Introduce yourselves and tell us what you've been up to recently?
DREAD YOUR LAST DAY
Hey we're Dread Your Last Day, a band from just outside Manchester and recently we've been writing our debut EP entitled 'My Heart In Your Hands' and we'll be recording it with Elliot Middleton at Patron Sound Recordings, we're looking to secure some more gigs and do this for more than a hobby some day.
And how did you get together? The name?
We met up at school and we were fully clueless as to how to make music and how to record it, our drummer Buzzer actually hated our current guitarist James and it took some convincing to get him into the band, but now were the best of friends. As for the name, we fucking hate it. But we've stuck by it and as we keep going we've realised it sounds quite cool now, it's derived from a Marcus Aurelius quote which we wont go into...
Who are your biggest influences?
Our biggest influences are bands that aren't necessarily huge and selling out stadiums, but just bands who are a couple years older than us and have made it just to the point where they can tour relentlessly and pull a decent crowd around the UK, that's all we want to do. Our guitar parts are actually inspired by acoustic performers, such as 'stuff that no ones heard of', says our guitarist James. But mainly by his old guitar teacher who was in an acoustic duet. My vocals however are inspired by the likes of, as generic as it may be, Oli Sykes' very broken tone but also more UK hardcore vocalists similar to Heart in Hand's Charlie Holmes.
Here at Designer Magazine we're all about supporting the scene.. which are your fave local bands and why should we check them out?
Too many, my boys from SavingSyenna are mint, check them out just cause they're fully clued up, Our Imbalance cause they're also good and Erik Bickerstaffe is one of the best young clean vocalists around, our good friends I'll Stay In Memphis, our producer's band, they've just lost their vocalist to Silent Screams and they have a really original sound.
What's your biggest promo tips you can give to other local bands? How do you push your band forward?
Work hard, invest in a decent photoshoot and some good quality recordings, play a lot of shows and make your live show interesting, we throw ourselves around on stage like we're playing Download even if theres a crowd of 10. Get some good graphics and find people on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook who will like your band and ask them to check you out, if necessary even take some adverts of.
Where do you go for pre gig food and where do you go post gig clubs in Manchester?
We don't really go anywhere we bring cake to the venue and rely on Mat to bring snacks and treats that are concealed in the back of his amp, we dont go to post gig clubs cause were boring and we're all 15-17.
What do you like most about Manchester?
Loads of little venues and lots of gigs to get our hands on, lot's of promoters (aswell as Designer Magazine) who put on brilliant shows with amazing local talent and other larger national acts, also Manchesters a big area and it gives us lots of opportunities to see the bands that inspired us to start this thing anyway. Also we drain our bank accounts at the Topman in the Arndale because yolo.
Best gig you've been to of all time (and why?)
Joel & James: SummerJam cause we got to see lots of inspirational hardcore bands and we met loads of the members who were sound guys.
Josh: Of Mice & Men cause i got to meet the drummer who's one of my favourite drummers, it was really sweaty and i love rubbing against sweaty people
Danny: DeEZ NUTS
What one book would you say all of your fans should read and why?
James: As a massive book enthusiast i would highly recommend the works of...... Simon Peggs Autobiography, it's mint.
Fave movie or TV show of all time?
The Shawshank Redemption because it's very moving and my life is much like Andrew Dufraine. My domestic life is much like that prison.
Which football team do you support?
Manchester City is supported by 4/5 of the members, my favourite match was when we beat QPR and won the title last season, it was brilliant, my favourite player is city legend Pele. Josh supports Liverpool and his favourite player is Diego Marradonna and he's never been to a match
And finally we're all about the live sweaty gigs - final chance to say why we should check you out live?
We put a LOT of energy into our live performances, we're not the best live band in the world. James shouts 'yeah we are' from behind me at this point. And we do have our mess ups on stage, however if you want to see a band that throws themselves around the smallest of stages when theres an audience of 10 people or 100. Then come and check us out, also we're passionate and have emotional instrumentals and the vocals to match so kids will like us!
And if we want to know more whats your facebook / twitter addresses?
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dyldmanc like that because you just should, we don't post much on twitter but follow us anyway @dyldmusic!
Thanks and goodnight.
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