1. Introduce us to your band!
We are The Sourheads from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. We play modern Classic Rock and love to give it our all in our live shows. We are 100 percent what you get is what you see. We are not image driven and like to feel we are as pure as we can be in our rock and roll ethic.
2. How did you guys start out?
We have all played in loads of bands over the years but as a collective we realized we all had a lot in common and that the music was the most important thing.
3. Describe your band’s sound.
We are influenced by the classics such as Deep Purple and The Doors. We also take influence in modern rock bands such as Clutch and our friends Red Spektor. Ben our Bass player likes Radiohead and Pearl Jam whereas I’m more of a Deftones kind of guy.
4. What influences your craft?
We are lyrically influenced by history, the macabre and fantastic, we have songs about demonic possession as well as relationship breakdowns and mythical creatures stealing people’s dreams.
5. What makes your band different?
We work to a set plan. We are self-managed and licence our music to labels. We feel this is important as we want the music and the live shows to appeal to our core audience. Loyalty through Classic Rock is strong as the audience can be older. We build many friendships and relationships with our fans.
6. Why should people listen to you?
Because we feel our music is fresh but grounded in tradition. We fly the flag for rock and roll. Like Gun’s n Roses when they first came out we take influence from our idols but remould it to make our own sound.
7. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Secret Cigarette is a good one as it’s catchy and rocking. Some of our songs are longer and express varying degrees of power and emotion. Secret Cigarette is a good representation of our sound. Mad Dog is our Stairway to Heaven. It’s got all the tension and release. The heavy bits, the slow bits. It’s angry and beautifully graceful at the same time. It’s about a couple who love each other but are not able to function as a couple. The Yin and the Yang but less compatible.
8. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The biggest struggle is always gaining mainstream publicity. We have a great relationship with sites like your wonderful one, but we feel we sometimes get the door shut in our faces by the larger ones. Some magazines don’t even let you down easily they just say NO we are not interested. Thank god for the underground scene and genuine fans of music.
9. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Tom Watson deputy leader the Labour Party tweeted a video from our gig and said can you hear this London. That was cool. Even if you are not political its pretty good that these politicians are human and love music. Also making friends with bands and new people.
10. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Really bright. We have a 14 date UK tour starting this week and we are writing our next album. We have a new video coming out and we are all really happy. We have some smaller festivals coming up and a lot of club gigs. Keeping it real.
11. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
One of the genuinely honest rock n roll bands in the style of The Stones, Free, Iggy and The Stooges. Known for good music and an explosive live show full of energy.