Interview with Greg Combrinck from Feud

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.

Waterdog is your new and recently released excellent debut album; firstly tell us about the album title, any particular meaning to it?  

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 @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/feud-%E2%80%93-waterdog/

RingMaster 07/11/2011

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The Janks – Hands Of Time

Hands Of Time the debut album from Los Angeles based band The Janks is ear catching and attention grabbing as well as intriguing and ultimately with a little extra attention for full appreciation very enjoyable. The band has been gaining strong acclaim and support for their varied and surprising sounds in their homeland, with the album hitting worldwide that eager following is sure to grow and quickly.

Since forming in 2009 the band, made up of brothers Zack and Dylan Zmed and best friend Garth Herberg , has worked hard and intently on their eclectic rock/folk sounds and striking an identity in peoples thoughts with local shows and gigs across the US. Hands Of Time was recorded throughout 2010, the final fourteen tracks emerging from 30 prospective songs to give the release a vibrant and emotive substance as well as an air of unpredictability. In the words of Dylan Zmed upon the release “The album is like musical theatre, the first half develops the plot of a young boy who comes from a broken home, while the second reflects the visceral intensity of growing up from separated roots. At the end, we see there’s possibility for change” and though it is not as obvious as one imagines that is the overall sense one gets as the songs deliver their essences.  

The album opens softly with the title track. Jangly melodies and smooth harmonies ooze from the song and its story telling as engaging guitars play eagerly around an intermittent teasing lure of a carnival hook. This leads into the country folk of ‘Billy The Kid’ and the following ‘Dead Man’. Both songs shuffle along with emotive elegance, delicate harmonies, and concise arrangements. Though soft sounds are in abundance there is a darker element lyrically that lines the songs behind the mellow beauty though it is not until further into the album that musically the tone also changes.

It is with the second half of Hands Of Time and ‘Rat Racers’ that distinct variations and enterprising sounds erupt out. This song after a soft slow start bursts into a reggae pulse and schizophrenic array of electrified sweet cacophony. Though the album to this point has been solid and more than agreeable it is from this point the release lights up. ‘Separation From Your Body’ is a good rock/folk song in the vein of Steely Dan and brings all the elements of the band’s songwriting into the open. Melodic and harmonious with an engaging discordant tension the song is one of the more memorable and powerful.

The electric scuzz of ‘Demon Dance’ and the lively dementia of the brilliant bouncy folk driven ‘Drama King’s Ball’ both raise the temperature wonderfully, the trio wasting no time by taking it easy on the intrigue and mystique of what is coming next. What is to follow is two again mesmeric  tracks in the brief and addictive carnivalesque instrumental ‘Adolescence’ and ‘Child Prodigy’ a song that gives its own kind of rock opera inspired by the likes of Queen.

The album closes as it started with a couple of soft harmonic ballads which are impressive in their construction and sound but do feel as does the opening half of the release, like a drop in levels against the middle excitement. The album is ambitious and overall achieves its intentions admirably and at times wonderfully and for fans of the likes of Flaming Lips or Fleet Foxes this is a must investigate release.

Released on Cargo Records, Hands of Time is fresh and enterprisingly different, despite a little inconsistency though some of that can be put down to personal taste rather than quality. The Janks are without doubt a band to watch closely and their debut an album one to listen to often as each play reveals a little more of its depth and great enterprise.

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