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Interview: Where the Skeletons Play - 06.04.12
 

Where the Skeletons Play - 06.04.12

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Where the Skeletons Play - 06.04.12The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Where The Skeletons Play

https://www.facebook.com/WhereTheSkeletonsPlay

1. How did you get your band name?

We are not really sure. But I guess Where The Skeletons Play is a representation of our world…..

2. How did this band get started?

The project started in 2008 but was just 'Bones' on his own, back then it was called 'The Infra-red Sessions' but after playing a few demos to 'Stitch' (who was extremely keen to be involved) it quickly became WTSP around early 2011.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

The 'good end of rock' ie the bands everyone seems to have forgotten about. Deftones, Pelican, Tool, Mastodon, Explosions in the Sky, We Made God, Nine Inch Nails. Basically good hard rock mixed with very melodic ambient passages! The next material will be much more of the latter.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

All of the above.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

We haven't been on tour as WTSP and have no plans to. However, we have both toured extensively with other projects. I would personally say the best food to eat on tour is anything fast, filthy and easy.

6. Why should people listen to your band?

We take a story and translate it musically. Sometimes that story can be dark and aggressive and sometimes that story might be emotional - we're inspired by all things - I mean the actions of people, the state of the world, a book that we may have read, a film that we may have seen – we try and give a proper representation of the world through our eyes through the music we create.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

Does Keith Lemon count?

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

Your good self!

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Get rid of downloading music altogether. It has ruined the industry.

10. Memorable tour experience?

We are a purely studio based project and we have no plans to tour...yet!

But the whole recording process has been our favourite time to date – just being able to be so creative with so much amazing equipment was great. The process did make us go a bit mad though and I think we both started getting cabin fever after a week in a dark studio – by this time we were paying homage to Brian May’s fingers…

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

Good people that support good music and help raise awareness about good bands - like us!

12. What is your favorite song to play?

They are all pretty good, but "Never Born a Criminal" is always fun.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

Anywhere on a Island. Anywhere you can walk around in under a day.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

British bands from the end of the '90s and first half of '00s such as: Muse, Hundred Reasons, Reuben, Inme and Hell is for Heros......and older Biffy Clyro

Oh and a lot of Iron Maiden/Motorhead – standard!

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

X-Ray eyes - do I need to say more?

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

No, not yet.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

Being oddball/different is a big part of Where The Skeletons Play philosophy. We enjoy knowing that what we create doesn't fit within these walls of efficiency. Our music is always recorded using analogue equipment and analogue effects. We made the record using some very interesting and rare gear! A Marshall guitar head that once toured with Motorhead. Drum mics that recorded the Beatles. A microphone preamp that was working at the 1966 world cup final and an analogue mixing desk that had a leading role in 'Tomorrow Never Dies', when Bond gets beaten up and thrown through a sound proof window onto a sound desk! Along with tones of vintage gear! We have been very lucky and privileged to use such nice gear!

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

Yeah, I think we could flourish, Radio is the best place (other than going to gigs) to hear brand new artists. This is good.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Make music in a project called ‘Where the Skeletons Play’. This is what we do to relax and have fun.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

We both have X-Ray eyes....
 
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