Credit: Gallows Circus
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Credit: Gallows Circus
Gallows Circus play blues-hearted, dirty, rock - inspired by the likes of; Led Zeppelin, Black Stone Cherry, Free, Reef, Thin Lizzy, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Guns N’ Roses. Creating original songs that induce head-nodding and chin-growth! All achieved by way of catchy riffs and vocal melodies, supported by a robust rhythm section that, once combined, will have you singing the songs for weeks after you’ve heard them.
Hitting the live scene in August 2017, Gallows Circus have since worked on the contents of their self-titled, debut E.P. that was released at the end of 2017 to enthusiastic reception and critical acclaim.
Although the band are a newly-formed entity, they are continually adding to their set of original compositions and are already looking to release new songs in 2018.
In the meantime, Gallows Circus are moving crowds with their sharp, gritty and memorable live shows, playing gigs up and down the country.
Gallows Circus are:
Richard Tunbridge - Bass
Jim Rycroft - Guitar
Ian Day - Vocals & Harmonica
Steve Kitchener - Drums
Have a listen at https://soundcloud.com/gallowscircus
Tell us a bit about yourself? We have been influenced by the British Blues Explosion in the 60s, early blues such as; Robert Johnson, Blind Lemmon Jefferson & Blind Willie Johnson as well other more contemporary artists such as; Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons and Free (the latter not so contemporary!).
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? Well, Ian Day (Vocals & Harmonica) and I (Jim Rycroft-Guitar) met when he was playing an acoustic set with his previous band called Tank Trap. I was doing the live sound and afterwards we got chatting. A good few ales later and discussions on the blues and our influences as musicians we discovered that we lived on the same road, which was odd! He then went travelling to New Zealand for a year and I thought nothing of it. A while later I received a phone call from New Zealand asking if I wanted to form a band.
What’s your back-story? The first self titled EP is about troubled times and how to overcome them. I wrote the guitar parts while going through a really rough patch, with a long-term relationship break up, so there's lots of remorse, anger and feeling in those parts. I think 'Holding My Breath' from the EP best represents this.
What are you working on at the moment? We are working on two new singles to go towards and album that we are releasing this year. Also we're busy doing shows up and down the country.
What's the first song you remember hearing? Free-Alright Now
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? The Doors-Whisky Bar!
What was the first gig you went to? Ha! It was in a grotty little local venue, you know the kind where the walls sweat! A funny story really as it was an over 18s venue and I was 14 going on 12. I won't name it for obvious reasons, but my friend was quite good on the computer and he scanned my birth certificate and changed the dates, which to my surprise worked! Funnily enough I don't recall who was playing..
Which song do you wish you'd written? Little Wing-Jimi Hendrix
Which song changed your life? Probably 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. That certainly changed my dress sense!
Which song would you like played at your funeral? Free-Alright now. It's the first song I remember so I might as well close with it also.
What song is stuck in your head right now?MC Hammer-Can't touch this
What was the first Album you bought? Nirvana-Incesticide
Which song made you want to play music? Hmmm. . I'd say 'Voodoo Child'-Jimi Hendrix