Cardiff-based three-piece We're No Heroes are a force to be reckoned with. Heavily influenced by punk and indie, fused with deep funk grooves, the boys create music full of energy and raw aggression. We're No Heroes are Tom Collins (vocals & guitar), Luke Llewellyn (drums & vocals) and Michael Owen (bass & vocals). The trio have known each other since childhood and have been steadily growing as a band ever since - they even have their own dedicated fan base who call themselves the WNF Wolfpack. Their latest single 'Voodoo' is out on July 31st via Spiral Icon.
Who are We're No Heroes and where are you from?
We're No Heroes are 3 funk junkies from Cardiff UK who live in this mad house that's sort of like a lab but for the grooviest sounds we can cook up without p***ing off the neighbours too much. The ideas, of course, strike at any time from 1am to 1pm.
Your single 'Voodoo' is out soon - what is it about?
'Voodoo' really depends on where you are when you listen to it in your head, what you've been through recently and who's listening to it. It's the kind of track that will mean different things to different people as do most of our songs due to their collaborative nature. It is, however, a happy song with relief and peace within it.
It's a very upbeat, summery track - was this intentional?
The WNH sound is always a little sun kissed; even our slower, darker tracks don't escape that touch.
For those who haven't heard you before, who or what would you compare yourselves to?
The feeling of that first breath of fresh air you get after holding it for as long as you can bare under water.
What are your plans after the single?
We'll be releasing more of them in the near future and we'll be playing live to as many people as we can get to this year and into the next. We feel 'Voodoo' is a new book in our library and the next couple of singles or so may be a part of that book too. We've done 2 EPs to date so we're mixing it up a little.
What is the scene like where you come from?
Cardiff, as you can imagine being in Wales, is quite the musical city. Some other cities have their own kind of sound identified with that area but ours doesn't really work that way. Being the kind of place a lot of people come and go from brings diversity mixed with the ancient Celtic culture that's already here. We've got a distinctive feeling to the sound of the city but never a definite scene or sound which makes what you do here if it's good, exciting, stand out and catch people's attention. It's anyone's game in Cardiff.
What are your biggest musical influences and why?
The 3 of us are from quite different backgrounds leading to some unique chemistry. We do, however, have a few mutual influences that we enjoy together. The music of !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Studio (Sweden), Red Hot Chili Peppers and Parliament Funkadelic are a few of them. Musically, we're influenced by anything that gets you in that spot, that stank dank filthy place where instinct from a more primal age takes over and you feel the music, not just hear it. Groove is at the heart of all we do.
What are your opinions of the indie scene right now?
There's plenty of cool bands out there doing their own thing and not enough air time given to many of them on the TV and Radio. It seems the media will always play things safe. People like Steve Lemacq & Adam Walton of the BBC are great though. They carry on where people like Peel left off opening our ears to new things like any real music lover does when they find a song they love, they want to share it with the world. Indie is such a broad term that encompasses not just one genre or type of music anymore. I think there's lots of interesting independent music being made these days but no unified scene for good or bad. Who knows?
When can we see you play live?
We're real active on our Twitter so follow up for all our latest dates under @werenoheroes
Where can we find you online?
You can go to our website at http://www.werenoheroes.com/, find all our stuff from there and also sign up to the newsletter to get exclusives and news on all major things WNH related. We really like talking to everyone so don't be afraid to say hi, we always reply!
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