Essex band The Lowriders released their new EP ‘I Am Soldier’ on March 31st, a group of pounding rock tracks and an electro remix written for the British film of the same name. The songs were written specifically for inclusion on the soundtrack of the film at the request of writer-director Ronnie Thompson (Screwed, Towerblock, Green Street 3).
The result is a recognisably British, unpretentious hit of 21st Century Rock’n’Roll, bearing comparisons to acts as diverse as Kasabian, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who.
Here, The Lowriders’ Dave Garlick talks us through their music career so far:
1. How did you get your initial start in music?
I was brought up listening to Marvin Gaye, Ray Davies, Sinatra, The Beatles. As a band we were inspired by great British bands. We wrote and played live. Eventually, we created our own label adrenalin records.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
Keep doing things our way – for love – a fair financial reward for our endeavours – to play to some big crowds. To inspire others to think the impossible – possible.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
Since I was a kid. In bands, 15 years. This band – 5.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
The Who – none better live. Led Zep close second.
Paul Weller – inspirational force of nature.
Blur – Eclectic – heart warming geniuses.
Newer bands include Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Metronomy, Tame Impala, Gentlemen. Grohl, Homme, Coxon, Gallagher.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
It’s got a lot of heart and soul. We were approached by the screenwriter (Ronnie Thompson – Towerblock, Screwed) during the writing of the screenplay for film I Am Soldier – we got a copy and read it – got ideas from there. The new material has been fascinating to produce – each song recorded in a different way. Some from jam sessions cut into an arrangement and vocal melody added. Some from live adding overdubs.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
We are based in east Essex – Clacton/Colchester/St Osyth (practice venue).
Local scene has begun to thrive of late. Colchester especially. We hope we are having a hand in that.
The Arts Centre, V Bar, The Bull, (all colchester) Kings Arms St Osyth.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
George Henry King, Kevin Pearce, Animal Noise, Dingus Khan, Ordinary Noise, vibe’s healthy.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Webpages/links – to SoundCloud and previous album Fury –
Follow us on Twitter@thelowriders
New album out in May.—