London hardcore troupe, Shotgun Riot have been making waves on the underground scene over the past few months so we decided to catch up with guitarist Tom Bauer to see what everyone’s about.
Thrash Hits verdict: They might sound more like they’re from the Deep South of America rather than the English Home Counties but let that deter you not. When the riffs are as tights as the ones that Shotgun Riot are making, it doesn’t matter what country the band is from.
Where did you meet and what was it like growing up or living there?
We’re all old friends from round Watford. There was always a good music scene in Watford with a weekly event put on by Mikey from Sikth called NAM so we always had the oppurtunity to go and see bands – some local and some fairly big. People were enthusiastic and it always sold out every week easily. I remember the Lostprophets show with Ghymp supporting as a highlight.
What made you want to start Shotgun Riot?
Girls, girls, girls – not the song, mind you. Well maybe a little…
What are your musical influences?
A lot of the classics – Whitesnake, Kansas, G’N’R, Queen, journey, Megadeth (James in particular) all the way through to new bands like Maylene and, of course Limp Bizkit for good measure. The thing is we all have different tastes and whatever you listen to and whatever surrounds… you’re influenced by.
Watch the video to ‘Black Widowed’ by Shotgun Riot
With which band would your dream support slot be?
That’s a hard one as there isn’t one band that we would have in mind. To benefit us we would say – the categories are – to reach as many people as possible and a good british talented band. It would have to be a toss up between Girls Aloud or the Sugababes.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
There are so many good bands about at the moment. Outcry Collective, The Computers, our boys in TRC, Brides, The Plight, Young Guns, Idiom, Deaf havana to name but a few. The bands on a higher level such as Cancer Bats and The Ghost Of A Thousand are great too and we hope that it won’t be long before we are on their level.
What’s the best/funniest/most notable show you’ve played?
Well… after the Copsale show on our tour last year we were driving up to Christchurch and there were no lights on the road, we were surrounded by forest and horror fog appeared from nowhere so Tom stuck his full beams on for better vision and had to swerve to avoid a guy dragging another person (pretty sure a girl) across the road to his car from the forest and it looked like she was covered in blood. So we got the fuck out of there. We didnt even twig until a few minutes later and did the classic, “Did we just… see… something?”
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a terrorist in ibiza? ‘All -Summer Bin Largin’
Shotgun Riot are playing a bunch of club shows this summer so head over to their MySpace and check them out.