Recruits is a proposition you are destined to hear more about in future months, already the UK band has been stirring up attention and support through their excellent slice of feisty and contagious alternative rock posing as the We Are Recruits EP. There is the sense things are beginning to really stir for the band, so rather than wait we thought it was time we introduced you to this rising quintet and with thanks to the guys, explore the heart of their sound and presence.
Hi all and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.
It’s a pleasure!
For those unacquainted with Recruits so far, can you introduce the band and tell us about its beginnings?
Steve Smith – Vocals, Ben Yarrow – Lead Guitar, Eddie Vessey – Rhythm Guitar, Steve Heather – Bass Guitar and Jonno Smith – Drums.
In early 2014 the band started off with different members pulled from different places, however we were all from Scunthorpe and knew each other one way or another; whether it was being old friends, or being in previous bands together. We learnt covers for months while trying to find a vocalist. When we finally found vocalist Steve, we worked on original material and released our debut single Right Words in May 2014. Shortly after we replaced our old drummer with our current drummer, Jonno; and then worked on writing more material. Since then we have had a change in bass player and in November 2014, the band welcomed Steve Heather.
Was there any specific intent when forming the band and if so is it still the prime drive?
A few of us started this as a hobby, we loved music and we just wanted to play music as a band. When Steve joined he had the intention of getting the band very far in the future and wanted to end up doing it as a career one day. When Jonno joined the band and we wrote an EP, I think we all got this same mind-set that we wanted to push the band to the extreme. We started taking things more seriously and have really pushed ourselves this past year to get as far as we have; the main drive is that this band is still our passion, and one day we all want this to be our Job.
How would you describe your sound to newcomers to the band?
We label ourselves as ‘alternative rock’ but our sound has developed differently since we went in the studio last year. You could say we are more ‘pop-rock’. The music is fairly simple and revolves around catchy lyrics and hooks.
It is also a heavily flavoursome proposition, so what are the prime inspirations for your sound and personally as musicians?
There are too many influences for us to say, we’re all inspired as musicians by huge bands such as The Beatles and Foo Fighters. Lyrics and the feel of songs are normally inspired by things going on in our personal lives at the time. Sound – wise we just sit in a room and write the music we want to hear, and want to play, it comes naturally to us.
As you said earlier, you all come from the Scunthorpe/Grimsby area of the UK, a lively music scene?
Obviously the UK in general isn’t much of a lively scene for music as it has been in the past. Our areas aren’t bad though, we’re lucky to have certain people in both areas that work their socks off to put on a large amount of quality music events as often as they can which improves the scene as a whole and gathers together fellow bands and musicians. There’s a mixture of different scenes within the towns as well so it’s nice to have different tastes and genres bouncing around, although it tends to float more towards indie rock music.
You have as you mentioned just released debut EP We Are Recruits. How was the experience of recording and releasing your first offering to the broadest attention?
The experience was exciting, it’s the first time any of us went to a professional studio to record music we had written and seeing our music transform into radio-worthy songs in front of us was great. It was a stressful time though, it was a very long process and we had a huge gap without releasing anything so we felt pressured to get it out as soon as we could. We felt confident in our efforts and thought the EP would go down well; we had the occasional doubts but thankfully a lot of people seem to really like it!
Are the emotions and excitement releasing your first record the same as playing live or it is a different kind of thrill and maybe anxiety?
Of course it is different. The first record represents a certain time-lapse of a band, it’s the first impression. When all the effort has been put into it and it is out, then it is out for good, out for anyone to say anything about it. If you mess things up it could come back to haunt you in the future. However it is an exciting and a new experience – anything could happen! Playing live brings you more adrenaline and a sudden feeling of anxiety that quickly wears off. You know you could make a mistake, but it’ll be forgotten about by the end of the night, you just focus on enjoying the moment.
How does the songwriting process within the band work generally?
It differs from song to song. It can start off as an acoustic chord progression, a riff, lyrics…however it starts though, we all chip in our own bits and help each other to fine tune our parts!
Do you have any specific hopes for it or is it more a wait and see what happens adventure?
Obviously we hope the band goes somewhere, and we can do this for a living one day, but hoping for something in particular might lead to disappointment. You never know what will happen, we all have our own goals within the band, and while we push to achieve them we’re happy just doing what we do, having fun and seeing where it takes us next!
What is next for Recruits now the EP is stirring up attention?
Well we’ve played our share our shows and done a little tour for the EP. After signing to DMF Digital recently, we’re going to draw the curtain a little while we focus on rebranding and then releasing more new music! We have recently joined From The Depths PR in America, so while this is going on they will be helping us to continue to push the current EP.
Once again thanks for talking with us, anything you would like to end with?
Thanks for having us! Please drop us a like on our Facebook page. You can Stream our EP for free in Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud!
The We Are Recruits EP is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/we-are-recruits-ep/id974586012
The RingMaster Review 17/07/2015