Pioneers are set to play a huge headline show at The Loft tonight in Southampton. With support from Fret-Buzz favourites KICKS, this is going to be a gig to remember. So, to get you hyped for tonight, here’s an interview the guys we did a while back with a few pics so you know what to expect and what they look like.
Hi, I’m Toby and I’m lead guitarist.
I’m Sam and I do the vocals.
I’m Charlie and I’m the drummer.
I’m Bailey and I play the bass.
Where are you guys from?
Were all from the Totton and Marchwood area in Southampton – so very local
How long have you been together?
About a year and a month – so not long. End of December 2016. We agreed on new years eve that year to make the band. We’ve done other things with other people before, but this is the only thing that’s really clicked from the beginning. A lot’s happened in a year.
How did you form together – what made it stick?
Sam said we should make the band – that was literally it. Charlie and Bailey just basically picked up an instrument and learnt it for the band. They didn’t play before. Baileys learnt the bass and Charlie’s learnt drums for the band. Me and toby have played guitar for a while with other people, we’ve done a lot of practising on our own but never had someone to fill the roles of a drummer and bassist. We actually did it for a couple of months in school, but Sam didn’t admit that he could sing so we gave up because we didn’t have vocals. Charlie then said he was learning drums again, Sam admitted he could sing, we were wowed, so we started again.
Our common interest is the Arctic Monkeys but our sound is made from everyones individual inspirations. Toby likes his more Pop Punk music, so when we go heavier that’s more inspired by him. I’m [Sam’s] more into Jamie T, Slaves. Charlie likes more Blossoms, Foals and bands like that. And Bailey only listens to Stereophonics.
You’ve had a single and EP out – how have they been received?
Take Time was really well received, it got on Radio 1, everyone loves that song and it always goes off when we play it. The EP has been taken really well too, a favourite seems to be To Be Cool – that’s the next song we’re pushing. All the tracks are so different so all the feedback we’ve had about each song has been from completely different people. It’s all been good feedback so we’re happy with that. We already know that Take Time is always going to be that song that people are waiting for at a show because it just got picked up so quickly by everyone.
Highlight of 2017?
Headlining The Joiners for the EP launch show – we sold it out at the end so I don’t think it could have gone much better. Meeting Liam Fray from The Couteeners because I’ve liked that band for ages and he sent us a tweet supporting us and telling us we’re going in the right direction.
What’s in store for 2018?
Well, what isn’t? We’re really pushing for festivals in the summer – I think that’s the next logical step for us exposure-wise because people who go to festivals are going for the experience rather than for a certain band, so it’s going to be more people discovering us for the first time. Hopefully there’ll be some news of that upcoming soon.
Literally booking as many gigs as possible. we’ve got our setlist now and we know it’s solid, so we’re trying to play as many shows as we can wherever it is. We have a big show at The Loft at the end of March with Atmos Music – that’s the next big step for us.
Favourite venue played?
It’s still The Joiners probably because of the sound quality and the music being in your face – the drums are loud, the guitars are loud, everyday loves it.
The Music Box in Salisbury is good too. It’s like some weird little night club. You play upstairs, it has sticky floors, and it’s quite busy – in Salisbury, the weirdest of places.
Recommend local bands?
Circus Of Five. They supported us at our last show and a lot of people came up to me and said they really liked that band play played before us. Cool guitar music, good drums, a nice lead singer. There’s the Dead Freights. They’re quite bluesy and quite rock n roll.
Posh Ellen, they’re a new band who seem to be quite good. And we do like Kicks as well, probably for their attitude, they have that rock n roll thing going on.
Why should people come to your gigs?
Firstly for the atmosphere. It’s just got better as we go on. There’s a sort of diehard amount of people who come to most shows, we didn’t think our music is the sort that you can bounce around to, but they seem to like to bounce around to it – they make it work.
The quality of the music is equal to the quality of the atmosphere and the crowd. A lot of people who don’t know our songs say they can still enjoy it based on the whole experience which gets us a really great reception.
Listen to our EP and wait for some upcoming festival news. Keep an ear out, there may be another EP coming out at the end of the year.
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