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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, we talk to The Voluntears ahead of the release of their new album Beggars Belief.

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

We are The Voluntears. Mark Dunn, Seamus Edge, Scott Stephenson, Simon Brown, Nathan Rawkins. We all live on the same block in a small village in County Durham. Apart from Nathan . . . Who we found lingering around Washington.

What inspired you to first start making music?

Great bands really, I think it’s just in you when you’re born. When you listen to music on the radio or on the telly and you get that tingle or urge to pick up an instrument and bang it out.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

Our influences are the Rolling Stones, The Stone Roses, The Libertines, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Who, Skunk Anansie, The Ramones, Thin Lizzy, George Ezra, Arctic Monkeys… The list could go on and on. But as you can see there’s a wide range and we bring that to the songs and that’s why we feel we are different to the indie rock bands that are around.

How would you describe your sound?

Our sound is like a lightning bolt that just strikes you in the pit of your stomach and makes you raise the question… Who the f**k are these lot. Rock n roll fused with an indie sound that surrounds it’s self in funk, with a banging drum beat.

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

I think we fit in really well, we don’t rival anyone as such. We have our own unique sound which enables us to support bands or headline. I think the north east has a brilliant music scene with a wide range of good bands. We are good friends with many of them.

“Our sound is like a lightning bolt that just strikes you in the pit of your stomach”

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

We put in 100% to our gigs and are proud to be able to play live in some of the best venues and festivals around. I’ve been told we are electrifying, a solid wall of sound coming at you, from which there is no escape. And all you can do is listen and dance the night away. We would smash our guitars up and wreck the drum kit… But they cost too much and we are skint.

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

For upcoming gigs, we are proud to be supporting John McCullough and the Escorts on their tour and we are supporting The Ordinary Boys on their tour. Also, on the 1st of October we have our own show at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, which is also the launch night for our album Beggars Belief. But you can find us on our Facebook page or on our Twitter page to find out any information.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as an artist?

Our biggest achievement so far is to have signed to the mighty Flicknife Records and to have been lucky enough to have gained such loyal and wonderful fans that follow us and support us all the way. To have played Hardwick Live two years running and meeting all the other acts, was for us unbelievable.

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

Only balancing work with life on the road. But that’s what being in a band is all about, coming together and uniting and being a band of brothers. Working around people’s problems for the music, and hopefully one day we’ll just be musicians.

What else have you got planned for the future?

To be the next big band; I know we have what it takes to be the next Rolling Stones or The Who. We all love being musicians and being in the band, and we would love to make a full time career out of this for us all.

Beggars Belief is released on Friday 2nd October.

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