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Lower Loveday

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Tell us a bit about yourself? We're Lower Loveday from the South West Midlands. Our main influences are the Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Kasabian and Blossoms.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? We're creating a new brand of guitar music. A direction where guitar music is heading rather than music that sounds like it's just been regurgitated from previous hits.

What’s your back-story? Tom (Drummer) and Mark (Vocals) have known each other since first school and, after entering a Year 8 talent show, always joked that they'd be in a band together. Fast forward 9 years and after going their separate ways after school, they ended up making this joke become a reality when they randomly bumped into each other whilst travelling Australia. When they both returned from their travels is when the action started. While both working to fine tune their skills, they started hunting for a guitarist and a bassist. After trialling a few, they came across Chris (Lead Guitarist) who had actually been working with Mark for a while but circumstances had stopped the trio combining in a band format months earlier. At the exact same time they came across Stuart (Bass Guitar) on a website searching for band members and after a chat and just one rehearsal it was clear to see we had formed a strong line up.

What are you working on at the moment? We are working towards completing an album of recordings having already professionally recorded 6 songs. Outside this we are looking to boog as many gigs as we can wherever and whenever we can to get our music out there and to perform for as many people as possible!

What's the first song you remember hearing? Tom: I did grow up with music in the house but I’m struggling to remember! But I’d say the first song that impacted me was ‘Brimful of Asha’. This was the very first song I fell in love with properly and was my first favourite song! Mark: Mine was probably 'She's Electric' by Oasis, remember finding the lyrics so interesting when I was very small.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Tom: I’m always that idiot that goes to try and smash ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams, does fine for the first couple verses… then it gets to that chorus… and that’s where it all goes wrong! Mark: I was actually thinking the same one, guess it's just another classic karaoke song.

What was the first gig you went to? Tom: I went to a Sugababes concert with my mum and sisters at a mini festival thing. Genuine. Although my first proper gig was seeing U2 with my Dad at the Millennium Stadium. First time I heard that Vertigo riff life I had never felt anything like it, the riff just going through my body. Mark: I went to see Chas & Dave with my parents when I was pretty young, was good though, although I think I fell asleep as it was way past my bed time back then. My first proper gig would have been Arctic Monkeys.

Which song do you wish you'd written? Tom: ‘Happy Birthday to you’… No I’d probably say ‘Be My Baby’ by The Ronettes just because it is THE perfect pop song. Mark: I'd say 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' by the Everly Brother, beautiful song and the vocal harmony sounds amazing.

Which song changed your life? Tom: Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. It was the song that got me hooked on Arctic Monkeys, the band that made me properly obsessed with music. Mark: I'd have to go with another Arctic Monkeys song, 'Mardy Bum'. I didn't used to like them at all until this songs came on before a night out and everyone was singing it. I liked it so got Tom to lend me the CD and that song led to listening to the whole album and then the rest which definitely got me hooked on them.

Which song would you like played at your funeral? Tom: I’m one of these horrible people that wants some serious tear shed when I hit the bucket so I’d find a real tearjerker like Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurts’. Then once everyone’s had a good old cry I’d want it to come straight back in with ‘Wannabe’ by Spice Girls ‘I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want’. Mark: I'm the opposite to that and want everyone to be having a great old time at my funeral but I'd have to go with 'Let It Be' by The Beatles. I've always loved that songs from being very small and I think it would match the occasion.

What song is stuck in your head right now?Tom: Having just answered that previous question it’s wannabe by spice girls! But my head is like a jukebox there’s always something playing but at the minute more than anything else I’d say Believe by Cher, because the DMA’s did a beautiful cover and it’s just an incredible song stripped back and that melody just loops over and over in my head. Mark: Yeah I still have the Everly Brothers in my head from a previous 'Humongous' by Declan McKenna, really like his debut album and went to go see him recently so that's probably why.

What was the first Album you bought? Tom: The Darkness – Permission to Land. My first favourite band and I loved that album! Mark: I'd probably say mine was all 3 of the Arctic Monkeys first 3 albums all at the same time. When I'd listened to their first album I was borrowing from Tom I knew I needed everything they currently had out!

Which song made you want to play music? Tom: I’d have to go with Led Zeppelin – Black Dog. The drumming made me want to play drums. The guitar parts made me want to play guitar. Mark: I'm going to go with Frankie Lymon & Tyhe Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love. I remember it always used to come on on long car journeys and singing along to it, it's such a fun song to sing. Might struggle nowadays!

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