A bit closer to home today as we travel to the Granite City courtesy of Eddie Flinn, front man for Tradmrkd…
We are from Aberdeen in the north east of Scotland. Literally far away from everything and everyone.
How did you meet?
The band consists of: James Riddoch our drummer, Finlay Cardno slappin’ da Bass, Corey Finnie on the lead guitar and myself pretending to play guitar and trying to sing. Originally, it was Finlay and myself who created the band many years ago. It was just a fun thing we did with mates we never really had any ambition to anything with the band. Mainly because we didn’t sound great. We decided in 2018 to try something with the band so we enlisted the help of Corey and James. Corey was a year above us at school and had some mutual friends and James was at college with Finlay.
How long have you been playing as a band?
This line up has been together since the end of 2018 so a year and half we have been playing together. Finlay and I have been in the band for about 6 years now.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Honestly, for the amount of times I’ve been asked about the name of the band I should have created a fun story and meaning behind the name. There isn’t one! We originally had the name Trademark but it turns out an orchestral band already. So, we just added an “…ed” at the end. So original! But Trademarked looked to long. Taking away the vowels seemed hip and cool to us. Sad I know. The name sticked and unless we get told to change it, it won’t be going anywhere.
What are your influences?
As a band we were influenced by the likes of: Green Day, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, The Smiths, Buzzcocks, Ramones. Literally any vintage band, we probs have ripped them off!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
The best way to describe our current sound is definitely 90s Green Day. We get told this a lot by people talking to us after gigs. Its not all Green Day we have our own twist on pop punk. You will just have to go to our soundcloud and check it out for yourself.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
I have always loved Kurt Cobain’s style of randomness and oxymorons. I like to give the reins to the listener on deciding what our songs are about.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Currently we have only played a hand full of shows. We began gigging at the tail end of 2019. We had many shows lined up for 2020 but unfortunately due to these unforeseen circumstances we see ourselves in right now, we are in doubt what the future has in hold for us but we are optimistic.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
There hasn’t been many people at our shows so I was unable to go wild at all. I honestly can’t think if there is anything wild I’ve seen. Sounds pretty boring on my part!!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I play between a Les Paul Jr and a Fender player Strat. I know generic but I love the rock sound of the Les Paul P90 and I am a sucker for a Stratocaster. Amp-wise I just use a standard Fender amp.
What are your plans for 2020?
Some exciting projects are in the works for 2020. However, they are all very dependent on circumstances that are out with our control. To stay updated on what we are up to, like our Facebook page. That is where we post our updates.
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!
Ooooh… that is a good question. I would say, opening would be our friends Altered. Awesome band, should defo go check em out. And the band to headline? The Ramones. Definitely.