What is your name and role within Cabezudos?
Nice to meet you! My name is Chris Bolton and I’m the guitarist for the band.
The rest of the band are;
Jack Hughes – Vocals
Tom Maher – Bass
Harry Strachan – Drums
Sean Fay – Keys/Trumpet
Where are you currently based?
We’re all from Liverpool and are still based here, we get round different cities quite a bit though so most of our gigs are out of town ones.
I hear that you have been recording over the last few months and that you now have two tunes recorded and ready, how will you be releasing these two tracks?
The second track we recorded took a much different path production wise to what we first envisioned going in, and weve decided against releasing it as a single. We couldn’t be more proud of the track though and although nothing is confirmed yet, we will most likely be releasing as part of an EP.
The first track is in the bag ready to release very early 2018, the date will be announced once everything has been finalised, and word on the street is we may throw a big hometown show for it!
Image credit : Dave Hudson
Where did you record?
We’ve been doing all of our recordings in Warwick with Monochrome Productions, ran by a guy named Tom Gittins. The work he’s done on the recordings is amazing which is why we always go back.
What inspires your songwriting and how do you usually go about writing songs?
We’re heavily inspired by 60’s and 70’s music mainly, Sabbath, Zeppelin and The Beatles come to mind mostly to name a few!
Our songs have been written in loads of different ways but the most common way is I’ll come in with a rough idea for a track, the rest of the band will help with the structure and usually add something new.
Then we’ll play it a few different ways then jack will start on a melody and some lyrics, then we get a recording and spend the next week or so making a few changes here and there.
Have you been playing many gigs lately?
We have been playing less gigs than the usual as the band now has a keys player, so we’ve just been locked away in the room writing new material. It’s really exciting actually as the new songs are a big step up to our previous ones!
Image credit : Dave Hudson
Who are you listening to at the moment?
We didn’t really think much of them at first but we’ve been listening to Blossoms quite a lot recently, boss debut album with only about 1 filler track.
Also been listening to the album ‘Dummy’ by Portishead quite a bit. Havent seen them in a while so I’ll just hazard a guess to what the rest are listening to
Jack – Robbie Williams Greatest Hits
Tom – No Vaseline by Ice Cube on repeat
Harry – Phil Collins Greatest Hits
Sean – some form of afro-caribbean jazz fusion
How did Cabezudos form and how did you come up with the name of the band?
Started when me and the bass player Tom started practicing for something to do and once we started writing some music, we thought it was about time we get a singer in. I was in a band with Jack previously called ‘The Morning Shakes’ so we got him in, and we knew at that point we had something really good going on.
Took us many months, and hours spent searching online but we finally found our drummer Harry and once we met up for a practice we knew he was perfect for the job.
Sean began playing with the band when he played trumpet on our first EP, and eventually snuck his way into the band!
As for the name, when I was younger I was in Spain visiting some family and we went to a local festival called Cabezudos, where the people parade around with massive paper mache heads. So when I told me mum we dont have a band name yet she says, ‘why dont you call yourselves Cabezudos? cause you’ve all got massive heads!’
What’s planned for 2018?
We’ve made a promise to ourselves to really step up our game this year and show everyone what were capable of. We have a wealth of new material ready to be tested live which we are confident will take us to the next level. Also expect us to be playing some more out of town gigs very soon!
Image credit : Mal Whichelow
How did you start playing music?
I think for all of us it started off simply as something to do, and eventually turned into a passion, and then an obsession.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I think I can speak on behalf of everyone and say we love a good Nandos.
We also dont hang out too much these days as we’re a bit boring now, you’ll usually find us in the band room drinking tea and listening to Portishead.
Ask us again in a couple of months and we will probably have a different answer haha!
Featured Photo Credit : Mark Loraine