BANG BANG ROMEO
Where are you from?
What do you do?
Theatrical, Soulful, Bluesy, Rock 'n' Roll music.
Describe your style in three words?
Loud, Proud, Commanding.
If you could make a record with anyone from history?
Probably Amy Winehouse, she's got such a profound, soulful and heartbreaking voice. It would have been really special to hear her and our Starsie proper go at it vocally.
What’s the best gig you've ever been to?
Fleetwood Mac headlining Isle Of Wight Festival in 2015, we are all huge fans anyway, but they were just absolutely electric that night. Joel was in tears from the second The Chain kicked in, it just all felt like a really magical moment, made extra special by the fact it was also the first major festival we had ever played.
What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have had a huge influence on us musically, and are never far from the CD player in our van. We just love the drama and theatrics of all of their songs and the emotion they get across.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
That would have to be David Bowie, a cliched answer maybe, but he was just a truly exceptional human being. Ridiculously talented and so switched on and intelligent, I feel like an hour with Bowie would be like a spiritual experience, not to mention the opportunity to write and jam with him. We were all absolutely devastated at his passing, it was such a strange day. All the stars just seemed to shine that bit less brightly for a while afterwards.
Which British subculture means the most to you?
I suppose the whole Britpop / Mod movements really because they actually played a big part in the band getting together. Ross, our guitarists owns a clothes shop in Doncaster, Revolver Menswear, which stocks Fred Perry, Paisley shirts etc... all that kind of clobber. It was pretty much the only decent shop of its kind locally, which led to Joel our bassist hanging out there most days, talking clothes and music. Those chats led to him eventually bringing down his guitar for a jam with Ross & Stars, and the rest as they say... is history.
If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
Queen, simply because Freddie Mercury is undoubtedly the greatest frontman of all time, a complete entertainer and showman. We also take a huge amount of influence from the full on theatrical rock 'n' roll stage show they put on. Truly genius.
What music did you listen to growing up?
This is where it begins to sound mega cliched, but we all had very similar musical upbringings on the classics. The Beatles were an essential, Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Radiohead, Mamas and Papas, Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Michael Jackson.... We were all lucky to have been surrounded with music growing up and having families with a wide ranging appreciation for good music.