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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists we have right here in the north east. This time, Casual Threats tell us more about dental bills, their album and their initial inspirations.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

Ollie: We’re Ollie, Conor and Bazz… we’re post-punk rockers based in Newcastle, although two of us are from Teesside and one’s from Ipswich.

What inspired you to first start making music?

Bazz: That’s a bit of a tough question…

Conor: We’d all played in bands before and done shows with one another, it was all kind of circumstantial.

B: We liked the cut of each other’s jib, that’s what inspired us to first start making music together.

O: If we’re talking what inspired each of us to even pick up and instrument, it was Born In The USA by Springsteen, hearing the vibe of that.

C: Oh if that’s the case then mine would be when I went to Norwich Uni to see The Hives with my mum when I was about 15 or 16. The week after that I bought The Black & White Album and Veni Vidi Vicious and spent the following year playing along to them in my garage.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

C: We’re quite diverse with what we listen to, cos I don’t really listen to that much punk but as a band it kind of stems from Death From Above 1979, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens Of The Stone Age. Then we’ve got our own personal influences in there.

O: Against Me!

B: Yeah, or Yourcodenameis:Milo.

How would you describe your sound?

B: Ballsy post-punk with a catchy edge.

O: You’ve definitely just ripped that from a review…

B: Alright well it’s a mix of aggressive drumming, pummelling baselines and frantic guitar playing.

O: But we do have some more melodic, softer songs too.

B: It’s kind of frantic music kept within pop sensibilities.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?

B: It’s quite diverse, you kind of have an indie rock based scene that pulls in bands from other genres too so it’s pretty inclusive of everything. I’ve also seen quite a big metalcore scene up here but I don’t really see many bands that aren’t from that genre breaking into it.

O: There is a kind of DIY scene within that with the likes of Mouses, Euan Lynn and Massa Confusa. We’re a bit of a catch all because we record everything in our front room with Ste from Mouses so it’s similarly DIY, but we play with a lot of other bands. It’s good.

C: This kind of scene seems to have emerged from all of the bands being good friends despite the sounds being quite diverse, we all fit into the local scene because we’re all friends.

B: Yeah, it’s got the camaraderie of B-Town or any other NME-invented scene but without the bands actually sounding that similar to each other.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Casual Threats?

O: Blood

C: Energy

O: Sweat

B: You can basically expect to see three guys going to the limits of what their bodies can do for half an hour.

C: It’s not an intimidating performance, it’s a kind of “they’re having fun so we can have fun” kind of vibe. We push ourselves but we have a laugh doing it and I think that comes across.

B: If you ever saw At The Drive-In doing One Armed Scissor on Jools Holland, it’s essentially that for 6 or 7 songs but without guitars being out of tune or chairs being stolen from Robbie Williams.

“If you ever saw At The Drive-In doing One Armed Scissor on Jools Holland, it’s essentially that for 6 or 7 songs but without guitars being out of tune or chairs being stolen from Robbie Williams”

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

O: At Halloween we’re playing Whirling Dervish in Middlesbrough with Idle Violets and Mouses.

B: We’re not doing many gigs at the moment cos we’ve been recording so we’re trying to finish that off, plus Conor’s heading down to London for a month and a bit to chase his career in fashion. We’ve got Mouses standing in on drums when we go to Leeds, don’t know which one of them will do it yet. Probably both. At the same time.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?

O: Getting people coming back to our gigs. I’ve had a few people come up to me at our gigs and say “oh, I saw you at another gig and came again.”

B: Yeah, we stumbled upon an Instagram post after we played in Boro that was like “great to see Casual Threats again” and it was just really cool to know that people like us enough to watch us multiple times.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

B: My dental bills.

O: Probably balancing the band with our respective careers. When you love it you find the time but it’s pretty difficult to get practices in sometimes. Or you end up staying up after a gig prepping for your next day at work.

What else have you got planned for the future?

C: Well, we need to tell you about our album really.

B: We’re not sure how long it’ll take to polish up yet but we’re aiming to have our next single ready to go and a video for it around November, the album will obviously follow that. And when it’s coming out we’ll make a big song and dance about it.

Find out more about Casual Threats on their Facebook page.

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