Band Interview: Blind Daze

Blind Daze band

So first of how did you all meet?

PeterI’ve Known Craig since we were kids although we were both into music we had never played in a band together till now.

AllyMyself and Nathan have known each other from school and met Peter through a local music project called Rock the Talk, Peter was looking for new members to join the band and that’s when we met Craig.

Where are you all from?

CraigWe all come from in and around the Falkirk/Grangemouth area.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

PeterI’ve been playing guitar since I was 16 but it’s only in the last 8 – 10 years that I’ve been singing and fronting bands.

CraigI started playing drum back in 1992 so 26 years still to have a lesson though!

AllyI started playing guitar around 8 years ago.

NathanI’ve been playing bass now for 10 years

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

CraigI would say alternative rock.

PeterHeavy rock with a classic edge.

AllyHeavy rock but we do have a mellow side.

NathanCan I get away with just saying rock!

What are your influences?

PeterBands like Sabbath, Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi and in more recent years bands like Alter Bridge and Shinedown have had a big influence on me. Slash was one of the reasons I picked up the guitar.

AllyFor me bands like Monster Truck, Biffy Clyro, Paramore have been a big influence.

NathanAs a band we pull all our influences into one to create our sound. My personal influence stems from bands like Rush, Muse and Dream Theatre.

CraigThe list is long lol, Dream Theater, Pantera, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Blackstone Cherry, Shinedown.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

PeterWe like to mess around with a few cover songs to break up rehearsals but our go to live song is our version of Lynyrd Skynyrd song Simple Man.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?

PeterCraig and myself played around with different ideas for names and Blind Daze just seemed to stand out (and it was only name not already taken lol) The name itself is a kind of play on words like when you are in a daze and not paying attention to anything around you.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?

NathanPeter will write a few song and bring them into rehearsal let us hear then and then we jam and come up with ideas for developing the songs.

AllySometimes we jam and come up with a riff or a line of lyrics and build a song from there.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

CraigWe normally warm up by going over songs from our set list, play around with ideas, talk about gigs, changes to set etc and sometimes we just mess around and have a laugh.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?

PeterI can remember playing a gig at Angry Mics up in Perth and took rock and roll life a bit too far got really drunk and fell over amp (still managed to play song though lol).

CraigPlaying at Nice n Sleazys I fell down basement stairs at back of stage during middle of set.

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

Craig‘Double Talking’ Jive Guns n Roses

Peter‘Freebird Lynyrd’ Skynyrd my dad used to play it on guitar

Ally Defo ‘Basket Case’ Green Day growing up whenever I was around my mum Kerrang would be on TV and song would always be on.

NathanNARC by Interpol, the sound, melodies and bass carrying the song underneath chords made me want to play a more lead/aggressive style of bass.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

PeterFor me it was having to find new members to replace original bass player when he left. The long periods of uncertainty of finding replacement good enough can be stressful but it worked out in our favour as band went in different and better direction.

Nathanit can be challenging getting us all in one place for rehearsals sometimes due to work but it makes us work harder and make sure our live show is the best it can be.

AllyIt’s not really a band thing but as an individual I find it hard putting myself out in front of people as I get anxious being centre of attention but being in a band has really helped me with this.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

Fans can gain access to our music via Facebook, reverbnation, YouTube and at gigs

Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

CraigWe are about to release our first proper EP ‘Consequences’ it took us a little bit longer than we planned due to making a few changes to tracks once we had recorded them. We are looking now to release a single from the EP at beginning of March and then go out and do a series of gigs to promote new EP.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Peterwe have play lots of venues throughout Central Scotland Nice n Sleazys, The Box, The Garage Attic, Ivory Blacks and Pivo Pivo in Glasgow, Whistlebinkies in Edinburgh, PJ Molloys and Monty’s Bar in Dunfermline. Artisan Tap, 20 Rocks, Firkins and Behind the Wall in Falkirk. My favourite venue would be Monty’s Bar is not big but always has a good rock crowd.

Nathanmy favourite venue is Ivory Blacks

AllyWe don’t really have a venue we dislike although smaller venues can be a challenge with limited stage space (it sucks getting hit with bass every 5 mins lol)

PeterWe are not really fans of pay per play venues.

What do you think about downloading music online?

NathanIt’s the way all music is going now, it’s a quick and easy way to get your music out there although it’s harder now for bands to make money from music sales.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

CraigI feel it’s a lot harder to make it now than it was before record companies don’t want to invest long term in bands they prefer the quick easy bubblegum pop. The record industry has never recovered from illegal downloading and with platforms like YouTube and Spotify etc artists and bands band can bypass record companies and get their music out there.

NathanPop music is a massive ear sore. I sometimes flick through new music releases on YouTube to stay up to date with popular tracks. But none of them I’ve listened to in the last year have gave me the same sense of ambition like my influences have. Great musicians used to make great music now it just mediocre musicians making mediocre music, with a producer who knows how to use digital instruments.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?

PeterMyles Kennedy from Alter Bridge the guy has an incredible voice and way of interpreting songs. It would be awesome to crack open the whisky and jam!

NathanEasily Geddy Lee. I’m a fan of prog rock and I’d love to take a closer look at his writing style and how writes his basslines.

Ally Matthew Mercer, he is the voice actor in the gaming industry and is an all-round incredible dude.


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