B-Town’s music scene is kicking ass! One of the bands from Birmingham everyone should be keeping their eyes on is WIDE EYED. It’s easy to get completely lost in their music- take their song Still, for example. That guitar riff will whirl itself around in your mind for hours on end after one listen. We’re very excited to see what else WIDE EYED have coming up for us, so we spoke with the band about new music, pranking Dixy Chicken, the influences of Birmingham, and going back in time to scare the shit out of everyone!
AMBY: Hello WIDE EYED, please introduce yourselves to AMBY!
WIDE EYED: Hey AMBY, I’m Jake, I sing and play guitar, Tommy Greaves plays guitar, Max fisher plays bass and Aaron Singh (the Lizard King) plays drums.
AMBY: What’s the band been up to lately?
WIDE EYED: Writing in our lock up and recording demos mainly. We’ve currently been working with Ryan Pinson at Zip Studios in Wolverhampton, he’s amazing and really understands our sound. played a lot of great shows in London and obviously Birmingham, it’s great to see more and more people turning up.
AMBY: Where did the name WIDE EYED come from?
WIDE EYED: It’s honestly probably best we don’t go into that.
AMBY: What’s the best moment you’ve had as a band so far?
WIDE EYED: We’ve had loads of great moments already but probably the house party show at Jack Parker’s house the other week tops the list. The party was mental, it seemed to be on the edge of self destruction. I had to abandon my guitar half way through the set, to be fair that just made it easier to climb on shit. Aaron getting caught shop lifting from services was potentially one of the funniest moments though.
AMBY: Still is a rad song, what is the story behind it?
WIDE EYED: It started like most of our songs do. Me or Tommy have a rough idea of something, work together or on our own and then we jam it out at the room. For some reason though “Still” was one of those songs where we played it through once and thought fuck, this is perfect. The way the song sounds on the record is pretty much how it sounded the first time we played it as a band. Like every song we write it has a personal meaning behind it, but it’s best not to go into that and let people find their own meaning.
AMBY: Has coming from Birmingham had an influence on the band? And if so, how?
WIDE EYED: Definitely. The whole midlands area has been hit pretty hard with the recession and stuff, I suppose our music kinda reflects that. It always seems the best music comes out of these anyway. The whole scene shows how diverse the city is aswell with bands sounding like Peace to Troumaca to Laced to God Damn all coming from the same place. It’s definitely exciting musically here with class shows happening all the time on your doorstep.
AMBY: Which three of your influences would you love to hang out with for a day?
WIDE EYED: Whenever I think about meeting someone I admire I normally cringe at the thought. I think it would be pretty cool to hang out with The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, although I don’t know if we’d survive longer than a weekend. Being able to play through Kevin Shield’s (My Bloody Valentine) rig would be a dream come true but I think personally sitting in on a ‘Live in basement’ session with Radiohead would top anything.
AMBY: If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
WIDE EYED: Touring America and Europe would obviously be sick. If someone could invent time travel we’d go to the 1950’s and just scare the shit out of everyone.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
WIDE EYED: Getting our singles out and getting some airplay really. We’ve got a fresh recording of ‘Bleak’ to come first followed by a second single soon after. I think getting more stuff out there will definitely make the live shows even more mental. We’re looking forward to playing around the country to fresh crowds and hopefully they’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about WIDE EYED that nobody knows?
WIDE EYED: We regularly prank call Dixy Chicken in Wolverhampton. Total guilty pleasure.
Thank you Wide Eyed, for giving us your answers!