Telford’s The Making are a great example of a kick-ass indie rock band. Their music holds loud, distorted guitars, which mingle with nice hints of electronica. It’s a wicked sound. So check out AMBY’s interview with the band, where we talk lyrics they love, the Birmingham music scene, and a secret about their practice room!
AMBY: Hey The Making! How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
The Making: We’ve moved away from our Arctic Monkeys-esque Indie-Punk with our latest material, moving more towards grunge-laced indie hooks with splashings of electronica and general noise making.
AMBY: Who influences the band as musicians?
The Making: To narrow down our influences would be too much. I suppose we take more influences from various genre cliches such as indie, grunge, and the melodies of ’60’s Rock.
AMBY: How did the band come up with the name The Making?
The Making: The name came from a poster in a Design and Technology classroom in the school we met that simply read “The Art of Making”. It was the first thing remotely catchy and we needed a name for a competition we were entering! Never thought a few years later we’d be being asked how the name came about!
AMBY: What’s the story behind your track Up All Night?
The Making: The track Up All Night came from another rushed situation! We were booked to open the main stage at the first ever Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival in 2011 when we realised we were one song short of a full set. We organised a practice for the Saturday and brainstormed all these duff ideas, and then on the way back the hook kind of came to me, went home and finished the song and quickly organised a last minute practise before the festival!
AMBY: What’s a lyric you’ll never get enough of?
The Making: I can only speak on behalf of myself, but the genius behind Lennon’s yelping of “Got to be good looking/’cus he’s so hard to see” in Come Together is something I’ll never tire of.
AMBY: What’s next for The Making?
The Making: We’ve just come out of a big studio session producing 2 new singles with the wonderful Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton. They’re sounding huge so expect the first around late April/early May. Other than that, we’re hoping to announce some festival slots soon.
AMBY: If you could tour with anyone, who would it be and why?
The Making: Well I think it would be great to tour with the Arctic Monkeys or The Vaccines as it would be amazing to play a set to a full crowd and then be able to enjoy an amazing band afterwards.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
The Making: Apart from the stuff mentioned in question 6, I’m really excited by all the great music coming out of Birmingham at the moment like Peace, Swim Deep, Jaws etc. It’s nice to see some bands that have worked hard have this sudden rise to fame. Surreal listening to Radio 1 and hearing some genuine guys going at it, very pleasing and inspires a lot of hope!
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about The Making that nobody knows yet?
The Making: Wow this is a tricky one. It’s very underwhelming, but in our practise room, there is no fridge, so we have all our tea and coffee with powdered milk. Does the job, can’t beat a good bit of semi skimmed mind you…
Thank you very much The Making, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout & Lee Bull