Hailing from the land of Redditch, pop-rock outfit Page 44 aren’t from a place that’s reknowned for musical success. However, the quartet plan to change that, and are on the path to achieve doing so with their recent winning position with this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam. We had a little chat with the boys about things, and discovered a few new facts, including the porn-based roots of their band name:
Zach: So guys, how does it feel to be one of the eight winners from this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam contest?
Page 44: It feels amazing. We worked really hard to get here and our fans worked even harder than we did, so as amazing as it is for us to get to the festivals, it’s equally as amazing to see how much support and well wishers we had wanting to help us out.
Zach: Did you ever expect that you’d ever win it when you first entered into the contest?
Page 44: Well I’m of the old school mentality that you should never enter a competition if you don’t think you can win it, obviously we hoped we could. I thought we would be able to get to the live show stage, because I had observed some of the other bands go through and seen how much work it took, and i knew we had enough support and a strong enough fanbase to get to that stage if we worked hard and put our minds to it which we did. After that we knew it would be tough, but we were confident enough that we thought we had a good chance with the judges. The songs we performed at the live stage have been honed over a lot of touring, and we knew it was a strong set and that we gave ourselves a good chance. But, at the end of the day, it was all in the lap of the Gods, and luckily the judges liked us.
Zach: How did you find recording and shooting your performance live from your bedroom?
Page 44: It was a completely new experience for us, the smallest venue we had ever played in and not having an audience to clap and respond to the performance made it a very surreal experience. It was a really muggy day and we were stuck in the room ready to go 15 minutes before we played, so it was a bit of a sweatfest by the end of it. We’re normally very energetic when we play live, so was difficult to keep ourselves confined to our own little space. We were taking bets on how many times we would crash into each other.
Zach: You’ve already performed at Download Festival, the first festival you’ll be performing at from winning the competition, how did you find your set went there?
Page 44:Well it’s the closest of the festivals we play to where we are from, so we were hoping we would know a few people going to give us some support, but we were overwhelmed by the amount of people there to see us. We were a little worried that our brand of pop-rock wasn’t suited to Download, but we decided to just play our best songs and not try and bring in heavier songs. We had a great response, and to see people singing along was amazing. We just gave it our all but we couldn’t stop smiling on stage. We absolutely loved it. We got some great reviews from some magazines that caught our set, so our festival virginity couldn’t have gone better to be honest.
Zach: How did it compare performing at such a prestigious festival like that as opposed to your usual sized gigs?
Page 44: Well we have just come off tour in May, and the amount of people we played to at Download was about the same as the bigger shows on the tour, so we were used to that many people, but the size of the stage and just how good the acoustics were for a big tent in a field was amazing. Being whisked around in the shuttlebuses and the Download staff treating us like VIPs carrying gear on, taking our leads and guitars off etc. was new for us, but we could definitely get used to it.
Zach: Have you managed to meet or have you made friends with any other winners from this year’s RBBJ contest? We were lucky. We did a co-headline tour in May with MakethisRelate, so we knew those guys really well. We have a bit of a bromance going on between our two bands, and we were camped with them and were pretty much inseparable at Download. We had also met the Hill Valley High guys before as they’d supported us on a couple of dates of our previous tour back in September, so we partied hard (but not quite as hard as they did) with them. We have spoke to all the other bands and they all seem great. For such a diverse range of bands and genres they all play, there’s a great comraderie which we hope to build on at the other festivals. Everyone is friendly, and considering there is still another stage we could all get to there’s no sense of competition between the bands.
Zach: You’ve got a bunch more festival appearances coming your way this year, including Sonisphere and Hevy, which festival are you looking forward to performing at the most?
Page 44: I think we are looking forward to T In The Park the most. The line-up there is amazing and a bit more suited to our style of music, so we are hoping to pick up some new fans. Plus, I think the MakethisRelate guys may have built it up a lot to us as its their local festival. Saying that though, we were massively suprised by Download, so we still have to pinch ourselves we are playing any of these festivals, so we are immensely happy and giddy to be performing at them all.
Zach: Why should people heading to any of the other festivals your performing at stop by and check out your set?
Page 44: Well, because we are going to be giving it our all. We had good reviews from Download so we are well worth a watch. I think it’s important that people do support the smaller bands at these festivals, because you might just get into someone who in a year or so will be playing the main stages.
Zach: Where does the band’s name derive from?
Page 44: Well when Stanny (Adam Stanford) and I were at high school in Redditch, there was always a rumour that one of our teachers had appeared in a porn mag. Everyone thought it was just a myth, but then one day a tatty old magazine appeared in the playground and there on Page 44 legs Akimbo was the aforementioned teacher, so we used it.
Zach: You guys come from Redditch in the Midlands, how would you say your local music scene is at the moment?
Page 44: When we started out in Redditch (with a different line-up to now) the scene there was pretty good. There was lots of good bands going on and everywhere seemed to put gigs on, but there isn’t much going on at the moment. There’s no really good venues there anymore. We tend to stay away from Redditch now and consider ourselves a Birmingham band, especially now I’m living North of Birmingham and Jay and Zach are both from nearer me now than they are Redditch. The Birmingham scene is pretty good. There’s a lot of good unsigned bands about, but many of them aren’t bringing anything new. They all sound a bit like a not so good You Me At Six.
Zach: Is there any news you can share with us on a new EP or album in the near future?
Page 44: We are hoping to record a few new songs ASAP and release them as a new EP. We’ve had to put it on hold a little because of getting the chance to play these festivals and so we can raise funds, but we are close to our target. So hopefully late August we can get into the studio and then late Septemer/October we can hopefully release it.
Zach: Finally, is there anything else you’d like to add or share with our readers?
Page 44: Just if you haven’t done so already, please check us out on our social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter, and hope to see you at one of the festivals.
You can catch the band’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam live performance by clicking here.
Written by Zach Redrup
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