Highly charged Hull quartet…
YOUR NAME: My name is Sam. My friends sometimes just call me by my surname (Mellors) though.
BAND NAME: We are called DEADSET.
WHAT DO YOU DO / PLAY? Sam: I do the wailing in the group then we have Adam on bass, James on guitar and Rio on drums .
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND / PLAYING MUSIC?
Sam: We started as this line up sort of in the middle of last year. Before that, it was just me and James messing about with some demos with no real direction or idea with what we wanted to do with it.
Adam: The band has probably been together just over a year now. I don’t know how long Sam and James were producing demos before that. Weirdly, we’ve all played in bands together before, though. I think I was even in Sam’s and James’ previous band for about two weeks before I left. I’m pretty sure I said it was because they were crap or it ‘wasn’t my thing’, but I genuinely couldn’t play the basslines.
GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
Sam: The three reasons why you should go and find us are because I think we’re quite unique sound-wise in this world of stuff sounding the same; I think people may be able to relate to the songs; and because you don’t want to be the one who missed us at the small venues when we’re massive.
Adam: We’re still in the early days, so when we’re inevitably massive you can tell all your mates you liked us before it was cool. It would also seriously help boost Sam’s ego to an incomprehensible level, I feel like he’d go super Saiyan or something. He would definitely start a solo project and leave us all in the dust. Like Harry did to One Direction. And we put on an ace live show, we all get really sweaty and get our tops off and have lots of kisses.
WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
Sam: We sound great anywhere so we’re not too picky where we play!
Adam: Easily the club, we lend ourselves to that environment the best and that’s where we feel the most comfortable. We’re dipping our toes into the festival circuit this summer and I’m pretty nervous about it. It’s always weird to see how the songs translate in different environments. Don’t think we’ve got a very good reputation in the bedroom, unfortunately.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST…
Sam: The first record I bought was maybe A Hard Day’s Night or something like that. Maybe that red Beatles compilation, actually.
Adam: Probably the least embarrassing one on the list. ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ by The Undertones. I hate it now but it definitely could be worse.
Sam: First CD was the first Busted album. Haha.
Adam: I’m 99% sure it was Black Veil Brides. Probably their first album. Leave it at that.
Sam: I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually downloaded music before, but when I was younger kids used to Bluetooth music to each other so it was probably something like Dizzie Rascal.
Adam: I think it’ll either have been Bowling For Soup or All Time Low? I absolutely hope it’s Bowling For Soup because they absolutely slap.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A HUGE QUEUE OF HANGERS-ON AND A RIDICULOUS MANSION, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST INDULGENCE, MUSICAL OR OTHERWISE?
Sam: My biggest indulgence would probably be a load of vintage guitars. I’d like to think I’d be pretty sensible but I’d probably end up buying a super yacht and keep pet giraffes or something.
Adam: I think I’d probably get well into spray tans and personal trainers.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
Sam: Probably fall back on the throne I’ve had built in my ridiculous mansion.
Adam: I’ll do an old school fitness VHS like Kerry Katona. Rip off everyone’s mum, acting like I haven’t had a PT for years. Maybe me and Joe Wicks will start a hair metal band?
CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
Sam: I think we’re all very different musically but it works, and there’s no fights about what people should do or how they should sound within the band. We just put our own spin on the songs we make.
Adam: Everyone has absolutely horrific taste. Really. Sam hasn’t gotten over the first Arctic Monkeys album and James would rather be burning down churches in a Black Metal Cult. I like the really bad side of the 80s. Rio’s is fairly cool though. I give us about a year.
WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
Sam: Yorkshire’s finest is without a doubt Sean Bean, the man’s a legend; the best team in Yorkshire is Hull City; and the best thing in music is hard because we’ve produced some of the best in the world but I’ll go with The Beautiful South, just because of the connection to our hometown.
Adam: Bdrmm from Hull are really ace. It’s mad to see the stuff they’re doing at the moment, especially since they’re all so lovely.
NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT, WHO’S ON VOCALS AND WHO’S YOUR BEZ?
Sam: Now that’s hard. I’d probably go with George Harrison on guitar, Geddy Lee on bass; Keith Moon on drums; Ray Manzarek on keyboards; and fronted by Harry Nielsen. Imagine how wild and weird that would sound.
Adam: Keith Richards on guitar; John Taylor on bass; maybe Reni on drums? Then Jonathan Davis from Korn on vocals. Bez would be James from our band. But I’d get him really wired on Monster.
GO SEE THIS FILM:
Sam: O Brother Where Art Thou?
Adam: The Big Lebowski.
GO READ THIS BOOK:
Sam: Anything by Leonard Cohen.
Adam: Helter Skelter.
GREAT LOST BAND / ARTIST:
Sam: Young Rebel Set.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING:
Sam: The Tories.
Adam: My own mental health.
LONDON, LA OR LEEDS:
Sam: Never been to LA so I’ll go with London.
AND FINALLY… AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS?
Sam: Parting words? “Thank you we’ve been great.” Haha.
Adam: Call me Daddy.
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