Sound of Guns have been featured quite a few times on our website, and the reason behind that is because their music is extremely remarkable. When I was first introduced to the group, I knew they had something great going on. My love for their music only grew with each read of their mini-tour gig reviews. With all the excitement of this band on the rise, we spoke to Sound of Guns’ guitarist Nathan Crowley to talk about life-changing albums, covers and touring!
AMBY: For those who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing you, how would you describe Sound of Guns’ sound in three words?
NC: Music of epic proportion.
AMBY: Angels and Enemies is your latest album, what are the must hear tracks on it?
NC: Sometimes, Antarctica, The Leaning and Of Our Own Invention.
AMBY: Your latest video for the song Antarctica has some very powerful imagery in it. Whose idea was it for the storyline?
NC: The story stems from the lyrics in the track. It touches on the subject of domestic violence so we felt a video of this nature would be better than the band performing.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
NC: For me music is essential book marks in your life and whenever you hear tracks they bring back memories and you remember where you were and what you were doing. For me Oasis– (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? done this. It was an album I heard when I was younger and thought this is incredible. All my mates were listening to oasis and the whole Brit-pop scene was a great time for music. It was a big factor in me starting to play guitar.
My next album was when I got introduced to Led Zeppelin. The album was, Led Zeppelin 4. From that moment on I become obsessed with Jimmy Page. I bought everything they had ever done. I watched DVD’s of them and it really shown me a new way of playing guitar.
My third album would have to be Appetite for Destruction. I believe it’s an essential album in any rock collection. Slash is one of my favourite guitarists of all time. His playing is phenomenal. I listen to that album a lot.
AMBY: What is the most memorable moment you’ve had while touring?
NC: Touring is a great time for our band as we love playing live. You have a laugh and meet some great people. It’s tricky to pin point one moment but definitely up there has to be playing our own sold out headline shows and listening to the crowd singing every word of our songs. We also supported Stereophonics for a tour they done. I was a big fan of the Stereophonics when growing up, so sound checking and seeing Kelly Jones stood watching you play was a great moment.
AMBY: If you could invite three people to dinner who would you choose?
NC: Russell Brand, Noel Gallagher, Jack Black.
AMBY: I love the track Sometimes, what is the story behind the song?
NC: It’s about growing up and having a good time, seizing every opportunity. This is a great anthem live as it has a great sing along chorus.
AMBY: You recently covered The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen , what other songs would you love to cover?
NC: We done a cover of break on through by the doors. Andy is a big Jim Morrison fan and we gave it a try and it worked really well. I would like to do a cover of Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie. I would like to play the synthy intro on the guitar though.
AMBY: How important has social media been to your success?
NC: I wouldn’t say it has contributed to our success as we are more hardworking than relying on that. We have simply done it the old school way of working hard a gigging a hell of a lot to build our fan base. One thing it does allow us to do is stay in touch with our fans. We do a lot of Twitter, Facebook ourselves so we speak directly with everyone.
AMBY: Describe your dream gig and who would be on the bill with you.
NC: Dream bill would be Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic and us.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012 so far?
NC: Sound of Guns- Antarctica.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Sound of Guns that nobody knows yet?
NC: We are currently writing our third album and should be recording it early next year.
AMBY covered Sound of Guns recent mini-tour so please check out our reviews of all the great gigs. Lastly, thank you Nathan Crowley for giving us your answers!
@ The Ruby Lounge in Manchester
@ Leaf Tea Shop/The Masque in Liverpool
@ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Scotland
Alicia & Yaz Atout