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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, Graham from Cauls tells us about the band’s plans for a new album, and how they’ll be initiating their new band member.

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

Hello! We are currently Chris, Graham and Michael and we’re all from the local area. Andrew, our bass player, has just left the band to (wisely) pursue a proper career and start a family. It was all on good terms, so no back stage punch ups. We’re currently training up some new blood and shall reveal who once they’ve gone through our rigorous prog rock initiation process… druid costumes, flaming pentangles in dark wooded areas, Gregorian chants etc.

What inspired you to first start making music?

I (Graham) met Chris at a party and we just got chatting about our old bands, influences etc. and realised we shared a rough idea about what we wanted to start next. Andrew came out of musical retirement from his Uglyhead days and then we wrote stuff in a practice room for about two years before getting Michael in on vocals.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

The Mars Volta, At The Drive In, Tool, Radiohead, Vangelis, Boards of Canada

How would you describe your sound?

Ethereal, complex, dramatic.

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

Well it’s been a while since we’ve played in it to be honest! Things have slowed down since Andrew left and we’re currently hammering away in the studio getting our new album together. I guess we’ll try and get back in the scene towards the end of the year.

“We try to create a dark brooding atmosphere then bust out some big riffs!”

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

We try to create a dark brooding atmosphere then bust out some big riffs! As I mentioned, we’re currently recording the new album and I’d say it’s a bit more rhythmical than some of the music we’ve done in the past which hopefully allows the audience to get into the groove a bit more.

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

No gigs currently planned while we finish the album and train the new guys but were hoping to get back on it September time.

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

Without a doubt playing 2000 Trees and Arctangent in 2013. The festival organiser approached us and asked us to play which was a big honour!

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

I think the main challenge for Cauls has been everyone’s different schedules and commitments. We haven’t played together as much as we would have liked to this past year and things really slowed down for a while but the album is sounding great so far and getting in some fresh faces is gonna get us going again I’m sure!

What else have you got planned for the future?

Get the album out in the Autumn and get gigging again. We’re getting two new members in so hopefully the live sound will sound bigger and better than it ever has done!

Cauls are set to release their new album this Autumn. Find out more by visiting their Facebook page.

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