Eye to Eye #10 DEATHROWRADIO

DRR

We only came across these guys recently on 6 music and to be honest we are quite ashamed of the fact. Obviously we are not slagging off 6 music but the fact we have only just discovered DRR leaves us feeling somewhat lacking when we pride ourselves on our musical knowledge… That said its a delight to discover a band that have been recording for 10 years or so and you can dive headlong into their back catalogue…
DEATHROWRADIO used to go out under d_rradio and their sound differs to that which they are putting out at the moment… We will let you have a delve and discover the difference…

deathrowradio is Chris Tate and Paul Christian Patterson and they kindly answered a few questions for us…

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

Paul: From Monument To Masses, Human Don’t Be Angry, Mogwai – ‘Les Revenants’.

Chris: Laura Nyro, Paul Pena, WAR.

TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation the band have found themselves in?

Paul: Playing at the Paradiso, Amsterdam in early 2007.

Chris:don’t know how Rock and Roll this is, but it was a huge thrill when John Peel first played us on the radio and then invited us to play a Peel session. Sadly he died before we could record it, which was inconsiderate of him.

TLE: What’s been your favourite gig so far?

Paul: Truck festival nine, in summer 2006.

Chris: For me it was probably the gig Paul mentioned in the last question, at the Paradiso. That’s where we met Lianne Hall, and that was powerful in so many ways.

TLE: How do you describe your sound?

Paul: Forever changing and hopefully progressing.

Chris: To be honest, we usually try not to describe it.

TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?

Paul: We met around 1995, possibly at Chris’ birthday party. Or maybe it was shortly before that, in one of the houses we shared with friends.

Chris: We had quite a large group of mutual friends, all pretty much living between two houses. There were lots of parties, lots of music and not much sleep.

TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing together?

Paul: Our music evolves as we do, we just try to keep improving and keep doing the best we can.

Chris: Our plan was always to evolve and change our sound, to change direction entirely every so often. We like to throw it all on it’s head, just because we can. We always loved it when artists change the style of their music, but the music maintains a recognisable certain something.

TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?

Paul: Good fun!

Chris: Definitely good fun, although these days they’re also pretty focused. We try to make the most of it because we know how hard it is not having a space in which to rehearse. But it’s great fun, constructive fun.

TLE: What is the ultimate direction for the band?

Chris: Forwards.

Paul: To continue making music and hopefully making people feel good.

TLE: How do you write your songs?

Chris: It depends on the style, it’s nearly always different for each album. Every time we change style, we learn or invent a set of entirely new skills and take a new approach.

Paul: We start with a basic musical idea; a riff, a melody or a chord sequence, and then allow the songs to take shape around that.

TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you as people, or is it pure escapism?

Chris: We try to always remember the beautiful feeling of hearing music which really moves us, and we try to put some of that into what we do. So our music hopefully reflects our love of the escapism that beautiful music can provide, and the way music can soundtrack certain times. That was always a big part of our plan, and that’s partly why we’re called deathrowradio.

TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being in a band?

Chris: Lack of funds, without a doubt. I’m concerned that young people in this country with original, vibrant ideas won’t be able to fully realise them in the future, if things keep going the way they are. If creative people aren’t lucky enough to have money and their artistic ideas don’t fit with what MPs consider to be commercially viable, they won’t be nurtured the way they should be, especially if those ideas are even slightly far out. True art has nothing to do with making money, but the UK government think art should only be made with financial profit in mind, and they’re taking steps to make that the norm. Having said that, the best art often comes from having something to kick against, so something very culturally exciting could be just around the corner. I hope so.

TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?

Chris: Never kill anybody.

