Interviews: Siblings Of Us

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In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Synthwave band Siblings Of Us from UK. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

We had been drinking (as we do) to finally get a band name down. A long theory of ours is that if you want to propose a name to your band mates, rather than tell them, write it down and let them read it. This way they get their own perspective of how it sounds and looks so they can really visualise it in big lights. Myself (Fonzy) and Zack met about 11 years ago now and we do consider ourselves brothers, music made that bond tighter so Siblings Of Us made sense.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

We started with inspirations from the 80’s decade mixed with modern pop such as Foster The People, Metric and Empire Of The Sun. We played this particular genre for the first two years before deciding we had to mix it up from our roots of metal and punk. We feel like this genre is made up. Alt Wave is taking that Synthwave influence and adapting prog riffs, thought out time signatures, and high pitched vocals, we believe this is our sound and our sound alone which makes us want to play it going forward with that unique mind set.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Ellie (drums) We only just met this year after deciding we needed live drums in the set. She actually wasn’t interested in joining when originally shown the material. After getting to know each other better and telling her the new direction we were taking the band she joined forces with us. Myself and Zack have known each other over a decade, we were in a ska punk band before and it took us a long time to decide this is what we wanted to do

4. Each band member favourite band?

It’s way to hard to narrow it down, but if we pick one from today’s taste, Ellie’s would be Halestorm, Zack’s would be Metric and Fonzy’s is dabbling into Pixies.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

The songs never have a specific subject matter, we want the lyrics to be meaningful with the person listening and taking in every word. We take political issues as well as made up characters and reflect the music to re-create the dynamics of the feeling of the story. Our music is never on the nose, it’s always very vague but the message is strong and meaningful. The synths are glitchy and atmospheric along with heavy guitar that contrasts so beautifully.

6. Where was your last gig?

We last played as a two piece in The Mothers Ruin Bristol. We are yet to play any public shows with Ellie until the tour starts in September, it sounds great behind the scenes at least.

7. Where would you like to play?

We have always wanted to do the US and Canada - there is definitely more of a demand for our specific style out there. But with the laws being as strict as they are, I think it will be a little while.

8. Who would you like to support?

Bands we would like to support in reality would be the biggest genre clash of all time and just wouldn’t work, like Tame Impala, Foster The People. But we would definitely be in the means to support The Mars Volta, Pixies and Marmozets.

9. Who not?

Who would we not like to support? Hell we would support most bands, we aren’t too proud, Zack wouldn’t want to play with Fall Out Boy for reasons still unknown. If asked to support You me at Six, I would definitely say shove it after some horrible memories of them, but it was a long time ago so maybe they have grown up as he has.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Stage fright has never been a problem for us, I think the copious amounts of Dutch courage means we have never felt the real feelings of a nervous artist. We get more nervous about our equipment malfunctioning as there is a lot of it. We say fear is what you make of it, it’s great to feel nervous and you should let it drive you, once you get through the first song or two you find your feet and you can’t leave. Zack (synths) tends to get it now and then, so his advice would be don’t be afraid to be afraid, it’s what makes you human and those feelings are priceless.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, The Mars Volta, My Chemical Romance, Alexisonfire, Pixies, You Love Her Coz She’s Dead, Rolo Tomassi, Crystal Castles, Caribou, Electric Youth,

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

We have had a very sensible fan base so far fingers crossed. Fonzy’s previous bands has had more crazies. Very boring I’m afraid.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They are a very spread demographic which is a refreshing change to only appealing to kids who heard that one song, and now have all your merchandise and hopes to one day marry you with or without your blessing. We are very lucky to have such great people in our lives support us, not for a trend but because they actually like the music. Thank you to everyone who has helped us on this journey so far. We love you.

14. What do you think of our site?

The platform is an amazing, honest way to give aspiring bands a chance to get their talents out. A lot of sites only tend to focus on a signed and popular material where there are so many bands who haven’t been heard that would give most of them including us a run for their money. Keep doing what you do best guys.

15. Something to add?

We are on tour for 21 dates from 6th September, we would love to see faces new and old just to have a beer with.

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