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Puppet Rebellion – Interview

13 Nov

You can quote me on this: Puppet Rebellion are going to be fucking huge. Capital H, full stop.

If there is any justice and common sense left this world, then the above will happen very quickly.

Listen to ‘Chemical Friends’ and you’ll instantly be hit in the face square on with the above facts.

Manchester’s PR possess hooks aplenty, choruses that are larger than an elephants knackers and instrumentation that is just as ballsy. Think The Editors mixed with a splash of Bloc Party and you get fairly close sound-wise but don’t worry PR fizz with a freshness and originality that is way beyond their years.

How many new bands get their new single played at Old Trafford at half time and have Man City also use the same track on their website? Grabbing over fifty thousand people by the ears at Old Trafford at half time is a big ask and Puppet Rebellion are one of few new bands these days that could have done and succeeded at this.

When it comes to bands to look out for in the coming New Year, I can safely say Puppet Rebellion will be at the top of the list come the start and end of 2014.

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Here we grab a few words with Simon from the band, here’s what he had to say.

So, firstly. Tell us who is in the band?

I am Simon Monaghan the singer and we also have Craig Gibson (Guitars), Paul Trochowski (Guitars), Jim Halliwell (Bass) and last but not least Chris Carcamo (Drums).

How did the band form?

Well I was in a previous band but wasn’t writing the songs and also sick of the lack of control I had due to a very controlling Manager and his corporate minded Millionaire brother!  I worked with Chris and he was also frustrated with his band.  I then put an advert on Join My Band/Gumtree and found Craig who was also sick of being the driving force in his previous band so we set about finding two more people who wanted the same things as us musically and creatively.  We found Paul & Jim and its like we have always been together. Even our girlfriends love each other!

How would you describe your sound?

I leave it for other people to make those comparisons. From what they say you need to mix Bloc Party, Interpol and the Editors with a little pinch of Vampire Weekend and sprinkle the Stokes on top to finish off.

Who are your musical influences?

Personally I love The Smiths, The Doors, The Kinks, Radiohead, The Strokes, Metronomy, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, The Buzzcocks and a whole host of others.  But we are not really influenced consciously by any band.  Any similarities stylistically are purely subconscious. We try to forge our own sound if a crowded genre.

What are the best and worst parts of being in a band?

The best parts of being in a band are playing to a crowded room.  Its nice to get good comments online when we release stuff but the biggest buzz is having a crowd in the palm of your hand.  The worst part is having to focus on a day job 9-5 when you could be focusing on music all day!

What is your opinion on the X Factor? (Oh, and we hate it).

I hate it.  The less said the better.  It has changed the face of music.

What three words would you use to describe a Puppet Rebellion live gig?

Pacey, Ballsy, Banter.

One of your tracks got played at Old Trafford at Half Time, that must have taken you by storm. How did it feel and what was the reaction like to the track by the Man United Fans?

Being a big United fan myself It was my proudest moment so far.  We have had so many United fans get in touch since then.  Manchester City also featured our track on their October Goal of the Month video on their website and city TV.  That was nice too.

Are you all football fans and what are your views on the modern game?

I am definitely the biggest football fan, Craig is quite knowledgeable on football history and trivia, the others have never really shown a massive interest either way.  I don’t have any strong views on the modern game.  Each season is great in different ways.

What clothing labels are you into are you?

I buy most of my good clothes from a bespoke tailor on Thomas St, Manchester called James Darby as I hate to wear mass produced clothes.  I wear a lot of Fred Perry stuff as well as an unhealthy liking for Dr Denim jeans.

What does the future hold for the band and do you have any gigs lined up?

We are coming to the end of our first year now.  We have a large dedicated fan base in Manchester and are now playing gigs all over the north.  Gigs done and  lined up in Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds, Warrington, Stoke, Liverpool and London.  Next year is the year we really want to make an impact nationwide.  We are gonna be releasing our second EP called ‘No Means Yes’ in February which we are in pre production for at the moment.  Once that’s out its anyone’s guess but it will be better then the first EP we released in July which has already had over 18,600 plays on sound cloud.  You can’t predict what will happen but one thing is for certain.  We will do everything we can to make something happen. For live dates go to www.puppetrebellion.com/live

“Just listen to the songs because at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.” – Section 60

23 Aug

We’re Section 60 a five piece guitar band from Sheffield. That’s right guitar, I suppose we could get shot these days for saying that word but fuck it, we are what we are and we ain’t going to change for fucking trends.”

“Anyway like we said, we’re Section 60 so just listen to the songs because at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.”

I agree whole heartedly with the above sentiments but Section 60 are much more than a “five piece guitar band from Sheffield”. Section 60 create big fuck off anthemic slabs of indie rock ‘n’ roll.

In this day and age, for some bands it’s hard to get anthemic songs right. Luckily, bands including Section 60, along with Puressence and Oasis do it with ease and conviction. On the flipside, you get bands like Nickleback or Bon Jovi whose sentimental bollocks makes toes curl and vomit rise. I have come to the conclusion that Section 60 are masters of the reputable anthem; put those lighters away, now.

‘Is this our day in the Sunshine’ is the first track on Section 60’s eponymous debut release and it exudes huge melodies, choruses, guitars, drums and vocals. What an opener. Think a sly wink to Oasis and a bow to The Verve and you’ll get the drift.

‘Reputation’ has a massive Puressence influence and reminds me of their track ‘Pallisades’. It’s not a rip off, just a swaggering monster of a song that again gives a nod to an influence of Section 60. A song for whacking up loud, opening a beer, and getting ready for a big night out.

Second Track on this debut release, ‘Soul Uncensored’ is the stand out track for me. Amazing vocals, big hooks  on the guitar and the chorus when measured would be the musical equivalent of lying down under a stampede of one hundred elephants. This is one big fucker of a song, beware.

