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Interviews: Sweet Ignitions

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band Sweet Ignitions from 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?

You know how it is with band names, you try and come up with something no one else is using and that everyone likes enough. That said, there was a definite feeling of something explosive starting when we got together, so it makes a lot of sense. Everything fell into place really quickly as soon as we began playing. It was an explosive reaction, so Sweet Ignitions fits pretty well.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

It’s the kind of music we all grew up loving. Heavy and fuzzy but with melodies you can hum in the shower.

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

Matt and Lino had been in a band called Ruby Cruiser previously. They put out an album on One Little Indian but, as so often happens in this business, bad luck and bad timing saw things fall apart prematurely. They both pretty much gave up on music until they found themselves living back in their home town of Abergavenny and started writing songs. I’d known them both for years and had been playing bass in a few different bands. Heard the early demos, loved them and jumped aboard. Ty was the final piece of the puzzle. After trying out drummers of variable quality from all over the place, we found the perfect one living just a few miles away. It felt like fate.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Lino – Queens of the Stone Age

Ty – Foo Fighters

Huw – Faith No More

Matt – Pendulum

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Real-life is what inspires lyrically. Sometimes writing words is a kind of therapy, I guess that most of ours deal with the more morose side of things but then that’s real life. Musically it’s just there, you just pick up the guitar and the music comes out. Sometimes though you’ll hear a band and there may be a certain sound, a cool guitar or bass vibe that you try to replicate. Before you know it there’s something from nothing.

6. Where was your last gig?

We played in Cardiff at a place called The Globe. We were supporting Pretty Vicious who were playing their farewell show. Sell-out crowd, great atmosphere and a brilliant venue. You can’t ask for much more.

7. Where would you like to act?

Seeing as so many of our favourite bands come from the States we’d obviously love to play in the USA. But we’ll play shows anywhere as long as people are into the music.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Tough one. Let’s say Them Crooked Vultures as then you’re getting aspects of QOTSA, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin. Four for the price of one. 9. Whom not? We’re pretty open-minded people, so let’s now write anybody off. On the other hand, I have always fancied starting a beef with someone so I’ll say Axl Rose. That dude’s always up for a scrap.

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

Been doing this so long that I don’t really suffer. You get a few butterflies when you’re waiting to go on, but they fly out the window after the first note.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Each of us has a different inspiration but we all have one thing in common and that’s being brought up on great rock bands – Stones, Zeppelin, Beatles, Free etc. After that the early 90’s American explosion has played a big part in our sound.

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

It’s all been pretty steady in SI but in Lino’s previous band a girl ask for his sweat band which he has to wear to avoid shredding his wrist when he plays live. This one had about 10 days of sweat in it and was soaking., but he just couldn’t say no.

13. What do you think of your fans?

No band is anything without fans, they are everything for every band. When you put a track out online and it gets a positive reaction it’s amazing and really validating, and it’s even better when you see people turning up to your shows. That’s when if really sinks in. We’d like to thank everybody who’s streamed, bought a song of ours or come to see us play live 

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s really good. Independent music needs all the help it can get, so sites like yours are incredibly important ways for bands to get themselves out there.

15. Something add?

Thank you for your support and the features, it really means a lot. Also we touched on it above but thanks to everybody who’s liked the page. Listened to us or seen us live. Keep an eye on our socials as we have some pretty cool stuff coming your way

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