NHC music will be returning to rebellion festival again this year. As you know, the NHC is all about representing and promoting upcoming unsigned bands, so on that note we decided to conduct a wee interview with one of Scotland’s finest punk bands, The Signal. Who you can catch tearing the introducing stage a new one at 6:30-7:00 on Friday 02/08/18.
Ok, first off. Who’s who and who does what?
The Signal are- Kieran/Bass, Dave/Drums, Lewis/Guitar, Nikki/Vocals.
When/where did the band form?
We formed in Inverness early 2008, with a few line up changes on bass & guitar over the early years. Lewis was our bass player but moved on to guitar when Kieran joined about 5 years ago.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is quite hard to describe, we take influences from very early punk & everything in between. We all have vast & various tastes in music. We like to mix it up a bit with some Oi, ska, garage, metal. rock, whatever. We never really aim for a particular sound, if a song sounds good we'll just go with it. Don't really know how you'd describe our sound, it is what it is! The Signal.
What releases do you have to date?
We have always done our own recordings since we started & we put them up for free streaming/ download, we used to burn a few CDs to take to gigs to sell for a few quid. We never released anything 'official' until 2018.We decided to go into a studio & do a 'proper' recording as opposed to just having home demos. We recorded the 'Suck It' 5 track EP at a local studio which we released in March 2018 to coincide with the band being 10 years old. We have just recently recorded another 5 track EP which is in the early mixing stages right now, it’s yet untitled but hope to have it ready in some shape or form in time for our Rebellion debut.
How does it feel to be playing the introducing stage at rebellion this year?
Playing Rebellion is a dream come true for us. We applied several times before with no luck, but this year we got lucky & we get to play the biggest punk festival in the world! It's a big deal for us, we're proud of what we've achieved. Geographically we are not in a great location so we travel A LOT, but we have to in order to widen our audience & get the opportunities we have been given but we are grateful for these opportunities & travelling is just something we have to deal with.
What’s the punk scene like where you’re from? Is there one?
One of the main reasons we travel a lot is because of the lack of a music scene in Inverness, particularly a punk scene. There's plenty of people who like punk but not in a band playing it! The 'music scene' in Inverness is very middle of the road & safe, there's a lot of cover bands, who have their place, but when you’re in a small town they tend to dominate the venues. The Market Bar in Inverness is the best live music venue in town & we play there 4/5 times a year. Shirley who books us has always supported the band from the very beginning & it's definitely one of our our most favourite places to play hand's down! It's a great wee venue with a great vibe about it!
Do politics belong in punk?
Politics belong in punk, they belong in any musical genre. Music gives a platform to that. Punk is synonymous with politics but not every punk band is political. Music can educate & also influence people, people who might not necessarily watch TV, the news etc. If a band they like has a political stance they are more likely to take notice of the message & maybe educate themselves.
Any bands you’re looking forward to seeing at rebellion this year?
We're only at Rebellion for the Friday & Saturday, but there are so many bands we are looking forward to seeing. UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts, Steve Ignorant, The Exploited, Subhumans, Leftover Crack....so many & so many we are going to miss as well but work & money dictate. Really want to see as much of the Introducing stage as possible as well. It’s good to see what’s happening in the rest of the country and beyond.
Who have been you’re favourite bands that you have shared a stage with/what’s been your best gig experiences thus far?
We've been pretty lucky with some of the bands we've shared a stage with. Stiff Little Fingers, Subhumans, Angelic Upstarts, Conflict, Oi Polloi, GBH, UK Subs. We were fortunate enough to play support to the Buzzcocks in 2016 when they played Inverness as part of their 40th anniversary tour, a real honour & a privilege. It's a prominent gig for us, more so now with Pete Shelley's passing. We got the chance to share a stage with him & chat to him and we played rather well that night which doesn't hurt. Cramond Island of Punk 2015 is also a memorable gig & still probably one of the most surreal. It was a great day, it was our first time at Cramond playing/attending & definitely one of our most memorable gigs. A bunch of punks stranded on an island with bands & booze...brilliant!
Why should people come to see you on the introducing stage?
People should come and see us at Rebellion because we are loud, brash, opinionated, energetic & melodic all at the same time.