#09. Ten Questions With… Spires

Spires came to my attention after the band was rated by a friend of mine. I then checked out this unsigned band and the current track New Light only wets your appetite for more material. I plan to catch this band live in the future as I can tell the gigs will be absolutely brilliant.

Spires have also supported Cage and the Elephant in the past. I definately predict big things for Spires.

So when James who is the drummer in the band agreed to take part in the ten questions series I was delighted:

01. What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?
My first instrument was actually a “Mickey Mouse” drum kit, which i got on my 4th birthday, even then i was smashing away at it!

02. What was your favourite gig you have headlined or supported at?
I have to say the oxford zodiac (oxford academy) supporting Cage the Elephant on the 2nd date of their 2008 Tour. It was a sold out venue, and we got a great reception and quite overwhelming, as we hadn’t done anything like that before.

03. If you were to collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
John Bonhom! Definately, John….. why..ummm.. To see who could hit the hardest! He is one of my earliest inspirations, my step-dad got me into Led Zeppelin and seeing him smack that kit was amazing.

04. Favourite song to sing live and why?
Has to be a song by spires, called Circles. I love the textures and the locking in of me and the bassist – Jack Allinson. Plus its a raw drum and bass groove which i can throw in some linear fills,

05. Favourite music venue and why?
The Cambridge Junction. We played with Cage there, and it was a great atmosphere and great sound – thanks James (soundman for that night)

06. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
Spires write about people and places. We look at what the average listener can relate to and we also look at poems and literature: especially George Orwell.

07. Describe your music in 3 words?
(an) Ambient Electro Experience

08. What tips do you offer to any one wanting to become a singer or start a band?
Just keep fighting for what you want to do and perform every gig like it’s your best one. Perform like you would at Wembley, as u do not know who is watching you! Also just be really nice to everyone (but be genuinely nice!)

09. Who is your favourite singer or band at the moment?
Personally i really like Coldplay – they are a band which i can also listen to, but for live – i think it has to be Metronomy, amazing live show

10. Goals for the year?
We really want to get gigging and have a single out, we would love to get a great support slot and just meet a lot of new faces and play every show like its the last,

To go to Spires Myspace and to view tour dates go to: www.myspace.com/spiresofficial

Check this band out when you can because the rate they are going it wont be long till they are gracing the Radar page in NME


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