Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sam Haine & The Blood Flames

Sam Haine & The Blood Flames have had a busy summer playing festivals with the likes of Seth Lakeman, The Whip and The Futureheads amongst others. The band have a couple of live dates coming up as well as working on a single and video release for November. Taking time out of those preparations, Sam told us more about the band.

Who are Sam Haine and The Blood Flames?

We're a Manchester based 4 piece: Ben Meade on Drums, Mark Khan on Bass, Tanah Stevens on Violin and myself on guitar and vocals.   

How long have you been together?   

Coming up for 2 years now. Tanah (the violinist) has been with us for about a year.

How would you describe your music?


We describe our selves as epic folk but we're actually a bit broader than that. So far I've written the basics of the songs (guitar, lyrics, melody) but the production process is completely collaborative with all members of the group writing their own parts and contributing to everyone elses. We all share some musical tastes but our combined range of musical influences is pretty vast, which means that the main ethos of our music is dynamics, sometimes tender, sometimes aggressive: light and shade.

Have you had much media interest so far?

A bit, yeah: Razor cuts XFM, Manchester Chimp Mag, Music from Rainy Skies Magazine, BBC Manchester Introducing, The Breakfast show with Andy Crane and we have a spread in the MEN in October.

It's been busy summer for you, which have been your most memorable gigs?

In terms of line up I think 'Beached' (Mcr) was the best. Being the relative minnows we are, it was an honour to be playing at the same gig as Jessie Rose Trip, The Whip and Future Heads. For Booze it would probably have to be Galtres (York) where we discovered Moonshine Cider and for people I would definitely say BOMfest (Barnsley). We went to a pub after we played and heard 2 guys say 'look it's them' made us feel like rock stars. BOMfest is all unsigned bands and for people to go out of their way to come and see bands they might never have heard is quite rare in England these days unfortunately. So respect due Barnsley.

You've got a free EP available, how did that come about?


Yeah, it was the lovely people a 3 minute theatre in Afflecks arcade in Manchester. John, (co owner) has an old multitrack recorder so we set up a gig there and recorded the set. Really nice acoustics in that venue, because of the wooden floors I think. It came out so well we decided to release some tracks from the gig as an EP, You can download it here:

What music have you been listening to recently?


John Ainsworth (can't get enough of that guy), Kill it Kid and Alessi's Ark

Where can we see you live?


We would really like to encourage everyone to come see us at Ruby Lounge on Nov 1st. We're supporting Alessi's Ark so between us and them, your pretty much guaranteed a good time.

What's next for the band?


Currently working on a single to be released with a video in the next couple of months. Hopefully to coincide with our gig at the Ruby Lounge.

Where can we find your music and more about the band?

For more information on the bands gig at The Ruby Lounge 1 November click

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