Someone who knows me better than anyone else takes great pleasure in telling me, and other people, that my brain is made up of three component parts 1) Motorcycles 2) West Bromwich Albion and 3) Music. The part we’re interested in here is Music. I have to say right here that I’m not a music snob, I take great pleasure in anything from Punk to Puccini. I will fight the corner of any artist irrespective of genre whether I like them or not, by the sheer fact that they’ve managed to commit something to tape is generally good enough for me. The one thing that we, the consumer, don’t generally get involved with though is the fight or the sacrifice that the artist goes through to get their art to the public. The music business is littered with obstacles and a succession of challenges to get heard, I witness many who fall along the way, it’s this fight to be heard and navigate those challenges that I’m now involved with Splinter Music Management. I currently work with RFL Records, a record label based in Pittsburgh, a band in California and an alternative hard rock band in the UK. I still consume music with the same veracity that I did when I was a snotty nosed oik! I curate the Spotify playlists 'Rock that Rolls with @Eatmoreerbs' for unsigned bands. I like the underdog, I like the fight and the challenge!
- First album you bought?
Alice Cooper – Love it to Death The proto-punk ‘I’m Eighteen’ sold it to me! Not a duff track…well maybe the closer ‘Sun Arise’?
- First gig you attended?
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – What the fuck was that all about?!
- Bands of your youth?
Alice Cooper, The Clash, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Clint Eastwood and General Saint
- Top 3 bands to look out for?
Idlewar – Californian power trio, A Perfect Circle – New to me and maybe you? Thadeus Gonzalez – Another Californian and coming to an arena near you very soon!
- Top 3 albums of all time?
Almost impossible to choose! But right here right now; Alice Cooper – Schools Out, Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, The Rapture – Echos I once listened to this album driving home from London to North Yorkshire on constant repeat, Check out those cowbells!
- Best gig you’ve ever attended?
Steve Earle & The Dukes, Austin, Texas. Open air at the Mohawk up close and personal telling of his friendship with the legend that is Guy Clark. Simply on another level without even trying Pork!
- Your dream 5 band bill festival line up?
The Ramones, The Clash, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Black Sabbath, Johnny and June Cash