Black Soul Strangers
WHO ARE THE BAND MEMBERS AND WHAT DO EACH OF YOU DO IN THE BAND?
Barry Gorey – Vocals, Guitars, Keys
James O’Brien – Bass, Vocals, Brass
Brendan O’Mahony – Drums
Philip Justin Wyer – Guitars, Vocals, Keys
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU MAKE / PLAY ?
We don’t really like to mark our music into a certain genre. It has a lot of synthesisers and vocal harmonies that would be considered ‘pop’. But we do love our big heavy guitars and big drums.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM ?
Ireland. Dublin, Donegal, Cork, & Wicklow
HOW DID YOU GUYS GET TOGETHER AND WHEN?
The band formed with me and Brendan moving to an old school house on the north west coast of Ireland.
Went into record our album in Dublin with our friend, James (bass), and producer Tom Mc Fall (Stars, Bloc Party, REM).
We moved to London in January 2009 with James, recruited Philip as an additional synth and guitar player, and began touring the UK and Ireland.
WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ?
We like pretty much everything Damon Alborn has done up to date.. Queens of the Stone Age. And past bands like Joy Division and The Clash.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF BEING IN THE BAND FOR YOU ?
Moving to London was pretty difficult, especially starting from ground roots. Winning over fans. But we felt it is was a move we had to make for the future of the band
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR EARLY DAYS AND HOW THEY DIFFER FROM NOW ?
Like any band we we’re a little green as far as the music industry was concerned. But after some time, we have learned from our experiences, and are a little wiser.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIG YOU PLAYED, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT ?
Last night. Camden Barfly. It was the opening night for London Fashion Week. Full house, great atmosphere, what more could you ask for.
HAVE YOU ANY FORTHCOMING GIGS IN IRELAND OR NORTHERN IRELAND ? IF SO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WARD TO THEM AND WHY ?
We have our album release in April. Which will follow with some home gigs. Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast. Keep an eye on our facebook page for dates.
WHATâ€™S THE MOST SUCCESSFUL THING YOU GUYS HAVE DONE TO DATE ?
Our single ‘The Haunting’ is due for release March 15th. We have a UK tour booked, which we can’t wait for. And will be the biggest thing we have done so far.
WHO HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY ?
Our manager, Nic Georgiou. God bless his cotton socks.
WHATâ€™S COMING NEXT FOR THE BAND ?
We have our new single ‘The Haunting’ out on March 15th, which we have just finished making a video for last weekend. Our album is due for release in April.
IS IT HARD BEING A NEW BAND IN TODAYâ€™S INDUSTRY ?
There are thousands of other new bands in the same position as us. Because there are less labels filtering what gets released, there is an ocean of music being released online constantly. So for any band, they better make sure what they are saying is worthwhile, and that it stands above everyone else.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL NETWORK SITES TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BAND ?
Its a direct route to our fans. We have been able to organise secret shows throughout London in fans houses and some gardens!
WHOâ€™S THE MESSIEST IN THE BAND?
We are all clean freaks.
WHO IS HARDEST TO LIVE WITH ON TOUR?
WHO IS THE JOKER AND WHY ?
Hands down… Brendan. He always to lower the tone in any situation.
WHO MOANS THE MOST ?
Phil. Some people are not just cut out for the road.
WHO IS THE MOST ROCK â€˜Nâ€™ ROLL & WHY ?
James. Because he is old school.
WHO IS THE LOUDEST ?
Brendan and his thick northy accent.
WHO IS THE MOST ANNOYING ?
Barry. He is a diva.
WHATâ€™S THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING SOMEONE IN THE BAND HAS DONE ?
James fell off the stage in Glasgow and nearly broke his arse and his ego.
WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN THE INDUSTRY ?
WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN IRELAND OR NORTHERN IRELAND AND WHY ?
Niall Breslin, because he is beautiful!
Interview by Â©FAMEmagazine.co.uk / Â©FAME Inc