Ambershift - Interview

North East England band, Ambershift, have had quite an eventful few years together including playing Newcastle O2 and featuring on BBC Introducing. Ambershift have also recently just released their new twelve track album 'Shadows'. 

I caught up with Ambershift lead singer Dave Lord to ask some questions.

Interview Starts:

So, what are your band members names and positions in the band?  

Dave: Well I'm Dave Lord and I play the bass and the vocalist. Then there is Phil Hodgson who plays drums, Ben Clement who plays guitar and backing vocals and there is  Andy Green who play keys and also does backing vocals.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be? 

Dave: I'd say we're more alternative rock than anything. 

Who are your major influences? 

Dave: I was brought up on the Beatles and Queen but as a band I'd say we are mostly influenced by: We are scientists, foo fighters, interpol, thin lizzy, new order. 

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet? 

Dave: We all met at Newcastle races weirdly. Me and Phil have played together for years and met Andy and Ben betting on a horse called 'Two Tone'. We all got talking about music then went out on the drink in Newcastle after the races and decided to set up a practice. That was back in 2007! 

What inspired you to make music together? 

Dave: We all have very different tastes in music but something we do have in common is we really like writing music that people can empathise with, the sort of music that people can find identity in the melody and lyrics. We also all love gigging and the twists and turns that come with being in a band.  

What are your favorite venues you've played? 

Dave: We've played a few O2 academies across the country. We did a gig a while back at Newcastle University which was great, it was sold out and was obviously at home, I would say Uni gigs are usually the best. we've also just done a gig for some promoters in leeds called 'Double Denim', they put on a great gig.

Who writes your songs and what are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? 

Dave: I write the lyrics but we write the music as a band in the practice room, our kitchens or the studio. We write best when theres been some kind of 'event' such as a fight or a difficult time. We throw ideas about and basically the best ones stick. We refine ideas over time but sometimes the first ones are the best ones and tend to stick more often than not. 

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together? 

Dave: We didn't used to have keys so when Andy [Green] joined it changed the dynamic a lot. We've also been writing some slower stuff recently which is a big difference as we're known for loud, energetic and edgy music so over the last couple of years,we've been trying something new by calming it down a bit.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? 

Dave: We've had a lot of different things thrown our way. Recently I think working with bigger managers, PR labels and producers has made us a bit more clued up about how the industry works, or doesn't these days. I think as soon as we don't enjoy what we're doing we'll stop, enjoying what you're doing is the whole point isn't it?

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

Dave: We have three shows coming up our next three shows are: Oconnells in Middlesborough, KU Bar in Stockton and Whickham FakeFestival. All ticket info is on our website.

How can people gain access to your music? 

Dave: You can download a free track from our debut album at our website, All our other music, including our brand new album 'Shadows' is available to download on itunes. 

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands? 

Dave: Don't be beat! Talk to each other, have a plan, only spend what you can and practice! You need to be tight and together if people are going to notice you. Try and make sure you never finish a gig without a sweat on!

Itunes: Ambershift
Twitter: @ambershift


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