When I first started these gigs once of the aims was (and still is) to inspire young people to get up on stage and not feel that you had to be someone special or a musician with years of experience to do it. Now I’m not saying Backspace aren’t special (far from it!) but I am so happy we have them playing as I think they’re a great example for their peers in showing that you can get up on stage and play great music at any age. Find out more here (and then check out their new EP HERE)
Hello there, can you introduce the band?
We are an alternative rock/pop band from Guiseley. We write and play our own songs with a few covers thrown in
Rosie – vocals
Alex – guitar and keys
Harry A – guitar
Miles – bass
Harry T – drums
We’re all aged between 13 and 15
How do you fit being in a band alongside school/college
It’s quite difficult to find a good day to practice because were all at school and have other things on as well. But school is very good and let us practice at the end of the day
How have your friends and families been about the band?
We get loads of support from all our families and friends. Lots of friends came out to see us at the Wardrobe in Leeds in October. It was brilliant. We’ve had some great comments from other bands too, like Elephant Trees, Hollows from Manchester and Regiment
What sort of gigs have you played so far? Any memorably really good or bad ones?
To be honest we’ve not had a bad gig yet (fingers crossed) the best has to be The Wardrobe supporting Elephant Trees. Routes festival in Halifax was great too, fantastic crowd! And Music for Youth at Birmingham Town Hall was an amazing experience.
A question we ask everyone at Youth Anthems – top three dessert options?
Apple Crumble & Custard, Trifle, Tiramisu, Ice cream
What advice would you give to other people you’re age wanting to start a band?
Although it’s important to work hard you have to have fun
What are the plans for 2019? Any more releases coming out?
Our new EP is out on Spotify on Friday 30th November. We recorded it at Eiger Studios and it was produced by Will Jackson who’s worked with a lot of big bands like Pigeon Detectives and The Cribs. We’re really proud of it and hope people like it. It would be great if we got played on BBC Introducing. Next year we want to get more support slots with other local bands and play to new people. It’s not always easy because of our ages and some venues have restrictions but we’re hopeful. We’d also like to got back in the studio and record some more songs
Anything else you want to add?
We are REALLY looking forward to Youth Anthems and hope to get some new fans