Interview: Trails (UK)

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The next N.E. show on April 22nd 2012 will feature Trails, amongst others. Trails are a UK band who have managed to create a unique sound, blending punk, pop, indie, and everything a normal person should like. They combine this all with a fresh sort of mental illness. We had the honor to ask them a few things.

Could you please introduce yourselves?
Trails consists of 4 derranged mentalists on a mission to destroy minds and melt faces wherever we go.

What/who inspires you music-wise?
We have an endless list of influences but to name a few - RX Bandits, Mars Volta and Propagandhi.

How would you describe your music and what is your music about?
Lyrically we discuss everything from personal experience to political and environmental issues that we feel strongly about. Musically we try to combine originality and accessability to the best of our abilities.

We think you are a great mix between punk and indie. Do you think you’re more punk or more indie?
PUNK!

What have you done so far and what will you be doing in the near future?
We’ve played with the likes of Arcane Roots, Tellison, The Computers and Gay For Johnny Depp. We’ve just recorded two singles of which one, A Turn Of Phrase, is already released. We’re planning to get an album ready either late this year or some time next year. Other than that we’re just touring as much as possible. 

How did you get the ideas for your crazy videos (links: 1 , 2 , 3 )?
The dangerous depths of our deranged minds. We’re masters of delicatable brain farts.

Old school question: Do you prefer CD or vinyl?
Vinyls win for artwork and collectability whereas more people have a CD player and this makes copying the content onto your compueter way easier.

New school question: Do you think the Internet has been a positive for the music industry?
Yes and no. Yes - the ability to digitally distribute your music to the entire world as well connecting with fans, labels and booking agents. No - the abudance of bands has caused a vast saturation of the music community making it harder to stand out from the crowd.

What do you expect from your upcoming mainland tour? Any special things you’d like to do / see?
We’re just really keen to visit some new places and play to some new people. Anything on top of that is a bonus. We’ve heard some great things about shows in mainland Europe so we’re really looking forward to them.

What can we expect of your show at De Groote Weiver, Wormerveer?
110% pure rock energy with crowd interaction, some good old rowdines; and whole lot of fun

Anything you’d like to add?
Check out the video for our new single “A Turn Of Phrase” at www.wearetrails.com. We’ll have this available to buy on CD at the gig along with our EP and vinyl copies of our first ever single “All The Other Humans”

We can’t wait to see Trails live set. Hope to see all of you reading this there too. April 22nd 2012 @ De Groote Weiver, Wormerveer, NL (15:00h, 5€). Be sure to check Trails out via the link above and be even more sure to check out their videos!

New show / additions

Local heroes Against All Odds will be playing the already awesome show, but now even more awesome, on May 11th in Rockcafé Asgard, Beverwijk, NL (20:00h, free) with Crazy Arm (UK) and The 20 Belows (DK). This makes the line up complete. Can we say ‘show of the year’? This might be it!

Besides that we can confirm that acoustic wonder Jeff Rowe (US) will be playing somewhere cool in our area on Tuesday September 4th 2012. More on this soon!

Next show(s): March 31st / april 3rd

Coming Saturday, March 31st, PJ Bond (US) and Mark McCabe (UK) will play their lovely acoustic sets in the back room at Cafe Lokaal, Heemskerk, NL (20:00h, free).

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A few days later, Tuesday April 3rd, we’ve got a huge line up ready to play Cafe Lokaal as well (20:00h, free). That night Bangers (UK), The Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man (UK), The Respirators (DK), and Sam Russo (UK) will give it their best.

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(for links to the aforementioned bands check out the ‘shows’ section)

See you at the show!

The 20 Belows added to May 11th show

We’re pleased to announce Danish punk rockers The 20 Belows will be playing Rock Café Asgard, Beverwijk on May 11th alongside Crazy Arm (UK). 

This is surely going to be a night to remember.

Next show: March 17th (& 18th)

The next North Empire show is coming Saturday at Rockcafé Asgard, Beverwijk, NL (20:00h, free entry). This time we will be partying to French acts Wank For Peace and One Thousand Directions as well as local heroes De Aanslag. (for links to the bands, check the ‘shows’ section)

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Also, on Sunday March 18th there will be a ‘secret’ show with The Heat Tape (US) and Sweet Empire (20:00h - 23:00h, BYOB/donation). If you’d like to know where: info@northempire.nl is the answer!

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