Queasy’s debut EP dropped on March 29th. Check this out, then check it out…
How did you meet?
Jack (vocals) and Kane (drums) go way back, and have been friends since primary school. Jack met Solly (guitar) and Alex (bass) at university in Manchester.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The band started sometime around 4 years ago. We’ve had a few personnel changes in that time as we worked on our sound, but we settled on this line-up about a year ago when we started taking things a little more seriously. We believe the dynamics within this unit work really well, and this can be felt with the noise we now make.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
One of the band members ended up having a few too many at a party one time, it all just stuck from there really!
What are your influences?
The easy answer is probably things like System of a Down, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, and a lot of 90s – 2000s alt and funk rock. But I think our current influences are probably broader than the names listed here. For us, good music is good music, irrelevant of the genre.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s a tough one trying to describe the music you make, so we’ll go with this – a blistering sonic mix of genres with rock and funk roots! Admittedly we’ve taken inspiration from the California sound that had already incorporated elements of metal, funk, rap and punk, but we’ve added some Manchester swagger and northern grit.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We don’t have any specific lyrical themes. If we feel a topic deserves to be addressed we’ll take our lead from that.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We have a very high-energy set, full of electrifying rhythms and tasty hooks! You’d have to come to one of our shows to truly experience the mayhem.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We’ve had the usual things like being flashed, body parts and that kind of thing, but having a used tampon thrown at us was pretty unusual!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
For drums Kane uses the Pearl Export EXX 22″ kit and a Tama S.L.P. Black Brass 14” snare, with a Sabian AAX 20” stage ride, Sabian AAX 18” X-plosion crash, a Sabian HHX 18” Stage Crash, and a Yamaha FP9500D foot pedal. Solly has a Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special HH, with the Pau Ferro fretboard in Olympic white, and using Ernie Ball Super Slinky for strings.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We’ve just dropped our debut self-titled EP Queasy, along with music videos for two of the tracks lifted off it. “Jackdaw” and “Play Stupid Games Win Stupid Prizes”. These are all available to purchase from the usual outlets.
What are your plans for 2019?
We’re always adding gig dates to our schedule, and trips around the UK are planned for the immediate future, although we hope to start travelling and gigging abroad soon too. We’re also filming a Live-Lounge set in June, which we’re excited about.
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!
It would be amazing to open for IDLES. They have a super live set and we think we’d warm up the crowd nicely for them. We couldn’t think of anyone better than our good friends and fellow Manchester music scenesters JANE DOE to open the night for us! They’re a cool band, and cool guys too!