Rock music and grunge is alive and kicking thanks to UK based rockers Feud and their impressive debut album Waterdog. Started by brothers Greg (vocals/guitar) and Guy (drums/vocals) Combrinck the band has come a long way from it’ and the guys early days to explode with an album that is honest, catchy, and addictive. The RingMaster Review had the pleasure to question Greg about the band and its sounds.
Hi and thanks for taking the time out to talk to us.
Feud was formed in 2005by yourself Greg and your brother Guy, was this whilst still living in your home land of South African?
The roots of the band probably started in South Africa, but the band actually became what it is today in the UK when Guy and I would practice on Saturday mornings in an empty church.
What was your musical history up to the band?
Guy played the drums for the church inSouth Africa. Following that, it was playing punk tunes in a garage with Greg and a couple of friends in our garage.
Exactly why did you decide to relocate to the UK?
I guess it wasn’t really our decision. We came over with our parents so it would have been unrealistic to stay behind.
Is there a marked difference between the rock music scene here and back home?
The music scene when we lived in South Africa was very much rock influenced. You could definitely feel an Americanisation of the music and culture at the time. Not sure if that has changed at all.
When did Ian and Tom join the band and how did you all meet?
We met Ian oddly at the dentists in 2004, and we started to put together a few ideas for the band. Tom came as a fan to the bands first gig and after chatting to the band after the show, joined as the bands bassist
Your debut EP Out From The inside in 2007 put you firmly into a large mass of ears to much acclaim; did it open up many doors too?
The EP got us playing some fantastic venues with some incredible bands. We are now looking forward to big things in 2012.
Tell us about the BBC 3 documentary you were featured in.
A documentary was made of a very close friend of the band where the cameras followed him around to film parts of his life. They asked us if they could film one of our sets as our friend attends most of our gigs. It was pretty awesome to hear our music on theBBC!
How do you describe your sound?
Our sound is modern rock with heavy influence taken from grunge.
What were the influences that helped flavour your sound?
There are definitely a few key influences, like the early 90’s grunge scene, but there are a load of individual influences that we share, like The Doors, Alice in Chains, Seether, Foo Fighters
You have shared stages with the likes of Cancer Bats, Bad Manners, Young Guns, and Days In December, all with very different sounds. Why do you think your music is able to work with such a varied range of bands?
Although our sound musically is within a set of goalposts, the songs themselves are very different, we go from punk to ballad to grunge to pop punk to rock/metal all within a gig, so it allows us to crossover & fit in with other bands we’re playing with.
The album cover shows a drunk guy on the front and he’s a waterdog. Just a pissed person really. Someone who goes to the watering hole to fill up his/her pint. That’s a waterdog.
Did the finished result match or exceed your expectations when entering the studio?
We took our time recording the album, making changes and improvements as we went. We did it this way so we knew we would be musically happy with the way it came out. It may not have the production and mastering of a £multi-million studio, but we strongly believe that it is good enough to show people what we are all about! We hope that everybody loves it as much as we did to make it
Were the songs basically ready to go when entering the studio to record or did they fully come together within those walls?
Most of the songs were complete before we went into the studio; there was one song that we wrote while we were in there which fitted in well with the others already written. We always found new ideas while we were in the studio, so would sometimes record them on the fly to see how they would add to the overall arrangement of the song. It was an ongoing process and some songs changed completely after hearing them recorded.
Is the songwriting a group effort or from one source mainly?
Lyrically, it’s all Greg, but the music comes from all of us. One of us might come up with an initial idea, then we all build on this to make it a group effort. We tend to all have our own styles, but the songs are a collective.
As well as a great humour to the lyrics there is a personal feel, do they actually come from actual experiences or just observation?
Everything is from personal experience. It’s pretty much a personal diary architected around music. Music is about being open and that’s what I try to do with the lyrics.
What is next for Feud?
We are currently finishing our tour and during December, we will be writing new songs. After that, we are planning on big things for 2012!
A big thanks to chatting to us is there anything you would like to add or leave us with?
We love you.
To find out more about Waterdog and the band plus to get their debut EP for free go to their website @ http://www.feudmusic.com
Read the Waterdog review @ http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/feud-%E2%80%93-waterdog/