Band Interview: Dead Coyotes

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So first of how did you all meet?

Rory: Me and Stephen originally met while playing in another band together. At one of that bands gigs we were the only band to show up so I got up to play a few of my own songs.
Stephen: After a couple of songs he shouted me up to play drums to them even though I no idea what the songs went like. The next day I said to Rory I’d love to play his songs because this one song we’d played, called ‘The Ballad of Johnny Rocka Cola,’ grabbed me so much. So I joined Rory’s band, known then as Audiocut.
Rory: My own band had slumped a little before that as the old members had other commitments and a short while later the band we met in split so we made this band our main priority.
Stephen: Rory had a back catalog of songs, some of which he’d had since he was about 15 and we started working through those so we could find our feet playing with each other.
Dom: I answered a ‘Join My Band’ ad and asked if Rory and Stephen were old men, which they obviously weren’t and so Dead Coyotes were born!

Where are you all from?

Rory: I’m originally from South London but I’ve lived in Scotland for 10 years, I’m pretty much from Coatbridge now! (Minus the accent.)
Stephen: I grew up in a tiny wee village called Braidwood in South Lanarkshire, now I live in the town next to it called Carluke.
Dom: I grew up and still stay on the outskirts of Glasgow. It’s not hard to find good music here, so I love it.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

Rory: I played guitar since primary school, but got my first electric when I was 10, at that time I couldn’t even fit my fingers around the fretboard!
Stephen: I started playing drums when in 5th year at school so I must have been playing for around 6 years now.
Dom: I was originally a drummer throughout secondary school, and played for about 4-5 years after deciding I was bored of drums (sorry). I got my first bass guitar at around 14, and it’s been an obsession ever since, so around 6 years!

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

Dom: We find it hard to simply put us down as pure rock as we feel at times we’re a lot heavier and lighter than that, but then we’ve never been great at putting ourselves in a particular style!
Rory: As long as it’s loud and groovy then it’s good with us, but if we had to choose, we would probably say desert rock/stoner rock!
Stephen: I’d say we’re just good old fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll, but with lots of  mad noises.

What are your influences?

Rory: Some of our big influences are Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Sonic Youth and Black Sabbath! All fantastic bands with their own respective sounds. They have all helped to inspire what we do whilst we try to find our own sound.
Stephen: I can’t believe you forgot Led Zeppelin… That’s as good as blasphemy, and The Beatles!

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

Rory: We haven’t really done any covers so far, so we don’t have any go-to covers. But we recently started working on a version of ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles! It was an interesting challenge to pay homage to the song whilst putting our own spin on it, we hope people enjoy it when we get round to playing it live!
Stephen: We used to do a not bad cover of SWLABR by Cream but that seems to have fallen by the wayside.

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

Rory: The name Dead Coyotes emerged from a drunken bar room discussion where it was the only thing we could think of with a desert tinge, which is one of the genres we all love.
Stephen: As far as I remember we kind of squished two names together to make Dead Coyotes cos we couldn’t agree on any of the ideas we had. I always like ‘Milk.’

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

Dom: Pretty much all of our earlier stuff was just Rory, as he’s been working on the general idea of this band for a long time. Now it’s grown to encompass ideas from Stephen and me!
Rory: Our new material has been made as a collective and we’ve matured, grown, all while enjoying the process. So it’s all of us musically and me lyrically.
Stephen: We’ve also got much heavier somehow…

What are your rehearsals generally like?

Dom: Rehearsals are very, very interesting. If we’re writing, it’ll mostly be Stephen coming up with a beat or Rory working on a riff he has, with me tuning in to see if there’s anything I can throw in!
Stephen: Like an actual filthy ending riff!
Rory: However, no matter what Stephen will be very warm, Dom always very cold, and I can’t ever stand still!
Stephen: Rory’s also a taskmaster, it’s lucky none of us smoke cause breaks are pretty few and far between.

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

Rory: We played Ivory Blacks one night and getting there was an effort in itself! 3 of us and all of the band’s gear, including most of a drum set, all crammed into an old Saab, which decided that the shock absorbers didn’t want us to play that night. Some people might have questioned us,  running back and forth in what was barely a car, but we managed!
Dom: The show must go on!
Stephen: We also played a gig at The Priory in Glasgow at the end of 2016 and the band on after us blew up the PA system. We were just relieved it wasn’t us.

