Interviews: Radio Aftermath

This is a new interview with the Pop Punk band Radio Aftermath from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the artist on his FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

Chris (Dennett, Vocals and Guitar): I tried the Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) route for naming the band, pick words you like and put them together. Radio Aftermath was born. The name ended up inspiring the band artistically.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Rob (Burns, Bass): The band used to be more skate and pop punk orientated but I think we’ve all outgrown it and it looks a bit sus a bunch of 30-somethings trying to sing songs about how girls don’t understand you and high school sucks. So, with that in mind we pivoted to alternative rock as we all love stuff like Smashing Pumpkins and Reuben and added a healthy dose of post-hardcore as well as it gives us an excuse to scream our heads off and mosh.

Sam (Moran, Guitar): it's just fun to be honest. Between us we appreciate a lot of different styles of music from the super heavy to the super chill, and as Rob said it's perfect to have a little scream-song and mosh out to. It's cheaper than therapy, but it's very therapeutic.

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

Rob: Me and Chris go way back, he was a friend of the drummer in my then band., we got to talking found some mutual ground in bands and hip-hop we liked, and the rest is pretty much history. Sam is our e-girl, by which I mean we met them through the magic of the Internet. And Jack showed up to one of our gigs after his girlfriend put him in touch and we never let him leave…

Sam: after a year of covid lockdown I was starting to just go a bit stir crazy, so had a look online for any local bands who needed another member and found the guys. Since then, it's been nothing but riff ideas in WhatsApp voice notes and man love between us.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Rob: It flips between Alexisonfire, Reuben, Every Time I Die, La Dispute and Defeater depending on the day of the week.

Chris: A very hard question, no matter how old I continue to get, Blink 182 will always have a place in my heart, but I follow Angels And Airwaves more now, Iron Maiden is and always has been my favourite metal band. Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters are up there too.

Sam: Tough one that. I'll probably say Nine Inch Nails as a catch all, but it really depends at the time! Can't get enough Baroness at the moment.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Rob: Songs I’ve heard, other musicians I like whose style I’m trying to steal, books I read, wrestling promos I watch. It varies!

Chris: Depends really, sometimes I’m going through a phase with a certain band and it’ll inspire me in some way. Or sometimes I just have ideas creep into my head. I’ll either jot them down in my phone or hum them into it for later use. 

Sam: I'm generally inspired by my immediate surroundings and current goings on, so at the moment, it’s pretty easy to write songs about the end of the world. 

6. Where was your last gig?

Rob: The Lending Room in Leeds, my bass started acting up, but we still had a good time. Next one is also in Leeds, playing at Northern Guitars on July 16th. 

Chris: It was a good show. We got to debut a new song for the first time live, it was well received, which is good because it’s going on the next EP.

7. Where would you like to perform?

Rob: Anywhere that would have us! Personal goals for me include: Brudenell Social Club, Key Club – both in Leeds. Also, 2000 Trees and Arctangent Festival. 

Chris: I would love to play Brudenell Social Club one day. Would love to play Slam Dunk too

Sam: I’m a festival guy. I love them. I'd love to play them. Get us on a stage at download or Glastonbury and I'll be buzzing for the year

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Rob: Jamie Lenman and/or Reuben. I’d also love to open for Alexisonfire.

Chris: Foo Fighters (R.I.P Taylor Hawkins), Turnstile, Alexisonfire or Sum 41. I think we’d really fit in with the Sum 41 crowd.

Sam: I want to tour Japan, so to ensure we're not playing to no one, I’d love to play with BORIS or Haku Nemuri, cause they're both incredible. 9. Whom not? 

Rob: Bring Me the Horizon, for reasons that even a cursory Google search should make obvious.

Chris: Rob beat me to it. One of them is an absolute tool, shame because I’ve heard the rest of the band are nice people. Also any of the acts that are flying the so called banner of new wave “pop punk” over produced bubble gum shite. Sorry, but when a guy is in his mid-30’s singing a song about how “rich kids ruin everything”… get fucked, grow up pal.

Sam: Coldplay. But then again I guess that'd be solid money and I'm a filthy capitalist at heart, so Chris Martin, you can have me, but it won't be cheap. 10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Rob: Luckily I’ve never really been phased by it. The biggest problem I have is being anxious to get on stage and play. The worst part of playing live for me has always been the amount of waiting involved.

Chris: Never really gotten stage fright, the way I see it, and I think other people should too, is you’re there to perform, people are expecting you to go up on stage to sing and play for them. What’s more embarrassing, going up and performing as best as you can? Or getting stage fright and bottling it? Just get up and give it your all, not everyone will like it, but that’s just life ain’t it. Have fun, do something scary, and feel alive.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Rob: Nirvana, if I had never heard Nirvana then I wouldn’t have started playing guitar

Chris: Iron Maiden made me want to play guitar, Green Day made me want to start a band.

Sam: NIN and Nirvana have had the biggest influence on my song writing. Then bands like Mogwai and 65daysofstatic when it comes to arrangements and things like that.

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

Rob: An autograph, purely because we’re not a particularly big band, so who the fuck am I!? (Laughs)

Chris: I have had no requests, yet. Sam: I was half forced to strip by one of Leeds crowds. I felt like a piece of meat. Still working on our 'onlybands' account, but don't think the other guys are on board.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Rob: I’m shocked when people genuinely seem to like stuff we put out, but I’m my own harshest critic. I’m grateful for anyone who ever gives us the time of day though!

Chris: The sheer support from the few we have is always inspiring and reassuring! The continued support and positive responses to the music reminds me that it’s not all for nothing.

Sam: anyone who chooses to spend their free time checking out our particular brand of bullshit is ok in my books.

14. What do you think of our site?

Rob: I like the variety of features you guys offer for bands. Sam: this is low key one of the best sites for finding new bands, and we're so happy to be having a chat with you guys

15. Something to add?

Rob: Check out our latest single Cup of Coffee in the Big Time wherever you listen to your music now, and keep your eyes peeled for our next single. It’s not a million miles off…

Chris: Check out our previous releases too! Please check out all our other social media outlets and gives us a follow! Help spread the word of the band See you in the aftermath. 

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