I got the chance to sit down and talk to the UK band SIDELINES, which consists of Ross Powell (Vocals), Sam Chard (Drums), Callum Burford (Bass), and Rich Steele (Guitar).
The band recently released a single named ‘And Now I’m Nothing’. Learn more about it and their upcoming projects in the interview below!
Hey guys. Thanks for taking time to answer a few questions for us! Could you please introduce your band to our readers? Hey guys, thats cool, thank you for taking time out of your schedule, we’re SIDELINES a four piece melodic hardcore/metal band from southwest, England, and we are Ross Powell (Vocals), Sam Chard (Drums), Callum Burford (Bass), and Rich Steele (Guitar).
What’s the story behind your bands name? Well, we started out as a three piece pop punk band called “Golden Skyline”, then we got Rich in to play guitar and he pointed out it sounded more like an album name so lots of names were chucked around (Three Date Theory, Ruined By Relentless) then finally our bassist came up with “SIDELINES”.
What do you think sets you part from other bands? Our incredibly pop punk name, with our melodic hardcore/metal sound, no but seriously, our sound is incredibly unique, we’ve tried comparing our style to other bands but as of yet we’ve found few similar acts.
You recently released a new single named ‘And Now I’m Nothing’. Can you tell us more about it? Yeah sure, it was the first song we wrote collectively as a band, and completely by accident it became the turning point in which our style dramatically changed, but the songs subject matter is really personal to me (Ross) its about struggling with mental illness, in the past couple of year things have changed a lot, and its about having everything you wanted but constantly on edge that your going to loose everything, so playing imaginary scenarios over and over in your head which is leading you down a path you don’t want to go. Also it will be availble on spotify and itunes soon.
What do you hope your fans will take from this new track? Well I know its going to sound cliche but, I want to let people know they are not alone, and there are other people out there going through the same things.
What about the recording process? Any funny story from the studio? The recording process was quite straight forward until we got to vocals, we rehearse in Sams house and nobody knew how the vocals were done because they couldn’t here them being shouted, until we started recording, after I finished the first take I turn around to see the rest of the band in hysterics.
What usually inspires you to write your songs? It can be anything, for example I could be watching a random t.v. program and some great lyrics would just pop in to my head, or an idea for a riff.
Out of all the experiences you had as a band, has there been a particular one that has stood out to you? Definitely playing with the Canadian bands Calling All Captains and Chief State, it was my home town show, and the atmosphere was just amazing, the venue was absolutely packed, and everyone was having a great time, it was nerve wrecking opening for such great bands but an experience we all wouldn’t have let slip.
And to finish… What’s up next for Sidelines? We are actually planning a southwest uk tour with pop punk band Torre Valley, which we’ll be doing seven dates through January 2018, and we are also going to release an lp which is untitled.