Hopefully you’ve heard by now that we’re holding our first MancMuse gig on 10th December in partnership with Sedici Promotions. If you haven’t heard, where have you been? Bringing together artists from Greater Manchester and showcasing up-and-coming talent you may not be aware of just yet. You can check out the full line-up here.
Playing on the night are the fantastic indie rock band, The Stride – a four-piece originating in Burnley. Made up of lead guitarist Jack, drummer Bailey, bassist Ryan, and their singer Cain – I had a catch up with Jack and Bailey to get to know a little more about them and find out what we’ve got to look forward to on the night.
Can you tell me about your music journey and how you came together as a band?
We came about being a band after me (Jack), Cain and Ryan were already in a band going nowhere and looking for a drummer, which is where Bailey came in, after leaving a band which he was playing in at the time. The first time we practiced we just clicked and have been going ever since – only after having to reschedule our first ever gig when Bailey broke his hand the weekend before it!
What bands did you listened to growing up, and who is/are your inspiration now?
We all listened to the same bands growing up really, just your typical Oasis and Brit pop bands which leads you on to The Jam, The Kinks and The Beatles.
Nowadays, we all listen to the same stuff, but there’s a lot more that inspires us as well – artists like Slowthai, Working Men’s Club, and a lot of dance and ’80s acid house tunes inspire us now.
What about your creative process – how you go about writing your songs and how you choose the things you write about. How does each member of the band influence your music?
I’d (Jack) be lying if I said we had a proper creative process that we follow when writing our song. Most of the time I just think it’s luck. I’ll go a while without writing anything and then I’ll come up with a couple of tunes in about 10 minutes. We pretty much then play them over and over in the studio until we can get a good bass line, drum sound, melody and lyrics.
What has been your favourite gig you’ve played so far and why?
Our favourite gig so far has to be when we supported The Cavs at Manchester Academy 3 – a big shout out to them boys! Give ’em a listen, if you haven’t.
We’re also playing at The Old Blue Last in London at the start of December so that will definitely be a contender and, of course, the gig with yourselves at Aatma surely will be!
What is coming up for the band in terms of music releases and gigs?
Coming up for our band in the new year are probably a lot more gigs, hopefully in some new cities up and down the UK. And a lot more tunes… maybe even an EP! Towards the end of the year, we’re going to try to build up as much hype as we can around the band.
If you could collaborate with another band, artist, writer, etc. – who would it be?
If we could collaborate with another artist we’d love it to be someone like Slowthai. I feel like he’d be a class vocalist in a band scenario – or maybe somebody completely different to us like Kylie Minogue. We’re all big fans!
I watched your Electric Sessions, how did you come to get involved in that?
We came about doing the Electric Sessions at Electric Church as we’re great friends with the owner, Damo, and also Nick who does all of the sound for bands there (he’s the best in the biz).
What can we expect from you at the first MancMuse & Sedici Promotions Present..?
What can be expected from us at this first MancMuse gig is a set full of fast, energetic tunes that’ll get the crowd bouncing!
Get Yourself Down to MancMuse & Sedici Promotions Present…
As we’ve already mentioned, we’ll have plenty of top-quality live music on the night, as well as all of our friendly faces there too! It’s worth noting – the first support act, Red Shakes, will be starting shortly after the doors @ Aatma open (7pm). As a result, we highly recommend getting down early.
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