JS&TLK as we shall refer to them from here on in(to save our poor fingers!) are a five piece who play 60’s infused ‘acoustic rock’. While they wear their sixties heart firmly on their sleeve they are by no means a Beatles tribute act… From our own fair city they have been together for a year or so and are about to release their debut album. The launch is at the Zanzibar Saturday 20th July, so get down and show your support!

JS&TLK are Joe Symes – Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica, Colin White – Drums/Percussion, Paul Hetherington – Guitar/Backing vocals, Dave Skilling – Keyboards/Backing vocals and Chris Giblin – Bass Guitar.

Joe kindly answered some questions for us:

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?
JOE: I’m listening to The Beatles White Album at the moment, a very wide range of music and styles on there for me, one of my favourite Beatles album’s, a lot of influence was drawn from that album for our debut album, The different styles of songs, presentation, the whole feel about the album, I’m also listening to a lot of Marvin Gaye at the moment.
TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation the band have found themselves in?
JOE: We recently met SAM LEECH who was the founder of the Merseybeat scene in Liverpool in the 1960’s, he was best friends with The Beatles, he organised all their first gigs in and around the north west… He is still best friends with Paul McCartney to this day, Sam will be opening our debut album launch at The Zanzibar in Liverpool Sat 20th July, It was an honour to meet him, so many great stories he told us about the whole Merseybeat scene and The Beatles, he is a fan our band also.
TLE: What’s been your favourite gig so far and why?
JOE: I’ve enjoyed all the gigs we have played up to now, been very rewarding for the band. The best one for me was our 2nd gig when we headlined the main stage of the 02 Academy 1 in Liverpool Sept 6th 2012 for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds official aftershow party, the gig was sold out and it was such a great night. It was also great for the band to asked on the night to be the main support band for Steve Cradock ( Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller ) two months later at the same venue.
TLE: How do you describe your sound?
JOE: I would describe the band sound as very diverse in the sense that we don’t like to repeat what we have done previously.
We would like to do the gamut if we can, even down to the bands layout and promotion and new material the band are set to release this year and 2014. We are always looking for something new, new sounds, totally different ways of writing and approaching songs.
TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?
JOE: Myself and Colin our drummer go back a long way… Overall we have been together as a band for almost a year.
TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing together?
JOE: We have grown as a band and are very tight as a five piece band. We know ourselves on stage and can lock into any given situation. The songs themselves have grown also, songs that have started out as a 3 minute song can now go into a 5 minute song so when we play a song on stage we can jam it out in the middle section and give the audience something different from what they normally would hear; something which we will continue to do in a live setting.
JOE SYMES & The Loving Kind debut album launch will be at The Zanzibar in Liverpool Sat 20th July 2013
Until Such Time – the ‘Eye
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