There was once a rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK by the name of A New Nowhere. The music that the foursome – Mark Gregg (vocals/guitar), Kev Gregg (guitar), Martin Hudson (bass) and Billy White (drums) – creates can be described in four emotive words: heavy, energetic, melodic and atmospheric. The band is lucky enough to be signed to Sound-Hub Records and their track You and Me (released in February 2017) epitomises their sound and personalities beautifully.
With the festive season well and truly underway, the quartet was lovely enough to have a chat with AMNplify – check it out below!
How and when did the band form?
K.Gregg: The band was formed by me and my brother Mark during mid-2015. We both enjoyed writing songs, so decided to do so together and wrote the early A New Nowhere tracks together.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
K. Gregg: For me, it was Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. I can also say Mark is massively inspired by him.
White: My Dad’s limited music collections inspired me to be a musician.
Hudson: I swapped a Sega Saturn for an electric guitar when I was 17. I changed to bass when I was 18 as I was asked to play bass for my mates’ band
Who are your main musical influences?
K. Gregg: Nirvana, Seether, Foo Fighters, Weezer and many more.
White: John Bonham plus like every drummer ever! Zeppelin, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and many more!
Hudson: 3 Colours Red (Pete Vuckovic their bass player is my main influence on my sound), Manic Street Preachers (Nicky Wire isn’t the greatest bassist but his presence in the band is hugely influential, not just to me, but all fans), The Offspring and Green Day.
What is the inspiration for You and Me?
K. Gregg: There wasn’t any inspiration musically, basically it was written around the intro riff. The music video was a way of gathering interest and didn’t have anything to do with the lyrics, but it still worked out very well.
How has the A New Nowhere sound developed over time?
K. Gregg: It hasn’t changed too much since the beginning; I would say it has become more powerful live.
Hudson: All of our influences, passions, and personalities shine through and the comfort we feel around one another lets us express what is inside so much easier.
What inspires your songwriting?
K. Gregg: What inspires me is the opportunity to express myself through music and to let people hear it.
Hudson: I do a lot more personally than with ANN, but I do speak up when a new song is brought to the table in terms of the way it could be structured.
What makes A New Nowhere different to similar sounding bands?
K. Gregg: You can certainly hear our influences in our music, but we have managed to still keep it fresh and different from bands of the same genre.
White: Catchy choruses and guitar riffs.
Hudson: Great hooks and a vocalist with a huge voice and range.
What has been your most memorable career highlight to date?
K. Gregg: Recording our debut album with Sound-Hub Records (which is out in 2018). I really believe it can help establish us more.
Hudson: Personally, playing in front of sold-out audiences for the likes of Oceansize, Easyworld, and more recently Boy Jumps Ship. With ANN, playing the main stage of the o2 Academy in Newcastle and being acknowledged by former Newcastle United player Jonas Gutierrez!
What is something you would like to achieve career-wise that you haven’t done yet?
K. Gregg: A tour would be great and it’s something we will achieve in 2018 to coincide with the album release.
White: A live DVD/album at a small intimate venue would be amazing.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
K. Gregg: Wembley Stadium because only the world’s biggest bands play there, haha.
White: I’d want to play either Wembley Stadium or Red Rocks Amphitheater would be cool.
Hudson: St. James’ Park, home of the Toon Army!
M. Gregg: Hooters, haha.
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