Wednesday, 6 June 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins are a band from Edinburgh who have been snaking their way up through the live music scene in Edinburgh and beyond for about a year and a half now.  They've just released their debut EP 'Misery Lake' and took some time to answer a few questions for us.  Have a read!

Hello, how are you?

I'm good thanks.

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

Sure!  We are a four piece indie, alternative, country, grunge and early punk influenced band from Edinburgh.  My song writing influences are pretty vast and always seem to be changing; but at the moment they're more the American indie/alternative bands of the 80's onwards like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Whiskeytown, Death Cab For Cutie, Cat Power, The Pixies.  But stuff like Nick Cave and The Clash too.  I will stop otherwise we will be here all night!  Haha!

What's your song writing process like?

It begins with me and a guitar.  But often its just a line of lyrics, a word or song title.  And then I will build it up until I have got the words, vocal melodies, chords and song structure which is the point I take it to the band and they will add their parts and we will try things and work together to help improve, add to and flesh out the song.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Erm... thats' a good question.  We work very hard on our live set but sometimes like all new bands you don't have the best of luck with sound so we are currently looking to add a sound tech to our live set up which we are hoping will help improve our live shows.  I always remember watching a Death Cab For Cutie documentary and Nick Hammer (bassist from Death Cab For Cutie) saying, "we put the punk in punctual".  That rings true for me, the hard work ethic.  That said growing up one favourite live gigs was The Vines...

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

The last six months; self funding and self releasing our debut EP 'Misery Lake'.  Its been so much hard work but its been so rewarding.  The last two music videos, 'Yesterday' and '21st Century Man', and playing Liquid Rooms three times and King Tut's in that period of time.

What have you got planned for the rest of 2012?

Really hone our live set and performance and then get back playing live at the end of the summer.  Currently it is promo for this EP and trying to gain more interest from the right management and labels.

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'scene'?

Generally pretty good.  A great history.  But I'd like to see the British music scene in general be able to focus more on new and up and coming bands, rather than the same safety net of acts from the 1960-1990's still clogging up the airwaves and festival stages.  But thats maybe unrealistic at the moment with the economy and music industry taking such a kicking.

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

In Edinburgh, Thank You So Nice and The Spook School.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

Knock knock...

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  1. That was a pretty interesting series of responses. Sounds like the man has done his musical homework and the video is very good. I reckon a band to watch!Good one.