On a technicality, WRTHLESS aren’t strangers to our pages. In their old incarnation, Miami Monroe, they featured in as couple of live reviews from myself and I was always impressed by them. Since last time (roughly a year ago), they’ve changed their name, reshuffled the line-up and are back with a brand-new, punchy single. Here, they tell us some more…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We’re all from roundabout Glasgow in Scotland.
How did you meet?
Me and Jordan knew each other as kids, we used to play football and what not together. He introduced me to Jonathan when we started writing songs. And Jamie has just clung on to us.
We’ve been playing together now for the best part of 3-4 years. Plenty of practice leading up to WRTHLESS.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
When we were deciding on names we had a few that none of us were particularly in love with. We knew we wanted to jump on the whole SWMRS and WSTR type names. Me and Jordan were in the car talking about names and “Worthless” by Better Days came on. Pure moment of clarity.
What are your influences?
Obviously the big guns like Blink 182, Neck Deep, The Story So Far. We all like different styles of punk and pop punk to an extent so I feel we get a nice blend of bands like Belmont, PUP, State Champs. The list could go on for days.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think we hit a nice blend between traditional late 90s early 00s pop punk, and pop punk music as we know it now. We’ve got songs for the whole fam to dance do.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Sad things, girls, in general the feeling of worthlessness. 99% personal. We write what we feel and what’s true.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
With our old band we played a good handful, even supporting Seaway and WSTR in Glasgow. Been on a few mini tours and weekenders. With this line-up we’ve played 4 shows. As WRTHLESS we ain’t played at all. So you know, low expectations, please.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Me and Jamie seen the Gogol Bordello guy crowd surf on a bass drum? Or when Frank Carter opened for Sum 41? I don’t know.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We use Fender guitars and basses. Me and Jordan use Orange Amps and Jamie uses Mark Bass amps. Jonathan uses Mapex drums and shiny metal cymbals.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are currently promoting our debut single called “Home”. Its available on YouTube and all of your standard online music services. We’ve got the music video coming soon, the artwork for it is really pretty. We would massively appreciate a wee listen!
What are your plans for 2018?
We have another single ready to be released and an idea for a video for it. Hopefully playing shows and going on some more tours. We’re booked into the studio to make more music. Personally I’d like to hit up London and play there but we’ll see how things go!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
I think we would put on a great show with a fantastic band called Better Days! We toured with them around a year ago [review here of the Glasgow gig – Ross] and ever since they’ve really helped us out a lot. Other bands I would put on that bill would be a band from Motherwell called Part Time Heroes who are fantastic. If I could squeeze 4 bands in I would stick Parallel Lights in there as well. That would be a seriously sick show. SHAMELESS PLUG! It is and it’s happening. 24th of April in Ivory Blacks. Tickets on our Big Cartel.
From previous BotD, Cinders: what is the craziest thing you have had to do on stage to fill time?
All our stage filling time revolves around us trying to be and thinking we’re well funny, when we’re just not.
From previous BotD, The Crawling: being in a band can be as much of curse as a source of enjoyment and satisfaction. What keeps you going when things get tough?
The feeling of companionship and camaraderie. The buzz when your writing a song and things kind of fall in place and everyone’s there to witness it. Playing live obviously, that’s why we all do it. Inciting a reaction out of other people and within our wee group is a pretty great thing.
From previous BotD, Kanadia: do you ever doubt the decision to become a musician?
All the time when I check my bank balance. Every. Damn. Time.