Gavin Burrough & Grant Robinson
17/09/1981 & 02/05/1983
Guitarist & Drummer
Bridgend, South Wales
Qualifications in the field
I think it’s hard to generalise our music and place it under a particular genre. We all listen to a wide array of music, which we each bring to the band. It’s definitely metal as fuck but I think we balance aggression with quieter and more melodic moments. As far as musical influences go, I would probably say Drowningman, Poison The Well, Slayer, Hopesfall and also Mogwai at times.
We have recorded a 3-track demo (Finding Joy) in January 2002, and have our first official release, a 4-track EP called ‘Plans for a Better Day’ out on Mighty Atom Records on June 2nd. So far this year we have played with the mighty Steve-O of Jackass fame which was a real test for the band. After those shows I don’t think any gig would faze us! We have also played other high profile shows including Anthrax and Stone Sour. We’ve also played numerous shows around the country through the last year including ThisGirl, Shadows Fall, Funeral for a Friend, and Snapcase.
We’ve got a tour with Poison The Well which starts 27th April. Hopefully we'll have some promo copies of our EP for that, plus we got a date on the Sikth tour in May. Obviously we're just going to try to plaster our music in as many unsuspecting peoples faces as humanly possible. We should be in loads of magazines some time in the next few months, which we’re all looking forward to so check it out! We are also writing new material for our forthcoming album, which will be out sometime next year.
I personally just want people to enjoy our music as much as I love playing it, and we're just so fucking determined to make everyone who sees us play live watch, listen and take notice (and a circle pit wouldn't be too much to ask for). I'd play naked if I though it would help, but I think it would have the opposite effect!
Johnny Mental are a cool band from South Wales they sound like Stampin' Ground meets Deftones. They've just done their first demo, and it’s hotter than the sun! Check ‘em out at johnnymental.com.
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I would say the Steve-O shows. We got to play to so many people in some amazing venues. We enjoyed the experience and made a lot of friends as well as enemies hehe! Meeting Corey Taylor was pretty cool, although my memory is a little hazy, thank god for camcorders. The day Asia Argento contacted us was pretty damn special - the girl is a fox! Rich drinking his own urine back stage at Stone Sour was fairly memorable, and I think after Anthrax, Ben actually sampled a bit of Burroughs' spew, and then consequently violently vomited. Rock & Roll!! Lets all have a pear!!
I cut my fingers open once, whilst playing and bled all over my snare drum then, like a rock god, wrote “METAL” in blood over it. I love writing on my snare drum.
We always get in shit when we drink too much. Come out for a drink with us and we’ll show you what debauchery really is! Every time we go out on the piss is just as bad as the last as far as trouble goes, the bouncers can't stop staring at us, just waiting for an excuse to chuck us all out!