You’re playing Riverside in Newcastle on 21st April 2018 what can fans expect from the show?
Well, we’ve played quite a lot of shows now, but not many headline dates, so we have constructed a set that is the entire album plus the songs that we didn’t initially release which are available on our picture disc release of ‘I don’t wanna go’. We are just beginning to stretch our legs with the songs as we have lived with them now for a while and you can start to have fun with the arrangements once they have bedded in, so it takes on a different form which is meant to challenge the audience a bit and to add depth as well as just be fun to listen to. We have a cover or two which we have placed strategically into songs as well as stand-alone, so we shall see! It’s a high energy show, which is a challenge for us too! Ha! But ultimately it’s about delivering the story of the band and this album and communicating with the room. I hope this headline tour is the first of many!
You’ve talked about the lack of Rock and Roll on mainstream radio and record labels. Why do you think there is a lack of Rock in the mainstream music scene?
It’s very hard to answer. It’s quite astounding really, seeing as it’s a consistently well-received music genre and has probably some of the biggest audiences of any form of music. Is it snobbery? Maybe…is it market forces? Possibly, is it simply trends and fashion? Well possibly again, but one thing I do know is that I haven’t felt rock music being as strong as it feel right now for quite some time and there are so many great band out there populated by young kids who are still listening to the old guard and reinterpreting what they hear for their generation. It’s exciting to see and hear the results. I’m deadly serious about my music, but it’s the next generation that will define where it goes from here. I hope the green shoots that are appearing can continue to grow and we can see a reinvented music business that can recognize hard rock as a living breathing, profitable art form because that is what the business needs, successful bands to generate income and so, interest from the big boys. Sadly, it isn’t going to happen quickly, but it will come back around again. Having planet rock and the various magazines that are passionate about our music is a huge support.
How can we change the lack of Rock in mainstream music?
It’s about success! Mainstream is simply another word for success. That means we need inward investment by labels and a concerted effort to re-value music in all its forms. The genie is out of the bottle now in the form of the Internet, but I have found that audiences desire and want to belong to a movement and take part in the support of new music. The power, as ever is in the hands of the listener, so we need to re-engage with them and give quality and consistency. Not easy as it’s incredibly expensive to keep a band on the road and together without funding from the labels. Chicken and egg. I have high hopes though, despite everything, passionate rock music fans are legion.
You’ve recently supported Steel Panther and Inglorious on their UK tours, how did these gigs come about?
A great agent! Actually the same agent as both of those bands so we were put forward and happily we got the tours. He’s a top man, Mr Steve Strange, who I was also in Fastway with. One of my closest chums and a brilliant dude. I have a lot to thank him for and have enormous respect for him and all he has done for this project and me in general. A true friend.
Your playing Download Festival 2018, where were you when you got the call?
I was at home, and wasn’t expecting it at all! But gladly accepted the invite from Andy Copping. He has been a true mate for years, right from back in the mid 80’s when he was the promoter at Rock City in Nottingham. He’s always been there for me, and always takes an interest in what I am doing. A top man.
All your artwork is graphic novel inspired, if you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
To be able to fly I guess is the most obvious answer, but I reckon the ability to make people tell the truth would be good, and I’d zap Trump, Farage, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Putin with my truth ray and televise the answers, then perhaps we’d get somewhere and discover who was truly making sense. I’m pretty certain that would be revealing.
What does the rest of 2018 hold for Wayward Sons?
As many shows as we can muster, and start thinking about a new record for 2019/20 I guess! No rest for the wicked and I have so much more to say!!!
Wayward Sons play Riverside on the 21st of April. Come along and witness the full force of ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’ live.