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Who are you and where are you from?
Doogy: We are Nomad Anthem hailing from the Newcastle/Gateshead areas of the North East of England.

What is it you do?
Doogy: We’re a punk rock trio although I think our sound spreads across a lot of different aspects of the genre at times. It’s a lot of fun for us to weave in and out of various elements of the punk and rock spectrums and keeps it all the more exciting for us and the listener (we hope!)

How long have you been doing it?
Doogy: We began our adventure in the Spring of 2019 and performed our first show by August 3rd. We’ve had some extreme highs, the biggest one performing at The Great British Alternative Music Festival along with artists that we grew up listening to (like The Wildhearts) but, like most, we’ve also had some tougher times throughout the pandemic. Luckily thanks to the way we are set up, we were able to continue recording and releasing music during the more difficult times. 

Wig: The band is the product of everything we have been as individuals before. From Mat and Doogy doing the hard yards of pub cover gigs travelling around the country playing whatever the people wanted to hear to trying to express ourselves on the rock scene with original songs.

What inspires you?
Doogy: For me personally, I’ve got this drive to want to better myself in everything I do. Whether that be as a musician, a person, a father or husband. Life’s a journey and I really thrive off the desire to delve as deep as I can and experience everything it has to offer. I think a lot of that rubs off in our lyrics which often reveal a feeling of hope and focus on the brighter side. 

Wig: Entertaining a room full of people. That probably comes from the time spent on the covers scene, trying to create that connection with original music is a very difficult thing to do. To go from having the crowd sing along with you to then writing songs that people may hear for the first time. The challenge of producing something they will be able to connect with instantly, because in reality a lot of the people we play to will be hearing us for the first time. We don’t have the level of exposure to expect everybody to know all of the songs so its a rewarding experience when it comes off and an exciting challenge to turn up at a venue and be accepted by those who attend or those who are regulars at the venue we have been booked in. 

Tell us about your music.
Doogy: We’ve all grown up listening to different bands but collectively we all have a love of pop punk. Our initial focus was to solely venture down this road and I believe we did to an extent, however we’ve started to explore other rock avenues which adds further dynamics to our sound.

Wig: We are very D.I.Y in our approach to our music as well as the artwork or video work that surrounds it. We feel that approach is not a weakness but almost one of the charms about our music. Music can be very visual, you listen to the sound but you see a picture in your head of what you are listening to. There’s a kind of magic in creating a visual picture of a rock band performing when it was put together in our living rooms.

In terms of the songwriting, we like to experiment with different aspects of rock and punk. You can find straight up rock rhythms complimented by a punk beat or chromatic bass runs. It really is all about seeing what we can do as a three piece.

What have you got coming up in the future?
Doogy: Our new single, Smile, will be released on April 22nd. When I think of Smile, I think of the vibe portrayed when Jim, Kevin, Oz and Finch are all sitting around the table at Dog Years at the end of American Pie. It’s a reflection on a particular summer. 2011 was the year that my core of close friends started to part ways due to work, travel, having families etc. And yet despite the sad nature of the story, we made some incredible memories one last time. 

I think most of us can relate to at least one summer like that before transitioning into the adulting phase of life. It’s not the end but things will never be the same again. 

From then on, we’ve got a seven date tour of the North over the spring and summer. We’re very much looking forward to taking our high energy punk rock show around the country to promote the new single.

Where can people find out more about you?
Doogy: You can find us on Facebook and Instagram and across all major music sites, like Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp.

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