Band Interview: The Fables

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So first of how did you all meet?

Some of us have known each other since we were knee high to a grasshopper, while a happy combination of coincidences led us to encounter the others.

Where are you all from?

We have three West End Boys, a South Sider and one from The Shire (Lanarkshire to be precise).

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

Most of us would have started in our early teens, with the exception of our lead guitarist Lloyd who mastered all the major scales before he could walk or talk.

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

We never like to pigeonhole ourselves as we have a wide and disparate range of influences, in the broadest sense of the term we would simply call it rock music.

What are your influences?

How long have you got? Classic bands such as The Beatles, The Stones and Oasis loom large in our lives, along with singer songwriters such as Neil Young and Bob Dylan. In addition to this we have members who bring a strong metal and European jazz influence. A sprinkling of blues on top of this melting pot and we have quite an array of sounds there.

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

The last cover we performed was “Been Down So Long” from The Doors’ final album with the late great James Douglas Morrison – “L.A. Woman”; with this tune being a rumbling bluesy rocker it was tailor made for us to perform.

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

Our name was inspired by the bedtime reading of our frontman’s two young children, the key piece of literature being “Aesop’s Fables”.  As soon as “The Fables” was suggested as our name the debates were over.

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

In The Fables we are very fortunate to have a combination of talented songwriters/lyricists and skilled musicians. Some songs are presented practically complete by one member to the rest of the band while others which could be described as group compositions come about as the result of jamming in the studio.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

A wee bit of arguing with regards to the volume of certain members’ instruments, we’re not willing to give away too much more than that.

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

Is this for a family newspaper?

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

In 2015 original drummer Paul McGrane emigrated to Australia. Gutted as we were to see him go he gave us his blessing and encouragement to soldier on, and that’s exactly what we did.

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

They can find us on Facebook and Twitter: @TheFablesMusic

We are on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

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

Yes, our debut single Rock ‘n’ Roll Town may be found on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. The accompanying music video can be viewed on Youtube.

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

We have performed in several venues in Glasgow – Tut’s, Stereo, Broadcast, Grand Ole Opry to name but a few. We are hoping to make a gig announcement very soon so please watch this space…

What do you think about downloading music online?

If we had Lars Ulrich’s money it wouldn’t bother us at all if people stole our songs. As things stand, if we release anything, we’d hope that if people like it then they’d be willing to pay 79 pence for it.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

Ask a record industry exec that question, you could title the piece, “Interview With A Vampire”.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Kurt Cobain, as a legendary performer he’d definitely make for interesting company. There’s also an element of curiosity here, as we’d like to ask him, “Was it her?”


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