I came across a brilliant new band last week whilst browsing on Twitter. False Solution are a young alternative rock band from Belfast. They released their excellent debut EP, “Head In The Sand”, in December 2015. You can stream the songs and buy it on Bandcamp: http://falsesolution.bandcamp.com/releases
All three songs are punchy, with great melodies and angsty lyrics. I enjoyed listening to the EP and was keen to interview the band and find out more about them.
Interview with False Solution
Introduce us to the band members and tell us a bit about your musical backgrounds.
Jim: Guitar and vocals, 18 years old. Has played guitar for seven years and sang for two.
Michael: Guitar, 19 years old.
Jack: Bass, 23 years old. Played since the age of 14.
Eamonn: Drums and resident band eccentric, 19 years old. Started playing drums in his early teens.
Who are your musical heroes?
Jim: Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine, John Petruci.
Michael: The Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath.
Jack: Dee Dee Ramone and Chris #2 from Anti-Flag.
Eamonn: Brian Downey.
Are there any musicians that you would say have influenced your style?
Jim: Jim Morrison, Anthony Kiedis, Nuno Bettencourt.
Michael: Rory Gallagher and Jimmy Page!
Jack: Krist Novoselic from Nirvana and Randy Bradbury from Pennywise.
Eamonn: Thin Lizzy all the way!
Have you always wanted to be musicians?
Jim: Since I first played guitar hero 😉
Michael: Ever since my early teens.
Jack: Yes, I initially wanted to sing but when I picked up a bass I knew it was for me.
Eamonn: Only since my late teens.
False Solution is an interesting name, who thought of that?
It actually came about because we were having trouble naming the band! If three people liked a name then there would inevitably be one who hated it. In the end, one of us said “maybe there’s no solution”, and somehow that sort of summed up where we were in the naming process. Although eventually we decided that ‘No Solution’ would sound a bit too depressing!
Your debut EP is fantastic. Who wrote the songs? What inspired the lyrics?
The music was a joint effort: often Jim would come up with a riff and the rest of the band would fill in different parts, and we’d trial and error until the songs were done.
The lyrics were a joint effort between Jim and Jack. “Make It Big” is about pursuing your dreams through music because you feel disaffected and alienated from society.
“Head in the Sand” is about how the world can be a scary place, and recognising how tempting it can be to just hide away from everything! “Mind Reader” is a song about relationships and friendships ending when you’re a young person. It may seem devastating at the time, but it’s important you remember you can come out stronger.
So in a way they’re all coming of age songs, which reflects our position as young adults.
Are you working on any new music at the moment?
Yeah, we’re currently writing a few more tunes to fill out our live set and hopefully put out a new release within the coming year!
What have been some of the band’s highlights so far?
Our first gig, supporting a few incredible local bands in Lisburn was fantastic fun, we got a great reception. We’ve also been overjoyed by the positive response to the EP so far.
Our photoshoot for the EP took place on a windy beach in mid-December. That was, erm, interesting!
If you could tour with any other band, who would you choose and why?
Jim: Mr Bungle ‘cause they’re mental!
Michael: Black Sabbath or Black Stone Cherry.
Jack: The Ramones.
Eamonn: Foo Fighters, rock legends!
If you could play any venue in the world, which would you choose?
Jim: Budokan, Seoul, Korea.
Michael: Maddison Square Garden, New York.
Eamonn: The Ulster Hall.
What are some of the challenges facing new bands starting out at the moment? Do you have any tips to share?
It’s very difficult to make money out of music. If you ever do, it will take years of hard work. You have to do this because you love it, not for a pay cheque. To get your name out, play anywhere and everywhere you can and utilise social media, it is your friend.
Also, don’t cut corners when you record. We had a fantastic producer who was worth every penny and the results speak for themselves!
What do you think of social media? Do you have any favourite sites?
Twitter has been great for discovering new promotional channels. We wouldn’t be on this blog if it wasn’t for Twitter!
Facebook is taken for granted but it’s so handy for letting people know when/where you’re playing. Bandcamp is also a great means of getting people to hear and buy your music.
Where’s the best place for people to find you and your music online?
Are you planning any gigs/tours?
We have a couple of gigs booked: one in Lisburn and another in Belfast. We’re planning a big launch party later on this year. As for tours, we’d love to come over to England, Wales and Scotland, and certainly plan to once we build a bigger name for ourselves!
Any other news for your fans?
Eamonn is planning on wearing some terrific shades at our next gig, you’d be a fool to miss it 😉
Ha,ha! Sounds too good to miss. Thanks for answering my questions! Wishing you continued success. I’m looking forward to hearing the new music 🙂
This Monday, 15th February, False Solution will be interviewed on Blast 106 radio and will be playing a few acoustic numbers. Tune in at 8pm!
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