Introducing: Let Man Loose
Blend of thunderous fuzzboxes and a tuneful East Yorkshire dialect…
YOUR NAME: Marc Ainley
BAND NAME: Let Man Loose
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Guitar and lead vocals
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC? Three of us played together for five years under another name, but we’ve only just launched as Let Man Loose with a new guy on board, Jamie.
GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1. We love blending our influences. Our music is a combination of our favourite sounds, and that means we enjoy making and have confidence in playing it.
2. Our songs are carefully crafted. We try to experiment with unusual chord patterns and different time signatures. We demo a lot of stuff at home, chopping, changing and adding subtleties.
3. The lyrics are always considered. I won’t add something nonsensical just for the sake of a rhyme. They’re there to tell a story and so every line means something, at least to me. Hopefully listeners are able to get something out of them too.
WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
Definitely in a club. But personally, I love leaving the studio with a newly finished track and hearing it for the first time in my car and through my speakers at home.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST…
RECORD? I think ‘Matador/Da Frame 2R’ by Arctic Monkeys.
CD? At school, we were recorded singing the chorus for an S Club 7 song for Children in Need which, according to the internet, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the highest number of people’s voices recorded in a single song. I remember going to get it with my dad. While there, we bumped into my best mate’s mum, who laughed at me for buying it. Her son was also on it, so that sums that up. So we’ll go with Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut album.
DOWNLOAD? According to iTunes my first legal download was an Arctic Monkeys tune. Domino Records have had plenty out of me.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRLFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
The dream is to have my own studio one day. I’d love the luxury of being able to spend as little or as much time on a song as it needs. That, and I’d absolutely indulge my love of effects pedals.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
I make excellent pizzas, so I’d sell excellent pizzas.
CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
Sam (bass) and I are huge fans of The Beatles, Jamie and Danny (guitar and drums respectively) not so much, so that’s an ongoing exercise. Sam likes a lot of electronic stuff, where I only venture as far as Tame Impala. Danny’s probably into the heaviest stuff.
WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
As we’re from Hull, I’m afraid I can do nothing other than shout about being UK City of Culture 2017, and not without reason. The music scene in Hull is currently off the scale. The Sesh is a weekly music night that pulls in a big crowd regardless of the line-up as people know there’ll be something good on, and that all culminates in an August all-day festival. Local musicians pull in crowds of around 40,000, so there’s obviously some talent here. My favourite of the lot are called Dead Hormones.
NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
I struggle with supergroups as I find they tend to fall short of expectation or end up with the members trying to flaunt their own skill rather than crafting good songs. Mind you, my favourite album of last year was Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop which featured Josh Homme and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys, so that’s pretty much a supergroup.
GO SEE THIS FILM: Desert Age.
GO READ THIS BOOK: Flanimals. Google it.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: John Lennon.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: There’s a band we’ve played with maybe twice already whose music I find really drab and uninspired, but I’m not into calling them out on it.
LONDON, L.A. OR LEEDS?: L.A. as it’s the only one I haven’t been to yet!
AND FINALLY… AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS?
‘Thanks for having us’, usually.
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