First off, what prompted the Dead Harts break up?
It’s something we’d thought about for a while, we were all in different circumstances and one of the lads wanted to start a family and everything, we’re still boys I still love those guys, if anything we talk more now than we did before, I think we all just got a bit on top of each other and we were all fucked for money having to bail on our jobs and that so there isn’t any great break up story or anything I still love them all and obviously me and dom still wanted to make music together, not that I didn’t with the other lads it’s just we all have different circumstances
How did you and the members of The Family come together?
When me and Dom were putting together The Family, we already had people in mind. Ben had helped us out in Dead Harts and he was always the guy I wanted for The Family and he’s an amazing guy, so luckily he was up for it. We had another guy beforehand on guitar but it just didn’t work out so for a while we worked as a three piece, until we got Josh who is one of the most amazing guitarists you’ll ever see! We eventually bit his ear off into playing with us, that’s about it really!
What made you decide to go down the grunge route??
My favourite band of all time has always been Nirvana and I listened to Alice In Chains and bands like that, it’s always something I’ve wanted to do but we didn’t want to start something while we were already in Dead Harts, so when the opportunity came up we were straight there. Plus I’ve always wanted to play guitar in a band, which obviously wasn’t an option with Dead Harts.
The move to grunge is a pretty big leap from hardcore, similar to what Frank Carter did multiple times, for you personally what do you prefer playing: heavy music and the whole intense aspect of it. I loved the live show but I didn’t love everything else, whereas this I love every aspect I love writing it, I love playing it, I love being in it and the environment is just a lot less negative. It’s healthier. I think I can safely say for all of us at this point in our lives it’s more organic.
I’ve had the EP for a few days now while I’ve been getting to know it and I’ve noticed you’ve managed to release a grunge album that’s doesn’t sound like a 90’s throwback. It has all the key elements of grunge while remaining fresh, did your experiences with Dead Harts contribute to the new style at all?
I’m glad you’ve said that because that’s exactly what we want really, grunge lasted a very short period and personally I think there were only a few real grunge bands out there like Nirvana, obviously you had Alice In Chains but I felt they were more metal style music with grunge vocals, what w want to do is bring it back with a new fresh sound with the and more edge!
Are there any bands in particular that influenced you?
Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, The Melvins.
How have fans of Dead Harts reacted to your new sound and have you noticed a difference in the kind of crowd you’re drawing in now?
We’re lucky that everyone who did like Dead Harts have enjoyed it but we don’t want to be associated with it too much, we love the fans and we’re not dissing the ones who liked Dead Harts but this is a new thing we’re just glad they’re with us and they’re part of the family now.
What made you chose to call the band The Family?
We just wanted something that could be associated with, it’s us and the fans we’re all part of the family and to be honest with you I just think it’s a cool as fuck name.
Does The Family have a message?
Yeah, our message is just positive vibes, unity and stuff like that we’re a family and we’re just letting it play its course together.
How was your first single Radio Headphones received by audiences?
Amazing, most of the feedback we’ve had has been great obviously there’s a few that are negative but let them be negative we’re just thankful for people checking us out!
While She Sleeps are notorious for giving small or new bands a support slot but how did it come about with you guys? Did you approach them or did they approach you?
We put out a little teaser before we released the single and we’ve always been great friends with the Sleeps boys. Mat Welsh dropped me a message saying “I’ve heard a little bit of your music do you wanna come on tour” so that was amazing and of course we told him ‘Yeah we’d love to tour with you guys!”. Not many bands are like sleeps that take their mates out on tour and have loads of control over what they do so it’s amazing that we get to go out with them so early on!
Who has been the best or just most memorable band you’ve played with so far with The Family?
Black Peaks or God Damn.
Are there any bands coming up you’d like people to keep an eye out for?
The Elegies boys! They’re amazingly talented musicians. Also Bad Sign from London, there’s so many cool bands about and we’re just along for the ride with them!
Is there any idea how long it’ll be before a full length album after the EP?
Full length straight away we’ve already got a lot recorded and we’ll be dropping a full album as soon as we can.
Lastly, what are we going to see in The Family’s future?
Full album and touring non-stop, getting our music out there supporting some amazing bands along the way!