Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins during the band’s set at New Orleans Jazz Festival, after replacing the Foo Fighters headline slot.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of The Strypes, this is The Zen Arcade
Sam: Hi I’m Sam, I play the bass and was voted most likely to go to prison in secondary school.
The biggest similarities (other than the aforementioned member crossover) is our work ethic. Our approach to recording, rehearsals and gigging are very much the same as they were in The Strypes. There’s also a similar drive and passion. We didn’t do things by half in The Strypes and we certainly don’t do them by half now.
It all came from the fact that this new venture was going to be a ‘follow up band’ to a previously successful one. That comes with many positive associations and some negative connotations. With that in mind, we wanted to distinguish and establish this band as its own entity with its own multi-faceted points of entry for whoever might come across it.
Furthermore, it’s proved to be a way of maintaining an open channel of communication with the people who take the time to tune in, listen, stream, read and watch our music, podcast, zine and video series (to whom we’re very grateful). During the last year of The Strypes, we started a tour diary series called ‘The Surprisingly Dull Adventures Of The Strypes’ and we were completely overwhelmed by the reception it received. It was shot badly, edited poorly and full of oily people in sweaty clothes but people seemed to enjoy the cheap, low budget nature of it. We wanted that incompetency to carry over into this new band but didn’t want to just target the simple vlog format. We wanted to expand into print and broadcast media and degrade them all beyond recognition. Hence, ‘Higher Fidelity’ and ‘Cro Mag Non’.
We’d also like to plug in our laptop as it’s about to die.
Finally, after two years of us all sitting around our computers, watching live streams, desperately trying to recreate that festival feeling, The Great Escape is back and ready to take over Brighton. For 4 days in May, music lovers, industry experts, and artists from all around the world will decent on the seaside town, ready to explore the 30+ walkable venues and discover some incredible new bands.
Today, Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording studio, announces the inaugural Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards 2022 in association with Hennessy – the first-ever awards to celebrate the art of music photography.