Interview with Jim Halliwell of Puppet Rebellion

[Originally posted on UK Arts Directory 31/08/15]

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Every now and then you come across a band that you can really get excited about. Manchester indie band Puppet Rebellion are one of those bands for me. I can’t remember how I found out about them but when I listened to their music I was hooked. Their new EP “Life Is In Your Hands” is out today! I think it’s brilliant. Some of the tunes are available to stream online. They have some great videos on YouTube that you can check out. Puppet Rebellion have a very modern sound with catchy tunes; once you hear their songs you’ll want to listen to them over and over again. I predict great things for this band. They’ve already built up a massive following on social media and are getting a lot of attention from the music press. I was keen to interview them here and find out a bit more about them.

The new EP is excellent. Grab your copy from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/life-is-in-your-hands-ep/id1032066354 or Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Your-Hands-Puppet-Rebellion/dp/B0149PYIMC/

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Interview with Jim Halliwell of Puppet Rebellion

You formed in 2013 and have already had lots of success since then, in your hometown of Manchester especially. What have been some of the highlights for the band so far?

I’d have to say the highlights for me have been playing with Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Struts. They’re two bands that I like a lot, so was very exciting for me! We also love playing home gigs – we did one last night actually at a great venue called Gullivers. It was rammed and we all buzzing when we came off stage!

How did the band get together and who came up with the band name?

Our old singer put an ad for like-minded musicians in the local trades magazines. We all replied individually and chose the name from several that we thought of. I hated it at first, but I really love it now!

It’s a great name ๐Ÿ™‚

Your music is quite addictive, I have found! Who writes the songs and what inspires them? The lyrics are great, are any of the songs based on your own personal experiences?

We all write them and they’re influenced by many different things, including what we have going on in our lives, what we think about stuff and what we think is interesting to talk about!

Your new EP, โ€˜Life Is In Your Handsโ€™ has just been released. Tell us a bit about the songs on there and what fans can expect.

Fans can expect a real progression in the quality of our recordings on the new EP. We’ve been lucky enough to work with a producer called Gavin Monaghan who has worked with Editors, Robert Plant, and Ocean Colour Scene to name a few, so we’re very happy with the results!

Who were your musical idols when you were growing up?

I loved Guns N’ Roses as a kid. I still like them now, but we don’t sound anything like them!

Ha, ha! It’s good to be original ๐Ÿ™‚

Youโ€™ve built up a strong following on social media, probably due to the fantastic music, but do you have any tips for bands that are just starting out as to how they can best promote their music?

Yeah, my tip is to talk to your fans! Building up a strong fan base is vitally important for any band, but it’s also a lot of fun. There are some really interesting people out there that you get to meet.

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If you could tour with any other band, who would you choose and why?

I would love to tour with Jimi Hendrix, because that would mean he would not be dead.

Youโ€™ve mainly been playing gigs locally, are there any plans to tour more widely this year or next?

We’re playing all over the country this year! We’re playing London, Sheffield, Swansea, Leicester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham and a few others. We’re really getting about at the moment.

That’s excellent news! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you heard any good new music lately (apart from your own!)? ๐Ÿ˜€

The Tapestry are doing some interesting stuff. Give them a try!

All the band members seem quite active on social media. How important do you think it is for bands to interact with fans online these days?

Massively! Like I said earlier – it’s how you get a following. We’re really conscious of it and give it a lot of attention. We make of point of speaking to our fans at gigs when we finally get to meet them in person too. It also happens to be a good way to get a free pint ๐Ÿ™‚

Ha,ha! ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you have any favourite songs to play live?

We have a song called “Claim to Fame” from the new EP. It’s one of my favourites that we have and it’s also really fun to play live.

Ah, yes, that’s one of my favourites, too!

 

 

Any other news for your fans?

Check out our latest video for “Life is in Your Hands” on YouTube, look at our tour dates on puppetrebellion.com and get in touch with us on Twitter. We’re a sociable bunch and would love to get to know you better!

 

Thank you, Jim! Wishing you and the band continued success! ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep up with all the band’s news:

Website: http://www.puppetrebellion.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PuppetRebellion

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PuppetRebellion/

[Originally posted on UK Arts Directory 31/08/15]

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6 comments

  1. […] I arrived late, slightly gutted at having missed half of the Puppet Rebellion gig due to an unreliable sat nav! I’ve been following this band for a while now. I interviewed Jim Halliwell last year when they’d just released their EP “Life Is In Your Hands” (if you missed that, catch up here: https://realrockandroll.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/jim-halliwell-of-puppet-rebellion/). […]

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  2. […] I arrived late, slightly gutted at having missed half of the Puppet Rebellion gig due to an unreliable sat nav! I’ve been following this band for a while now. I interviewed Jim Halliwell last year when they’d just released their EP “Life Is In Your Hands” (if you missed that, catch up here: https://realrockandroll.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/jim-halliwell-of-puppet-rebellion/). […]

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