Onto a new run of Bands of the Day with one made up of members from across England. Check out some info about N.E.S.H. and enjoy their latest single which came out last month…
Me (Michael) and Ste are from Liverpool, Annie is from London and Duncan is from Yorkshire.
How did you meet?
Me and Ste met through the internet when I was looking for people to start working on a new project. Following this we met Duncan online and then finally we found Annie through the Uni of Liverpool Band Society.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Two and a half years.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Well the idea is that it does mean something. But it’s not for us to say right now. What do you think it means?
What are your influences?
Absolutely everything. But if you want us to be more specific there is a good mix of influences featuring bands like Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood, Arcane Roots, Foo Fighters and to be honest so many more.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I would say it’s the broad musical influence we have. There are moments you expect and moments you wouldn’t. We try to create songs that hit home straight away but with enough subtlety that you can still appreciate new things listen after listen.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
A lot of the songs are about moments in life. Some are missed opportunities and regrets, some look at internal conflict whilst others are about joyous moments. Then beyond that there are some songs that have more than one theme and it’s all about which way it speaks to you. I try to be diverse with my lyrics and Stephen has provided another perspective in the writing process.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve played a fair few over the last two and a half years and the current focus is taking our live show further afield. Our live show is as raw as can be. We are just us on stage, no gimmicks. There is a lot of energy and a lot of crowd interaction. We just want to create a moment where everyone forgets the world and is up for it.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I like to get up close to the crowd during a show and have been known to invade personal space. At one point I was playing a solo, leaning into someone who proceeded to pour beer down my throat which was fun. Although I’d prefer whiskey next time!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I use an Ernie Ball Musicman JP6 guitar and runs that into a Fractal Ax8. I also use a Line 6 wireless system for my guitar because, as I said, I like to get up close.
Ste uses a PRS SE Custom 24 running into a Line 6 Helix.
Annie uses an Ibanez SR300 and Orange Crush Bass 100 amp.
Duncan uses a Premier APK kit with Paiste Alpha hats, a Meinl Headliner ride, an Istanbul XIST crash and a Zildjian ZXT splash. And most importantly a Pearl cowbell.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We have just released “Memory Fades” which is the first track from our upcoming EP. Along with this we have plenty of gigs lined up and we want as many people as possible to come join us.
What are your plans for 2018?
The rest of 2018 consists of writing new material, getting our EP out there and most importantly playing to as many people as we can. Our main goal is to play gigs further afield and we already have gigs in Southport, St. Helens and Lancaster lined up.
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 any band we are influenced by would be an amazing experience so any of the bands mentioned previously. As for bands to open for us it’s hard to choose really as we have played with some brilliant bands. If we could get bands like Vulture Cult, Last Reserves, Silhouette Empire or a few others involved it would definitely be a gig to remember.
From previous Band of the Day Westmoor: Out of all the things you could have chosen to do, why do you play music?
Because there is no feeling quite like the moment when you play a song you have written and the crowd gets into it. There’s a vibe and a connection that can’t be recreated.
From another 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?
Cup of tea and some biscuits. Brings it all into perspective.
And from King Bison (UK): If you could join any band on stage for one song, who would it be and what track would you play?
Michael – “Metropolis Part 1” by Dream Theater
Ste – “Get the Funk Out” by Extreme
Duncan – “Jubilee Street” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Annie – “Omen” by the Prodigy
Band – “All My Life” by Foo Fighters