Grunge rockers Third Angle Projection have been on my local scene for a few years now and I endeavour to catch them live as often as I can. With their no-frills garage band style performance, you know exactly what you’re getting at one of their shows. You can read my latest live review here.
2016 saw them gigging back to back following a recording session in Germany during the summer. I caught up with Arron Tipper (vocals/guitar), Dean Tipper (bass) and newest member Charlie Brotherton (drums) to find out a little more about the band and what plans they have for this year.
Simple things first, where are you guys from?
We’re from Burntwood and Cannock, Staffordshire.
How did you all meet?
Myself (Arron) and Dean are brothers. We met Charlie when he was auditioning as a drummer. A week later we had our first gig together!
How long have you been playing as a band?
Around fifteen years, and playing live for about ten years.
Before you get sick of being asked, where does the band name come from?
The name is actually an engineering term. Me and Dean used to work in a factory and it’s a diagram we used to set the machines. That place is also responsible for a lot of our songs, I was so bored at work I used to start writing. It’s probably okay to say that now as they went bankrupt a while after we left.
Who are your main influences?
We have many, the ones who shine through most are Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers and early R.E.M.
Describe your music, what makes you unique?
We are a three-piece rock band, but also do a lot of acoustic stuff with different instruments such as the cello. Our studio recordings are very similar to what you hear when you see us live, we like to keep things real.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Not as such, just life experiences. Love, hate, loss, anger, confusion, realisation. Life lessons.
What are your live shows like? How many have you played?
Lively! Energetic and unpredictable. We’ve played over one hundred gigs.
What’s the wildest thing that happened at one of your live shows?
I (Arron) nearly had my face taken off by Dean’s bass at one of our first ever gigs. He smashed it to bits, and came really close to smashing me.
What gear do you use?
A: Fender Jazzmaster, Firebird and Washburn. Amp is Line 6
D: Fender Jaguar/precision bass through an Ashdown MAG
C: Premier 1980’s APK kit
What are your plans for 2017?
We hope to have a new EP out within the next six months so loads of gigging and music videos. We’re also looking at doing a tour in Germany this year; that would be great.
If you were second on a three-band bill, who would you support? And who would you have open for you?
We would love to support The Manics or Seether and we would have Deny All Robots open for us.
Images with kind permission from Third Angle Projection. Live shot by Rachel Hasnip.