The Kontours harness an unabashed energy and relentless ability to get their musical point across. They say what they mean and they mean what they say. Dripping in heavy hook laden grooves and catchy vocal melodies, they have quickly defined a unique sound that is distinctly their own. We caught up with the Coventry trio to see what they have been up to and chit chat about all things The Kontours.
AMBY: Hi there Kontours! Glad to be doing this interview. Well to start off, please tell everybody- who are The Kontours?
The Kontours: Hey! We’re a three piece from Coventry, UK. Made up of Ollie on guitar/vocals, Kiera on bass/vocals and Jack on drums.
AMBY: How would you define your sound in three words?
The Kontours: We couldn’t think of three words for ourselves, so we got someone else to do it. They said: uncomplicated, hard-hitting and heartfelt.
AMBY: There’s a ton of emotion and angst flowing through your music. Where does this come from?
The Kontours: We’re not sure that there’s a specific reason for that… I think because our song writing process is based on us just jamming together for hours on end, that the emotion coming through in the songs is just natural in our music.
AMBY: Who influences you as a band?
The Kontours: It’s really varied for all of us. Jack’s main influences are bands like Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold, Ollie loves Arctic Monkeys and Joy Division and Kiera’s main influences are Foo Fighters and The Subways.
AMBY: You’ve had the opportunity of playing with some of UK’s finest bands such as The Enemy, The Subways and The Antics! What were those experiences like?
The Kontours: It’s been mental for us! It’s been an absolute honour playing with them all, for all different reasons. The Subways made me (Kiera) want to start a band so to be asked to support them was totally surreal. Similarly, being approached by Tom Clarke of The Enemy was amazing, as they’re from Cov aswell it’s sort of what every local band wants to live up to and the ongoing support they give us in incredible, it really makes us determined. The Antics are a top group of lads, they’ve always had us on local shows with them whenever the opportunity is there and they really encourage us to keep going. We’re eternally grateful to every band that helps us in any way possible!
AMBY: Who are some of the last artists you listened to?
The Kontours: We’re gonna take that question literally, and as we write this we are sat in our dressing room at the Kasbah listening to Future of the Left.
AMBY: What’s the best song of 2012?
The Kontours: We can’t agree on one as a band, but individually… Ollie: Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine? , Jack: The Civil Wars- Barton Hollow (pretty sure that’s 2011, but he won’t change his mind), Kiera: the whole of Royal Republic’s album Save The Nation.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Kontours that nobody knows yet?
The Kontours: The Word Game. Before every gig we play, we think of a totally random word and the aim is for Ollie to say that word down the mic at some point during the set, without people really noticing. Listen out!
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