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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists that we have right here in the north east. This time, Craig Gilbraith, drummer of Shoot The Poet, tells us about the band’s recent trials and tribulations and their bright future.

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

We are a four-piece indie-pop band originally from Hartlepool but now based from Stockton to Durham. But Hartlepool is our home.

What inspired you to first start making music?

Rock School in Secondary School for myself; hearing bands around at the time made me want to get involved. Who would you say are your biggest influences? My Influences personally are Boys Like Girls and Twin Atlantic, whereas Dom’s are Joy Division and The Killers. Throughout the band we have different influences which makes the song writing process very interesting as we’re bring a lot of different styles together.

How would you describe your sound?

Indie but poppy with catchy lyrics.

“Everyone has chipped in their bit to make the scene what it is right now”

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

I think the regions music scene is the best it’s been in a very long time, and it’s all down to the hard work of the bands, promoters, venues, magazines and reviewers. Everyone has chipped in their bit to make the scene what it is right now. I think we fit in nicely with the bands coming through the area, which are all starting to play more and more shows not just in the north east but further afield.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Shoot the Poet?

Bring your dancing shoes and your singing voices and you’ll love it. There is plenty of crowd interaction during the songs to come and have a good time.

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

Playing the Isle of Wight Festival was definitely the biggest achievement for us as a band.

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

Earlier in the year, our guitarist left and it did make us wonder whether to keep going or just leave the band as it was. We decided to keep it going after having an EP’s worth of recordings and look for a new guitarist. In came Ryan and we haven’t looked back since, continuing to play shows around the UK.

What else have you got planned for the future?

Finally our singles will get released. We have three which will be coming out over the summer months. After having all the knock backs we can’t wait to get them released for everyone to hear. Alongside the releases, we hope to keep gigging as much as we can, hoping for a full UK Tour again at the end of summer.

Find out more about Shoot the Poet on their Facebook page.

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