Interview With TrueHeights
TrueHeights are currently our go to band and are set for great things.
We've already reviewed their amazing debut EP 'TH15" which you can check out here - http://www.threesongsandout.com/#!True-Heights-TH15-EP-Review/c218b/56c372090cf2da78df4f7178
Now we've had the chance to briefly interview the lads.
Firstly, introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the band and how you came to be?
Zakk: Hi I'm Zakk and I am lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
Steve: My name is Steve and I play synths/keys.
Luke: I'm Luke and I play lead guitar.
Ash: I'm Ash I play bass.
Kris: My name is Kris, I'm drums.
Zakk: We initially started this band effectively as a bit of an experimental project around 18 months ago.
Ash: It was a chance for change, it was a chance to get the feel for working with a different genre and the chance to work with some new songwriters. It was exciting!
Kris: I think we knew from our very first rehearsal that it was just going to work and we were going to have the best time creating this music!
What were you all up to prior to the band, was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?
Luke: Me and Zakk had been a part of a post hardcore 3 piece prior to TH, whereby I actually played drums! I had always played guitar and been interested in being at the front of the stage and having the opportunity to create melody.
Steve: I remember messaging Zakk after hearing the news of his bands split and asking him whether he wanted to try something new because our previous band had also just split. Kris, Ash and myself were also in a band together before TH, whereby we were playing effectively dance-infused metal! Zakk said he had begun writing acoustic music with Luke as a guitarist and we all agreed we wanted a new start and wanted to write music that's accessible and that appeals to the masses.
Your debut EP 'TH15' has been on repeat constantly here at 3 Songs & Out, we love it. Can you tell our readers why they should give the EP a listen?
Zakk: You should listen to "TH15" because it tells the story of change and new beginnings. The record packs emotive and anthemic punch laced with British Rock roots and I think there's a piece of "TH15" that everyone can relate to, young and old. It's got energy, it's got huge choruses, give it a whirl!
What song is your personal favourite and why on the EP?
Luke: Frank packs a punch but I still love City Lies purely because it's my chance to foot a monitor when we play it live! (laughs)
Steve: Shooting Stars for me!
Ash: Frank, for sure.
Who would you say is the bands main song writer or is it a group effort and where do you draw your inspiration lyrically and musically from?
Kris: Zakk writes the majority of lyrics and choruses, but we love to keep a group/family ethic to everything we do so we all have a big input.
Ash: We are literally our own, and each others worst enemy when we are writing. We are super critical of our work before we hit the studio. Which is massively important in any for of art.
Zakk: Yeah we are mega hard on ourselves! I draw a lot of inspiration from different people that I meet and different places that I see, the story of British youth in general is quite inspiring to write about, lyrically.
Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck and why?
Zakk: Last year I was lucky enough to spend Slam Dunk Festival over looking the main stage at the artist VIP bar, that was quite cool. I spent the day sharing a few beers with the likes of Adam Lazzara (Taking Back Sunday), the Don Broco boys, Lower Than Atlantis etc.
Luke: Supporting Freeze The Atlantic last year was pretty awesome. We are big fans of Hundred Reasons and Reuben.
We for one are hoping to catch you on tour with Years Young which starts at the end of this month, what can ourselves and others expect from your live show? Ash: Expect a crazy lighting show, masses of energy and of course HUGE choruses, typical TH style.
Kris: The lighting show is one not to be missed, I'm proud of my creation (laughs)!
Luke: I'll more than likely spend most of my time in the crowd with my guitar. This is happens a lot.
If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow who would it be and why? Steve: Of course, I'm massive fan of electronic based bands so I'd have to say Bring Me The Horizon or 30 Seconds To Mars.
Kris: 30 Seconds to Mars or Kings Of Leon, for sure!
Ash: I always think the lads in Deaf Havana seem like a good laugh.
Luke: Lonely The Brave, hands down. Guitar tone porn discussions all day.
You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick, why and what would you speak about?
Zakk: Kurt Cobain, he's musically my biggest inspiration. I'd ask him where he get's his cool-ass jumpers from!
Kris: Lemmy, purely because he is the pinnacle of Rock & Roll right!? There wouldn't be much more to talk about other than, "Can I have a top up?" or "Can I borrow your lighter?"
And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?
Ash: Absolutely not! Home Alone is where it's at!
Steve: Anything's a Christmas film if its on in December, surely!?
We just want to say thank you for taking the time to answer our questions
Zakk: Pleasure, thank you!
Catch TrueHeights on their UK Tour with Years Young at the end of this month
Check out the video for 'Don't Look Down'
Website - http://trueheights.co.uk/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/trueheightsband
Twitter - https://twitter.com/trueheightsband