The Personas are a 4 piece indie band based in Northwich/Warrington. They have released their debut single “Uu” which is available to listen to on Spotify.
James was kind enough to answer some questions we had, here’s what he had to say.
Can you tell us a bit about the band?
We’re a 4 piece indie rock band from the Warrington/Northwich area called The Personas. The members of our band are Sam (singer/rhythm guitar), James (lead guitar), Connal (Bass) and Toby (Drums). We formed in the summer of 2019 and from there have played lots of gigs around the north west including Manchester Academy 3 and Friars Court in Warrington.
How did you all meet?
“Me, Connal and Toby used to jam together in high school a lot. We knew we wanted to start a band but none of us could sing, so we were without a singer until Toby and Connal met Sam at college. We had our first session all together June of last year and it has all developed from there”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“As a band we combine a lot of different musical influences from growing up into our own songs. Connal is more our old school guy he listens and grew up to a lot of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses etc. Whereas Sam is more on the modern indie pop side of things like Sam Fender and Rex Orange County. I grew up with a lot of 2000’s rock such as Stereophonics and Foo Fighters and that has more recently transitioned into indie rock such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Amazons. Toby is similar in that aspect as well, drawing influences from bands such as The Night Cafe. Also growing up playing in churches he has become very accustomed to playing live. Overall we have a very balanced mix of influences and I feel that comes across well in our music”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“We’ve all grown up watching, listening and playing music so I feel like it was inevitable at some stage that we all wanted to play in a band, especially since three of us had been playing for a couple of years already. In terms of specific people that made us want to play in a band, I’d say bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen and Inhaler have driven us. Knowing where they have came from and where they are now inspires us to try and do the same”.
What has been your best gig?
“Without question Manchester Academy 3. We played there February this year and managed to play to around 250 people. The response from the crowd was incredible, it was the first time us as band had heard some of the crowd sing our lyrics. Everyone had there phone lights on whilst belting out the words, we were in disbelief! It felt like a huge step as a band. It was a privilege to play at such a great venue and has driven us on even more to play equally good venues”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music? E.g. any new singles?
“We have just released our debut single ‘Uu’ on all platforms which has received an overwhelming response, gaining 3,000 streams in 3 days. Uu is an upbeat, energetic song which builds towards a climactic, explosive guitar solo. Although the song is full of angst and frustration, the verses feature calmer, softer half time grooves and lyrical depth. It was a bold choice for our debut single but the response has been great and we hope to carry this momentum over the coming months”.
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Explosive, Catchy and Gripping. Just listen to Uu instead of me listing adjectives and you’ll see what I mean”.
What makes your band stand out from others?
“A key element to our music is our energetic presence on stage, and whilst we have been gigging for the past few months we have noticed that our stage presence has been a massive factor in our live success. We got some feedback at a Liverpool battle of the bands a while ago saying we didn’t move around enough on stage, we took this advice and put it into action and we noticed a lot of our crowds have become more engaged with us on stage and I hope that the same energy comes across in our single Uu. I feel this is what separates us from some similar bands”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“We hope to gig as much as we can in the summer and record another single before we all go to university then in our breaks go back to hammering the gigs and record again near Christmas time. We have no plan for university to affect the band direction, hopefully it’ll give us time to write a lot of new material”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“Definitely our energy at live performances. The soul purpose of being in a band is to entertain crowds and we want to play the biggest venues we can so for us it’s all about the live performance and I think we express that well”.
Any gig’s coming up?
“We were actually meant to be on a little tour around the north west with our mate Aligners in April but obviously due to the current circumstances that wasn’t possible, we are hoping that it’ll get re scheduled for the summer but apart from that we are still in the dark for what’s going to happen regarding gigs. As soon as we know, it will be announced on our Instagram – @thepersonas.band”.
By Siân Parker