Updated: Aug 6, 2018
I had the recent pleasure of meeting up with Marble Tides on a sunny day at
Kingston Maurward College, where they had played their most recent gig. I was
able to sit down with the indie / alternative band from Bournemouth under a
scorching hot sun to ask them a few questions regarding their continuous growth in popularity and thoughts on the current local music scene. Marble Tides are a refreshing mixture of classic indie-rock guitar sounds seamlessly blended with opulent vocals and sentimental lyrics. They are a truly exciting addition to the diverse music scene ever-flourishing within Bournemouth. They are quickly making themselves heard with their latest single: ‘Another Dream Dies’ that was released on May
10th and has already hit over 10,000 views on Facebook. They were recently played on BBCIntroducing and had their first live – radio performance on a local radio station just two weekends ago. Marble Tides are definitely one to look out for in 2018. This interview was so much fun to do,
Marble Tides are made up of five utterly unique, fun and welcoming individuals who I can only wish the best for in their up-coming achievements.
How did you guys meet? How did this all come together?
Brandon: Okay well, I found Gemma [bassist] on the internet…Wait let me elaborate on that… I found Gemma on ‘Join My Band.com’ through an advert that I had put up, I think I also found Luke [guitarist] on there as well. I found Zac [guitar] on the ‘Wall of Fame’ at Absolute Music [where Brandon works] and Sam [drums] and myself have been mates for ages, for like five years. Sam and I were in a previous band together.
Zac: We were then actually auditioned! We had to learn ‘Sorry’ by Nothing But Thieves and then we were asked to make something up on the spot. I got a phone call, a missed phone call, when I got home asking if I wanted to join the band and that was it!
How did you guys find it trying to gel together during those first few practise sessions
as a band?
Gemma: We basically just ended up writing two songs during the first practise we had. I think it was ‘Another Dream Dies’ [their debut single] and ‘Cigarette’ that were written in the very first practise. They were both written completely off the bat – I think it only took like half an hour to write them both! Luke brought in the riff for ‘Another Dream Dies’ and we had some lyrics that Sam had written for it.
Brandon: The lyrics for ‘Another Dream Dies’ were actually written by Sam’s Uncle who has now passed. I think we decided to use the lyrics because having them in the song is like having part of Sam’s family in the song. It was like a happy; sad kind of thing – the lyrics are quite depressing but then the music’s quite happy, so we thought that that was quite cool.’
What are your guys’ biggest musical influences?
Brandon: For me it’s definitely the Cure and the Smiths. I’m also really liking White Lies at the moment. I like some real 80’s influences
Zac: I’m a big 90’s grunge fan. So like Nirvana, Soundgarden, stuff like that and then I like kind of heavier, punky bands too as I’ve got older. I try and bring that into the band as a nice mix to Brandon’s, shall we say, radio friendly tastes.
The entire interview was full of jokes and laughter – you could really tell that these guys thought a lot of one another.
Luke: Elaborating on from that, I’m similar to Zac in our music tastes – I sort of started off with metal so Metallica, Linkin Park, then I gradually started to get into funk and hip – hop and stuff. Chili Peppers are good.
Gemma: I listen to basically anything and everything. From the most chill stuff you can think of to Chili Peppers and reggae then also super heavy stuff like Thy Art is Murder.
Sam: Umm…Basically, it’s anything New Metal really. Like Architects, Of Mice and Men, Bring Me the Horizon, who else do I like? Oh I like a bit of Kendrick Lamar – it depends on what mood I’m in to be honest.
So you guys have only been together since November 2017 and you played your first
gig as a band on the 10th May at Mr. Kyps. How was that for you guys?
Brandon: For me, I wasn’t worried about the way it would go, in the sense of music-wise because I thought that we were strong enough to be able to do it well and pull it off, but I was more worried about if we would pack the venue. Turns out we did manage to pack the venue and that was pretty amazing considering it was our first gig.
Luke: I was happy that a lot of people had come up to us afterwards and said that it was like a show, that it all came together as like one thing.
