We live in the information age where people are glued to their Black Mirror that is there phones and we have all the information we will ever need at our finger tips even with this said artists of all types still struggle to get their names out there. Here at Underground Sound we figured out that unless you’re a true music fan that’s actively looking for new music it’s hard to both come across new acts and for new acts to truly make their mark in the industry.
That’s where we step in with our love & knowledge of Music/Arts/Culture we do the digging for you and bring them to you.
Today I’m in a alternative rock mood so I go for a dig and come across a newly formed four piece band coming out of Nottingham (UK) Silkrats so we got in contact with them to ask a few questions and give them some Spotlight outside of the UK.
Firstly, thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourselves.
“The three of us lads have been mates since we were kids and used to be in a band together as teenagers. We’ve grown up quite a bit since then and decided to give it another shot last year. After dusting off the cobwebs we brought in Luna on vocals to complete the line up in the summer of last year.”
Partners in Crime is your first single. Would you like to tell us a little bit about that?
“It’s literally the first one we got recorded! It’s the one we all love out of this first batch of songs we’ve written. We felt it had a great hook, so it made sense to get that one out first.”
When did the band form?
“Officially around Christmas 2017. Luna joined in Summer 2018.”
You seem new to the scene. Have any of you had success in any other bands?
“Not really much success, no! Adam had a few songs played on local radio a few years ago, but nothing we’d call a “real” success.”
Do you plan on playing a lot of shows in 2019 or concentrating on making more music?
“We’re concentrating heavily on both. Being a new band means we have a lot of points to prove! After all, playing live is the reason we do this, most musicians would probably say the same. Writing and recording are a different beast, but are equally enjoyable for different reasons.”
You seem to have an older feel to your music would I be correct in saying this?
“We would say that’s fair. A lot of our influences are older bands. We probably get that tag because we’re neither indie nor metal. They’re the most common types of band on the scene at the moment, anything that’s neither just seems to get labelled as ‘classic rock’, or ‘dad rock’, which we think is slightly unfair. We just like to think of ourselves as a rock ‘n’ roll band.”
Where do you draw your inspirations from?
“All four of us have very different influences. From Mark Lanegan and Alison Mossheart (The Kills), to Black Sabbath, Status Quo, Northlane and The Growlers. It’s so fucking varied. We have plenty of arguments, put it that way”!!
What are your thoughts on today’s music?
“It’s been the same since the ‘80s. A shit-tonne of money making, throwaway pop-stars and pop songs with very little authenticity. In some ways it’s very sad, but in others it’s not changed that much – there’s always been a fight between money and art. There are a lot of genuinely fantastic bands and artists out there not getting the airtime or respect they deserve because they never get their time in the mainstream. Frank Zappa summed it up nicely in a YouTube video I saw recently.”
How do you see the scene in Nottingham?
“Generally, it’s pretty good. We’re losing venues all over the place though, and that’s the same UK wide. Like all scenes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Hopefully that will change one day.”
Anything more you would like to add?
“Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!”
Words by:Ian Hinksman