What is your name and role within Gillbanks?
I’m Sam and I’m the singer, guitarist and main song writer.
Where are you currently based?
Currently based in Nunhead, SE London.
How many members in Gillbanks and what instruments are used?
There are 5 of us all together consisting of 3 guitars, bass, drums, keys, synths, 3 vocals and percussion.
You’ve recently released a single ‘John Wayne’ online (https://soundcloud.com/gillbanksmusic/john-wayne). Where was ‘John Wayne’ recorded?
‘John Wayne’ was recorded ourselves at Troubadour studios in Falmouth.
What has the feedback been like from the track?
Received some really good feedback for the track. ‘John Wayne’ takes a slightly different approach to tracks that we’ve previously released and believe it showcases a more mature sound.
What inspired the track?
The track was inspired by a couple I used to live with that were completely crazy. In love one minute trying to kill each other the next. They also had terrible views on politics which didn’t help my opinion of them.
You’ve just announced a headline show for the 19th October at Bermondsey Social club with Eat Your Own Ears and Communion. What can we expect from this show?
We’ll be showcasing new material that we’ve been working on for the last few months. I’m really excited about what we’ve been creating and can’t wait to play it in front of an audience.
How do you usually prepare for each show?
Lots of rehearsing basically. I like to decide on a setlist prior to each gig and then rehearse the set over and over so that each song flows into one another nicely.
How did the band come together?
Myself, Hugo (Drummer) and Joe (Bassist) all went to Falmouth University then moved to London at a similar time. I met Emil (Guitarist) when I started working in a bar in Peckham and Niall (Keys & Guitar) I had known for a few years prior as we used to play gigs together. The band came together quite naturally to be honest. We’re all good friends so it’s quite an organic live band set-up.
How did you get into music?
My Mum always used to play mix-tapes in the car when she used to drop me off at school. She introduced me too Bowie, Beatles, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and many more. So I’ve been into music from a very early age and I have my Mum to thank for that.
You have a unique live sound, how do you create this?
We are all very conscious of how our instruments sound and use multiple effects pedals to create our own individual sound. I also use my own effects on my voice live as it allows me to craft a live vocal sound that sounds unique. We also pay a lot of attention to dynamics and set our pedals accordingly to boost the volume in heavier parts.
What has been you favorite show to date and why?
I’d say ‘The Rabbit Hole’ at Glastonbury last year because a guy came out on stage dressed up in a rabbit costume with his nob out holding an inflatable guitar.
Top 3 icons?
John Lennon, Larry David, Kurt Cobain
Who are you listening to at the moment?
OMNI, Kane Strang, Corridor.
Favorite food and place to hangout?
Pizza on my lounge.
Analog or digital?
Analog for sure. Can’t replicate that analog warmth and unpredictability.