Broken Witt Rebels most recent single “Call Out The Sun” is going really well and the band is playing as many gigs as possible at the moment because that is what the four members want to do. Go out and play music. Sounds perfect so far… but no one would like to be stuck in an elevator with the drummer, who wrote a whole paragraph when I asked a question with a “one-sentence-only” –answer and every now and then they take the word “Rebel” quite seriously. Nevertheless, they all have a fantastic secret that nobody knows yet, a great plan for the future and a wonderful taste in music. Anthony answered the questions in a hotel room, Luke and Danny in a car park in Tamworth and James did his part in his own, very cosy flat with great music running in the background. If you haven’t realised by now that these guys are top lads then there you go: the only thing left to say is that they are fantastic people, both funny and serious and a very promising Birmingham-based rock band that’s ready to take over the venues of the world and you better be prepared for them. If you want to find out more about the band then read the interview and let your inner Rebel fan arise. Up The Rebels!
AMBY: What’s the story behind your band name?
Dan: It started with an old newspaper, where we were in rehearsal and we picked three random words which were ‘broken’ ‘witt’ ‘rebels’
AMBY: If you had to describe each member in the band with one word, which word would define them?
Dan: Luke – catalyst, James – lovely, Ant –unique ;)
Luke: James – Diva, Ant – one-off, Dan – creative
James: Dan – perfectionist, Luke – time-keeper of songs, Ant – energetic
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Anthony: Heaven’s Basement, Sam Cooke, Cat Power, Johnny Cash, Marshall Tucker Band, Jeff the Brotherhood.
Dan: Kings of Leon, Alabama Shakes, Fleetwood Mac, Shouting Matches.
Luke: Kansas, Kings of Leon.
James: Deap Vally, Crosby, Stills, Nash + Young, and a lot of Northern Soul.
AMBY: What’s your favourite release of the year so far?
Anthony: Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
Dan: All Worn Out and Call Out The Sun – Broken Witt Rebels ;)
Luke: I Gotsta Get Paid – ZZ Top
James: Supersoaker – Kings of Leon
AMBY: Who or what inspires you?
Anthony: Good honest music, what you get is what you see.
Dan: People who believe in what they’re doing no matter what.
Luke: Broken Witt Rebels.
James: I agree with Ant.
AMBY: What are your plans for the future?
Anthony: For the future we would like to start appearing at festivals so we can get our music out there to a wider audience.
James: UK tour – then hopefully the world!
AMBY: In a hypothetical sense who would you have loved to have played with on a gig?
Anthony: White Stripes
Dan: Led Zeppelin
Luke: Ocean Colour Scene
James: Alabama Shakes
AMBY: What is the worst piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Dan: (people making an) Image request, I fucking hate those people.
Luke: To dress like a twat.
James: To be a follower, not a leader.
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
Dan: most – a lift engineer, least – Anthony
Luke: most – Mick Jagger, least – Ant
James: most – Noel Gallagher, least – ANT!
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
Anthony: “I loathe the expression “what makes a man tick”, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.” – James Thurber
Dan: Fuck the posers, Up the Rebels!
Luke: To be poor is unfortunate, but to look poor is unforgivable.
James: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace” – Jimi Hendrix
AMBY: Lastly, tell me something nobody knows about Broken Witt Rebels… yet
Anthony: James Tranter has freakish fingers. But that’s why he’s so great at guitar lol.
Dan: I have a fascination with stickers.
James: Dan likes to pick leaves off trees because he likes the crunching sound.
Thank you so much for answering the questions! Up the Rebels!