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

Rory: For me the song that comes to mind when I think of my childhood is Radiohead’ ‘Karma Police,’ they were the first band I really got into and I was fascinated by the sounds they could create and the melodies within their songs. To this day ‘Ok Computer’ is one of my all-time favourite albums and helped me to really get into music.
Stephen: The music I remember most from my childhood has to be Pink Floyd, specifically ‘The Great Gig In the Sky.’ Also a lot of songs by Free like ‘All Right Now’ and ‘Mr Big.’
Dom: The song I remember most from my childhood is definitely “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz. To this day, still one of my favourite songs and albums, even if it’s not what I’d normally pick!

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

Rory: As a band, like other bands, we’ve had to face the dreaded technical difficulties when gigging. When you just start out that can be quite daunting because the sense of dread can be overpowering, however you learn to cope with setbacks like that. Our biggest challenges are in front of us, we’ve tried to map out a modest game plan for 2018, if it goes bigger than that then we won’t be complaining.
Stephen: I’d actually say me and Doms biggest challenge is Rory as he seems to think all the songs we write are easy when they’re really not!

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

Rory: We are currently on Youtube some of our music as well as some live videos and all our recorded songs are available to download for free from our Soundcloud. We’ll hopefully branch out to places such as Spotify and Bandcamp to widen our audience in the very near future.
Dom: Searching for “Dead Coyotes” on those two platforms should bring us right up!

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

Rory: To date, we have 3 live videos recorded by Neil McKenzie which are available on our Youtube channel. Our first EP, ‘Don’t Get Lost In The Desert’ was released when we started gigging back in 2016 and we put out our second EP called ‘Dog’s Gold’ last summer, again people can have a listen to both on our Youtube and Soundcloud. We’ve recently just finished four new tracks with Lewis Glass at ‘Glassworks Studio Recording,’ which we consider our home away from home and Lewis an honorary Coyote.
Dom: We have huge plans for the next few months with this material but you’ll need to stay tuned to find out just what they are.

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

Rory: We loved playing at Audio in Glasgow, a real music venue with no frills, all energy, every band should try to get on a bill there. We’ve played King Tuts twice, once last June supporting one of our favourite local bands Tijuana Bibles and a second time as part of their New Year’s Revolution Festival, highlighting the emerging bands for 2018. Oddly enough we’ve never had a show that we felt was let down due to the venue, it’s only ever been technical issues, so we don’t actually have a least favourite yet! We would like to play venues outside of Glasgow and that’s part of our game plan for this year, so hopefully we’ll be coming to a venue near you soon!

What do you think about downloading music online?

Rory: We feel like downloading is a good thing, but like anyone, we think piracy sucks. If you like our music, all of it is free online, so we haven’t experienced this yet, however a lot of people have suffered from it. There are so many good bands out there, support them!
Stephen: For me as long as you pay for your music I don’t mind how you choose to consume it.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

Rory: The emergence of small independent labels has been a positive thing because it affords bands a better chance to get music out there. However, Simon Cowell and the rest of the karaoke reality shows have totally f****d a lot of opportunities for hard working bands that write their own music, fund their own material and generally do it for the love of playing live music.

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

Rory: For me it would have to be Robin Williams, dinner with him would be a total blast and sadly it couldn’t last long enough with his effortless ability to make people laugh.
Stephen: For me if it was a contemporary figure it would have to be John Bonham from Led Zeppelin as he is the sole reason I wanted to play drums and he continues to inspire me today. However, if your giving me a choice of anyone ever it would probably be someone like Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great because people like that influenced the world in such a profound way that we can still feel their influence.
Dom: I would probably say Missy Elliott, as odd as that might seem for me. If you’ve ever followed her, you’ll know just how positive she is. She’s extremely funny too, and while our tastes might differ, she actually has some incredible songs. (I’m into quite a variety of music, and hip-hop definitely has its place with me) Rory and Stephen will definitely judge me for this one.
Stephen: No… I’d never judge you for anything.


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