Zac: Yeah that’s what we’d really focused our time on – making it into one musically coherent piece,almost like an arena performance in a way. We had a lot of interludes and instrumental breaks that bled one song into the next which was really cool.
Brandon: I think it’s important to do stuff like that because I see a lot of new bands who’ll just play,have a break, chat for a bit, then play the next song, and although that’s cool, I feel it drops the mood completely. If you can keep the energy for a whole entire hour like big bands do like the Chili Peppers – when I saw them they just didn’t stop playing (can’t stop) and it was brilliant.
How do you feel being part of the music scene local to Bournemouth?
Brandon: Yeah there’s a few really good bands in the local music scene – but I feel that the local music scene is kind of dying. It’s hard to get any gigs in Bournemouth as a new band. People don’t like to go to small gigs anymore – when there’s people like Ed Sheeran who are all over the T.V all the time they’d rather pay fifty quid to watch him then go to see a little band that they don’t know. People don’t like to go and see bands that they don’t know of, and I think that’s the problem,especially with originals bands. I think if we did covers we’d have no problem at all.
Who are some larger bands who are currently in the spotlight that you guys are loving?
Luke: I think for me and Brandon, when we first met, it was Nothing But Thieves. I think they inspired me a lot because they were really varied in their music style. They have electronic elements and hip-hop beats and then also hard-rock sounds, everything that I would sort of be looking for in a band.
Brandon: I like little indie bands like Sundara Karma and Jaws…I bloody love Sundara Karma.
Do you guys ever get told you sound like anyone else?
Brandon: I had some guy come up to me after the gig today and he said that we sound like Tears For Fears? I was like, love it!
Gemma: When I try to explain to people what we sound like I really struggle to explain it. Each song of ours is so different, like, ‘Land and Sea’ is completely different from ‘Hiraeth’ and ‘Hiraeth is so different from ‘Another Dream Dies’ and so I feel it’s quite difficult to pin-point what we sound like without listening to us.
Luke: In the beginning we said that we didn’t want to be labelled in one category – we thought it would be nice for people to be able to say ‘Oh that’s Marble Tides’ rather than, ‘Oh that’s a rock band.
Brandon: I think that’s one of the worst things, when you go to a gig and all the songs sound the same. So I really like that we decide to be varied with our song writing.
How does the writing process work for you guys?
*Everyone simultaneously says ‘Zac’ and starts laughing*
Brandon: We try different methods I think. The best one that works is when Zac or Luke will jam something at home first and will then come into the studio with something that they’ve recorded and then we’ll kind of jam it out. Sometimes we might even disregard it and move on then come back to it later, or we’ll hear it the first time and think ‘s**t’, that’s good. The lyrics come from loads
of different places – we’ll either look in Sam’s Uncle’s lyric book, or bring something in that one of us has written, with our song ‘Gravity’ we actually all wrote it together on one table.’
The way that you write is extremely sentimental and very meaningful, how does it
make you feel to know that your music resonates with people?
Zac: I think when we had first started off, we had said that we wanted to, it sounds cheesy, but write stuff that meant something. Music, as it’s got more saturated through streaming services, you do hear a lot of the same stuff. It’s almost like a formula, like people know how to make a hit. Whereas, obviously we’re making music that’s got variety behind it, but we always try to come up with lyrical content that’s important to either someone in the band or to a topic that’s relevant at the minute.
Luke: We don’t write for anyone else. We write for ourselves and if other people like it then that’s fantastic!
Zac: Yeah we’re definitely not thinking about the next number one hit, we’re thinking more of ‘what do we want to hear?
Marble Tides are definitely one to look out for in 2018. Their catchy beats, heart-wrenching lyrics,meaty guitar sounds and charming nature set them up for nothing but success in the local music scene. Despite growing in popularity so rapidly and being faced with the alternate reality of being in a band, they still know how to have a good time and not take themselves so seriously. They’re all in it for the experience and this really transmutes through their music as well as their charismatic
energy whilst on stage. It doesn’t matter if they’re playing to an audience of 10 or to an audience of 100, you’ll always find them having a party. A big thank you to Marble Tides for allowing me to interview them and all the best for the future!
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY ASHLEIGH SMITH