Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Chase

The ChaseTwitter has led me to many great bands, and this statement is no exception for The Chase! With each of their tracks packing a punch along with cheeky lyrics, I’ve become a real fan of this band! Lead vocalist and guitarist Michael Turvey took the time to speak to us about Slings & Arrows, plans for the next record and if The Chase were a heavy metal band…

AMBY: What has the band been up to lately?

MT: We’ve been a bit quiet on the live front recently as we’re concentrating our efforts on recording some new tracks. This will hopefully lead to a new album next year.

AMBY: Slings & Arrows is a fine album. What are your feelings about it now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?

MT: Love it. It was hard work getting it finished towards the end of last year. You become so immersed in the production that you lose sight of the musical merit of the tracks. Listening to it now it surprises me how good it is. I’m really happy with it. Some of the tracks are easily our best. I’m also aware of where I want to take the sound for the next one. We need to keep moving forward.

AMBY: Who is your inspiration as far as songwriting goes?

MT: My inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s your own experiences or observations. Sometimes it’s a completely made up story. I like songwriters like Paul Weller, Ray Davies and Jarvis Cocker. If you took the music away the lyrics would still work as a piece of poetry. And then they find the best melodies to make the best songs. I’d like to bring in some of their style to my writing.

AMBY: What is your favourite lyric that you have written?

MT: Home & Tea would probably be the best lyric. It’s a song that a lot of people can relate to. A lot of imagery taken from everyday life. But with a positive ending.

AMBY: What is the most memorable moment you have had while touring?

MT: There have been a few moments. Not sure I can share most of them! On a purely musical level, the most memorable moments have to be when the band are on stage and playing really well. We did our first UK tour this Summer and every gig we got better and better. There were a few memorable nights out as well!

AMBY: What are the plans as far as the next record goes?

MT: We started the new record last month and have got about 8 tracks started. We’re going to take a bit more time over this one to make sure we get it spot on. Musically, we’re trying a few different things. Everyone is playing a lot better on this record and I think the songwriting has gone up another level again. We’re aiming to get a single out early next year and have the album ready for the Summer.

AMBY: What’s on your iPod at the moment?

MT: Not a lot of new stuff I’m afraid. Same old stuff, Small Faces, The Jam, a lot of Northern Soul at the minute. The Black Keys last 2 albums are getting a bit of a hammering. Neil Young’s new one Psychedelic Pill is a good’un.

AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?

MT: We’re all into football. Ralph’s into his motor sport and he’s working on a car at the moment which he’ll be racing with next year.

AMBY: If you were a heavy metal band whom would you be?

MT: AC/DC. Not generally a fan of heavy metal but we saw AC/DC at Wembley stadium on their last tour and they’ve still got it. I don’t like the screaming, 1000mph metal stuff, it needs to have some rock n roll or blues to it.

AMBY: How would you define success for yourselves as a band?

MT: We want to be the best. It’s easy to say it but that’s our goal. We’ve had relative success to date, sold albums worldwide, both albums have had great reviews, we get an increasingly good reaction from people all over the world on the social media sites, more people are coming to our gigs every time. Ultimately, we want to build on that success and be recognised as one of the best bands in Britain, then go around the world. It won’t be easy and it will take a lot of hard work but we’re happy to put that in and we’re capable of writing songs that appeal to a lot of people. The next album will be the difference.

AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?

MT: Dangerous Age by Paul Weller in my opinion. Classic songwriting with a modern edge. Love it.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Chase that nobody knows yet?

MT: We’re an open book. What you see and hear is what you get. No surprises here.

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For updates from The Chase, check out their Facebook page! And while you’re here and all, listen to the great lyrics in their track Home & Tea, as liked by Michael himself! Lastly, thank you Michael, for giving me your answers!

Alicia Atout

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