HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH TIDES
Who are TIDES?
Evelyn: We’re all based in London now but have an unusual back-story. I’m Australian and moved from Sydney to London in April 2015 to form a new band in the UK after a few unsuccessful attempts with bands back home. When I arrived I joined a band that I wasn’t too keen on as the Keys player, and Lawrence was the Lead Guitarist. We quickly discovered that we really wanted to be in the same type of hard rock band instead, so left together to form TIDES. We later recruited Bill & Ryan in early 2017, but from its inception the band has been around for essentially 2.5 years. Lawrence and Bill are British, Ryan is Irish, so we’re a mix.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
Evelyn: Lawrence came up with it and it has zero meaning. We wanted something memorable, easy to pronounce and simple, so it stuck.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
Evelyn: Our mums say we’re cool.
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Evelyn: Muse, RATM, Tool, QOTSA, Radiohead, Royal Blood.
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
Evelyn: Playing our first headline gig at 93 Feet East in London in December 2017
What’s your songwriting process?
Evelyn: It usually starts with a new riff or idea that Lawrence has come up with, and expands from there. We try to get the overall structure of a song sorted fairly quickly in order to know where it’s going, then I’ll go away and write the lyrics/melodies and we’ll develop the bass and drums all together.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Evelyn: Muse. Their live show is beyond comprehension, it doesn’t get much bigger than them. Or
Bill: A Perfect Circle or Tool
Ryan: Biffy Clyro
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Evelyn: Dave Grohl singing an on rhythym guitar, Matt Bellamy on lead guitar/keys, Taylor Hawkins on drums and Chris Wolstenholme on bass. Pretty much a hybrid of Muse and Foos.
Bill: It changes all the time, but for now Tim Commerford on bass, Ben Thatcher on drums, Bruce Dickinson on lead vox and Omar Rodrigues on lead guitar.
Ryan: Biffy Clyro
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Evelyn: High-energy. Sweaty. Loud.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Evelyn: Nothing too elaborate yet, but my personal ones are about as anti-‘rockstar’ as you get. I need to sleep a lot, drink this tea especially for singers, eat a sizeable meal and try to have zero alcohol before performing. Beers come after. Asking bartenders for boiling water before you play always gets weird looks..
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Evelyn: Throat coat. That sounds dirty… Google it. Actually wait maybe don’t. I can’t be held accountable for those search results.
This question is for all band members. If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Evelyn: We don’t believe in guilty pleasures.
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band
Evelyn: Probably that we’re from three different countries. I’ve been told that my Australian accent is unexpected when I chat to the audience between songs or after gigs.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
Finally, what does the future hold for the band?
Evelyn: Signing with a new manager, touring the UK and overseas and securing a record deal are all goals we want to achieve within 6 - 9 months. We’re also recording an EP soon that will be released digitally in early April 2018 on Spotify.