EMQ’s with THE GREY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cambridge, England based Instrumental Post Rock/Metal band, The Grey. Huge thanks to drummer, Steve, 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?
I’m Steve and I play the drums; Charlie plays guitar and James plays bass.
We’ve been a band for around 4 years now and have released 2 records as well as a couple of singles. I first met the others quite a few years prior to when we first started jamming when we played a show together in other bands. I have a feeling I was jokingly dressed up as an 80’s rocker in leopard print spandex and a giant blonde wig, picture Dee Snyder haha!
I’m not entirely sure but I think we were supporting one of Bill Steer from Carcass’ other bands which in of itself is pretty cool. After that Charlie and I kept in touch through Facebook and he asked me a few times to come and jam with them but due to living about an hour away and playing in other bands I always put it off until one day I took them up on the offer and the rest is history.
How did you come up with your band name?
So, we didn’t want anything too obscure or something that sounds cool but really didn’t mean anything and so decided upon The Grey for a specific reason. As a band we like to play with the dynamics between heavy and lighter sounding parts and felt like The Grey represents the juxtaposition between this nicely.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We would call ourselves Cambridge based however we all live about 30 minutes to 1 hour away and as a result I don’t really feel like we associate with any one scene however we have been “adopted” by the London Doom Collective (www.facebook.com/londondoomcollective/) who put on loads of great shows and play at the Club 85 in Hitchin with bands like Everest Queen and Ritual a lot who while being musically different to ourselves are still great to watch and hang out with.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Dead Fire” album – Released through Ripcord Records.
Who have been your greatest influences?
This is a difficult one to answer as it really depends on the context. As a fan of music and drumming I would have to say John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Roger Taylor and Mick Fleetwood and having parents buying records in the 70-80’s. I was introduced to music through their band’s and they are all drummers who help to define the bands they are members of. Later this would evolve into the punk bands from the mid 90’s to early 00’s from labels Like Fat Wreck and Epitaph such as Pennywise and Bad Religion and later developing into hardcore with bands on Revelations, Good Life and Dead & Gone Records.
What first got you into music?
Neither of my parents are musical however I have fond memories as a child of going through their record collection and pulling out classics like the first Sabbath record, Thriller and Dark Side Of The Moon and the feeling of putting on headphones and sticking the needle on the record still evokes something inside me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
For me that’s an easy one, Aaron Turner. I’m a big fan of Isis and just about everything he does. I’m also going to answer on behalf of Charlie the guitarist as I know he’s a Big Alice In Chains fan so I think for him, it would have to be Jerry Cantrell.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
There hasn’t been anything really weird however Charlie and Jim get a lot of fans nerding out on gear. I’ve had 2 people say they were brought to tears watching us live, one of who cried a little when he told me so that’s probably the strangest fan interaction, I’ve had.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you and we really do appreciate your support.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Jesus…He’s pretty rocking right?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the comradery, whether it’s in the studio, rehearsing or playing shows. I hate disco load outs!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The disparity (monetarily) between the artists and those who facilitate them.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
First one that comes into my head is “Rumours”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
For supporting the band, CD’s. For the experience vinyl, for convenience downloads.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We’ve been lucky enough to tour with Will Haven so that will always be the answer to that one.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably my day job, being an engineer.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jesus, Ghandi, Freddie Mercury and the 2 guys I play in a band with…I’m fair like that!
What’s next for the band?
We’ve just released our latest album on CD with Ripcord www.ripcordrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dead-fire
and will be back on the road touring as soon as we can.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Soft, spongey, orangey delights that are eaten however the hell you like.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Nothing other than thanks for listening to me ramble on and please check us out…
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