‘Is this our day in the sunshine’  has some great delicate moments as well, despite being a proper lads band, they can tug the old heartstrings. The musicianship and production is spot on and the vocals are upfront and melodic. When I want an album of good vibes, good song crafting and is also a pick me up, I know which one I will be reaching for– Well done Section 60, ‘Is this our day in the Sunshine’ is an album to cherish and be very proud of.

Here’s a Vivid Riot interview with the lads from Section 60.

Hello lads, let’s start at the beginning. Who are Section 60? And how did the band form?

Addy: We got together a couple of years ago but only been a serious outfit since Summer 2011, thats when Kyle(drummer) joined the band.

Chris: Me and Addy(Rhythm Guitar) had been going to gigs together for years and been into the local music scene in Sheffield but thought it lacked a proper lads rock and roll outfit and we could not see where one was going to come from.

Smit: It always seems to be across the penines where all the best bands come form

Addy: Myself and Chris (Singer) got banned from football for allegedly being involved in football violence so I borrowed my Dad’s old guitar and decided to try to learn a few chords and make a band up. Chris was straight in on vocals even though he had never sung with a mic before not even on a karaoke!!!

Smit: I found out they had made a band up and I joined without asking, I just said I am in your band now on lead guitar and they were all like, “Yeah, sound!” Luke (Bass) lived around corner from Chris and he had been sacked from The Stoops for being a drunken idiot so we thought he’d do for us!

Addy: Kyle lives in Derbyshire and we found him running round after sheep with some drumsticks in his hands and seeing as we had lost our old drummer, we did our bit for the community and he completed the band.

Why did you pick the name Section 60?

Chris: I came up with the name because of a banning from football which lead us to forming the band. Section 60 is a stop and seach order by the police at football matches, this happened many times over the years to me & Addy. We thought it had a ring to it and a lot better than the original name which was taken from WWE Wrestiling “Velocity”

What are your musical influences?

Chris: To me it’s bands like Joy Division, The Cure and definitely Puressence, from Manchester. We’ve ripped off everybody in our practice room at some stage, I mean Noel Gallagher made a career out of it and also made no secret of it, which I think is sound. 

Addy: Manchester band Puressence,  Northern indie bands for me and obviously Beatles!!

Luke: My influences are Guitar bands, northern soul, mod, Beatles, Oasis, Verve etc 

What have the band released to date and roughly how many gigs have you played?

Smit: We’ve released our debut album ‘Is This Our Day In The Sunshine’ and a couple of singles ‘Elysium’ and ‘Diamonds’ and the response has been amazing, We have also been giving away our newer tracks through downloads and CDs at our gigs, Its about spreading the word and growing.

Kyle: I’ve only been with the band for 12 months but weve been at it all over the country, from Newcastle to London. We’ve done about 50 gigs over the past twelve months and the lads have over 200 under their belts. It’s all about putting on a good show and hard graft.

How would you describe the Section 60 sound?

Luke: Anthemic guitar tunes that get you in the mood for wherever you want to be, from chilled out on your settee to being fucked on the dance floor.

Chris: A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Give us a listen!

What has been the funniest moment of being in the band so far?

Luke: I don’t really have a stand out funny moment, but when flying back from our gigs in Berlin I was stopped by the baggage bloke because he saw something in a bag I had, it turned out I had someone else’s bag full of liquid Viagra. I don’t know the German for ‘filthy bastard’ but I think there’s a universal face for it, I got that face.

Chris: We did a gig at Hope & Anchor in Islington, We got down early and went on the piss all day ordered a load of “That” and by the time we went on stage, we were off our nuts. I forgot all the words and we played shit but had a good fucking laugh about it. A couple of us went to Barfly in Camden after and when we got back to the digs one of the lads was sat smoking a joint with a cyclist who had giving him a backy  from where he`d been at, The Bike was even in the room!

I would say that you are pretty much a “guitar band” in terms of your approach. Do you like any electronic music and if no, is there a reason for this?

Chris: Yeah I suppose we are but a tunes a tune no matter what type it is. I’m really having Rhianna, shes the bollocks and Adele is Banging. As far as electro music goes, I’m into LCD Soundsystem, the song ‘All my Friends’,  it cant get much better than that, but you also cant beat a good guitar riff.

 What was the last album that you all bought?

Luke: I can’t remember the last album I bought, but the last album I acquired was ‘Ten Silver Drops’ by Secret Machines, 6 years too late but still a class album.

Chris: Richard Hawley’s, ‘Standing At The Skys Edge’, it blew my head off because it’s such a departure from what hes done on his last fews albums, it’s the album of the year so far for me, well that and ‘Heaven’ by The Walkmen

Addy & Smit: Same as Chris, amazing album by Mr. Hawley!!!!

Kyle: Jack Savoretti – ‘Knock Knock’.

If you all had to pick one album each to take to a desert island, which one would you pick?

Kyle: Kooks – ‘Inside Out’

Smit: Stone Roses

Addy: Puressence – ‘Dont Forget To Remember’

Luke: I wouldn’t need an album, I’d take a copy of Jimmy Radcliffe, ‘Long After Tonight is All Over.’

Chris: Well Smit’s picked Stone Roses so i’d listen to his so id say Otis Reddings Greatest Hits, the mans voice blows me away, when the time comes and I start to get down and realise no fuckers coming to rescue us me and Tom Hanks can sit round the camp fire and listen to ‘These Arms of Mine’ and say, “whatever, who gives a fuck, we’ve got Otis.”

Anything else you would like to add?

 Chris: Jim Morrison once said…..”Im gonna get my kicks before the whole shit house goes up in flames” I fucking love that!

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