A long time ago in Bradford, three British lads got together to make some music. Craig (vocals and guitar), Chris (guitar), Matt (bass) and a programmed drum machine formed the group 45. With several EPs and some full-length albums under their belt, the indie-rock band is adding to their repertoire with Funstroke. We had a chat with 45 about the new album, discovering new music and a lot more!
Why did you choose to enter the music industry?
The glamour. Also, space travel is hard to get into.
What can you tell us about your release Funstroke?
It’s great music to drift to; our best yet. We’re proud of it.
What was the recording and writing process like?
As we don’t all live in the same city anymore, we start all of these things by sending numerous demo ideas between each other on email. You can always tell the tracks we like more as they get a quick replay. Everyone is on them.
Funstroke took about 18 months to do from start to finish. This was all the writing, recording, mixing and mastering. A lot longer than we normally take, but we wanted to get it as right as we could.
We had some good ears and input from Scott Mcormick who did the recording side for us and has some nice toys in his studio to have a go on, that helped shape it. An old friend who’s a graphic designer did all the artwork for the release as well which we think looks great!
What do you hope people take from your music?
Maybe a little bit of space to forget about what’s going on and step outside of it all for a few minutes.
Which is more challenging for you – melody or lyrics?
It’s a collaborative process really where everyone chips in different parts, so usually all the bases are covered. Someone might pick up the melody in one track but lyrics in another and vice versa. It lightens the load.
Describe your music in three words.
What do you think is the best way to discover new music?
Take a change and root through the record racks. Interesting cover, recommendation, a review that sounds right, whatever. Have a listen; it’s the only way you’ll hear new things.
What does the future hold for you?
We don’t know what the future holds, so we’re having breakfast with the Magic 8 Ball. Lots of songs underway so, hopefully, we’ll get them recorded and release a follow-up to Funstroke.
What advice do you have for any person planning to become a musician?
First step: get involved. Then see what happens.
Do you have any message for our readers?
Always take a key with you when you go out.