NHC MUSIC Chats To Anomalies - Thomas Neil

Our intrepid interviewer Thomas Neil has been busy recently, so we have a clutch of interviews going up this week from him! First off is excellent Ayrshire ambient rockers nomalies, once you give it a read, be sure to head to their page and give them a like and a share, there's plenty of great tunes on there for you!

So first of how did you all meet?

At the moment we are really lucky because the band is made up of 3 long term friends we have known each other for years and met through playing in bands when we were much younger but the way anomalies is it's a moving target and because of the long term goals and ambitions anything could happen.

Where are you all from?

We are all from Ayrshire.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

Since our early teens for all of us

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

It's always a really hard question to answer but there's definitely always something interesting going on... Sometimes it's clean sometimes it's big and distorted or reverb... But always trying to make every song anthemic and ambient.

What are your influences?

Again a hard question... We could be here all night just listing great bands but for me personally what I hear in our music is angels and airwaves...explosions in the sky... Sigar rose... Death cab for cutie...the cure...

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

I don't think we would ever do covers

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?

Anomalies to me just sounds like anything is possible and we believe with this band anything is. It also takes your thoughts straight to like outer space and that kind of image which really suits the ambient sound of the music.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? / Which of you writes the songs?

For us I'd have to say no because there's the old way of one guy bringing a song to the table he wrote in his bedroom.. Or we could start making something us in the moment and now I personally tend to sit at home and demo things and build them that way but all these approaches have been used by us.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

Since the line up has been the way it is now it tends to be pretty fast and a bit frantic but at the same time absolutely hilarious but whether we are playing a song or just talking I think it always gets pretty loud.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring

One that comes to mind is when we played sneaky Pete and the stage was just shaking like crazy to the point my mic stand eventually just flew off the stage we all kept playing while standing on stage just buckled with laughter but what else can you do in that situation... Luckily no one was hurt.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Setting out to be more than a run of the mill band... The full thing has been a challenge... But musically we have definitely pulled of something that was years in the making with adding various technologies to the sound to create the ambient sound and the full anomalies thing isn't just music it's art it's film it's anything creative which has taken a while but we are making progress with all that too but it has definitely been more difficult to pull of these things than I first thought but later this year people will start to see the bigger picture of what we are trying to achieve.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?

Facebook and soundcloud... Everything is free to listen to

Have you released anything yet/if they have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

We have been a band for almost 2 years... We did an album first then an epic and later this year will be another ep to go along with the bigger all round project we are currently working on.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

I loved playing the green room in Perth and the electric circus in Edinburgh but ivory blacks was incredible everything just clicked into place that night and the crowd was so receptive to us.

What do you think about downloading music online?

I think it's a great thing for a band like us but if you're trying to sell your music to Make a living that's no so great but we can put stuff up and the whole world can hear it if they want to which when you're a kid starting out is the dream. So I think it depends.

What's your outlook on the record industry today?

I personally don't really know too much about the behind the scenes of the record industry but I can think of anything bands can't do for themselves anymore and one person told me it's frustrating being on a label.. If you wanna be creative you wanna do it then and not wait 6 months till the label say OK but I don't know as I'm not on that side of things so maybe a tad naive to it all.

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