BAND: THE FIRST
LOCATION: WISBECH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
GENRE: MELODIC ROCK
Tell us a bit about your band how long have you been going, why you do
what you do, what you want to achieve.
We’ve been around a while, five or six years I think with various line-ups, Benny joined in 2010 and thats when things really started to kick off for us. We all just love playing music, we’re not in it to make the scene or change lives, we’re just five boys playing music we enjoy! Everything we achieve we’re grateful for, but we don’t expect anything, we work hard writing songs and hopefully people enjoy listening to them.
You have a new release coming out soon – without giving too much away tell us what listeners can expect from it.?
I think people can expect a harder edge and a softer edge from us, we’ve really been working on dynamics and progression with the newest stuff. We’re always going to have those bouncy sing-a-long chorus parts, but we’re definitely bringing in some more challenging parts. We’re using a lot more vocal variation now too, four of us in the band sing which just helps bring a different edge to each song.
Plans for the next 12 months?
Record our second album, hopefully it will be our best material to date! Really looking forward to getting out on the road again with some new tracks, we’ve been playing the same songs for over 2 years now, so as you could imagine, we’re eager to show off some of the new stuff!
Tell us a bit about what it’s like to experience your live show.
We’re always energetic, but we also like to banter a bit with our audiences. We try to get the crowd involved as much as possible, we also get other bands involved, there’s nothing we love more than bringing on a guest vocalist or guitarist for a song.
How does the band prepare for a gig?
We’re usually in the van, drinking, listening to bands and just having a laugh, we dont have any particular routines we go through. You’ll sometimes catch us backstage doing vocal warm ups, they mostly sound like we’re either in pain or part of some West End musical.
Name 3 bands you would love to tour with and why.
Life On Repeat – We were all blown away by the bands debut album, they’re just an awesome band with awesome songs.
Lower Than Atlantis – We’ve done a few shows with these guys and they’re consistently brilliant. Over the past few years they’ve really shown the UK scene that you can do your own thing and still be successful.
Reckless Love – They’re so cheesy its unreal, but at least they know how to party. They’ve got great songs too!
Name a band you’d love to give a shout out to and think people should listen to (not your own band)
Mallory Knox, we’re from the same area so we all know each other pretty well. We’ve spent a lot of good nights with those guys, they’re always out watching other bands, they’re really good for the scene I think.
How much has the internet and technology helped your band to get to the point it is today.
The internet has made it so simple to put music out, but its made it super competitive, which in a genre like ours becomes very hard work. Being able to connect with so many people in “real time” is a good thing for sure, staying on top of the bands social networking is very difficult though, twitter, facebook, youtube, instagram, myspace, they all have to be updated and we’ve always handled all that ourselves.
What’s in your cd player right now?
Glass Cloud, Write This Down, Deaf Havana and the latest Your Demise album too!
Ok you have a few lines to tell us why people should listen to your band. GO.
Listen to The First, if you have as much fun listening to our music as we do making it, you’re in for a blast!
THE FIRST WILL BE RELEASING THEIR NEW VIDEO ‘TAKE IT BACK’ ON PUNKTASTIC AT 12 NOON (GMT) ON TUE 7TH AUG. Visit the site to see the vid when it’s released. http://punktastic.com