Tremendous are hardly modest. given the name of the band. Mark from the band explains exactly why they’re happy to blow their own trumpet…
Birmingham, UK. Halesowen, to be exact.
How did you meet?
I’ve known Ryan our bassist since around 2011, as were in a band together around then. David our drummer answered an ad. I believe it might have been on Gumtree.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Not long, I think we started this Jan 2018.
Before you get sick of being asked. where does the band name come from?
It’s from an American comedian that we love named Joey Diaz. It’s sort of his catchphrase. Blame him!
What are your influences?
T. Rex, David Bowie, Slade, Mott The Hoople, The Sweet etc.. way too many to mention. Just honest, hard, thumping 70s glam.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Nothing particularly unique. We’re kind of a throwback band. We wanted to make it look as dated as possible, even a bit corny in parts. If that makes us unique then we are guilty of that for sure.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Not really, just trying to keep it positive, nothing too deep. The world doesn’t need another dark and brooding band.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Believe it or not the 4th April at Dublin Castle, London will be our first show. It all went a bit crazy, we started getting all this attention in magazines, blogs, radio, etc. and we haven’t even done one gig yet. You’ve got to see the humour in it all!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I used to have my hair all jacked up with hairspray. I was doing a show at The Notting Hill Arts Centre in West London about 10 years ago. I was having a cigarette outside and I lit a match and a bit of it shot off and hit my hair. The whole side of it caught fire from the amount of spray I put in it. I burnt my fingers putting it out. All you could smell outside was dodgy 59p hairspray and burnt hair. True story. Good gig though!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Les Paul Custom, Flying V, Marshall and Orange amps.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We have our new single “Open For Closing” coming out 12th April and the show on the 4th April at Dublin Castle Camden, London. Our debut album Relentless will also be released this September.
What are your plans for 2019?
More shows nationwide and all of the above.
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 dunno, maybe supporting The Beatles in 1965 at Shea Stadium? Am I asking too much? Well it’s not a band but to open for us then I’ll have to pick ol’ Joey Diaz!