One night in Hackney I heard a band make some sweet heavy rock music for my ears. They are Gender Roles and we have asked them a few questions…
Jordan: A woods in the north aka Warrington.
We collectively live in Brighton though.
How would you describe the music scene in your hometown?
I think we’ve all had similar experiences with hometown scenes. It’s great at the time because it’s all your mates playing which is super fun but overall in the grand scheme of things, probably not as good as other places in the UK.
Before you get sick of answering this question, where does the name Gender Roles come from?
A friend of ours thought of it and it stuck with us.
How did you guys meet?
We met on Pride weekend at Jordan’s house party and got really done in.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s loud rock music. Nothing really too unique, maybe we should get a violin playing like Yellowcard or something?
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
I (Tom) haven’t used specific themes before but the album we’re working on has a theme running throughout (but you’ll have to wait for that!).
If you could describe your music in the form of a fictional character, who would it be?
It’s like imagine Donkey had a good sit down with Shrek and they both came to the conclusion there was no point them both going on all these crazy adventures, so they fused into one being by osmosis in the swamp, then smoked a fat one and had a burrito.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I dunno to be honest. I did see someone crowd surfing whilst holding a dildo at a show we played in a bagel shop in Bristol. That’s pretty wild, right?
Craziest thing I’ve seen is Animals As Leaders play a set, that was wild a.f.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I’ve only really ever had one proper guitar which is my Strat (I tried looking up the cool year serial number stuff, but I got confused, it looks old though).
Drums – we use a few different kits depending on where we are but at the minute it’s a Gretsch Club Mod 20” (but I know that Lilford is dying for a big bass drum if anyone wants to hook us up… please).
Jared’s currently slapping a bass. Well, definitely sounds like a bass anyway.
Who came up with the idea for the cover artwork for your latest EP, Lazer Rush?
We all agreed on the final idea, but I (Tom) drew it. I try and do as much of our stuff as possible like the merch and posters etc.
I absolutely love your tune, “Plastic”. What is the song about?
Thank you! You’re very kind. It’s about a few things really, but I guess the main theme of it is an obsession.
Having seen you perform live at the Hackney all-dayer, I’m looking forward to seeing you once again. What are your plans for the rest of 2018 and the start of 2019?
For the rest of 2018, we’re gonna eat the leftovers from the festive period and get back into album preparation! 2019 is already looking to be a busy one but you can expect new tunes, new videos and tours wherever/whenever we can.
If you oversee your own festival, what would you call it? Also, you get to choose three bands to perform with, who would they be? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before.
We have a couple of questions from previous BOTD partakers.
Thunder on the Left asked – If you punch yourself and it really hurts, does that make you strong or weak?
Neither. It makes you an idiot. Punch your mate instead and then tell them they’re an idiot for letting you do it.
And another from The Grizzled Mighty – If you only had four pounds, what would you spend it on?
Food for Jared because he always needs snacks.