This is where the review begins…
Who do they sound like?
Abba Zabba – Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band
Who are they?
They are Gaoler’s Daughter, a four piece band from London, consisting of John Sterry (vocals), Alfie Ambrose (bass), Alex Mahood (guitar) and Ben Hutchinson (drums).
Lets check out their music…
Sister On the Stairs
Meet You On the Other Side of the World
Sun Coming Up
Which track are you most proud of?
Alex– probably st peter, its got a good groove, nice guitar line, and mark who mixed it made it sound MASSIVE
Alfie – Difficult question as when we write new songs they become the favourites to play and older ones go neglected until you remember them. I’m really looking forward to the new single When We Were Young as although it was written a while ago it never ceases to be fun to play. Mahoody came in with an idea and I remembered a bass line that my dad used to play to me as a kid, we tried it out, and with a few adjustments it fit perfectly, the song pretty much wrote itself after that
Ben – I love ‘3 Days Rain’ at the moment and ‘Cuddling A Cigarette’ is beautiful too.
John – ‘3 Day’s Rain’ for me
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Alex– probably ‘cordelia’ its not recorded yet…
Alfie – At the moment I have a couple obviously When We Were Young but I also enjoy a newer song called Cordelia.
Ben – ‘7th Wave’ is fun for me because I get to use soft mallets for the first half. Then, rock out for the second half.
John – 3 Day’s Rain again, it’s the hardest one to play live as I play a riff over the vocal melody, but when I don’t mess it up it feels great.
What is your most memorable fan encounter?
Alfie – It wasn’t with Gaolers it was with a previous band called Larrikin Love and we did a small promotional tour in Japan and although we weren’t a very big band we had about twenty girls waiting for us at the airport in Osaka, they all presents for us like pictures they had drawn, sweeties and love letters, not quite beatlemania but i’ve always wanted to go back, the whole trip was a riot.
Ben – When we played a gig to record the ‘Angry Eyes’ video I had a Japanese fan bring me lots of presents. They were mostly ‘SpongeBob’ themed. She remembered I had tweeted that I love SpongeBob. She gave them to me just as I was a bout to go on stage. So, I ran on stage still holding lots of SpongeBob merch which I then placed all over my drum kit.
John – Probably the other day at camden barfly when a fan cried midway through the last song. I think they were tears of happiness but you can never be sure
If you could work with any musician dead/alive who would it be/have been?
Alex– i would have liked to have been one of the many members of THE FALL, i suppose thats still a possibility
Alfie – I really like the the Soca stars Bunji Garlin and Patrice Roberts at the moment but I have always wanted to work with Snoop.
Ben – My dream was always to play with Frank Zappa but he died when I was still at school. So, I guess it would be him. Although, he’s a hard taskmaster the results would justify the work.
John – Elvis
What was the first album you bought yourself?
Alfie – Jungle is Massive Vol.2
Ben – Don’t laugh…Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet. I was young and foolish. As a very young boy I loved a but of shit rock! I didn’t know any better. I did buy the 12” of Stand By Me by Ben E King in the same week. Does that redeem me?
John – My nan bought me What’s The Story Morning Glory by Oasis for christmas. That was the first one I got, but the first one I bought I don’t remember. Or don’t want to remember…
When I hear Nina Simone’s ‘I wish I knew how it would feel to be free’, I can literally feel my heartache – what song has this kind of affect on you?
Alfie – More than a number in my little red book by the drifters
Ben – There’s 3 ballads on Captain Beefheart’s album ‘Clear Spot’ that always get me. ‘Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles’, ‘Too Much Time’ and ‘In My Head Is My Only House (Unless It Rains)’. Also, if I really want to hurt my heart I listen to ‘Broken Heart’ by Spiritualized’.
John – ‘If I can Dream’ by Elvis, he sings this line ‘ if I can dream of a better land, where all my brothers walk hand in hand’ and it gets me every time. He sort of growls it and cries it at the same time. it’s deep.
I am always curious as to which song bands would cover if they went on the radio show ‘Live Lounge‘…so, which song would you like to cover in that situation?
Alfie – Don’t get us started it’ll only end up in a argument, we all have eclectic music taste and between us we can’t seem to decide, if it was a solo project though I would probably do Give me just a little more time by Chairman of the Board
Ben – Yeah, we do discuss doing a cover on almost a weekly basis but we can never agree on which song to do. Although, last night we did break out into a spontaneous version of ‘Hey Joe’ by Hendrix. I think we were all shocked and delighted in equal parts and none of us knew exactly how it had started. Maybe we are all just Hendrix’s muses?
Finally, What is coming up for you guys for the rest of this year?
Ben – We’re starting recording our album next week. We can’t wait! Then, we’re off to play a bunch of festivals around Europe. As soon as the album is mixed we’ll start touting it around to see which of the labels and management companies that’s been courting us for the past few months will put their money where their mouth is. It’s going to be a busy end to the year whether we get the album signed or whether we end up releasing it ourselves.
John – hopefully loads as I just quit my job…
The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that some of the tracks they mention above I haven’t mentioned in the review and I suggest you check them out. These guys surprised me, maybe they will surprise you too! Show your support and follow them on any of the social media outlets that exist. I hope to get to see these guys live so keep an eye out for the gig review.