BRASS NECK

 

Q

Please introduce your band, the current line-up and what each of you does in the band.

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We are Brass Neck. Vic is our vocalist, there is myself (Graham) and Marc who play guitars, Tony on bass and Lee on drums.

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How would you describe the bandís sound?

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A true heavy metal hybrid drawing influence from all flavours of heavy music and many genres that don't come under the bracket "heavy" like jazz, blues and funk. Mr Bungle meets RATM with a black Mike Patton upfront but on a lethal cocktail of narcotics and with manifestations of lunacy!

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How do you approach your song writing and what is your lyrical theme/content?

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We tend to start with a simple idea for a riff, that gets grooving, Vic comes in with some crazy ideas and then we keep hammering at it until we have a finished song. Vic likes to draw influence from things like politics, film and anime.

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Who gets involved with writing of lyrics and melody? Is it down to specific individuals or a collaborative process?

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Vic writes all his own vocal lines and lyrics, with myself, Tony and Marc being where the riffs come from.

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How often do you practice and have you any other gigs lined up?

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At least twice a week, but sometimes more, especially if we are recording or writing. We are playing at Shingig at club Phoenix in Manchester on June 5th and then Anarchy at the Fort in New Brighton, Wirral on July 2nd, but we are busy booking at the moment so chances are we will be out gigging before then anyway - check our myspace or facebook pages.

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What has been your best gig so far, and why is it so memorable?
A We played at the London Tattoo Convention last September, which was a fantastic day. We met loads of interesting people including legendary rock PR man Roland Hyams. I'm tempted to say that was our greatest gig so far, but do you know what? We have our own private parties in our studio and I honestly think they have been the coolest events we have been involved in - we will be organising a summer party soon, I'll let you know the date and you should come down.

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What was the last song you listened to, either on the radio, your mp3 player, at a gig...?

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9 to 5 at the Morgue by Dog Fashion Disco.

Q

Is there anything about the metal scene today that you would like to change?

A

Yes, I would like Liverpool to stop being "Beatles land" and become more METAL!

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What do you think of the North West metal scene right now?

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It's good, there are loads of great bands around and some cool venues. Liverpool is a little less metal oriented than we would like, but that is why we will be focusing on doing some shows in Manchester over the coming months - there seems to be much more of a scene in Manchester.

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What do you consider are the benefits of initiatives like Metal 2 The Masses Battle 4 Bloodstock?

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It's all positive isn't it, you know, bands need events to play. With an incentive like playing BOA you can't go wrong.

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What made you get involved with M2TM?

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We just want to get as much exposure as possible, playing BOA would certainly help with that.

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Have you ever been to Bloodstock, and what do you think of the festival?

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Yes I went last year (Graham) and had a fantastic weekend. Much more relaxed than the likes of Download, less idiots - met some really cool people last year :-)

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Whatís next for the band?

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Our next gig isn't until July 2nd at the Fort in New Brighton, but we have deliberately not been booking gigs as we've been writing new material and recording. We are reaching the end of this process now and as a result have a 3 track EP which will be released VERY soon, in the next week or two, and we will be gigging extensively to promote this. Watch the facebook or myspace pages to find out.

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For those wishing to check out more, what is your website and/or myspace link?

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www.myspace.com/brassneckband
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Brass-Neck/65358669201?ref=ts