The Deadbeat Echoes new single ‘Surge of Youth’ is the debut release on the new Louder Than War record label…
Carl Stanley chats to the band about the reaction to the release and future plans…
Jack Fearon: “It’s a good introduction to the band really, we like doing things loud and twisted. It’s nice to be putting it out on LTW, to have John backing the band is a massive compliment, I first met John when I was 13 and Goldblade supported the Misfits, I got his autograph on the ticket. It shouldn’t matter but the catalogue number is LTW01, but it does, knowing the ideas John has for the label, that’ll always be a bit special.”
CS: The sound the band has is great and really comes through on the single, that angular garage sound, what exactly influenced it?
JF: “Cheers, it was written about some of the public’s prejudice against young people, it’s that whole ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ thing really. The sound isn’t something we really thought about, it’s just how we play, every sound engineer says Tom plays the drums too loud, I love messing about with pedals… The sound’s progressed from when we started, but we’ve always wanted to have a garage feel to what we do.”
CS: The live shows have as well had some great reviews, The Leadmill gig with The Inspiral Carpets was a fantastic performance, loved the energy, is it hard to capture that in the studio?
JF: “The single is pretty polished compared to what we do live, that was a conscious decision, we really like the way it turned out. When we play live we like it a bit rawer though, no stopping between songs, 20 minutes and then off. The reviews have been great, we were made up the Inspirals took us out with them, the crowds were really great, that first one at the Leadmill I was pretty nervous, but they really settled the nerves for the rest of the dates.”
CS: Your all from the NW and some of you are at Uni aren’t you, is it hard getting the work in on time and being in a up-coming band?
Tom Webster: “We’re from Winsford, its half way between Manchester and Liverpool. A couple of us are at uni and college, a couple of us work, but it doesn’t get in the way, we know what we want and put the band first. People around us understand that though. It did feel strange going back to a normal routine though after the Inspirals shows finished.”
CS: Has living 20 mins either side of Liverpool/Manchester had any influences on the group, having both cities to feed off in terms of not only music but fashion and culture, do you feel more associated with one more than the other, or neither now the net has brought everything together?
TW: “It works both ways really, we started the band with a massive love of Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Coral, Happy Mondays… those 2 cities music have had a massive influence on our sound. Andy and me are Everton fans, Jack’s a Liverpool fan and Mike’s a Man U fan so we spend a lot of time between the two, we take all the influences culturally and musically and put our own spin on it. But as an out of town band, you struggle to get shows because no-one takes a chance, but that has changed too, especially in Manchester, Sound Control and the Ruby Lounge kept giving us shows.”
CS: On a lot of peoples radars right now but has it been hard graft up til to get up to this point, or quite the opposite?
JF: “That initial period of struggling for shows has helped with hindsight, you see loads of bands being talked about and disappearing, and I think it’s because the hype around them comes too quickly. We started about 3 years ago, the line up has changed a couple of times, but we’ve got better live, and the sound of the band has developed into our own thing. At the time it’s really annoying and you can start to doubt what you do, but it’ll probably turn out to be the thing that has put us on peoples radars.”
CS: Dare I say there seems an emergence of some fantastic new bands now coming out of the NW and primarily Manchester, from Dirty North to Frazer King, all doing their own thing as yourselves, you feel that ‘surge of youth’ actually going on at the moment or maybe the seeds of one starting to grow?
JF: “And from The Temps to The Loud in Liverpool too. It does feel like somethings happening, those bands are doing things there own way and its working without having to compromise themselves. I think with the 2 you’ve mentioned, and us, its self belief really. Whether people like us or not, we haven’t changed what we want to do to fit in, maybe there’s something in that that appeals to people?”
CS: How about the comparisons you’ve drawn like The Arctic Monkeys and The Charlatans, what do you think to them and where do your influences come from?
JF: “We’re all into our own things, but if as a band we had to say who are favourite band are, it’s The Charlatans, but I don’t know if we sound like them. I guess reviewers have to explain to the readers what our sound is, but it does frustrate you to be compared to bands, especially when you don’t rate them… I’m into Hot Snakes, and the energy they have really influences me, we’ve always wanted to write music with an energy and a darker side. Who do you think we sound like?”
CS: You’ve just played Brixton yeah, how’s the London massive taking to The Deadbeat Echoes
TW: “It was great, a little punk pub surrounded by tower blocks, looked really grim when we pulled up, but it was a good night, pretty full, good mix of people, they seem to be taking to us nicely. It was cool that there were a bunch of people that had seen us in Koko and then come back to see us in Brixton.”
CS: Whats next Tom, you back in the studio again soon and what gigs are coming up?
TW: “We’re recording at the moment, it’s sounding great, and writing new stuff too. Can’t wait to get back into doing more of that. We have the Inspirals tour to finish off in May, some shows of our own, hope for a few festivals… Just seeing where it goes, the singles play listed in Belgium and Spain, who knows…”