Interviews: SOBRIQUET


In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Post-Hardcore band SOBRIQUET from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the 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 went through loads of different band names before finally arriving at Sobriquet, and we settled on it partly because it’s a Mars Volta reference.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

We all love heavy music in loads of different forms, and ‘post-hardcore’ seemed to be the banner that fitted our tastes and the music we were writing best.

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

We all met at uni, and the decision to form a band was made after that.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Ludo: Blur

Tom: The Mars Volta

Michael: Rammstein

James: Protest the Hero

Jake: Periphery  

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Musically speaking, our influences come from a huge variety of stuff across hardcore, alt-rock, Britpop, and post-hardcore. The lyrics can come from all sorts of places. We’ve got a song about the Charlottesville Riots and other songs inspired by purely fictional situations we’ve come up with.

6. Where was your last gig?

The Maze in Nottingham – it’s a lovely venue which is shutting down soon, a real shame. We played with two bands, Clonk and By Design, who are awesome and you should go check them out!

7. Where would you like to act?

We’d love to play Download Festival one day. As a festival that we’ve all been to and formed a large part of our musical upbringing, it would be amazing to get the opportunity to play there.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

The ideal support slot for us would be with bands like Glassjaw or Refused, the iconic post-hardcore bands of the 00s. Although, playing alongside some heavier bands like Converge would be amazing too.

9. Whom not?

The current indie scene today is one that we don’t think we’d ever fit alongside on a bill. All the Oasis clones just don’t reflect any of the musical values we hold as a band in terms of originality and progression, so it would be quite a clash. That’s not to say Oasis are bad though. We actually have a Britpop influence in the band, especially from Ludo, but the scene they’ve spawned is truly awful.

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

I (Tom) certainly have before, it never came naturally how to move about on stage so it took a few shows to really let myself get into the music. It’s definitely a practice makes perfect situation – the more shows you play the easier it is to get up and play.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

TOM: Palm Reader are a continuous source of inspiration for me personally. They’ve been going for a few years now, released three incredible albums but never really got the props they deserved. Finally, they’re beginning to get big opportunities like supporting Glassjaw at Brixton Academy, and it seems that their newest album has been received really well, so it’s really cool to see them keep touring and playing shows and finally getting the credit they’ve earned.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Our fans are amazing, and sometimes the lengths they go to are quite something. It’s cool seeing our shirts being worn around town, but we’ve had one fan fly from Spain to come see us which absolutely blew our minds that someone likes our band that much!

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s amazing to see so much passion for up and coming bands, and giving them the chance to reach new audiences!

15. Something add?

Our new single ‘Eros’ is out now, you can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCdgbXRxLJI 

Come see us at a show soon! Events etc. can be found on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/sobriquetband

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