You may not have heard about UK darkly rockers TALLER THAN STORIES just yet, but you will. The riff masters release their new single for ‘Little Johnny’ in under two weeks. We caught up with the guys for a fill-in chat:
What is the full band line-up?
Robert Humphries – Lead Vocals and Guitar,
Lewis Mutch – Bass and Backing Vocals,
Terry Knight – Drums.
How and when did the band form?
We met whilst studying Music at Hertfordshire University. I (Lewis) lived in the room above Rob. Our first jam was in Rob’s kitchen, we played Hit the Road Jack to an audience of two confused students making food. I often heard Rob blaring out Billy Talent from his room, I had no complaints. Terry was on the same course as us, he was playing in another band and that time and we had a different drummer but he often guided us with his audio engineering wisdom.
When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?
We didn’t start solidifying until 2016. We hadn’t really set on a specific sound until we wrote Little Johnny. It quickly became the song that got most attention at our gigs so we decided to use that as a basis for our future songs. Dark Rock with stories.
What are your musical influences?
Muse, White Stripes, Biffy Clyro, Tom Waits, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters.
What is your favourite or most funny, wildest moment or story as a band?
Some of the oddest gigs that we have ever played were when we first started gigging. We played dive bars (which will remain nameless) near where we were studying. The pubs were full of locals with life stories consisting purely of losing their wives and kids to drug habits, for some reason they loved us and our cobbled together covers. They were very keen to share too, offering our photographer cocaine, he left soon after…
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
A lot of bands on the unsigned circuit seem to put no effort into their appearance when performing. We aim to be theatrical in our look as well as our music. We mix high energy Rock with soft Melodic sections whilst trying to be unpredictable and exciting. We are all experimenting with our playing, using split signal effects with our bass to make it sound like an additional guitar, unusual guitar chord voicing in rock and many other tricks that feature prominently on our other tracks. We’re pretty sick of hearing love songs all the time so we try to tell a grim story in each piece.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
Men in Waistcoats and Tailcoats maniacally shouting about the end of the world.
Where can we find your social media sites?
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TallerThanStories/
Twitter – http://twitter.com/tallertstories
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tallerthanstories/
Spotify – https://goo.gl/asxnjz
YouTube – https://goo.gl/SCQlJp