Published: 15/10/2014 12:00 - Updated: 15/10/2014 11:06

The Oxides Q&A: "We always give it 150% on stage."

Written byWhat's On Caithness

The Oxides – from left: guitarist Mikey Duncan, bassist Archie Stewart, drummer Tom Forrester and singer and guitarist Jake Bolt. Picture: Fraser Davidson
The Oxides (Picture: Fraser Davidson)

Inverness four-piece The Oxides are heading up to Thurso this Friday. Supporting States And Empires, the band – Jake Bolt on lead vocals and guitar, Mikey Duncan on guitar and vocals, Archie Stewart on bass and vocals, and Tom Fullerton on drums – will be bringing their choppy and brilliant brand of rock to the Y-Not Bar and Grill on Friday October 17th. We managed to corner them for a quick chat...

Have you played Thurso before?

We can't wait to get back to Thurso, we are always welcomed with wide open arms...and leave with extremely sore heads. Always a mental time to be had. Fun!

How would you describe your style of music?

Melodic. Powerful. Mental. Exhausting to perform.

What can audiences expect from your set?

Those that have seen us before can vouch that we always give it 150% on stage. It's tuneful, with plenty of hooks and rakes of pounding about.

What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played at?

I don't think there has been any bad gigs. None that I can remember anyway – we've been pretty lucky. Our set at Liverpool's Cavern Club. Being big Beatles fans, it's understandable why.

Have you ever had anything strange thrown at you on stage?

What? You mean like a Tom Jones scenario? Haha! Na, none of that. We've had some pretty outrageous song requests though.

What’s the first album you remember buying?

The first CD I ever bought with my own money was the Don't Look Back in Anger single by Oasis. I think the first album was Be Here Now, on cassette.

Who was your music idol growing up?

Easy. Kurt Cobain and Noel Gallagher. And then later, John Squire, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.

When you’re on the road, is there anything you can’t live without?

The rest of the band. Haha! All joking aside though, they are my brothers. It's always an adventure. Especially up north!

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing?


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