Back on home turf today with a band from Nottingham. Dean and Kyle of The Outlines take on our questions…
Dean: We’re from a small ex mining town in Nottingham called Warsop
How did you meet?
Kyle: we all went to the same school and played in different bands on the local gig circuit
How long have you been playing as a band?
Kyle: just over 4 years now .
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Dean: We were in the studio recording everything we had put together for our 1st album The Streets Of England. Because we had put so much effort into the songs, we overlooked the band’s name and the release was in a matter of weeks. On the last night of recording driving home we started brainstorming for a band name, whatever came to mind we just called out! After about 5 minutes Martyn said “out of time, out the box, out of place, out of mined, outsiders, out of line; The Outlines” we all just went quiet and sat on it for a moment. It seemed to ring true, so there and then we called ourselves The Outlines. It was the cherry on the cake!
What are your influences?
Kyle: I think one of the goals for The Outlines is to do things differently. We don’t want to sound like a traditional punk rock band, we like to experiment and see what walls we can break down and what essence we can bring to the genre without it sounding like fusion. We’re influenced by all music but to name our top picks it would have to be The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and Green Day.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Kyle: I think with The Outlines the main thing that has to stand out from all other bands are the lyrics. It is sort of a metaphysical reality, with idiomatic phrasing that sets a scene and tells a story that’s more relevant to the world we’re living in. We back this with a ‘70s punk rock’ vibe, just pure energy!
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Kyle: We dot about, but delusion seems to be something we gravitate towards!
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Kyle: We haven’t been keeping count! We’ve probably played about 150 gigs; our headlines are always something special, everyone just jumping from start to finish for an hour. It’s not a bad work out!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Kyle: When Matt from The Bronx climbed up the post holding the marquee up at Leeds Festival and did a backflip- insane !!!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Martyn: I use a White Sterling by Music Man Stingray34 and an Orange Terror stack.
Dean: My weapon of choice is a Mapex Mars kit in bonewood with Sabian cymbals!
Kyle: I’m using a 90s Limited edition white Gibson SG with a Mesa Boogie mark v amp with Zilla cabs.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Martyn: We’re currently promoting our latest EP House Of Thieves due to be released on the 28th February 2020.
What are your plans for 2020?
Martyn: We’re going to throw an EP party in Nottingham for the release, as well as putting out some really cool music videos. At the moment we’re looking in to booking a tour of the UK early next year.
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!
Dean: I think it would be awesome to support Slaves, we see a lot of our fans rocking their T-shirts. The perfect gig would be supporting them at rock city. I would really love to play to their fans- I think we would go down really well!
Kyle: Yeah, and the opening band would have to be my old band Ferocious Dog. They’ve done nothing but support us from the day I left. They’ve sold out Rock City a few times but even so it would have to be them on this line up.