WAKE – Band of the Month May 2015 – INTERVIEW


Our first two piece act for Band of the Month and they’re a little bit awesome this pair! They impressed me when I first saw them back in September last year and I noted that they’d be one to watch. They then totally won me over at the Lone Wolf Promotions party in January. I was genuinely astonished with how much they’ve progressed in such a short time frame. They’re gaining quite a few good support slots. Show by show they seem to get better and better.

I caught up with Jack and Joseph for a chat…

For those who don’t already know can you give us an introduction- who are you, where are you based?
Two shy bairns hoping to make a racket based in Newcastle. – Joseph

Couple of lads, couple of instruments just having a class time. – Jack

What got you started out as a band?
We’ve been in bands together since we started high school, playing different genres as our tastes changed with age. Now I think we’ve found our comfort zone. – Joseph

I had been playing drums for a while and needed a band so messaged my mate asking for a jam and he took me to Joseph’s garage… It went down to just me and Joseph playing covers from Band of Skulls to The Beatles in his garage ‘til we found a vocalist/guitarist and bassist… That ended and it ended up just me and Joseph again; it always ended up being just us again so we stopped trying to find other members and started a two piece. – Jack

WAKE - Think Tank April 2015

WAKE – Think Tank April 2015

How would you describe your music to people?
We try and push our sound to be as loud as possible, and if that doesn’t set off alarm bells I don’t know what does. – Joseph

I would say our sound’s just garage/grunge… Like if Nirvana and Bass Drum Of Death had a kid or something, not really sure…

We’re quite a new band so over the space of around a year our sound has actually changed quite a bit… Our sound’s a lot beefier than it used to be. – Jack

Two piece bands seem to be a bit of a trend at the moment, what sets you aside from the rest?
With two pieces being in trend at the minute it’s hard not to be compared to the bands that have made it big in the past. We try and set ourselves apart from them as much as we can; with what little we have we exaggerate.  – Joseph

Our live shows. If you come to see us live you’ll get an ear full of noise and we go quite wild… There’s a lot of two pieces at the moment, but apart from Drenge, all the others have quite a different sound to us, for example The Black Keys are much more blues whereas we’re straight up 90’s style grunge. Come to our live shows and you can judge for yourself if we’re different to other duos. – Jack

Who is the biggest influence for the band?
We’re gonna have different on this because with being a two piece it gets very personal. I draw lots of influence from artists like Sonic Youth, The Kills and Captain Beefheart – not necessarily always from a musical point of view. I’m a big fan of wearing a trout as a mask. – Joseph

For me I would have to say Nirvana and very early Foo Fighters especially… Both of my favourite bands. To be honest, Dave Grohl’s drumming alone is my biggest influence. – Jack

Why your band name? Any rejected names?
Plenty of rejected names over the years! – Joseph

It took us way too long to come up with the simplest name ever. We were in old bands together which obviously had names but as a two piece we were never really happy with names we had. I remember how we got “WAKE”… I was eating something probably and Joseph messaged me saying he just watched an episode of Desperate Housewives and the word “Wake” stood out to him and by that point I was sick of hearing about new names, so I agreed to it, but after a couple of weeks it grew on me massively. – Jack

What was the pivotal thing that got you into music?
I just kinda fell into it, I wanted to be able to play along to the records I’d listen to. – Joseph

I grew up with a dad that played bass and a brother that played guitar so I was sort of raised into it… My brother is probably the one that made me properly want to be a musician ‘cause I always used to be around him while he played. My dad got me my first drum kit when I was around 8 or something and it just started from there really. – Jack

First record you ever bought?
‘The John Lennon Collection’ compilation LP for a quid. – Joseph

I can’t remember properly, but the first one I remember buying was actually from Joseph’s old Tynemouth Market stall… The Beatles – Twist & Shout 7” for £2 I think… That same day he sold me a Pixies – Bossanova cassette tape.

WAKE - Think Tank April 2015

WAKE – Think Tank April 2015

The album that you’ve played to death?
Safe As Milk – Captain Beefheart or Red Medicine – Fugazi. – Joseph

Foo Fighters first self-titled album. It’s amazing; filthy guitars/bass and massive drums/vocals. Not to mention it’s all Dave Grohl. Also Bass Drum Of Death – GB City. Unreal album. – Jack

If you could be in any band, past or present who would it be?
Thurston Moore’s band, I feel like we would get along and make jokes about ‘the good old days’. – Joseph

Wake! (laughs)… probably Foo Fighters… It’s every musicians dream to play in their favourite band! – Jack

If you could play anywhere with any support bands of your choice, what would be your ‘dream’ show?
It would be amazing to play a show with someone theatrical like The Flaming Lips. My dream is to share a stage with Alison Mosshart though… sorry Jack. – Joseph

I’d love to support a lot of people… Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bass Drum Of Death, Drenge, Tigercub, The Vines, Mac DeMarco… I would also like any of them to support us obviously!

Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Wake looks good to me… – Jack

Best gig memories? and biggest disaster?
I always feel like a gig being successful is based on how the sound guy treats you during soundcheck. If they don’t question you too much and are patient, everyone is happy. – Joseph

We played with The Wytches which was a big achievement for me personally as I love them… We were offered that the night before the gig itself… Another one was when we played Head Of Steam with Mongeese, Hunting Game and Schultz… It got packed so quickly, that was the first time people were jumping round etc. to our tunes! – Jack

What are your plans for the immediate future and any long term goals?
Long term goals are the same for every band I think, you always dream of being able to put out an album and be picked up. Right now we’re heading into the studio to record a mini EP. – Joseph

What he said. – Jack

Who or what is your top tip for local music?
Who… Go to any Lone Wolf Promotions gig! What… LOVE EACHOTHER – Joseph

Who… There are so many great bands in the Northeast; Sun Dance, Them Things, Kobadelta, Goy Boy McIlroy, Shields, Coquin Migale and Keep Breathing to name a few. Check them all out! Go to their gigs and help each other out! What… Support your scene! Put your own gigs on and go to other bands gigs!

Where can people find out more?
You’ll find everything on these links from awful jokes, gig updates, to new music (IN THE NEAR FUTURE.)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wakeuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wakeupurdead
Instagram: @wakeupurdead
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/wakeuk

Goodbye for now, see you at our shows X X

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