2014 has been a pretty exciting year for Walsall four piece The Assist. Sharing the stage with bands such as The Family Rain, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Twang, and Reverend and the Makers at this year’s Strawberry Fields Festival, venturing out on a UK headline tour in support of the release of debut single The Assist, and playing a gig at Blackpool Tower for HMV are just a few highlights. I caught up with The Assist’s Ryan Stanton to find out more.
AMBY: Welcome The Assist, please introduce yourselves!
The Assist: We’re The Assist an indie/Britpop quartet from Walsall, UK.
AMBY: How would you describe your music?
The Assist: Our music is an adventure of energetic guitar riffs, funky bass lines and punchy drums to create sing along anthems and in your face upbeat melodies.
AMBY: Who or what influences you the most when it comes to making music?
The Assist Our music is influenced by everyday scenarios and the world around us; we’re young but experienced and have got a lot to write about.
AMBY: Who are you listening to at the moment?
The Assist: At the moment we’re really into Birmingham bands like Peace, Superfood and Jaws, it’s good to see bands being so successful locally to us.
AMBY: Who’s the best band you’ve seen live this year?
The Assist Probably Klaxons at Benicassim.
AMBY: You recently released your debut single The Assist and I love the track and the video. Tell us more about it.
The Assist: The track is about life in the band and how our fans always deliver in creating atmosphere’s our gigs are well known for. The video was just about getting everyone together and having a laugh just as much as it was about portraying the song’s meaning.
AMBY: You supported Dexters on their recent tour — how was it?
The Assist It went class! We played some new material we’ve been working on and it was good to play to a successful band’s strong fan base. When playing tour supports you know that the people who are there in time to watch the support acts are eager to hear new music and are the perfect people to play to.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
The Assist Just before we were due on stage at our biggest gig to date; supporting the 1975 at Blackpool Rocks our bassist went missing. After a search of the venue we found him paralytic and in tears saying “I think I’ve wet myself”. With a set time of 1 am luckily the crowd were just as drunk as him and the gig went down great. A close second would be having just come of stage after a support slot with a band we don’t get along with; we were so high off the crowd’s reaction to our set that our lead guitarist took it upon himself to urinate in the cymbal bag of the Headline band’s drummer. Out of respect we stayed to watch the band and enjoyed every cymbal hit just that little bit more than usual.
AMBY: What’s next for The Assist?
The Assist: We’ve got a massive Christmas period lined up including a gig for HMV at the Blackpool Tower, then next year we plan to tour even more and venture into Europe. We’re just going to keep making new music and build on the unbeatable year we’ve had.
Thank you The Assist, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Fi Carroll | @dirtyroknroller