“There’s three lads in the corner looking for a fight.”

10 Apr

Stoke’s The Blue Collars are what I would call my perfect band. I also say the same about The Jam, so I am not being flippant about The Blue Collars. Great songs, bang on lyrics and the feeling that they will never release a bad song. With youth on there side, they blow the cobwebs off of a thousand older Indie pretenders.

The Blue Collars are a band to listen to whilst travelling through dodgy town centres with an air of menace hanging heavily in the beer-soaked air. Anthems for last orders and closing time as people spill onto the streets and the silence is broken by the incoherent anger of drunken nutters. Waking up on a Monday morning with a heavy head and thoughts of what the hell happened at the weekend, whilst all the while trying to hold down a shitty job that means less than a pint of beer – The Blue Collars know there’s more to life than pissing it all up the wall and I can say is, thank fuck these lads picked their instruments and put pen to paper.

We managed to grab a few words with the lads and caught up with there current happenings.

Hello chaps! So, who and what are The Blue Collars?

“We’re five lads from Stoke who love making music together about anything and everything, from work and nights out, to fighting and girls with half moustaches.

The current band is: Rob Morris, Simon Taylor, Jake Grocott, Kris Hassall and Rob Henton, and we have been together now for about five years and in that time we have gathered a really good local following. We have all known each other for a very long time, through school, next door neighbors and friends.”

One of the things that got me into your music was the lyrics – What influences the way you write songs in particular the lyrics?

Rob – “I get lyrics from experiences I had in life, whether they are good or bad. I often find myself people watching and I can get ideas for lyrics from doing that. I sort of observe the characters or the situations that I can find myself in, it’s a good way of getting issues or problems off your chest and to make a song out of it is a bonus!”

Which bands got you into music in the first place?

“I’d say the bands that got us into music really were bands like Joy Division, New Order and The Cure.”

Which current bands influence you the most?

“At the moment The Drums, The Maccabees and The Twang. When we first started a lot of people used to compare us to the Arctic Monkeys, but I think we have slowly grown out of that sound as we’ve gone on.”

What’s the funniest thing that has been said or has happened to the band?

“One of the funniest things that spring to mind was quite recent. We were headlining one of our local venues – the Sugarmill, and our local pub have a fancy dress night every year and this year it fell on the night of our gig. We told everyone that we weren’t doing anything for it as we were playing a gig but when we went backstage to get ready to go on we got dressed up and went out on stage to a sell-out crowd dressed as the Spice Girls! It was a bit embarrassing but it was quite funny in the end. Our drummer spent £40 on a pair of boots for it!”

Are there any bands that really get up your noses?

“The Ting Tings – I wish someone would silence her!”

What have you released up until now and have you got any gigs planned for the future?

“Up until now we haven’t released anything, we have paid for 4 demos to be recorded, which are all on YouTube and that’s about it. We don’t have another gig planned yet as one of the guitarists has moved to Middlesbrough  for Uni’ and the rest of us all have full time jobs so these days it’s hard trying to get a practice together but hopefully we’ll have a gig sorted for the summer!”

Which of your own songs are you most proud of and why?

Rob – “I would say This Old Town – from a lyrical aspect. I was in a really bad mood when I got in from my job as a laborer one day, so I went upstairs and started to write a song about the day I had. I hardly had to think about what to write, it just flew out. I also really like the music to the song, I think it’s really catchy and the lyrics went with the tune brilliantly.”

What are you into outside of music?

“Outside of the music we’re all into the same sort of stuff really, all normal lads into boozing, music, girls and football. We have 3 Stoke City fans and 2 Port Vale fans in the band so we have quite a bit of banter about that, especially how Vale are in the shit at the moment.”

Ok, I will leave the last words to you. Anything else you would like to add?

“Not much really, just keep an eye out for any gigs we have in the future, we’re hoping to start getting more gigs in Stoke! Give us an add on Facebook ,or follow us on twitter,  where we can inform you on any new tunes/gigs etc we have.”





One Response to ““There’s three lads in the corner looking for a fight.””

  1. jparkes23 April 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Reblogged this on Jparkes23's Blog and commented:
    Absolutely brilliant band, all lovely lads and I canna wait for more gigs 🙂 try them out!!!

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