After a few geographical and genre-related diversions from the norm, we’re back, highlighting the hidden gems of guitar-based tunes, affixed firmly within the cold wastelands of the North. For today’s bite-size content offering, we have a quick chat with Leeds quartet Sounds Like a Storm, comprised of the present Sennen Ludman, and the omitted Joseph Schofield, Connor Passey and Cormac Connolly. Hopefully the inevitable Storm Brian will take a note from these lads, and focus on a lovely melody, rather than knocking down trees left, right and centre.
Tell us about yourself…
Ayup cocker, I’m Sennen Ludman, the frontman in Sounds Like a Storm of Leeds: The blonde-haired, blue-eyed one with the Cornish name and heritage.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
I’d say that bands like Oasis and Arctic Monkeys are huge influences on me and the band, as they have proved that council estate kids can take music to the highest level.
Sum up the band in five words…
The youngsters redefining the rules.
Who writes your songs?
I write the lyrics and the main melody of the songs, then as I play the songs in the studio, we work them out step by step through adding the drums and bass, then finally lead guitar and riffs.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Lyrically, I want to portray an emotion to the audience and make them feel something as they sing it back. Over the last six months, with all the political issues that have been going on and continue to do so as well as the natural progression of growing up – I have taken all this under my belt to write about how all these happenings affect the youth of today. So I’m basically just writing about what’s happening at present.
Who is your favourite unsigned / underground band at the moment and why?
For myself and the rest of Sounds Like A Storm, Glass Caves set the bar and show the real hard-work it takes to be in a band. Knowing them on a personal level and playing shows with them, we have been able to see the dedication they put into every live show they play and first hand have witnessed how tight their performances are. In our opinion, you will not see a more precise unsigned band out there.
What’s in your CD player right now, or the last song you streamed?
Loyle Carner – ‘Damselfly’. He has specifically caught my eye recently. As a lyricist, he amazes me. He speaks with so much passion and really provokes an emotion on the listener – I don’t know how anyone couldn’t like the kid.
What are you like live?
We focus primarily on our live show, and focus more on engaging the audience. We try to make each show an experience for each member of the audience as there’s honestly nothing more we enjoy doing and we want people who see us to enjoy themselves too.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
In a few weeks time, we shall be playing Brudenell Social Club thanks to some very talented friends of ours; The Indigo Project (8th September). We play London in October for ‘IndieCentralMusic’. We also have a our first ever UK tour at the end of the September with our friends who are also from Leeds – Neon Dolls, and we are very excited to be on heading out on said tour. On top of that, we play Holy Trinity Church (Leeds) for Scruff of the Neck in November which we are overly excited for, then a Leeds show in the very near future which is as of yet, unannounced.
You’re stranded on a desert island and you have one album with you, what is it?
It probably would be Jamie T’s Kings and Queens, as it just doesn’t getting boring. I can listen to that album on repeat and still find something new that amazes me. He’s a true genius.
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
We have a new single that should be out at the end of the year to go along with our upcoming end-of-year shows. The single is our proudest material yet, and we think the music will do the talking. We’re dead chuffed with it…
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Voice, as I play rhythm guitar but I’m not that smart on playing.
FOOTBALL– Leeds United.
GUILTY PLEASURE – Rod Stewart’s D’ya Think I’m Sexy (I personally think it’s a tune, but people do look at me funny when it’s blasting in the car).
HERO– John Lennon (I know it’s cliche) but I think he’s one of them people you don’t come across often in music. Him and the Beatles set the bar, and every band since should be thankful for what they did.
VILLIAN– Simon Cowell… say no more.
BEST COMEDY SHOW – Gavin and Stacey still has me in stitches when I watch it, and I’ve watched it a million times. Saying that Phoenix Night you can’t really beat.
THREADS – Has to be Fred Perry, can’t go wrong can you.
TROTTERS – Chelsea boots, comfy as and they just look classic.
AT THE BAR – Kronenbourg (based on the streets lyric)
GIG YOU WISH YOU’D BEEN AT – Oasis at Knebworth, like why wouldn’t you want to be there. The gigs of all gigs in my opinion.
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – I would’ve happily taken the Amy Winehouse on a night out. I reckon that would be one to remember!
TOP OF THE POPS – Absolute garbage, talking about nonsense.
THREE WORDS – Energetic, youthful, confident.