A bit of politics, some blues and some downright funky rock and roll. Nicolas Cope takes a look at The Callous Ones.
The Callous Ones are a Liverpudlian four piece band consisting of Neil Hennigan – Vocals / Rhythm Guitar, Matt (Matteus) Sutton -Lead Guitar, Dave Jones – Bass and Mike O’Connor – Drums / Percussion. The band met in 2012 and it became immediately apparent that there was a certain chemistry present when they played together, in both sound and subsequently friendships which have since developed.
They all freely admit that they aren’t entirely sure which genre their music belongs in, which may be partly down the wide variety of music which each member is influenced by. However, they feel that this is a good thing as it expands the feel and sound of everything they do. Neil Hennigan says “Matteus plays a lot of blues & funky rock n’ roll, Dave plays soothing bass like a pro and Mike gets things out the drums that not many can. I’m lucky to have such great lads behind me – total professionals and a joy to play with.”
The band have several tracks written and a few songs of a savvy political nature coupled with dry wit. The lyrics will for sure, ring true today amongst the downtrodden silent majority of global society. Their material is written and performed by 4 lads from the bottom of this crazy society and is it important on a social level for them to stay grounded and remain in touch with their loyal fan base.
Their debut EP, recorded with producer Zak Fenlon, is due for release this summer. They are confident, the more they keep playing and writing together, the more their fan base will respond and grow as their social movement snowballs. Hennigan says “Some musicians jump from band to band in search of fame & glory, but that’s not our way, The Callous Ones is a labour of love to us and we’re here to play music. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our live shows soon.”
All words by Nicolas Cope. More work by Nicolas Cope on Louder Than War can be found here.