Interview with Michael Simmonds-Dickens (vocals, guitar) Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
MSD: We’re a four-piece band that write alternative rock songs which combine tight rhythms and big guitars with lyrics that explore the personal and the social.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MSD: Briefly. We formed in the Bridgend area of South Wales, initially by myself, Miff (guitar) and Paul (drums), and we picked up Lewis (bass) on the scene along the way. We’ve released a clutch of EPs and singles and have been lucky enough to receive praise from Rock Sound and Classic Rock as well as having multiple music videos playlisted by Kerrang! TV, and an endorsement with Blackstar Amps. We’ve toured the length and breadth of the UK and have been honoured to share the stage with noted acts such Moose Blood, Hands Like Houses, and Jonah Matranga, as well as a plethora of equally talented artists that you might not have heard of yet.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MSD: Musically, our foundations are built on 90s grunge-era acts, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, or even Foo Fighters, filtered through noughties guitar bands like Jimmy Eat World, Coheed and Cambria, and Biffy Clyro, dusted off with present day contenders like Lonely The Brave and Nothing But Thieves.
We put together a Spotify playlist on our biggest inspirations, called ‘How to Make a Colours Of One’ – you can listen to it still here : https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5Hj386rwrqmGMOfh3CVbX6?si=dkOX-lKyQ2qZNqHkid26ug&nd=1 –
From a non-musical perspective, you can’t escape the influence of those closest to you that have an enormous impact. We’re shaped by our families, our friends, the scene, and the area we’re from. We are proud of where we come from and we try to reflect this in our music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
MSD: The dream is to just to continue to try to reach as big an audience we can, and connect with people through our music. There are markers along the way, for instance playing the bigger festivals, bigger tours etc. But that’s the fundamentals of it. It would be lovely to get to the stage we could scale back on the day job.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MSD: All songs are Colours Of One songs, its very much a collaboration between the four of us. Lyrically we cover a fair bit of ground. Our songs can be quite personal, we have songs about individual struggles and grief, but we’re also interested in social themes and politics, so we’ll quite often have songs about wider issues, such as the rise of right wing ethno-nationalism or trickle-down economics.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
MSD: Primarily via our social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, that’s where our audience live. We’re yet to branch out on Tiktok in any meaningful way yet… Maybe 2022 is the year to do it.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
MSD: Absolutely thrilled everytime someone pays to download our music and support what we’re doing rather than stream it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MSD: Wizzard’s ‘I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday’ – just imagine the yearly PRS cheque for that! You’re never too young to start thinking about your pension pot. It’s quite difficult to pin down a single song from an artistic perspective, my favorite song can change hour to hour, let alone day to day. Right now, I would say ‘Eternal Life’ by Jeff Buckly, but later it could be something by Soundgarden or Billy Joel. So lets go with the PRS christmas pension pot song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
MSD: How long have you got!? I suppose top of the list would include inflated egos and people who are more interested in point-scoring than actually discussing and exploring issues and opposing opinions.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
MSD: It was fairly joyous when our videos for ‘Echoes’ and ‘Dust and Chalk’ were on rotation on KerrangTV. Kerrang TV was a big part of our musical upbringing so it’s not an understatement to say that it was huge for us,; and it really escalated interest in the band at that time too. But I think our proudest moment has probably been the completion of our album,‘Vessels’, which will be out on 1st April. We’ve thrown a lot at this record, and we’re delighted that we’re going to be able to sharing it with everyone very soon.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
MSD: As just mentioned, we have an album release on the horizon, but also a new single – Bones Of Hope – which is taken off the record out at the end of the month – 28th January. So our focus at the moment is their releases, but hopefully booking in some shows in the not too distant future too.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
MSD: We have 2 EPs – ‘Apparitions’ (delux version released last year) and ‘Bad News Makes Big Noise’ (our first release from 2009), and 6 singles currently available online. You can stream everything via our Spotify page (https://open.spotify.com/artist/0JLdqnyAeOFyVSuhiwZYM3) or download anything or everything from all the major digital distributors.
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