Another new band today, this one Recruits from the UK. Their debut EP came out in March and can be purchased on CD via their BigCartel page, or downloaded from iTunes and other sites.
I’ll let the band tell you a bit more about themselves in their own words…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Three of us are from Grimsby and two of us are from Scunthorpe.
How did you meet?
The band first formed in early 2014 out of a few ex-members of another Scunthorpe band including Ben and ex-drummer Adam. The two found Eddie and ex-bassist Keiran before finding Steve Smith as a vocalist from Grimsby. We started practicing around February/ March. Towards the end of May as the band released their debut single “Right Words”, we kicked our drummer out and got Jonno in, who was a good friend of Steve’s. It was around June when we started writing and gigging. We gigged pretty full on for most the year until our bass player left unexpectedly in November. Another one of Steve’s mates replaced him called Steve Heather. And here we are!
How long have you been playing together as a band?
With our current line up – about 8 months.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
Our individual influences come from bands such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Foo Fighters, A Day to Remember.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music probably classes as “pop-rock”. It’s made up of big sounding choruses with catchy vocals and melodic guitars. Its very easy on the ear, I think anyone at any age can listen to the music and enjoy it without thinking its “too loud” or “too pop-y”. I think were unique because of our vocalist’s vocal style, and the way our music complements it.
Your debut EP came out in March. How did you fund it – hard slog or crowd-funding?
We funded all that ourselves from either money from gigs or our own jobs which we have put into the band. It’s only since we’ve started selling the EPs that we’ve made money back!
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Since the band first started playing with our old bassist this time last year, I’d say we’ve played 50 gigs. It just about averages out at a gig a week! Our live shows are maybe different to other bands’. We’re very honest with our own emotions on the stage. We aren’t always jumping around; Sometimes we enjoy it but just like to stand there, play and feel the music and take in the moment, and some days we have lots of energy and will be bouncing around… it all depends on our moods, but we aren’t very consistent in that way! We take it as a positive, we don’t like the idea of faking anything.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Amps wise wise we have an Orange backline, Eddie uses an Ibanez AS53 Artcore semi-acoustic guitar and Ben has a custom guitar made for him by his dad. Our drummer has the new Mapex Saturn series kit, Mapex Armory cymbal and hi-hat stands, a Rock & Whiskey copper hammer head snare and a Mapex Armory double bass pedal.
What is your next priority with the EP now out?
For now we will be trying to push it out there and play it to as many people as possible. The main priority after will be working to rebrand the band ready for our next release which we plan on pushing on a much wider scale! We have some material that we are currently demoing, and we are in talks with a few labels.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done live/on tour?
The most wild night we had was after a day recording in Sheffield. We had a gig the next day so we decided to stay over, we got to this hotel and bought this “penthouse room” because it was the only one big enough for us. We went out that night and invited a load of people back to the room to have a big party – it was an awesome night from what we remember!
If you could be part of any 3-band line-up (as support or headlining) who else would you have on the bill?
It would have to be with Foo Fighters and Linkin Park – two of the biggest rock bands in the world!