Headline Act – No Worth of Man

Single out now, new video on the first of March, and an EP to follow… Find out more about rockers No Worth Of Man as they plough through a trio of releases!

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Hi, thanks for talking to us! We are from the Fleet/Farnborough area of Hampshire.

How did you meet?

Gareth: Peter and I knew each other prior to this band, as we had played in other bands together, and hung out as friends. Peter is a guitarist by trade, so this is the first band he has fronted. We met Al, while auditioning for a 2nd Guitarist in our first ‘proper’ band.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We have been playing in this line up since 2016, but as mentioned we did play in a previous band together.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Peter: Gareth (our drummer) came up with “Worth of Man” and I then suggested to add

“No” to the beginning to make it sound a bit darker.

Gareth: It doesn’t mean anything, it just sounded different. Coincidentally it now fits with our image. 3 vampire hunters, set in the backdrop of 80’s Miami. We thought that sounded cool as an image so ran with it.

What are your influences?

Are influences are pretty broad in terms of musical taste. We listen to a lot of different music but try not to actively drive our music in one direction or emulate one style. We are influenced by Black Metal, Death Metal, Rock, Prog, Classical, 70’s Rock, a bit of everything really.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Gareth: I think the one major thing that makes us stand out, is the fact we are a 3-piece but only two members play an instrument. We are always told that we sound much bigger and heavier than the set up would have you believe.

Alex: Yeah, everything you hear on the recording is a direct representation of what we recreate live. We try to stay true to form in this, so not to heavily rely on backing tracks, which other artists may have to do. As a 3 piece, it has created challenges along the way, but we have managed to overcome them by utilising technology to assist. But ultimately, what you hear both on the record and live, is being produced by the band in real time. We want to write for ourselves, we are not in an arms race to be heavier than the next, we just want to be happy with our own product.

Peter: for me, I think it’s the influences that we draw from because we don’t tend to listen to much modern heavy music, all of our influences are predominantly rooted in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s so because of that, we don’t feel the pressure to keep up with the latest zeitgeist trends in metal, we just write what we want to hear.

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Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Peter: For me music is one of the ultimate forms of escapism, so I have never felt the desire to draw from real world events or experiences, all of my lyrical ideas come from a place of fiction.

Gareth: Exactly! Like you have said, there is so much going on in the world and a lot of it is negative, so we don’t feel the need to highlight any of this in the music, no political agenda of any kind, just pure entertainment.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Energetic in a word and colourful. As the image is Vampire hunters set in an 80’s Miami, we bring the neon colours into the shows. It also goes against what is typically “Metal”. In a world of predominately black, we are the light! Currently, I think we would say we have played at least 50 shows

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

We played a show in Colchester one time, and the crowd was crazy. They were swinging from the lighting rigs, literally! Pete ended up doing the sound for the main support, as the sound engineer was playing in that band haha – And a guy through his sweaty T-shirt at my face mid set. I am just glad it was his T-shirt!

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Gareth: I use Mapex Drums, DW Pedals and Hi-hat, with a Pearl rack and Meinl/Zylidjian Cymbals. I also use Alesis Strike Pad for samples and a Roland TM2 to trigger my bass drum

Peter: I use a shure SM58 wireless microphone.

Alex: I use 2 Fractal Axe FX live. Mainly because they’re reliable and consistent and run clean when using a/b switches, which we do for our bass signal. I usually use a modded Chapman ML modern baritone guitar but have recently switched to a Jackson X series soloist which I’m liking.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We released a single in December off our new EP, What’s Your Damage?’ It’s called “Mondo Decay” and has a video to accompany it [see below – Mosh]. We have a new single being released on 01/03/24 with a lyric video, the track is called “An Unpaintable Soul” and the full EP will be released 08/03/24, so we are looking forward to that.

What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?

We are currently recording a new single, which again will be mixed and mastered by Fredrick, and we will also be doing a music video for that as well. We will continue to play gigs and get the sound as far and wide as we can.

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!

Peter: I’d love to be supporting someone like Mastodon or maybe Devin Townsend. As for an opener, I’d like it to be a local band called Gutlocker as they are all very cool dudes and play an awesome Pantera-esque kind of groove metal.

Gareth: For me, the headline would have to be Lamb of God and the opener would need to be Troll Mother. They are a 2 piece, but bring so much energy, plus we have toured with them before, and it was awesome, such cool guys.

Alex: Its a long shot but I would love to support meshuggah, I’ve always loved there live light show and how tight they play, I would just be in awe if we ever got an opportunity to play with them. As for opening for us, our friends at aAnd? are a great bunch and great to see live.

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