Big slick-sounding riffs that sounds like it could cut a tree in half? Yep. Time for a Future Hits interview with Steel Trees? Yep.
How did you meet?
Me and Von met when we were about 13, we used to wag school, get stoned, and record Nirvana, Green Day and Deftones covers on a dictaphone with mouth guitar and knee drums! Then Dog and I met a few years later when the band he was in needed a lead guitarist. Dog played an Argos electric drum set and I played guitar through a 10 watt amp with my teeth and behind my head way too much! Then we found a 120 watt 1970’s Orange amp in a skip and Steel Trees were born.
What made you want to start a band?
The Johnny B Goode scene on Back To The Future. Old Grey Whistle Test video tapes. Nirvana. Jimi Hendrix at Monterey. Tony Hawks Pro Skater Soundtrack. David Bowie’s crotch in Labyrinth.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We’re all from ex-pit villages in the Dearne Valley area of Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Its affected our music yeah, but in a good way – because we want to get the fuck out of here. No-one digs original music it’s all about cover bands around here, so when you mention you’re in a band, the first question asked is “What Oasis or Arctic Monkeys songs do you do?” As soon as you tell them you’re in a band doing your own material, they freak out and their heads can’t handle it.
What are your non-musical influences?
Shit rundown villages, people content with trying to get to the top in shit mass corporate dead end jobs by being dicks. Wankers. Cunts. Phet Heads.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
The toilet venues, being constantly skint. Eating overpriced shitty service station sandwiches, pissing in bottles in the van. Starting the van with a screw driver. Broken heaters in the van.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
Unfortunately we would need the DeLorean to support most of our favourite bands but Queens of The Stone Age or Black Sabbath would be o’reyt.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Desert Motel Club, Unicorn Hunters, God Damn, Perfectparachutepicture, Baby Godzilla, Elevant, Hyena Kill, Little Mono. Turbowolf, Krypticx, Dinosaur Pile Up, Wet Nuns (RIP) other bands like us reading this should hit us up.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Attitude, lack of fucks given, not being hipsters. Our smell. Not getting pent up on trying to write hit songs. Turning everything up, hitting hard and spewing songs in your ears that feel good to play. If anyone else likes it we know we’re not completely alone.
What would you say to someone who says “When we’ve already got the likes of Turbowolf, and Dinosaur Pile-Up, why do we need you?”
Firstly it would be “Piss Off”, ha! But yeah, there’s obvious loud guitar, rock, punk similarities, but we’re totally different personality wise. Being from completely different backgrounds its hard to be considered the same. We’re the misfits, the scruffs, the socially awkward people that you avoid for not being hip enough and we walk, talk and look a bit weird. Foul mouthed yorkshire bastards! Pretty friendly too.
What’s the best – or the funniest – show you’ve played?
Theres a few haha. One of our first gigs at Huddersfield, Bar 122. Played to one man and his dog. No shit. A guy in the front row passed out at our o2 Academy Sheffield gig and they had to phone an ambulance. He was on the stretcher with Tom’s sweaty broken guitar strap that he threw in the crowd firmly grasped in his hand. One of the best shows we played was when J Mascis asked us to support Dinosaur Jr, just cos…Dinosaur Jr!
What have you got planned for the future?
We’re releasing our new E.P this month which you can find all relevant info on over on our Facebook page. We will be gigging absolutely everywhere as much as possible too, if theres a mucky venue in your hometown chances are we’ll be there this year, if we’re not then simply ask us. The dudes at BBC Introducing have been really behind us too and we’ll be blasting out a live session on BBC Introducing Sheffield in the next few months, along with our annual alternative outdoor Tramlines show that we put on at University Arms. Last year we had Baby Godzilla and Dinosaur Pile Up come down to play, along with our favourite local bands. We also leave a lot of stuff open and take it as it comes, too many bands stress the fuck out about trying to get somewhere and whats good about that? Being in a band is meant to be fun! We do it purely ‘cos we dig it.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Unicorn Hunters. They’re the riff lords of Doncaster and totally fuckin slay! Imagine the vocal energy of The Wipers and the tightest riffs you’ve never heard.
Tell us a joke.
How do you know when your cousin’s on her period?
‘Cos your uncle’s dick tastes funny.
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