Born from a chance meeting in 2018, Adam White & Adam Jackson connected musically instantly. After both playing in previous and current projects throughout the next two years, they decided to properly reconnect in Spring 2020. Bred out of the depths of Lockdown Part I, the duo refused to turn to baking banana bread or spend entire days watching Netflix, instead Adam White (guitar/vocals/keys) and Adam Jackson (drums/percussion) decided to collaborate. Enter, their first single ‘Consider This’, the result of a cross country ‘demo-share’ which quickly became the focal point of 2020 for both members.
We got a chance to ask Adam Jackson some questions, here’s what he had to say.
How did you meet?
“We met during the summer of 2018. We were both looking to start a band because Tik Tok had lost its charm and we had nothing to talk to our grandparents about anymore. We were put in touch through a mutual friend, we connected spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally and most importantly, musically pretty much straight away and we knew early on what made us tick!! After the initial few get-togethers, we both ended up playing in other projects, but we always stayed in touch, mainly as drinking/dancing buddies. We properly reconnected in lockdown, after we both managed to obtain secure WiFi signals. We started sending demos back and forth to each to other, and that’s how the band started”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
Adam Jackson – “For me, I was into basically everything. From Five to Slipknot! One band from my childhood I remember playing a big part in shaping my taste in music was Linkin Park… I think anybody born in the 90s and has any interest in rock music would probably say the same!”
Adam White – “It started with 90s pop music and from there it went to exploring my mum’s hair metal collection, like Aerosmith & Van Halen! Then it was on to 90s grunge…Nirvana mainly, From the Muddy Banks of Wishkah was on constant rotation on my Sony Walkman. Then I was introduced to Metallica and System of a Down so I grew out my hair and bought a pair of Converse”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“I’ve never really thought about why… It’s basically just hanging out with your mates and being creative, so what’s not to like. AW: It’s something I’ve always done since I was 15, it’s a form of a release. I can be quite loud, in general. I need the attention”.
What has been your best gig?
“I’ve got a lot under my belt now but ultimately the first ever ‘proper’ gig I went to sticks out. I saw my favourite band Interpol when I was 16 and I still remember it vividly. Probably the only time I’ve been starstruck too. That night completely concreted my love for live music and I wanted to be a part of it. AW: I saw the Prodigy at MK Bowl, there were 4 ambulances on stage as part of the set pieces. It was two hours of pure energy; it was a surreal experience. It still blows my mind to this day”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“Essentially, we’re a two piece that take influence from everywhere and everything we’ve been into over the years – such as early 90s grunge but also noughties indie-dance-punk! Our songs are predominantly guitar, vocals & drums but we occasionally add a sprinkle of synth/pianos and extra percussion… all of which are done by our own hands too. If there’s any point to the band, its just two mates writing and playing without trying to fit in to a certain scene or being labelled as another two-piece wanting to sound like bigger two-pieces!”
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Guiness, Fuelled, Hooks”
What makes your band stand out from others?
“There’s only two band members and they’re both called Adam!”
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“Our plans for this year are to release a couple more singles, record an EP later in the year and *hopefully* play loads of gigs wherever we can. It’s such a bizarre time for a new band to form, but we’re doing what we can in those circumstances and will do everything in our power to help local venues and our live music scene reboot when all this is over”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“If we were to be remembered for anything other than music, it’d have to be for our extensive/impressive knowledge of Peep Show, IT Crowd & Green Wing or the pace of which we can drink a pack of any given pale ale”.
Do you have any gigs planned?
“Obviously with the current situation, there’s nothing on the immediate horizon, but we’re getting shows lined up for July onwards… follow us on our socials to keep updated!”
By Siân Parker