Glasgow post-hardcore punks DEAD BY MONDAY unleash their new EP, Almost Punk, on 27th July. We had the guys down for chat: –
What is the full band line-up, who plays what?
Dead by Monday consists of Murray Taylor on vocals, Ciaran Whyte on drums, Declan Buist on the bass and Paddy Chapman on guitar.
How and when did the band form?
We formed in early 2016 through Murray, Declan and Paddy. Prior to the band, the three were good friends and a drunken late night conversation on New Year’s Eve led to booking our first practice that week. Ciaran joined the band several months afterwards, after a run of bad luck with drummers had led to the three of us writing songs and trying to come up with a name for the project!
Tell us anything interesting about your hometown.
We all come from different parts of the country but we think of Glasgow as our hometown as it is the closest city to us all and where we all get together and practice, but what’s been said about the incredible city of Glasgow that hasn’t been said already?
Who are your musical influences?
We all have so many influences we gain inspiration from that to list them all would take up about two pages just a few but for the sake of the interview we’ll try and narrow it down! Early Gallows, Rage Against The Machine, Alexisonfire, Slipknot, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Rush are but a few artists we draw upon musically.
Where did the name of band come from?
Dead by Monday comes from the truth that shift workers and 9-5 workers are knackered all the time. You end up working 50 hours a week for a boss who doesn’t respect you or acknowledge your effort and whether you work all weekend or if you have the weekend off and end up going out all weekend to celebrate the fact that you’re not in work, you’ll always end up dead by Monday!
Where have you played or toured?
We’re just coming off the back of a run of UK dates where we have played Norwich, Inverness, Sheffield and several venues in and around the Greater Manchester area. Until recently we had only played across the central belt of Scotland, our biggest show coming last summer when we were lucky enough to play main support to the punk rock legends The Living End, to a sold out crowd of 300 at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
We like to think that we are a very self aware band. We know that almost every genre within the rock and metal scene has been done to death by so many bands and that saying we’re doing something which has never been done before would be incredibly pretentious. Saying that, musically the range of our influences really stands out. We all come from very different musical backgrounds and we are not afraid of letting those influences shine through, whether that be, modern hardcore, classic prog or even hip hop; add that to our energetic and scintillating live show and you could claim that our whole is greater than the sum of our parts.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
Our music is raw, energetic and aggressive. For a deaf person we like to think it would be the equivalent of repeatedly bashing your head off the kitchen sink or being punched in the face by a kangaroo! To be honest though, if a deaf person came out to one of our shows, they’d see the passion we perform with and the party atmosphere we instil in the crowd and no other words would be necessary.
Do you have a tour on the horizon?
We plan on hitting the road again in October where we’ll hit up all the major cities and towns in Scotland, followed by a select number of English dates!
Where can we find your social media sites?
You can find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/deadbymonday or you can follow us on Instagram @deadbymondayofficial