Hi Gentleman’s Pistols. How and who are you?! Congratulations with regard to your new CD.
We are a bunch of rock n roll highwaymen from Northern England. Many thanks on your congratulations.
The songs sounds like the f****** rock of the 70s! You really kick some ass. It sounds like the old stuff of the great Hard Rock/Metal time. What are the reasons to play this style of music of Bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, Motörhead - nowadays?
The main reason is because this is the music that we love. But also I think a lot of rock music has lost its direction in this century. A lot of it is recorded to click tracks and has no real feeling to it. So much so, I can’t relate to it as I’m sure so many others can’t. Even more recent forms of rock, like death metal seems to have lost a lot of its original meaning.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography. Was it very difficult to find the right people to play the good old sound of the 70ies?
We formed in 2003 and were a 3 piece, mainly writing songs that were influenced by the Glam period of the early seventies. Soon after Chris joined on guitar and his style and tone opened us up to a new avenue of performing. Soon after that, I was writing songs more influenced by Sabbath and Deep Purple. It was around that time that our original drummer left us and we got Adam to come and drum for us. It was never hard for us to find the right people to do this; I think we have just been lucky in that respect.
We'd like to know something about your background in making music. How did you learn to play, what are your experiences and which musicians are your main technical influences?
I can only speak for myself here. I started playing guitar when I was a kid. When I was 16, I joined hardcore band Voorhees and stayed with them for 5 years, during which time I toured America and Europe and gained a good schooling in the reality of being in a band. Since then I started the Sex Maniacs in 2000 and The Horror in 2001 with some of the other guys from Voorhees and got to tour more with some great bands around UK, Europe and America.
As for influences, there are so many from many different genres. People like Greg Ginn, Angus Young and Jack Bruce are artists whose music style I really admire.
What is the message of your record Gentlemans Pistols ?
There is no real message behind it. Just to have a good time and laugh at how stupid the majority of the world is.
How and why did you choose the album cover? Is there a further meaning behind it?
The cross pistols logo is something we have had for a long time. It has no meaning other than serving as a logo which people can use to associate us with.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them and the process of song writing.
All the lyrics are special to me. There are all written about something that I have experienced and/or something I have heard about, from the serious to the sublime. The song writing process is pretty straight forward, I come up with a song structure and then write some lyrics to it. Occasionally, it happens the other way round. Inspirations come from anything in life: Drug Addiction, Public displays of emotion, hard loving women, dogging, you name it, and it’s in there.
What about the recording process of your new album -any stories or curiosities to report? And who was the producer?
I record everything we do, along with our old drummer and long time friend Simon Mawson. Basically we wanted to just go into the studio and get everything down as raw and as near to our live performance as possible. Far too many records these days are nothing like a live bands performance. There is nothing that happens on our album that we can’t do live, and that is very important to us. Therefore we got it recorded in a handful of days.
Did there exist any expectations on the part of Rise Above Records (of Lee Dorian personal) how the album had to be like? How do you get the contract with Lee and how was the meeting with him?
Lee and Will from Rise Above had seen us play quite a few times before they asked us to do an album for them. There were no expectations as they knew we were capable of doing what we said we would do. Lee is cool and a really nice guy. He comes from a punk background like me, so sorting out an album with Rise Above was an easy process. I think Cathedral are great, anyone who can say “Huggy Bear, oh yeah!” in a song is alright by me.
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like and play the same stuff like you?
Leeds isn’t particularly good in my opinion at the moment. There are a couple of good places for gigs. I used to do a 70’s rock night called The Hard Ride which used to get a good turn out and have live bands at midnight. At the moment The Fenton is probably the best place to go for live music as they have all the underground rock and punk bands that come to Leeds playing there.
How important is it for you to play live on stage? And in which counties and with which bands you played until now, how was the reaction of the audience?
G.S. is a live band, so it is imperative that we play live. So far we have done a couple of UK tours, the first with Josiah in Oct 2006 and then again with Firebird in Dec 2006. We have done a one off gig in the French Alps, but that is the only gig outside of the UK we have done so far. We have also had the pleasure of playing with bands such as Witchcraft, Saviours, Leafhound, Scissorfight and Circulus.
Any plans for the next time, maybe a tour as a support of Motörhead? It would be great in my personal opinion!:-)
That sounds good to me, can you put me in contact with Lemmy? Ha, ha. At the moment there is a good chance that we will be doing a UK tour with Witchcraft in October followed by a US tour with Witchcraft and Saviours.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all.
Many thanks to yourself; hopefully we will be out in Germany soon. Big thanks to anyone who buys our album and anyone who bought either of our 7 inches. If anyone is interested in finding out more about Gentlemans Pistols then please get in touch at www.myspace.com/gentlemanspistols