We've been chatting to some great local musicians in a campaign to get more people supporting local original music. Here's 5 minutes with The Facades.
Who are you?
We are The Facades, a 4 piece indie rock band from Wigan. We consist of Alannah Webb- vocals, Luke Ashton- Drums, Sam Bowery- Bass and Evan Armstrong- Lead Guitar. We all met in college and played together a few times before deciding to start writing original music. We formed officially as a full band in January 2020 on the back of playing a few acoustic shows as a two piece in 2019. We did our first gig as a full band in February at the Tudor in Wigan which went down really well with the audience and we even got asked to do another song at the end of our set.
What 3 words best describe your sound?
It's hard to define our sound in 3 words as we all take influences from different styles of music, with bands like Wolf Alice, Arctic Monkeys and Jade Bird but also bands with a heavier style such as The Blinders and Soundgarden. But if we had to sum it up it would be 'Distinctive, Unconventional and Melodic'
How does being from Wigan/the North West influence your music?
We're lucky to live in Wigan because we can get to Manchester and Liverpool in 30 minutes on the train so it's easy for us to go and watch our favourite bands and artists and we take a lot of inspiration from watching other bands perform live. We're very lucky at the minute too to be part of the music scene that is happening in Wigan with bands and artists like Stanleys, Neptune Valley, Rivver, Flechettes, Island Dam, Joe Astley, Pink Shirts for Pale People and loads more (hope we didn't forget anyone!) all smashing it at the minute which is really good to see. There are also a few brilliant venues in Wigan where new bands can play and show off their music to an audience.
What role do you think music plays in society?
A huge role. Music is everywhere you go these days and there are so many different styles of music which is really good as you can take a lot of inspiration from that when writing songs. Music is very influential to the way people are and act and even the way they dress has been impacted by idolising their favourite musicians.
If you had a magic wand, how would you change the music industry?
We think there are a lot of things that we would want to change in the Music industry but a lot of it is probably better left unsaid! Having said that we do think artists should be paid a lot more from streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music because a lot of bands are left out of pocket after recording a song or an album which can be very frustrating.
What's next for The Facades?
Before the lockdown started we had quite a few exciting gigs planned which have all now been cancelled or rearranged to later in the year and we were aiming to have our debut single out in June which has now been pushed back along with all the plans we had to go with it. Hopefully once everything is back to normal this won't set us back in terms of where we wanted to be.
Listen to The Facades' demo 'Better' here: https://soundcloud.com/user-551328918/betterdemo