Sarah recently caught up with guitarist Paw from Danish up and comers Bite the Bullet after being wowed by them in Estepona and in advance of the release of their third studio album. Here is how it went:
Tell me a bit about how you met and when you formed the band.
Me (Paw) and Christian started playing together 20 years ago. We’ve done cover bands, been hired guns, released our own material. Then five years ago we decided to form a band where we could challenge ourselves the most and where the attitude and approach to writing, playing live, working with all the things we like and believe in, was serious, without bullshit and poor excuses. Our singer Thomas was working with another band at the time but we begged and pleaded for him to join us as we felt he had everything we were looking for in a front man. He agreed and now we’re three albums deep.
Who are your musical influences?
We are influenced by music that hits us in the stomach, tickles our brain and makes us wanna dance our asses off! There is plenty of good stuff out there, people we find inspiring as musicians, troublemakers, people kicking against the pricks, and we have listened to the great ones all of our lives – Dylan, Cohen, Young, Bowie and the list goes on and on.
With so many genres and sub-genres out there, how would you describe your own music?
We still use fuzz rock as a description, but we’re moving away from a more garage rock sound to where anything goes if we think it makes the song stronger. We like to call it “thunderpop”.
Where do you find inspiration for songwriting?
Everywhere – while meeting new people, reacting to challenges of life, being a part of a bigger picture, grocery shopping, trying to sleep, trying to stay awake, trying to do better, and just trying.
What encouraged you to tour Spain at the latter end of last year?
Good food, wine and people is always a nice encouragement, but we wanted to see if what we do could connect with people in Spain, and we felt it did! We met a guy who was able to plan out the whole tour for us and take care of the bookings, transport etc. which was a huge help and we had a really great reception in all the towns we played.
What music is being played the most on the tour bus?
Right now it’s a mixture of Tame Impala, Temples, Beach House, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Do you have plans for a UK tour?
Not yet, but we’d love to. Of course the UK is on the list of rock countries we want to dance and sweat in!
I know you have a new album on the horizon. When is it released and what are your plans for the rest of 2017?
It’s released toward the end of March and for the rest of 2017 we’ ll continue to tour and go to Portugal, Spain, Germany and as many places we can go to.
Can Be Anything is released on 24th March (look out for our review)