Friday, 5 March 2010

Introducing...Eyes of March

YMC chats to Eyes of March from Wakefield

YMC: Who are the band members and how long have you been playing together?

The band consists of Rob, Cake, Jim and Matty. We're just 4 best friends from college basically. EOM started out with Rob, Cake and Matty just jamming together playing covers, we played about 3 gigs and decided we needed a bassist so we drafted Jim in, who plays multiple instruments, and thats basicly where we are today! so I guess you could say EOM have been together, fully for just over 1 year!

YMC: Who are your main influences?

Individually we all bring different influences to the table but we are mainly influenced by a mixture of old and modern rock bands such as Guns N Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Them Crooked Vultures, AC/DC, Queens Of The Stoneage, Arctic Monkeys and Biffy Clyro. We're also partial to abit of drum and bass, with bands such as Squarepusher having a big influence on Matty (Drums) inparticular.

YMC: Do your write your songs together?

We always put together songs when we're all present at practice but most of the time we each work on individual ideas to bring forward. A typical EOM song is built around Rob writing the lyrics and maybe a guitar part and Cake making up melodies and riffs, we bring them to practice, jam it then tweak until its finished. However a couple of gigs and practices down the line we've changed parts in different songs to make them sound more intresting, mostly by improvising in live situations.

YMC: What can people expect from your live shows?

A lot of energy and passion. So much in fact on some occasions its ended in head injuries, flooded stages, breaking of equipiment (sometimes not even our own), people being injured by microphones and even a standing up drummer. We give all we've got.

YMC: What venues do you like to play at?

Any venue where the crowd gets involved. Theres nothing worse than playing a gig, giving it your all, only to see people sitting down and being boring, I mean if they wanted to do that surely they could go to the theatre or something!? We love it when people just get up and start headbanging, shaking their fists and starting pits, mainly because its funny to watch.

YMC: You had quite a busy year in 2009, what were the highlights for you?

You can say that again! Where do we start!? We got our demo EP recorded within 2 months of being together, recording in the same bedroom where The Cribs recorded their first ever material which was surreal! Playing with Templeton Pek who featured in Kerrang magazine, playing with local sleazerockers Steroid Freak Pussy, who have become our close friends, getting through to the semi finals of Battle Of The Bands in December against some extremely tough competition. You could say every gig and practice we have together is a highlight for us, we just f**king love what we do!

YMC: Do you have any plans for this year?

Many! we're currently writing material for our first properly produced EP and recording it ourselves so we get the sound we exactly want, so that should be out hopefully by the summer. We're also gonna up our game in every possible way just gonna keep striving for perfection. Hopefully get through and win Battle Of The Bands in March as well as get support slots playing bigger venues with more well known bands, that would be so awesome! Also to play this years Wakefield Rock Festival because that'd be a massive opportunity for us, we've never played outside before either. Hopefully we can go places this year!

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