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Winchester are about to kick out their debut record ‘Life Begins At These Dead Ends’ which has an huge spectrum of sounds from technical rock/metal and alt-rock to melodic rock and post-hardcore. Influenced by the likes of Architects, Biffy Clyro and Funeral For A Friend, Winchester utilise powerful riffs, versatile rhythms and fragile lyrics to form their own fresh and exciting blend. ‘Life Begins At These Dead Ends’ is about to establish Winchester as a creative and unique band to watch out for amongst a whole load of different scenes.
FOR FANS OF:
Fightstar / Funeral For A Friend / Hundred Reasons
LATEST MUSIC VIDEO:
FEBRUARY 28 – BRISTOL, Thekla
MARCH 3 – HIGH WYCOMBE, Phoenix Bar
WHAT THE BAND SAY:
DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Winchester before?
Winchester: A three-piece from the UK with a new but recognisable sound. It’s hard to use my own words here so I will use what others have said. Most people are genuinely surprised by both how big the sound is that we create and by how many styles we bring into the set or even within one song. It makes us quite hard to pinpoint. We want to pay homage to a lot of genres and artists but also make our own niche within the styles we love. There’s no way we are leaving metal or punk out just because it doesn’t do as well in the charts.
DP!: How did the band form?
Winchester: It was started in bedrooms with all the equipment and creativity we could muster. Scott and I didn’t feel like we had anything we could be happy or proud of so we buried ourselves deep into writing. We knew we had something in us that we needed to bring out. Slowly, we ended up building a concept album from the ground up and followed that up with a visual universe that works alongside it. Recently we found Max who has heard our story, our music and our ethos. We feel that we now have a committed band that we can go anywhere with.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Winchester: Our plans involve a lot but in our minds we are trying to really focus on touring and writing. To us, it won’t seem like that much work because this has always been our plan for the future. We will hit the road and put ourselves out there for more people to see. I guess we plan on making lots and lots of friends! On and off stage.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Winchester: Black Peaks really blew me away. I saw one of their first ever shows and it was disturbing, intense and gorgeous. Also listen to Holding Absence, Creeper, Phoxjaw, Dream State, Press To Meco, Polaris, Loathe and Capstan – their new EP is insanity.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Winchester: The bands that took riffs, rebellion and rock to the mainstream and showed the popsters what rock, punk and metal were really capable of. We are not afraid of hooks or choruses, in fact we love them, but hearing recycled vibes just for the sake of it is frustrating. Modern bands like Foo Fighters, Muse, Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Enter Shikari and System Of A Down all have managed to take the darkness in the corner of the music industry, smash it together and let it out in a way a lot of people couldn’t. Growing up absorbing every genre you could think of, it was quite strange noticing the genius that resided in the underground genres. We hope to add to it and help bring it to the surface more and more.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Winchester: I always get blown away by the times we have showed up to play a show as the opening act and end up playing to more people than the other bands. Looking between my hair at the crowd and seeing it grow each song is one of the best feelings I can think of. There was a random punk bar in Germany where the mood was very cagey with fights breaking out and deafening silences occurring regularly. The bartender didn’t know English and told us he didn’t like English people for whatever reason, so we were nervous right from the start. When we started playing it all changed. People were rocking out, freaking out and even the bartender started getting into it which helped us we give it all we had. Blood, sweat, beers and zero tears. The blood was mine!
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