Band Interview: The Bleeders

The Bleeders Band Artwork

So first of how did you all meet?
We first met in the school soul band and have been making terrible music together ever since.

Where are you all from?
We’re both from Glasgow.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?
I think Daniel has been playing drums for about 12 years. I started playing guitar like 5 minutes before I joined the soul band.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Like heavy pop songs. Hop songs that ain’t hip.

What are your influences?
We’re into Pixies, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Radiohead and Simply Red.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
Our go to covers are Venus by Bananarama and 5,6,7,8 by Steps. Genuinely.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?
We just picked a title that might lure in dyslexic Kim Deal fans.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?
We both write the songs. Sometimes we write whole songs individually, but usually we each have ideas and mesh them together. Daniel is a mad melody maker and I tend to focus on the lyrics so we complement each other.

What are your rehearsals generally like?
The one thing we don’t do in rehearsals is actually rehearse. We get distracted five minutes in and end up writing new songs. I’m not sure we’ve done a gig without playing a new song. It’s probably a terrible idea but it keeps us interested and helps us stay tight.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
We’re really boring people who usually just sit about drinking tea and talking about conspiracy theories to be honest.

What song do you remember most from your childhood?
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It by The Fresh Prince.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Learning how to play as a two-piece. We had some teething problems with that at first but now it’s super streamlined and makes learning new songs and doing soundchecks a breeze.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
We’re on ITunes and all the other platforms but you can pretty much hear us for free on Spotify so I’d go there for a wee jam.

Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
Our debut EP “Greetings From The Bleeders” is not long out and we’ve got loads of good reviews, but I wouldn’t tell someone their band was terrible so plenty of people probably hate it haha. We’re recording again right now, so keep your eyes peeled.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ve played most places in Glasgow. We aren’t big fans of King Tuts and its weird layout. Priory is a buzz. It’s good to play on the same level as the audience and be super close. We’re playing The Green Room in Perth on the 9th of November and Audio on the 17th.

What do you think about downloading music online?
It’s a really weird time. We’re the first generation to have every genre of music at our fingertips, I’m really grateful for that. I stream all my music because I don’t have any money and wouldn’t expect anybody else to pay for mine. We don’t make a penny as a band so we can’t really contribute an opinion on whether musicians get paid fairly or not. Making music is an expensive addiction and I’d sell my car to fund it. If we get paid then that’s cool, if not that’s cool too. I don’t even know if I answered this question right but it’s cool.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
The actual industry is down the toilet. There are just a few big companies left to pump out the chart music. It’s probably because it’s so easy to put out music from your bedroom now which is quality. Anyone can do it. We’re not to phased about what happens to the music industry though. People will make music anyway.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
John Martyn would be a good laugh and he liked a drink. It was one of the factors that led to him losing a leg but these things happen.


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