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Q

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

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Rachael Bowles - Vocals

Rik Knight Ė Lead and Rhythm Guitar

Dugald Patterson Ė Bass

Carl Whittle Ė Rhythm Guitar

Sean Green - Drums

Q

How would you describe the bandís sound?

A

That depends on who you ask! BAM give an idea of what it would sound like if Black Label Society was fronted by Amy Lee of Evanessence with a bit of RATM/White Zombie groove thrown in.

Q

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

A

It starts with a member bringing in a riff or two. The band will jam on these ideas and then expand, add and build a musical frame work. The melodies and lyrics are then written. The song is polished by experimenting as the song is being rehearsed, with good ideas being kept. By Any Means donít have a particular agenda so the lyrics can be about anything!

Q

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

A

Since joining the band Rachael has been the principal lyricist but Rik contributed the lyrics for Ballad of the Destroyer and Dugald co-wrote Remember. While the lyrics may have come from other people Rachael comes up with all her own melodies.

Q

How often do you practice and have you any shows lined up?

A

As a rule BAM practice together twice a week.

Aside from the BotB,  BAM will be playing at the The Dog and Partridge on Friargate on March 23.

Q

What has been your best gig so far, and why is it so memorable?

A

That would probably be The Ship Inn on New Yearís Eve. A crowd up for a good night, a good bill of bands and a band coming into its own. A top night.

Q

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

A

On the way home from work today Rik  had the 1, 2, 3 of How I Could Just Kill A Man (RATM), Night of the Living Bassheads (Public Enemy) and More Human Than Human (White Zombie). Each one a winner! 

Q

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

A

Modern recording techniques, such as drum replacement mean that a lot of bandsí recordings are very sonically similar.  Bands are losing (or rather not getting) their own sound.

Q

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

A

Preston is a great place to be in a band. The bands have a sense of family and any competition is healthy and good spirited. Unfortunately itís lost a few places to play so options are limited but the bands keep producing the goods.

Q

What do you consider are the benefits of initiatives like Rock On Preston and Get In The Ring?

A

Anything that brings the bands together is a good thing and a scene thatís prepared to support itself will thrive.

Q

Whatís next for the band?

A

We plan to do some more recording, write a few new songs and most importantly, spread our wings and play more widely rather than just in Preston.

Q

For those wishing to check out more, what is your myspace link?

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www.myspace.com/byanymeansuk