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Brighton rockers Gender Roles have been gigging throughout Europe and the States, sharing the stage with the likes of Jamie Lenman and Touche Amore, whilst supporting their two early EPs. But now the band have released their debut album ‘PRANG’ to the world focuses on more immediate issues instead of their previous “overcoming the past and looking forward to the future together” attitude.
We spoke with guitarist Tom Bennett about the origins of the band and what the future holds.
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LATEST MUSIC VIDEO:
OCTOBER 2 – NORWICH, Open
OCTOBER 3 – LONDON, Boston Music Room
OCTOBER 4 – SOUTHAMPTON, Heartbreakers
OCTOBER 5 – BRISTOL, Rough Trade
OCTOBER 6 – NOTTINGHAM, Rough Trade
OCTOBER 7 – GLASGOW, Attic
OCTOBER 8 – SHEFFIELD, Record Junkee
OCTOBER 9 – LIVERPOOL, Kazimier
OCTOBER 10 – CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach
OCTOBER 11 – PORTSMOUTH, The Wave Maiden
OCTOBER 12 – BIRMINGHAM, The Victoria
OCTOBER 14 – GUILDFORD, Boileroom
WHAT THE BAND SAY:
DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Gender Roles before?
Tom: Fun loving silly and squeaky. We love to get loud and rowdy!
DP!: How did the band form?
Tom: I wrote some songs after having a brief time back in my hometown and when I came back to Brighton I moved into a house with Jared and a bunch of our friends. We ended up meeting Jordan at a Pride party he was hosting and that was that!
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Tom: World domination in a friendly polite way.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Tom: Public Body, Projector, Prince Daddy and The Hyena, and Lingua Nada.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Tom: Bands that can do this life and keep a full time job. Why? Cause it’s really, really hard work!
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Tom: We’ve been so lucky to have been offered some incredible support tours with Pup, Touche Amore and Jamie Lenman and each were highlights in their own way. Picking up a copy of Kerrang! and seeing or faces in there was quite a moment!
Gender Roles‘ new album ‘PRANG’ is out now, via Big Scary Monsters, and you can stream/download it from the band’s official website here.
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