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Vertebrae - 05.03.12

Interviewed by: Jeremy Aaron (05/03/12)
The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Vertebrae

http://soundcloud.com/vertebraemusic
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Verte...29923523757523
http://www.myspace.com/musicvertebrae

1. How did you get your band name?

After a lot of debate, soul searching and reading into meanings far too much, I decided on something, well, completely random really...

2. How did this band get started?

The origins of the band I suppose, started a few years back playing with various other outfits, both in Ireland and here. Over time I slowly built up an idea of what I wanted my own material to sound and feel like. It is an idea that is constantly adapting and evolving which keeps things quite interesting.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

A very very wide range, as I'm sure is the same with most people today. I guess I mainly get influenced by the bands I have always loved, such as Nirvana of course, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Biffy Clyro. But I certainly also can't deny Punk (in its many different forms!) as a source of influence, bands from NOFX, Jimmy Eat World, and even Blink 182, to heavier stuff like Refused, At The Drive-In, Vendetta Red. I also feel there is a great Scottish sound emerging as of late, bands like Xcerts, Twin Atlantic, Lightguides etc. It's interesting stuff...

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

To be honest, to be on any tour would just be awesome! The bands I shared a stage with would be the least of my worries. But I guess, if I had to say a band I WOULDN'T wanna tour with, if (for some bizarre reason!) Guns'N'Roses and I had to share a bill I'd be fairly upset...I could envision bloodshed by day 2...

5. Best food to eat on tour?

Mac and cheese!! Actually, cheese and anything...

6. Why should people listen to your band?

Because I would hope there is something there for an audience to connect with, be it lyrics or a certain melody or piece of music...something to evoke and stir a person's emotions as they listen. That is, at least, what I strive towards.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

Hmm. I dunno. I guess to say some rich awesome football players a bit lame huh? Maybe one of those extremely strong workout dudes. I could just oil up my skin and cruise around in tiny wife beaters all day. That doesn't sound right does it!?

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

Me! I reckon that's never been done before, just walking on stage and giving a big long winded thank you speech to yourself for all the support. People would think you're a tool, but hopefully the right people would laugh!

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Honestly, and it sounds very harsh, but it almost feels like there are just too many bands these days. Trying to do something unique and unspoiled is getting harder and harder. It sort of feels like everyone you meet has got their own band and is telling you to check out this EP or that single, and it may be well written stuff but if there are a thousand bands sounding the same, no-one's really going anywhere I suppose. But then again, I think when you hear that special band who has a new unheard of sound, its almost all the more exciting.

10. Memorable tour experience?

When I have one you'll be the first to know!

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

From my experience, AP.net is an honest site endevouring to keep people up to date with this style of music, and while they have good coverage of bands in the upper echelons, they also take considerable care to cater for new artists and really help them get out there and heard.

12. What is your favorite song to play?

From my record, I guess 'Crisis Apparition' is a quick, fun track to play. It's quite upbeat and never really loses any momentum. Other people's songs, it would be a long list, mainly centered around the influences I spoke of earlier....

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

Seattle. All the way. Fantastic city, forward thinking, great music history, and dont even get me started of the coffee...

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

If I had to narrow it down, to one album, it's gotta be Pulp's first record 'Different Class'. First album I ever bought. Well, I say bought, but I actually had to go splitsies on it with my sister since I did'nt have enough cash at the time! Rock N Roll...

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

It's gotta be invisibility really hasn't it!? I just think the possibilities are endless for randomly appearing in front of people in the middle of really awkward situations. That or having the ability to turn anthing to cheese....

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

Erm, make sure I'm in tune?! No, seriously.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

That's the kind of question I'm very relieved not to have family or friends around to answer. I reckon I would be in trouble! I dunno, I guess anything they don't know is for a good reason probably!

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio?

I'm actually kind of ashamed to admit I dont follow radio that much anymore. It's nothing personal, more just that I have so little time in my days, anytime I do get to listen to music, I have about 10 bands ready that I've been mad to hear. But from what I see, its alright, there are still lots of alternative and small indie stations out there, which I think is fiercely important, that not just say two or three big stations control the airwaves.

Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

I would certainly hope so, that is the plan!

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Definitely going to see live shows is a big one. I don't really think there's any buzz like it for me. Traveling I would do in great amounts if funds permitted it. Snowboarding I find exhilarating, although I'm sure it looks a lot worse than I think it is, there's nothing sexy about a snowcovered Irishman falling down a mountain! Oh, also trying new beers is a big recent one. I work in a bar, so I've kind of developed an appreciation (some may call it beer snobbery!) for craft beers, particularly the American range.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

Uh, why not come to a show and find out?!
 
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