We first met New Mode at the SUBlist battle of the bands 2018 competition in Nairn and then again in 2019, with some new members. We were keen to hear how things have been, over the last two years, since first meeting them.
Hi, Guys Alan from The SUBlist, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with me.
What first got you guys into music?
Elwyn : I got into music through listening to Oasis, which is also the reason I started playing guitar.
Aaron : My Dad had a huge influence on my musical taste.
Craig : There was f*ck all else to do so music seemed like the only option!
Ross : I’d say my bigger brother and Dad first got me into music.
Who inspired you to make music?
I think for us all, it would be bands such as ACDC, Oasis, Stone Roses, The Verve, Elliot Smith and the likes of The View to name a few.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
We feel we don’t fit into one genre, and don’t feel we sound like any one band. Once one of us starts writing a tune, we just go with the flow and see where it ends up.
When you are writing songs, do you all collaborate in the songwriting process?
Yes, one of us will a have a solid idea, which they’ll take to a jam. Then everyone will add their own ideas to get it over the line where we want it.
Which other artist/band would you most like to collaborate with and why?
Elwyn : I’d love to work with Kyle Falconer from The Viee as I like his catchy songs.
Aaron : I would’ve liked to work with Elliot Smith as his songs are raw and relatable.
Craig : Mine would be ACDC, as they sum up everything about rock & roll.
Ross : For me, Richard Ashcroft, as I love his lyrics and have always loved his energy and that vocals!
If you could open a show for any artist/band who would it be?
Possibly Kasabian, as they have a quality buzz about them, and are one of the best live acts on the planet!
Question for Aaron, Buckfast or Guitar?
Aaron : Does a bear shite in the woods? BUCKFAST!
“Victim to the culture” sounds a self-explanatory title for your latest track, can you elaborate on what it’s really about?
We’d say its about living in modern day British Culture, and that feel of only really living for the weekend. That regret come Monday morning of your weekend antics, the effect it has on the mind throughout the rest of the week!
Which band member is most likely to cry whilst watching E.T ?
Have you been writing any new material during lockdown?
Yes, we have 3 or 4 solid songs, written in the last couple months, ready to get jammed. Counting down the days till we can get back to it!!
You performed at The SUBlist BOTB 2 years running. What was it like for you as a band and did it help you in any way?
Great experience, and a good opportunity to meet loads of other bands, and bring our music to people from different parts of the Highlands especially. We’ve also kept in touch with a few, including Bicycle Day from Edinburgh, which we’re hoping to get a gig with once this virus is out the way.
What do you guys think about mixing politics with music?
We personally just write about what comes to us at the time, whether its political or not. We wouldn’t necessarily say it mattered.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Collectively, we’d say our new single “Victim to the culture”.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Elwyn : Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys
Aaron : Elliot Smith
Craig : John Bonham
Ross : Don Henley of the Eagles
What is the most trouble you’ve ever got into as a band?
We’ve had many messy nights but not a lot suitable to mention on here lol!
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Keep it real and the music will speak for itself!
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
More opportunities for smaller unsigned bands.
With COVID-19 putting the brakes on the music industry in terms of gigging, what have you been doing/planning until things resume back to some sort of normality ?
We’ve been working on new songs individually, working on rescheduling cancelled gigs. Sorting out our brand-new band merch (which is available through our FB page, & promoting our new single “Victim to the culture”.
Your sound has a blend of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and Stone Roses, as well as a few others, which band would you say is a partial foundation of “New Mode” if any?
We wouldn’t necessarily say any band is a partial foundation for New mode. I think it would be unfair for us to pin point one in particular.
Where do you see “New Mode” in 5 years time?
Hopefully selling out arena’s across the globe, and having a couple albums under our belt. The sky is the limit!
Ok, last question! What do you think of the music scene in and around the Scottish Highlands pre-covid-19? And if you were to pick one venue as your favourite what would it be and why?
We personally wouldn’t say the scene up here is great at the minute, as it seems more and more venues are closing by the day which doesn’t help.
For us our favourite venue up here would be the Elgin Town Hall, as it was the biggest gig to date with almost 1000 people attending.
Thanks, Mon New mode