BAD HERITAGE set loose infectious rock thrusts and engaging hooks with abundant groove and swagger, the band have now released their new single and video, Saviour Control, out – https://youtu.be/yV_cUroGiVQ . We spoke to the band to find about their beginnings and more:
What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?
We have a vocalist who’s Amelia, our guitarist is Lauren, our bassist is called Jonny and our Drummer is Tom
How and when did the band form? Tell us anything interesting about your hometown.
(Lauren) The band formed via social media, originally Amelia and I had found each other through JoinMyBand and we found common ground in our love for Rival Sons. Since then, the band’s shuffled a couple of members and we’ve found the perfect recipe. We all live in Manchester and have done either from birth or for years now, the best thing about Manchester is that it’s a huge hub for live music, of live events in fact, of all varieties, there’s never a lack of inspiration. My specific hometown, Bramhall, was voted the UKs most friendly village in 2016.. I don’t know who it was that voted, but they did!
When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?
I think we really started to gel once we found the bassist, Jonny, last summer, he was the final piece. There became a solid, positive, energy when we started to play together and once we started to write, we found we were all very enthused with how each other responds musically to how one another writes. Each person’s part made the other feel good when we put everything together and, for all of us, that’s one of the most important things. Conversely, we always seem to agree when something isn’t working, when we’re not feeling it, which seems to happen in unison.
Who are your musical influences?
The biggest influence for the band is Rival Sons but they’re strongly followed by the likes of Royal Blood, Jimi Hendrix and Rage Against The Machine.
Where did the name of the band come from?
Honestly? We were just discussing names in our group chat for a long time and this one stuck. It seemed to be the one that at least had some depth as well as being catchy. It loosely relates to the idea of the worlds’ bad history. There’s a lot of stuff gone on over the years that we don’t agree with, so it’s a little nod towards those things. But we’re not a political band, it was just a worthy name.
How far back does your history with each other (the band members) extend?
Lauren and I (Amelia) met in 2019 via JoinMyBand, after a change in drummer (to Tom) in late 2020 and then switched bassist to Jonny after the height of the pandemic. The band progressed until the second lockdown where progress was halted again. The current arrangement of folk is amazing and we have great chemistry and are much like family.
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
Well, in the grand scheme of things and on the spectrum of rock bands we have the tested formula; big vocals, powerful riffs and catchy choruses. The thing that sets us apart is our original material, lyrically and melodically, it can’t be directly compared to anyone else. The way the powerful riffs work with the melody gives our tunes a unique edge. The honesty within the band means that any material that gets onto setlists or released are songs we’re all happy with and enjoy playing. Also, Amelia is very cut throat when it comes to writing, if she’s not totally happy the song gets binned as she doesn’t find her inspiration.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
Show them an image of a small fluffy cat giving a thumbs up whilst holding a blowtorch. Chaos, humour and power!
Where can we find your social media sites?
IG: @BadHeritageBand https://instagram.com/badheritageband