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Brand new Sunderland indie band The Gods of Small Things are poised to release their EP this month, with a gig at Newcastle’s Dog & Parrot on Saturday 28th May. Here we find out more about them…

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
We’re The Gods of Small Things – Sunderland based, but members from Newcastle and Durham too. We’re a brand spanking new indie band, only formed in January this year, we’ve just released our first single, Doing Time, and our EP titled Blood Runs Deep is out at the end of May. We are Jason Lee Evans – Vocals / Guitar & Keys, Annabel Crowther – Vocals / Bass, Graham Mucker Mclauchlin – Lead Guitar, and Will Shaw – Drums.

What inspired you to first start making music?
Jason: My earliest memory of making music was sitting on my mother’s knee (cheesy I know!) at this ancient organ that worked on some kind of air system – you plugged it in and you could hear the fans getting going as it warmed up, she’d be teaching us Silent Night and things like that, and it was the simple but beautiful melodies that really got me, but I first really wanted to be in a band when I heard Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick by Ian Dury And The Blockheads, awesome lyrics and bass and so much character.
Graham: It was a total whim. My high school music teacher played bass and at the end of a lesson one day mentioned that he was doing cheap bass tuition after school. It wasn’t something I remember ever thinking about before but it became a huge part of my life.
Will: When I was at a very young age of four my parents knew I had rhythm and they pushed me I loved it. Playing in my school band I was hooked that’s when I knew that this is what I wanted to do.
Annabel: It’s hard to say because music has been there my whole life, for as long as I remember I have been making music whether it was on a toy keyboard or to the day I finally persuaded my parents that taking up guitar was a good idea and that putting up with noise was worth it!

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Jason: If There Is Something off the first Roxy Music album is probably the most influential song I ever heard, they start off in one place and drag the listener to a completely different world, it’s like getting on the wrong bus after a few too many and waking up in another, very different, town. I just love bands that do what they want regardless, so also Bowie, Talking Heads, The Pixies, Muse, Nirvana.
Graham: Brand New and Radiohead are hugely influential to what I bring to the band. I’m also a big fan of John Frusciante and Bill Ryder-Jones (ex The Coral), they’ll always influence how I think about guitar.
Jason: It’s funny Graham should say that – we’ve played together before this band and when I was looking for a guitarist it was that flavour of Brand New – being able to go from delicate guitar to heavy powerful stuff – that made me think of asking Graham – he got me into Brand New, I think The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is an awesome album.
Will: My biggest influences would have to be Roger Taylor, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Jose Pasillas, Stuart Copeland among others
Annabel: Green Day of course, Muse, Queen, Depeche Mode and The Shins. I should also add Tim Minchin. . .

How would you describe your sound?
Characterful, lyrically driven alternative rock with awesome female harmonies. A rainbow on white water.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?
Jason: I know you’ll get this often, but I reckon we’re totally different from the rest of the music scene – there are some great bands up here, but I was listening to BBC Introducing the other night and when Nick Roberts played us I thought we didn’t sound at all like anything else he played that night. I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing? Good I hope.

Tell us a bit about your live performances
Annabel: Our debut gig is at the Dog and Parrot, Newcastle on Saturday 28th May, right in the middle of Evolution Emerging Festival, we’re hoping to drag a few stray festival goers in off the street! We can promise it’ll be energising and entertaining!

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?
Jason: Getting this line-up together. The hardest part of getting a band off the ground is getting the right people in – you can get a bunch of great musicians together and sometimes for whatever reason the magic just never turns up. The first time I played with these guys we sounded fantastic, I had a huge grin on my face, and I rarely even smile. I just knew we’d all got lucky. Every time we play it totally vibes.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
Annabel: I’ve been in bands before and things seem to be going OK and then it all falls apart. It’s very hard to pick yourself up and try again, but you just have to get on with it, get focused and start again.

What else have you got planned for the future?
Annabel: Jason’s writing some awesome stuff at the mo, so we’re going back in the studio next month to record two more singles. Busy, busy!

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