[Originally posted on UK Arts Directory 19/7/15]
A couple of weeks ago, I found out about this new band via a Facebook friend. I’m very happy to have discovered them. If you like metal/rock music I think you’ll love Kentra Bay. Their 3-track debut EP is excellent. It’s rare that you come across a new band who have such impressive music. It’s hard to believe it’s a debut! If I didn’t know they were a new band, I would have guessed they’d been writing songs and playing together for decades. I am looking forward to hearing more from them.
You can check out their debut EP on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/2Fg1nuoIoPwDePwx3xln6o
You can buy a copy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kentra-bay/id997759086
I invited them here to find out more about them and their current plans.
Interview with Kentra Bay
How long has the band been together, and how did you all meet?
Most of us went to school together and have been in some iteration of this band since 2004, with Simon (drummer) joining around 2009 and Adam Dunbar (vocals) solidifying the line up in early 2014.
Introduce each of the band members and describe each one in 3 words.
Mike Weir (Guitar) – Beardy, Vegan, Leader
Adam Dunbar (Vocals) – Psychedelic, Space, Lumbar-Jack
George Struthers (Guitar) – Tall, white & handsome
Simon Forrest (Drums) – Short, angry, drunk
Adam Morley (Bass) – Late, Cunning, Linguist
Ha, ha! 😀
What’s the story behind the name of the band ‘Kentra Bay’?
We named the band after the place Kentra Bay on the West coast of Scotland after the company Mike works for designed a house there…. We’ve never been there but it looks pretty cool on Google
Your new EP has just been released. Tell us a bit about the individual songs, who wrote them, what inspired them, etc.
We had managed to write around 10 instrumental songs prior to Adam Dunbar joining and thankfully lyrics seemed to come easily to him. It generally works that way too, the music’s usual formed first collectively and then layered with vocals. There’s no real continuity in the song but the loose overarching theme is to do with austerity and socio-economic inequality.
Are you planning an album?
I think we’re going to go for a series of three EPs this year and then follow up with a concept album next year. The idea being we can probably release three EPs quite quickly and hopefully keep people interested in is. This YouTube generation has a short attention span.
LOL that’s true!
You’ve been playing gigs locally, do you have any favourite places to play?
We seem to play Ivory Blacks in Glasgow on a regular basis; it’s been pretty good to us to be honest. Although we are planning to play further afield before the end of the year.
If you could tour with any other band/musician who would you choose and why?
We’ve thought long and hard about this one… and it’s got to be Snoop Dogg. Cause he’s the mutha f**king D O double G
Who were some of your favourite bands/musicians when you were growing up?
Aw man, we’ve got some cringe stuff between us here. Offspring, Sum 41, Limp Bizket, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’d like to think we’ve got cooler taste now but nu-metal never truly leaves you.
Did you always want to be in a band, and were there any defining moments when you knew that you wanted to become a musician?
We all pretty much found our respective instruments in high school and have stuck with them ever since. I don’t think there has been any particularly defining moment as we all got into it so young, it’s just been a kind of constant
How does it feel to have your first EP out there?
FANTASTIC! We’ve been living with these tracks for sooo long while we looked for a singer. It’s an awesome feeling to finally have it out there and to be playing these songs live.
It’s a brilliant collection of songs. Is it available one download only, or can people get a CD copy?
No, we have some fancy little CDs to buy. We have limited stock but you can grab one at any of our upcoming shows.
Where are the best places for people to find out more about you online?
Facebook is the best place to keep up to date with us: https://www.facebook.com/kentrabay
You can also get all out videos on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4FMp3WJ2u5YiRhOUL3V7YQ
What have been some of the band’s highlights so far, and what are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Our biggest highlight to date is getting through to the semi-finals of Metal 2 the Masses, which was a lot of fun.
The recording process was pretty cool too and we hope to be back in the studio a couple of times before the years out. As far as plans go we currently have a few more Glasgow shows lined up, a couple more Scottish gigs outside Glasgow for once, and finally we’re in talks for an Irish tour this October. So full steam ahead really.
Wonderful! Thanks for answering my questions. Wishing you continued success, and I’m looking forward to the new EPs! 🙂