Violet Bones are a rock’n'roll band and they sweat pure adrenaline. They’re performing at our showcase on Friday night at The Great Escape at The Latest Music Bar. Doors at 7pm. Free entry.
Singer Si has this to say:
1. Why do you make music?
We make music as a reaction to all the different aspects of our lives. It’s the best way for us to express ourselves and the only thing we are 100% passionate about. Music has become a lifestyle for us. Music is what we have done so for the last 10 years, since we were teenagers and it’s imprinted in us now.
2. Who inspires you?
Inspiration comes from everywhere and everything. We’re inspired by not only the music we listen to, but the stories people tell us, photographs and pieces of art we see, the whole world around us can be inspiring, even at the worst of times!
3. How did you meet each other?
We all met when we were at school. Me (Si) and Rik have been best friends all our lives, living next door to each other throughout our childhood. We went to different secondary schools, Rik met Stuart and I met Oz. Oz and Si started jamming, Rik learned the guitar and started to join us. Stu turned up a bit later on, claiming to play bass (though at the time had just picked one up!) and that’s how it has been ever since!
4. When did you decide that being in a band was an idea worth pursuing?
Around the time all our mates went to University, we made a decision that we wanted to play music instead and do our best to make a success of it. We had left school and the time felt right, we were able to gig more, write more and in doing so, gained a small, but loyal following. So we bought an old van and started to gig as much as we could!
5. What is the process of writing and working on a track in your band?
Usually, I (Si) will write on my acoustic, a rough idea for a song, scribble down the lyrics and then take it to rehearsals. We play through it a few times building up ideas, rhythms and work on the melody. Once we have that we try to look a bit more in depth at the dynamics and the structure of the song.
6. What does your music sound like to you?
Garage Rock, with a vein of punk running thought it.
7. Where do you see the band in five years?
We want to still be writing music that we enjoy playing! We want to be touring further afield and to larger crowds, where we see our live show thrive and develop. We’re a band that are in it for the long run and want to produce great music that people enjoy for years, even decades to come.