Interviews: THC Dreams

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In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Emo/Punk band THC Dreams 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? 


During college, tamlin's House was party House. At the peak of one particularly messy night, a friend of ours pulled out a permanent marker and pink spray can and proceeded to unleash his imagination and current emotional state on tamlin's bedroom wall. This took the form of a self portrait blowing a cloud of smoke. Emblazened in the cloud was "THC Dreams". We thought it was so cool we had to start a band

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

From the first jam we actually intended to start a shoegaze band. It just happens that being sad, not being able to afford pedals and having grown up with kerrang kind of naturally pushes you towards emo. In a way some of that original intention is evident in our music now, 4 years on. The gain is still racked up to 11, we've deafened ourselves with the constant need to be louder and tamlins bass is as obnoxiously bassy as ever. 

But with emo, we love the variety of it. You can go from the sleepy jazz of American Football to the epitome of sadness with Old Grey, the catchy hooks of Modern Baseball to the show off riffing of Tiny Moving Parts. We try to incorporate elements from all the bands we love in our sound but always have an original take on it. 

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

Tamlin and Sam met as awkward 14 year old metal heads, both playing at the same gig with their first bands. Those bands disbanded and they lost touch until college, where, as luck would have it, all of THC Dreams decided to go and mispend their formative years. 

Tom and tamlin met the first day of college, having been introduced by the friend responsible for the famed THC Dreams name. Finding out they both played instruments and liked the same music, college days were often spent bunking off and jamming. 

Nick and Sam were in the same college music class so would often play together. 

For tamlin and nick, despite living a few streets from each other growing up, and both playing in similar bands from a young age, they didn't formally meet until the band started. They ended up living together. 

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Tamlin's (bass, speeches) is Mccafferty. Tom's (guitar) is Idles. Nicks (vocals, guitar) is Johnny Foreigner. Sam's (drums) is Trivium... 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

We want to write the best songs possible, because we've had a taste of the world of work. It kinda sucks. After we came off our first tour, we decided playing music was the life for us. The first day back, we all went part time in our jobs to focus more time on the band. 

Nick and tamlin tend to write they're lyrics as an outlet. So mainly about girls, booze and daddy issues. There's a cathartic release in playing these deeply personal songs live, and seeing the emotional response they get. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

We played in Manchester in October. Big up Counter Cult records for putting us on and being so good to us over the years. 

7. Where would you like to play? 

We're not too fussed where we play. As long as we're playing loud to a great crowd, we're happy. Although, playing abroad would be amazing. It would be a chance for a little holiday and to experience the differences in the music scene in other countries. 

8. Who would you like to support? 

Supporting Idles would be amazing, mainly for the free ticket to their show! 

9. Who not? 

We're not too bothered who we support. As long as they're sound people and up for a good time, we're happy. 

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



Excessive alcohol does the trick. Though Nick did once get told to imagine himself as a Zulu king, and he's been great ever since. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

Musically, the bands we all bonded over have had a massive impact on us. Listening to artists like modern baseball, turnover and Johnny foreigner as we started the band and became friends definitely inspired us to play and write. 

When we supported Yr Poetry, they had a story throughout their set, with bits of narration in between songs. That made us think more about our live show beyond just being nuts on stage. 

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

At the end of one our gigs at The Fleece in Bristol, Tom, the guitarist, smashed up his telecaster on stage. It was probably the most punk thing any of us have done. A fan took all the pieces home. 

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Our fans have always been really supportive of us. There's not many feelings better than hearing the crowd sing along to lyrics you wrote. 

14. What do you think of our site?

Having a platform for up and coming bands to showcase they're tunes and what they're about is massively helpful for the scenes. Having such a wide varieties of subgenres is helpful too. Next time we need to find some new music, we'll definitely be using Breathing The Core.

15. Something to add?

THC Dreams' latest single "All My Friends" will be released with a video online on 11/1/19.

The track was written by Nick after a slight hiatus from the band, during a dark period of mixed up priorities and work. The track features elements of THC Dreams' classic emo punk style but updated for a new era with a more danceable vibe. A few weeks prior to entering the studio, the band received news that a friend had passed away by overdose. The theme of the song, that adulthood drives you apart from the ones you love, and the coping mechanisms we create for it, became more pertinent, and to tell the story right even
more important.

We are embarking on our latest UK tour with 2 of scotland's finest up and coming bands Take Today and Wrthless, in January 2019. If you live near Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham or Bristol, come on down for a night of emo bangers and debauchery!

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