Thrash Hits Verdict:
Like something out of 2001, we heard Stillpoint rocking out on the the RADIO. Yeah, crazy talk isn’t it. Obviously, these days we find bands via MySpace all the time… Anyway. This Northern Irish trio even sounded a bit like they were from ten years ago, but not in a bad way. More in a way of all those awesome British rock bands (Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes, Reuben, etc) who were emerging around the turn of the millennium. In an awesome way. Check them out.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Best played loud.
How did you meet?
Jack and I (Dave) live in the same street in Belfast. We played in a couple of bands together and then met Will through an online ad when we were looking a drummer. I think he was as keen to audition us as we were him!
What made you want to start a band?
It was the done thing when we were growing up – if you weren’t in a band, you weren’t trying hard enough. We just kept that passion for music longer than a lot of the other guys. People grew up… we didn’t!
Where did the name come from?
I had this idea but I didn’t know how to express it. One day I was travelling through Belfast and saw this poster saying ‘At the still point, there the dance is.’ It just clicked… It was only later we found it was from a T.S. Eliot poem…
What are your musical influences?
Anything big and heavy. If it has the ability to leave you feeling like you’ve just gone three rounds with a chimpanzee on steroids we will probably enjoy it.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Probably the feeling you’re doing something constructive without taking one from the man. It feels great to be able to play music everyday, to get up and enjoy going to work! Not to say that it’s easy – especially from a financial point of view! We have the need to play though… And we’re all enjoying working harder than we’ve ever worked for anything in our lives.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
We’re just doing what we’re doing. There are plenty of great bands in Belfast and Northern Ireland at the minute, but we don’t really consider ourselves part of any scene or peer group…
With which band would your dream tour be?
This is a tough one – each of us has our own influences and favourites so it would be a bear fight between at least three bands. I suppose the only fair way to decide would be to chuck them all in a ring and see who’s left standing at the end! Contenders would be Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro, Metallica, Muse and Bring Me The Horizon.
What’s the best show you’ve played?
The best show was probably Spring and Airbrake in Belfast last year – the place was packed and the crowd was absolutely loving it – perfect gigging weather!
How tough is it to break out of Ireland?
It’s only just starting for us now, but we’ve put a lot of hard work into getting to this stage. We can only really speak for ourselves, but we’ve always been of the mentality that if you put the work in, it can happen.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Red Enemy. Dublin based metal. Awesome.
Tell us a joke.
The amount of time we spent trying to think of something funny to write here.
Stillpoint are currently on a short Irish tour having just released a single, ‘Reasons To Fight’. It’s on their Bandcamp page. Buy something from them and they might be playing some shows in your neck of the woods before long and that can only be a good thing.