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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, the guys from Cellar Door tell us about where they fit into the Teesside scene and the formula to live success.

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

We are Cellar Door, five guys from Teesside.

What inspired you to first start making music?

I think, individually, we’ve all had aspirations to be musicians when we were growing up but the band itself started in 2012 with our front man Liam introducing Craig (lead guitar) to the rest of the lads he met growing up.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

Our influences are pretty much reflected in the music we create. The way The Doors played the blues with a groove was a big influence when we started the band, and early on that showed in our live performances. More recently we’ve ended up with a heavier, more gritty sound that still has that initial rhythm but we’ve added some big riffs to our songs which have echoes of Black Keys, Black Angels, Black Sabbath… anyone with “Black” in their name really!

How would you describe your sound?

Our live sound can be a bit of a wall of sound at times, essentially because we want to grab people’s attention. We still see more than our fair share of swinging hips and bopping heads though, so I guess you call it grunge blues… if that’s a thing.

On record we try to be a tad more intricate with our compositions. We did a couple of instrumentals on our most recent release Discordia that personally I am very proud of.

“Our live sound can be a bit of a wall of sound at times, essentially because we want to grab people’s attention”

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

I think the new music scene on Teesside is rather varied in terms of sound if not genre. I’d say we fit more into the Kingsley Chapman/ Goy Boy McIlroy category… if any! We’ve never paid too much attention to fitting into a scene, we just play what music we want and hope the audiences enjoy themselves!

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

A typical Cellar Door gig consists of: 1.) Getting the audience grooving and 2.) Hitting them with a big riff they can fling themselves about to. Simple as that really! We don’t have too many “sing along” ballads but we’ve got a couple up our sleeve we like to drop every now and again. So you never know, we could end up hitting you with something straight outta left field.

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

We don’t want to spoil any surprises but watch this space for the next EP!

Gig wise we played the Georgian Theatre on Friday 10th July in support of Butterwick Hospice, a cause that we are all very enthusiastic about supporting! Then in Darlington on Sunday 26th July with our buddies Goy Boy McIlroy. All our dates are on FB and Bands In Town!

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

We’ve played some absolutely amazing gigs with some great bands (supporting Pigeon Detectives, headlining Empire Theatre and The Cluny) but I think our biggest achievement is our songs. We’ve all of us predominantly took that side of “being in a band” more seriously and the buzz we all get from writing and creating tunes is what we do this for.

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

I think we face the same challenges that any new bands in this region face i.e. relatively fewer routes to wider exposure, limited resources and funding etc. Most importantly though these challenges are what make it all the sweeter when we as North East bands put on a class gig in a packed local venue and send our audiences home with a performance and, more importantly, a night they can remember!

What else have you got planned for the future?

Well obviously the plan is to write a phenomenal Number 1 album and tour the world becoming rich and famous whilst gaining the adulation critics and fans along the way… whether it comes off or not we’ll have to wait and see!

Cellar Door play at Avalon, Darlington on Sunday 26th July.

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