an interview with the Loyal Brothers

an interview with the Loyal Brothers
Hello Loyal Brothers and welcome to Music Festival.gr. Give us a brief bio, tell us about your band.

Band Bio:

Loyal Brothers are an New Wave Rock band from Basildon, Essex.

Formed in 2013, Loyal Brothers have been writing and recording their own music, bringing together influences from many other bands including Kasabian, The Rolling Stones, Editors, INXS, Interpol and Depeche Mode.

Loyal Brothers are;

Alex Bourner (Drummer / Keys)
Dean M Oldfield (Lead Vocals / Songwriter / Keys)
Jack Hollister (Guitar / Bass / Backing Vocals)

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Name your 10 favourite bands.

D:
1. Rolling Stones
2. Depeche Mode
3. David Bowie
4. Editors
5. INXS
6. Kasabian
7. U2
8. Iggy Pop
9. Tiesto
10. DeadMau5

J:
1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Day Wave
3. Baddies
4. Paramore
5. The Drums
6. Depeche Mode
7. Grimes
8. The Wombats
9. Foo Fighters
10. The Smiths

A:
1. Kasabian
2. Simple Minds
3. Pink Floyd,
4. Depeche Mode
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Barclay James Harvest
7. White Lies
8. Imagine Dragons
9. Oasis
10. Coldplay


What was your fave music era your favourite albums?

D: I can’t really pick out a favourite era. I mean the 60’s The Rolling Stones were formed, the 70’s Ziggy Stardust came to Earth and the 80’s gave birth to Electronic pioneers Depeche Mode, who then throughout the 90s recorded some of the best music ever written.

I’m always listening to different artists gathering inspiration for my own song writing. But favourite albums if I had to choose would follow on from my answers above. So like for the Rolling Stones you’ve got Exile on Main Street, Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers.
I like many of Bowie’s albums; Hunky Dory, Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars and of course Heroes.
Depeche Mode in the 90s released three albums out of this world which were; Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion and Ultra.

J: I would say the 90s, as it laid down the foundations for some of the best albums and became the inspirations for todays music scene. See albums such as Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nevermind (Nirvana), Ten (Pearl Jam) and everything that Foo Fighters released in that decade.

A: The best for me is the 80s, mainly albums from the bands like Simple Minds, OMD, New Order, Depeche Mode. I don't have a favourite album, just a mix of songs from the various bands.

Tell us about your new album?

The new album is a collection of (what we feel are) our best songs that we’ve written since the band formed.
We took our Demos out to Langhirano, (Italy) and lived out there for a whole month and recorded the album.
We then returned to the UK and went to Abbey Road Studios (London) to have it Mastered.

The artwork was designed by our Photographer; Bobbie Lee Rogers. Who we’ve worked with since the beginning. The photos included in the booklet were taken during a shoot in Rome and more closer to home, Tilbury Fort…which was very moody.

Speaking for all three of us, we all very happy with the finished result. I mean you always think after you’ve completed something, we could of put a different sound in there, changed the effects of that etc... what matters is that the album captured our sound and everything we’ve worked up to this point, and this is just the start!

Any tour plans?

We will definitely be touring at some point but when and where we’re not sure yet. We’ve previously played shows in Europe (UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland)
but would relish the opportunity to perform further from home. I.e… The US, South America, Japan. Basically anywhere that would have us, we’re there.

What else should we expect in the near future?


We’ve just released our first single “She Lost Control” from our debut album “Loyal Brothers”. The album will be released over June and July worldwide
this year.
We also have an Album Launch in Milan, Friday 1st of June. So we’re currently in the middle of rehearsals and deciding on the setlist for that.

But we will be getting back in the studio at some point to start writing a new album, but for now, its all about showing the world our album live !

Who were your childhood heroes?

D: I grew up listening and going to see Depeche Mode. So without a doubt they are my childhood heroes. I mean come on.. you have one of the best songwriters and also one of the worlds greatest front man in one band.

J: Jimi Hendrix and John Frusciante, watching and listening to them play when I was young is what inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place, to do everything I could to get up on a stage and play music to people. Seeing a hero like Frusciante fall down to the bottom and find a way to rise back up to the top even higher than before shows no matter the demons you battle, there is always a way out.

A: The drummer Christian Eigner would be the nearest hero for me. Though I have had the opportunity to meet him many times and see him perform from the side of the stage.

What are you listen to lately?

D: I’m currently listening to the new Editors album, which I’m really liking at the moment. But I’m always listening to different bands / music gathering inspiration for my own song writing.

J: I’m love with Dream Pop / Indie bands at the moment. Day Wave, The Drums, Soccer Mommy and Fickle Friends to name a few.

A: Lately the music I’ve been listening to are bands like Boards of Canada, White Lies, Imagine Dragons, a mixture of genres.

Thank you!
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