Introducing: Solanos Sons
Thrash punk to drone rock with occasional pop melodies, Sheffield’s new musical sons…
YOUR NAME: Jack Howorth.
BAND NAME: Solanas’ Sons.
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? I write, play guitar and a bit of keyboard. I ‘sing’, realistically I just make noises with my mouth, sometimes they’re in tune.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC? We’ve been together for a couple of years, but we’ve all been playing instruments most of our lives.
GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1. We don’t have anthemic pop choruses. We barely have choruses, so we’re not going to be for everyone. But those interested in alternative rock, art-rock and post-punk music should definitely consider looking for us.
2. Musical diversity. At the moment we have two singles out, the riff heavy ‘Rolling Around’ and feral blues stomp ‘Dwell’. And we have recently just released our first EP, ‘Carrion’. We have a second EP written which contains songs of a much less abrasive tone. We are also currently mixing an entirely improvised album we recorded way back in November. Every release for us going into the future will sound different from the last. We’ll never make the same album twice.
3. We’re probably like you. A little confused and lost, just struggling on, working to pay some bills… and we make music.
WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
Best gigs for us are small dark spaces, minimal capacity venues where you can be right up close to your audience.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST RECORD, CD & DOWNLOAD?
I don’t remember a first CD or record I bought which had much influence on me. I must have bought some horrible Nu-Metal album at 11 years old. Everyone has awkward teenage years. The thing that left the most lasting impact on me was a VHS tape my Dad had where he had compiled a load of great punk performances from TV shows. It had Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash on Something Else, Ramones and Iggy Pop on OGWT, loads more. That videotape was really important to me and starting in music.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRL/BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
At that point we might consider buying instruments that aren’t broken.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
I’d love to say something unexpected but honestly, our fall back is just to carry on with the day jobs we currently need to support the band. A lot of people in unknown/underground bands are working the day job around gigs and studio time. It feels like you have to be really well known to make enough of a living now. No label is signing us for any amount of money any time soon, so just struggle on.
PLEASE CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
We have some crossover in taste, but primarily we don’t often listen to the same kinds of music or the same bands and artists. Which is great because we are still discovering new music through each other. This is exciting but it can be difficult when making references to specific tones and sounds. Mainly for me, the issue is Callum (guitarist) likes New Order. I don’t mind New Order, but I can’t LIKE them.
WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
Not a sports fan at all, so can’t comment on Yorkshire’s finest from that side… Music, Yorkshire is big. Louis from One Direction is from Doncaster isn’t he? Shed Seven were from what, York? Arthur Brown, as in ‘I am the god of hellfire and I bring you FIRE’, from Whitby. Gang of Four were from Leeds, so let’s pick them.
NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
Don’t be daft. Supergroups aren’t a good idea, are they? Lou Reed and Metallica… that didn’t go well did it? Can’t listen to music the same way after that.
GO SEE THIS FILM: Häxan (1923).
GO READ THIS BOOK: Them: Adventures with Extremists (Jon Ronson).
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Plush and Plastix.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: Cabbage.
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS? Leeds.
AND FINALLY … AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS.
Thanks for reading, if you like what was said, have a listen to our EP. CDs available from the back of the room or pretty much everywhere online.
For more info visit facebook.com/SolanasSons