Hey you guys, could you please introduce yourself to our readers that may not know you.
Joe: We're a band called blitz kids and we're pretty bloody good.
JONO (guitar) - We're a band from a quaint floral market town called Nantwich, and in our spare time, we like to see how many noise complaints we can get from pensioners for rehearsing. Nice to make your acquaintance.
What would you guys say which Bands influenced you the most?
Joe: Queen, Biffy Clyro and incubus
J: We all come from very different musical backgrounds. Me and Nic have been in punk bands together for 11 years, listening to the heaviest, most obnoxious music going. Although, recently, with our ever advancing years, we've opened our minds to all sorts of music. Joe is heavily influenced by soul and Motown music, but he's also a sucker for anything in the charts!
Being one of the new hopes for British rock music, does it feel like a burden to you, trying to fill the footsteps of great bands like FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND or LOSTPROPHETS?
Joe: It's not a burden, it's a challenge. And we are more than up to it.
J: It feels like the scene that those bands rose up out of was massive, because we were kids back then. But, looking back, I don't think there's much of a difference in size to bands like Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis, and Young Guns. It's a really exciting time for British rock music and it truly is an honour to be riding the waves that these great bands are creating. I wouldn't say it's a burden. The quality of rock produced in this country has always been exceptional and we don't intend on letting the side down.
How was the work with John Feldmann and how did you come together?
Joe: He is a friend of a friend of a friend. He loves what we do and vice versa. The chemistry between us is electric and we love working with him. I am the only person to beat him at table tennis, we're both pretty competitive and the battle was intense. I emerged victorious.
J: It was a dream come true. Never in a million years did I think we'd be given the opportunity to record an album with a producer of such vast prestige. He's worked with some of the bands that were pivotal in our decision to have a go at this music lark. Some days I woke up pinching myself just to make sure it was real! We came together through mutual friends. He loved what we do, and was really enthused about the record. When you work with someone with passion like that, it's infectious, and the record we've created has very positive themes throughout.
How familiar are you with your label-mates like WE ARE THE OCEAN who are also one of the current top-acts from the UK?
Joe: We are good friends, I was a fan of the band before we were label mates and it was great fun touring with them. Always good lads to get drunk with and that's honestly the most important thing when touring with a band. Their new album rules too.
J: We've toured with those guys and got on like a house on fire. I think our mutual love for lager and the early 00's UK garage scene was a real catalyst for our friendship. They came to our headline show in London last week and we were playing drinking games into the early hours. Top group of guys. They deserve all of the plaudits they receive.
With “Never Die” being a Mini-Album, what is there to expect for your sophomore album and is there already a release date?!
Joe: No release date as yet. But expect to be very surprised. We always try and push ourselves with every release and this is out most ambitious record yet.
J: Tentatively next summer. It's a further progression on what I feel we achieved on Never Die. Big, strong songs that wouldn't sound out of place on main stages at festivals. That's the kind of rock music that I've always wanted to make, and we're all on the same page. We want big singalongs and gigantic riffs, because that's the best kind of music really, isn't it?
“The Blitz Kids were a group of young people who frequented the Blitz nightclub in Covent Garden, London in the very early 1980s, and are credited with launching the New Romantic cultural movement.” (wikipedia)
Which cultural movement will you guys be credited launching within 30 years?
Joe: I'd like to think that we would contribute to a movement of free-thinking empowered young minds who create without needing a reason to.
J: I'd like to think that we would contribute to a movement of free-thinking empowered young minds who create without needing a reason to.