1. How did you get your initial start in music?
I stole a guitar from a shop when I was a young (naughty) whippersnapper because I’d heard rock music was a “great way to get chicks”. Turns out that wasn’t true.
- What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
It would be super lovely to be reach a point where our music pays for itself!
At the moment it’s a rather bloody expensive hobby, as the money that comes in is far outweighed by what goes out! So self-sustainability is our number one goal. Then, once we’ve achieved that, we’d like to make enough money to maintain our penchant for high-quality cocaine and low-quality hookers.
- How long have you been writing your own music?
Personally, I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, and have never ‘grown out’ of it.
- Who are your top three influences and why?
Rage Against the Machine – Massive riffs and the band have so much energy and passion. Plus, I would class Tom Morello as the greatest guitarist of all time.
Metallica – Despite the bad publicity that the band almost seem to actively seek, I love Metallica and have done ever since I first discovered them as an angsty teen. Cracking tunes and a wonderful diversity of sound and genre. I even like St Anger.
Queens Of The Stone Age – I love Kyuss, but Homme went to a whole new level with QOTSA. Beautifully crafted songs with killer licks and melodies.
- Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
Our E.P. has been offically recorded as a 14.6 on the goodness scale. Fact.
- Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Southampton has several great venues, including (but certainly not limited to); The Joiners (voted Britain’s Best Small Venue), The Talking Heads (who kindly let us use their venue to shoot our music video) and The Hobbit (where entry is free to the music room, so one can often stumble across something awesome whilst on a night out).
- Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
The best band in Southampton are called “Science of Eight Limbs”. They’re a two-piece with a mind-blowing sound. Everyone is currently raving about another two-piece, Royal Blood, who are extremely good, but Science of Eight Limbs would eat them for breakfast, then vomit them back up and eat the vomit too. With some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
There’s a plethora of talent in the local scene. Some of my personal favourites (i.e. bands of the ‘rock’ persuasion) include; Chrome Ghost, These Septic Stars and SomaHigh. They’re not strictly local, but I was reminded at a gig last night of how much I like Freeway Mad and their insatiably enthusiastic classic rock tones.
Also, a deserved shout out to Don’t Wake the Bear, whose bassist is embarking on a solo, unsupported trek to the South Pole in the name of charity. Nutter. Read about it here (it’s far more interesting than anything I have to say)…
- Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Our first E.P. will be released on 27th October and will be available on iTunes, Amazon Music and all major digital music stores. Until then, you can download a track for FREE from here:
Website – http://herculesmorse.co.uk/
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