Soph: We’re here supporting Grand Magus, The Vintage Caravan, who are really cool and Asomvel
Where was your last gig?
Soph: Bradford at The Vampire. We headlined a gig up there, with Monolith cult, Pig Witch and Space Witch. That’s a lot of witches!
How would you describe your band to somebody who has never heard you before?
Soph: Heavy…Down-tuned…Female Vocals…Groove…A heavy rock band really.
Dan: It’s pretty difficult to describe your own band. I mean there are lots of buzzwords, “Doom,” “Psychedelic,” things like that
Soph: I think there are so many different styles within Doom, you can’t just call yourself a Doom band really. I suppose that’s what we’re described as most!
What would be your ideal show line-up to play? Anybody you’d love to support?
Soph: Black Sabbath-
Dan: You’ve gone with the most clichéd answer!
Soph: So if Black Sabbath called you up, you’d say: “Oh no, sorry, it’s a cliché! I can’t possibly,” would you?
Dan: No no no of course not. (They laugh.)
Soph: But there are lots, we’ve been really lucky and gotten to play with a lot of the bands who have inspired us. For a show I’d love to play… I’ve been listening to a band called Ahab, on Napalm Records. They are blowing me away at the moment. I’m not sure how we’d fit, but it’d be cool to do a gig with them.
Your next album is going to be with Napalm Records as well isn’t it? Could you tell us a bit more about that?
Soph: We’ve pretty much written it, haven’t we?
Dan: Yep, apart from one track. But that’s pretty much done
Soph: It needs to be finished for May, because that’s when we’re recording. I’d say it is sounding heavier than our other albums. There’s more of a theme running through, rather than individual songs. We’ve tried to give it more of a style. It’s a lot more melancholy. We’re tried to create a lot more of an atmosphere with it.
Your Facebook says you’ve been going around for seven years, if you could meet yourselves starting out now, what would you say?
Soph: I’d say, ditch the jeans, ditch the custom band t-shirts and sort your roots out! Haha! No, when we started, we’d got certain ideas of bands in our heads that we wanted to sound like and went out trying to be like them. But as you start to get to know each other, play with each other- (not in that way!!)- you do find your own style. I think we have that now. We don’t try to sound like anybody else. I think I’d have learnt my craft a little bit more before going out there and doing gigs. Made my vocals sound better and learnt the guitar more.
What would be your best tips for somebody who is just starting out in a band?
Dan: Work hard at it. Work your way up. Believe in yourselves, I suppose. Listen to what people say. Never just accept the good stuff because a lot of people know what they’re talking about.
Soph: That’s one thing that used to really get to me. You’d go on Internet forums and you’d read all of these horrible things that people were saying about you. Being a female in a band, it can get really personal. It used to really bother me, but as I’ve gotten older, I realised if I’m enjoying what I’m doing, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks, to a certain extent. You get more comfortable in your skin, so when you do read comments about your abilities, or your looks, or whatever, you don’t pay attention to them.
Dan: There are always going to be differences in opinion.
Soph: You’re not up there to be judged, you should be up there because you’re enjoying it and if people like it along the way it’s even better.
I imagine it’s frustrating that female fronted bands seem to always get judged against other female fronted bands.
Soph: There’s that and a lot of people think of “female fronted” as a genre. To be fair, we were guilty of it when we were starting out. We would describe ourselves as “female fronted doom”. As we went along, we starting thinking “why do we need to point that out?” If people come to our gigs and don’t like the fact that there’s a girl in the band and think “oh, nobody warned us about that!” then that’s their problem isn’t it? You wouldn’t have to point it out if you’re a male fronted band would you? There are so many cool female members in bands at the moment, you feel less pressured into needing to say that anyway now.
Any final words?
Soph: Thanks to everybody for the support The Midlands have been really supportive. Please check out our album when it comes out!