Electric Black – Interview
Interview with Alistair Shiach of Electric Black and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AS: Electric Black are a classically influenced rock quartet with a sound comprising soaring guitar tones, chunky riffs and expansive clean vocals set atop a fat bottomed rhythm section with heavy beats and groove.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AS: We were formed in our current (and final lineup) as of the past 18 months. Ali shiach (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) & Jonny bryant (lead guitar/backing vocals) had worked together for the previous 4/5 years on a different project. Ryan trotman (bass/backing vocals) & Matt Butler (drums) were in fact the rhythm section in another band together – it just so happened they became available and it was a no-brainer. Essentially a north hertfordshire non-famous ‘supergroup’!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AS: Our musical influences stylistically are the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, Jet, Black Sabbath and Blackberry Smoke etc. On a personal note I (Ali shiach) admire the lyrical work of Alex Turner and Josh Homme. Jonny is a big fan of GnR, Van Halen, Richie Sambora. Matt likes artists such as Crobot, Highly suspect right through to Chris stapleton – I’d say we all admire Chris stapleton. Ryan enjoys everything from metal genre through to NWA.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AS: I guess the dream is to play music for a living and to sustain a decent living standard. Our immediate goals are to gig/tour and spread the word!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AS: Songwriting is an open playing field within the band but the material for our debut album, ‘The Calm Before’ was written exclusively by Ali & Jonny (mostly during the time we were hunting for our new powerhouse rhythm section!). Song subjects range from the desire to achieve, struggling with relationships, sexual tension, falling in and out of love and thoughts of suicide.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AS: We promote our own shows through social media platforms alongside the promoters (who for the most part) muck in as well. For our album launch we printed flyers and distributed locally into shop/pub windows etc, and ran extensive and sponsored online campaigns to build awareness. It was a massive succes.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AS: As far as music downloading is concerned I think all conversation/engagement with an artist is good. Of course the profit to be turned through streaming is miniscule for the majority of bands but its a double edged sword – better to be in the race than not at all. Bands know where they can earn money as small time players.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AS: A song I wish I had written is ‘Get what you need’ by Jet. I love the lyrical sentiment of that song so much, it rings true whether you’re deserving of good or bad. The bluesy low fi guitar tone to start with is phat & dirty which then develops into a heavily driven ‘bullfrog’ sounding tone not dissimilar to something you’d hear on a recent Rival Sons record. The drums have a thumping live sound to them and the hook line ‘get what you need’ grows on you as the track progresses. Its not flash, its not delicate but it gets me every time and never sounds old.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AS: Pet peeves – ignorant sound men and audiences filming on phones.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AS: Our proudest moment in music, as a band, would have to be our album launch. We handled the entire booking/promotion/execution process ourselves and we achieved great results. We’d been around on the local scene for a little while but all of a sudden it felt like a LOT more people were talking about Electric Black.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AS: At the moment we are shooting a music video for our latest single ‘Love is a light (for the lost’ due for release mid march. We’re also in the final stages of tour booking, running through april/may/june – we’ll be playing support to a well established uk rock band.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
AS: You should come see Electric Black at a gig because we have a new sound to offer – we are not just a cliched recipe of riff/chorus/repeat. Our material is dynamic in texture, drive and emotion. We are well rehearsed and deliver solid live sets with passion and charisma. Catch us at the following:
08/02/20 The Bell sandy
15/02/20 George & Dragon Raunds
28/03/20 White lion Baldock
10/04/20 The Bear Bedford
11/04/20 Sanctuary Burnley
25/04/20 The Woolpack Doncaster
02/05/20 Patriots Wales
09/05/20 Baldock beer fest
22/05/20 Chequers Inn Keysoe
13/06/20 Jocafest WGC
26/06/20 Sandy roundabout club
29/08/20 Rock Den festival Hatfield
12/09/20 Balstock festival
16/10/20 Gravity fest
27/11/20 WinterStorm Scotland
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