They really are The Real Alternative.
While She Sleeps were winners of The Real Alternative award at the first ever Rock Sound Awards powered by EMP.
In the magazine we spoke to vocalist Loz Taylor all about the band's independent spirit. Here's a taster...
YOU'VE PUT A LOT OF WORK IN ACROSS THE BOARD IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. HAVE THINGS WORKED HOW YOU WANTED THEM TO? ARE YOU PLEASED THAT YOU DID PUT IN THE WORK TO GET WHERE YOU ARE AND BE STANDING TALL AS AN INDEPENDENT BAND WITH SO MUCH SUCCESS?
"It still shocks me whenever we walk out on to a stage in general that people would want to hear me shout my head off. It’s always a nice feeling when that happens. We’re very humbled by it and we don’t take it for granted at all.
In our career, going through things like throat surgery and working through that as a band. Some of the guys have known each other since year 8 at school, so when you look back and try and explain stuff and say that we’ve had a 13 or 14-year apprenticeship to get to where we are. So it’s nice and not everybody gets that opportunity.
We are grateful that people like us and listen to our band and want to come and sing along with us at shows and enjoy watching our band play. We are always humbled by it and never take it for granted. Not to make our heads big but it’s always a really nice feeling when we sit around on tours and watch videos we have put up from past tours and go ‘bloody hell this was 7 years ago’. Like where does the time go, but also none of us would have it any other way. We’ve put the work in but the fact we have the fan base there that still wants to see us play and people keep finding out about us is unbelievable."
THERE'S A LOT OF WHILE SHE SLEEPS INFLUENCE IN A LOT OF NEW BANDS. THAT MUST FEEL AMAZING.
"That’s always a difficult one for us. When you’re in a band and surrounded by the sound that you create and the people in the band on tour, we always feel like you’re stuck in a bubble. It’s hard to look out and think ‘oh they sound a bit like us’. If anyone takes influence or inspiration from any of our music, which I’m sure they do, that’s such a nice feeling.
It was exactly the same for me as a kid listening to heavy bands and taking influence, so the fact that happens is apparent and works with people in this day and age exactly the same as it did for me. Even now I put shows on in my hometown where I grew up. I remember seeing Kasabian play to 80 people at the Doncaster Leopard. I always reference that because now they are a massive band and if I hadn’t been interested in going to see bands when I was a kid I wouldn’t have been able to say I saw that happen.
I still put shows on in my hometown and try and inspire people to come to the shows and experience something different or influence them to create their own band or take on an instrument. I always want to continue doing that."
DO YOU FEEL AS THOUGH THERE IS A REALLY STRONG SCENE IN 2017?
"I don’t think it ever stops. Things change and genres change but I think there’s just a continual vibe. I think the more people that hear different styles of music the better really. We get labelled a lot as a gateway band because people get along with the melodies and the unity vibe in the same way that I did with Comeback Kid. They also had a punk-rock vibe and I think it does open a door to go and listen to other bands that are like us and also heavier.
A lot of people say to us at shows that we were the first metal band that they got in to. That’s never going to stop being special for us. The fact that the heavy side of things is still very much alive and so many bands are keeping it alive is just a great thing."
GOING INTO 2018, IS THE FUTURE PRETTY UNWRITTEN WITH WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THE BAND'S SOUND?
"Yeah, accidentally on purpose almost. We’ve always kept the genre side of things very much open and we have always wanted to do what we want. We never stop working out different ways to work in different instruments and different vocal styles and move different things into place and switch things around. I think it’s very important for us as musicians to carry on doing that.
We are always messing around with funky instruments to try and bring into our metal sound if you like. Without sounding up our own arses, I don’t think there is another band out there that sounds like While She Sleeps. There may be elements but I don’t think there is a band that sounds like us. I think that’s what keeps our fans coming back. We don’t know what to expect from the next While She Sleeps record and I think that’s exciting for everyone."
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