyl through some good speakers, however download is so much easier and has let me discover bands I never would have before.
Hayden: CD’s for the fact that it’s the best of both worlds – you get that gratification of actually owning a physical copy of the music, and you can also put it into digital format so you can take it with you anywhere on a phone etc.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Luke: The best gig we played was the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds. It was a battle of the band’s competition on the 6th of March 2020, our very last gig before we all went into lockdown. From the very beginning of our set to our last song the whole audience was moshing and having a great time.
Charlie: It was actually our last before lockdown and it was Bury Sound. The audience were absolutely electric and it’s my favourite gig I’ve personally ever played!
Hayden: Bury Sound at The Hunter’s Club, first gig with these guys and the energy was just amazing thanks to the amazing audience getting so involved.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Luke: Well, I’m currently at University of Warwick studying physics so I would probably go down the engineering path or go into software development or even business, but music is where my heart is.
Charlie: Probably be a historian. I’m an absolute nerd for all eras of history but dark ages is my favourite.
Jordan: Probably a photographer of some sort.
Hayden: Most likely something in electronics or maths as that’s the only other thing I’m good at.
Alex: I don’t know a Butcher probably!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Luke: Corey Taylor, and Steel Panther. That would be a pretty sick party.
Charlie: Bruce Dickinson, Bob Ross, Steve Irwin, Danny DeVito and David Mitchell.
Hayden: The other 4 members of this band and Noel Fielding because what dinner party isn’t improved by comedy?
Alex: Paul Rudd, The Game Grumps, Jim Carrey, and Kristen Wiig.
What’s next for the band?
Luke: Well, we have the album coming out on the 5th of March so we can’t wait for that and as soon as we can we’ll be back on that stage and performing as if every show was our last.
Charlie: We also have a gig lined up next year with the legends Tygers of Pan Tang who are one of my favourite bands!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
All updates, announcements and just general interaction with fans is on Facebook and Instagram. All our music is on all streaming platforms you can get links through our Linktree:
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Luke: CAKE! (cakes go hard when stale, biscuits go soggy. Jaffa’s go hard).
Charlie: They’re a biscuit. They went to court with McVitie’s, Excise and HM Customs where it was deemed to be a biscuit!
Hayden: Cake. It’s in the name.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just again Thank you to everyone who are streaming our songs! It means the world to us.
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