Published on November 1st, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Wallasey rockers Guardians are readying their eponymous mini-album for a January release, so Rocksucker fired them over some questions in order to find out more about their own particular operation…
What’s the line-up of the band?
Brad Done, lead guitarist, lead vocalist; Craig Henderson, rhythm guitar, vocals; Sean McMinn-Davies, bass guitar, vocals; Mike Priest, drums, vocals.
How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
We are from Wallasey, Wirral (“over the water” from Liverpool), and formed in 2006 when all the band mates were at school – makes it six years, we think. Although we have gone through a name change we have the exact same line-up as back then.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
It’s hard for us to put a name on it, as our music comes from such a wide background but we tend to say rock/alternative. Think of a combination of Foo Fighters, Young Guns and Rage Against Machine, and you might be close.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
We are based on Merseyside and have gigged in Liverpool mostly. We record all our music in our rehearsal space (Mike’s basement), Brad makes all the recordings then mixes/masters in his studio he runs from home on Cubase! We have been to a few studios but we’ve always found a way of doing things ourselves when cash flow says we can’t. This way we also get to spend a while on perfecting the tracks, and enjoying as we do!
Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?
No, we’re not signed but are constantly looking for opportunities.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
We have a mini-album coming out at the start of next year (7th January). We’ve ingeniously called it Guardians. We feel this is the pinnacle of our sound, combining all aspects of our music, from epic choruses and jumpy beats to outright metal riffs.
Where can we hear your music online?
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
We’ve had some pretty cool gigs and times on our travels. Supporting The Blackout was a dream come true for us, having been fans for years. We’ve also had some pretty crazy packed out headline shows with our mate’s bands; they’re always fun! Every time we release something new we’ll usually have some sort of launch gig/party. They’re always our favourite!
Got any more coming up?
We playing The Krazyhouse, Liverpool Halloween special, which is an awesome venue and is always packed. We also have a headline show at The Picket in Liverpool on 17th November, same day as the Liverpool music awards which we are nominated as “ones to watch” for, so get your vote in online! Mindless plugging!
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Brad: Bon Iver, Clint Mansell, Ellie Goulding, Architects & Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Craig: my listening changes weekly, I’m actually really in to my house/drum and bass music at the moment. But would be bands like Enter Shikari, Lost Prophets, Foo Fighters (think were pretty much agreed on Foo’s them) Also into a band called “Bastille” at the moment. Always been a massive fan of Paulo Nutini too, bit out of place I know.
Sean: It’s a tough one, what i’m listening to changes all the time, but right now i’d choose Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Kings of Leon and I’m really into a band called ‘The Cat Empire’ at the moment, so i’d take their stuff.
Mike: Simon and Garfunkel, The Used, Skrillex, Foo Fighters and Blink 182! Short and sweet.
Guardians, thank you.