Band Interview: Wasted Years

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Wasted Years is an Alternative rock group from Ayrshire made up of Dennis Coles on Lead Vocals, Will Phillips on Guitar/Vocals, Jamie McJannet on Guitar/ Vocals, Gus Manson on Bass and Carson Denham on Drums. I’ve reviewed Wasted Years music, you can check that out here

So first of how did you all meet?
We met through high school and college.

Where are you all from?

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?
Dennis and Will both got their first guitars at age of 12 and have been playing for over 10 years. Jamie and Gus have both been playing for around 7 or 8 years.  Carson says he can’t remember the last time he wasn’t banging a drum set.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Alternative rock with pop punk influences.

What are your influences?
Green day, Stone Sour, ADTR, Avenged Sevenfold.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
No we stick mainly to our own original music however we would consider doing covers to change up things every now and then depending on the gig.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?
We know what your thinking… it had nothing to do with Iron Maiden!  At the time we were looking for a band name and it was brought up as a suggestion so we filed with it and we’ve stuck with it ever since.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?
We record our songs or any ideas at our home studio.

What are your rehearsals generally like?
Our rehearsals are as structured as possible to benefit us in bringing the best live show possible.  

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
During a live show at Audio Glasgow, we were debuting our new single at the time “Fight or Flight” and Dennis totally brain farted and forgot the lyrics! instead of not singing he made a rather strange humming noise. He thought nobody would notice, but the show was being filmed so everything was caught on camera! the boys won’t ever let him forget it.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
JAMIE…….but seriously being able to be comfortable on stage is something we will always need worked on, also defining the sound as a band and being comfortable with the music we’re writing.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Our new EP Moving Mountains is available online from main distributors such as iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp

Have you released anything yet/if they have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
The new EP has went down really well with new crowds as we are currently on tour showcasing it at the moment. We also have a summer tour planned, but this is still in the works.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ve performed venues such as the O2 ABC, Audio, Ivory Blacks, The Garage, Nice N Sleazys and few other pub venues around Glasgow. Audio is our favourite venue as we liked the way the guys worked in their, the guys worked really well with us and a good crowd reaction.

What do you think about downloading music online?
Downloading music  makes your material a lot more accessible and makes it easier to for you to reach out to a wider audience.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
We feel that bands are being more independent because they are being more directive to fans and taking control of how they want their music to be heard.


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