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Eye to Eye #4 OXYGEN THIEVES

We are not here to ‘review’ or try to convince you how good a band are, we just want to present you with the band, a few words from them and point you in the direction of their songs, vids, gigs etc. Ultimately, the Liverpool Eye is about spreading the word, because if it catches our Eye we believe its worth a shout…

Oxygen Thieves

Deltasonic’s Oxygen Thieves are, Al Fewtrell, Rob Fewtrell, Dan Tilling, Cal McMorran, who are from the Wirral. (We’re starting to wonder if Deltasonic have a lab where they produce their bands!? Either way there’s definitely something in the water over there..) Their influences include Nirvana, Pixies, Pink Floyd, Can, Radiohead and Television. Their music has been described as being filled with ‘intense, dark uncertainty’…

They play Liverpool Calling on 16th June at the Bombed Out Church with British Sea Power and head into the studio in a few weeks to record their next single.

Alex kindly answered some questions for us…

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?
Alex: I’m currently listening to Suuns – Images du Futur…they’re playing the Kazimier in May and they’re just sick! Also listening to Savages’ debut online in anticipation for it to come out!
TLE: What’s the most ‘Rock and Roll’ situation the band have found themselves in?
Alex: The most rock n roll situation…I’d be lying if I said I liked questions like this. If you’re rock n roll you shouldn’t really think of situations as “rock ‘n’ roll”…but I don’t think I’m rock n roll so I don’t really know what I’m talking about…
TLE: What’s been your favourite gig of the bands so far and why?
Alex: I find with gigs you can have one where you really connect with a crowd and one where you might play really well but no one really understands what you’re getting at but it’s all good experience. The gig where we’ve gone down the best was probably the Kazimier gardens for Festevol. That one went well!
TLE: How do you describe your sound?
Alex: The sound is kind of half New York/Seattle (call it American) sound and half like we’re from the house we grew up in if that makes sense…musically its a bit of the Pixies/Nirvana and a bit Television and a bit Sabbath (unintentionally). I could go on but to be honest I don’t really know how to describe music! Its either good or bad. Doesn’t matter what it comes under.
TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?
Alex: I’ve known my brother Rob since he was born in 1993. We started a band about 3 years ago and got Tilly (our drummer) to join as he was mates with a good mate. And then we acquired Cal a year later as the bassist through the same group of friends…
TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing together?
Alex: With our music we’ve found we’ve got three kind of era’s where we started off where we didn’t really know what sound we were going for (which is actually a good thing) which turned out to sound a bit like Television. It then went onto a kind of grungier sound and nowadays I’ve been writing more sort of melodic kind of stuff. Kind of sounds all happy and nice but its not. I like a good trick!
TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?
Alex: Rehearsals are to the point usually. If we write a new song you know if it’s going to be a winner because it will just click really quickly. We tend to make deals with each other where we’ll go through the set a few times and then we can have 20 minutes play time (pool table time)
TLE: What’s the ultimate direction for the band?
Alex: The ultimate direction is to be the best band in the world, not in a competition kind of “I’m better than you” attitude; but you should always be trying to better yourself!
TLE: How do you write your songs?
Alex: Songwriting is an interesting one. Songs come in all directions for me. I sometimes think of a vocal when I’m walking to the bus stop, I sometimes do the typical guitar thing where you play and jump/bump into a new idea. Rob also writes too and then sometimes we write together. Usually one of us has an idea and we sit down and work around it. We’re getting quite good at bouncing off each other these days. It used to be a bit of a competition because we’re brothers!
TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you as people, or is it pure escapism?
Alex: The music I write about is usually what I’m thinking about in my head. I think it’s a good thing to let go of real emotion so things that mean a lot to you. I actually found it hard to do that at first but now I’ll sing about anything. We also like joking about things in a kind of Kinks-esque way!
TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being in a band?
Alex: The hardest aspect of being in a band is probably getting all your gear to gigs at the moment because we have to do it all ourselves and its just a pain in the arse. Apart from that it’s probably the disagreements when writing between me and my brother but we work around that…sometimes…
TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?
Alex: To always have fun!
Click on the Oxygen Thieves Links below to delve deeper…
You can download their debut single Maskara here
Until Such Time – the ‘Eye