Well obviously, A Tale of Two Cities is a famous novel by Charles Dickens, but the first time we thought about using it as a band name was when I was watching a re-run of an episode of Lost entitled "A Tale of Two Cities"! I suggested it to the guys at practice, as we were looking to change the band name, and we all really liked the idea.
2. How did this band get started?
I started something up with a couple of mates and they told me that Paul (Bass) was looking for a new band. He joined and we then added Steve on drums. Iíve been playing music in bands with Steve since we were 15 years old. We have gone through a couple of line up changes since then adding Karl on vocals and most recently Nick on guitar but we all knew each other from the local music scene. Weíre really happy with the band dynamic we have now.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
We all have quite different musical influences which make for a really creative song-writing process. Thrice are a real big influence on us, Circa Survive, Saosin and Linkin Park are all bands we really enjoy listening to. Obviously thereís a really strong British music scene at the moment with bands like Deaf Havana, Architects, Lower Than Atlantis, etc. Karl is really into his American rock like Hurt and Staind. We donít go out to write like any of these bands though. I guess influences come through in places, but I wouldnít say we sound very similar to any of those bands.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and
I think Thrice because then Iíd get to watch their set every night for free! But then touring with someone like The Who or Motley Crue would be an absolutely insane party every night!
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Anything that isnít deep fried in oil! Thereís only so many chips you can eat before the sight of them make you feel sick.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
If you like bands such as Saosin, 30 Seconds to Mars, Thrice, etc., you should definitely check us out. We write catchy, aggressive modern rock songs that hopefully should get stuck in your head. If you donít like those bands you should check us out anyway!! You might like what you hear!
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Lionel Messi. He has to be the greatest footballer ever to have lived!
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
You have to say God, right? I donít believe in God! Family, friends and the people who have supported us right from the start. Theyíre the ones who matter the most.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Make it easier for bands to get a break! There are so many fantastic, unsigned bands who write amazing music out there who go untouched. If record companies were more willing to take a risk instead of pumping their money into the same, regurgitated sounds more artists would become successful and get the exposure they deserve.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Every tour is memorable! One show in Guildford springs to mind where we had people falling out of the fire exits from the mosh pit. They were enjoying our set a bit too much!
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
Iíve been checking out the articles and forums on AP.net for years so itís cool to finally be doing an interview for you guys. The website is great for not only showcasing established acts, but giving a platform for new artists to share their music to a new audience.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
"The Fire Burning Through Our Wings" is our favourite to perform at the moment. It feels really big and powerful kicking into it when we play it live. Usually our favourite is the newest song weíve written.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
New Zealand. Itís an amazing country!
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Music always gives really specific memories. I grew up listening to my parents records by The Beatles, Billy Joel and Blondie. Whenever I hear a song by one of them I can remember hearing it as a kid.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Definitely the ability to fly. Who wouldnít want to do that? Think of the money youíd save on air fares. Not to mention reducing your carbon footprint!
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
We all get together before a show and do vocal warm ups. Usually we donít have a backstage area so itís in the toilets. You get some odd looks from guys when youíre singing in there though.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
We like to play covers by '80s metal bands at practice.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio?
It depends what radio you listen to if you think itís good or bad. Mainstream radio is full of what the major record companies and PR machines want you to hear, but with the internet as a tool for artists now I donít think getting yourself on the radio is as big a deal as it used to be. Plus on the internet you can get access to thousands of digital radio stations to cater to whatever musical tastes you have. Although the main stations like Radio 1 have specialist rock shows on they tend to be in the middle of the night. The bonus of the internet is now you can listen back to these shows at any time of day.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
In between working and being in the band there isnít a lot of spare time! Itís important to keep yourself healthy though, I enjoy going to the gym and playing football.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Iím pretty good at football I guess! Sadly not good enough to earn £80,000 a week though!