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In Conversation with…BROMHEADS

Bromheads ferocious brand of garage rock, not only has a bite that will leave you whimpering on the floor like a little child that’s afraid of the dark. But with the release of their new EP ‘Kerosene’ heads are about to roll clean off bodies. It’s sonically ruthless and that’s just how we like our rock, the thrills come in fast and hard till your lying face down in your own vomit.

We caught up with the band to discuss their relationship with Drenge, the rush of playing live and mosh pits, plus much more.

Hello guys. I hope wherever we find you, the day is treating you well?

Splendidly thanks for asking.

The music video for lead single ‘Kerosene’ taken from your new EP was directed by Tez Palmer, who’s previously worked on Game of Thrones and 28 Days Later. One thing’s for sure is that the video features a lot of fire. Why was Tez the man for the job and what did he bring to the table?

I’ve known Tez for years, he’s a top guy. We’ve done videos with him in the past but hadn’t done one for ages. Tez has made a few films of his own and has been an inspiring person to know. He gave me the confidence to make my own short film and we’re working on a couple of scripts I’ve written hopefully gonna shoot in the next year or so.

We both love film and we’re looking for something we could shoot while he was on a break from thrones. Bromheads needed a video, he’s always wanted to do a fire vid so that was that.

Since Bromheads have become a two piece, there’s been an influx of duos making a lot of noise recently, in particularly, Drenge and Royal Blood. Are you fans of those bands? Why is it do you think that people fall so deeply in love with the simple combination of two guys giving it their all and making a lot of noise?

Drenge are top lads. I used to be their tech teacher. They were y7 and it was my first job straight out of Uni. I only did it for a year then jacked it in for the band.

I dunno why people like a two piece. I think it can be impressive when a 2 piece make a big enough sound to compete with a full band. Maybe that’s what people like?

Do you have any tips for new bands starting out, any advice that you could give them?

Write and record as much as you can. Do everything yourself whether you need a studio or a video unless someone wants to do it for you. Never stop releasing and playing music, work hard and don’t ever wait around for the magic record or management deal. It probably won’t happen and you don’t need it anyways.

Don’t bother unless you’re in it for the right reasons, if it’s money or fame you want you’re on a dangerous slope more than likely ending in destruction. Stay true to what you believe, it should always be about the music.

You’re no strangers to performing live, and you‘ve gained a lot of fans in doing so. So I wanted to ask, what does playing a gig for your fans mean to you?

Connecting with fans at a show is a great feeling. Entertaining people and giving them what they deserve for the money and support they give you is one of the most important things about being in a band. 

What was the first gig that you personally went to yourself as a punter? Do you think your first live gig experience had any influence on who you are today – did it spur you on to start your own band?

No. I went to see Lenny Kravitz on my year out in South Africa. It was huge and awful.

What’s your dream tour rider?

Don’t really have one. If we get a few towels as well as water we’re a happy bunch.

What’s the best or most random item a fan has ever asked you to sign?

A breast. I’ll leave it to you to decide if it was the best or most random.

You’ve played many festivals in your lifespan as a band and I bet you’ve had a number of interesting experiences. What makes you keep going back to festivals? What is it about them that no matter who you are, you can just lose yourself in the whole experience?

Dunno really. I’m not good with large crowds so I’m not a big fan of being at a festival. I love playing them though. I think cause it’s a full weekend people let themselves go a bit more and don’t have to worry about what’s happening the next day?

What has been your best festival experience so far?

London Calling, Paradiso, Amsterdam. I think 2008. It was 15 years to the day that Nirvana played the same stage. We did a cover of Breed. It’s the biggest mosh pit I’ve ever seen. Obviously at one of our gigs. Rage Against The Machine is the biggest pit I’ve ever seen.

We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you would like to share with us?

I checked out Deap Vally the other day. It’s not very new I don’t think but I liked it.

What’s the most enjoyable part of being in a band?

Playing guitar very very loudly.

What’s the least enjoyable part of being in a band?

5hr plus journeys in a van full of sweaty hungover dudes.

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A special thanks to Bromheads for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below:

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Charlotte Holroyd
A lover of music and cinema. Constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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