WYNT are a 5 piece Indie/Rock band based just outside of Cardiff in Rhondda Cynon Taff. The name is inspired by the 300-year-old Billy Wynt that overlooks the villages in which the members currently reside and displays part of the heritage. What interested them the most was the tower’s mysterious and elusive history despite its long existence. After the official formation of WYNT in June 2018, the band locked themselves away in the back room of their local pub, working hard with writing, and perfecting their sound ready to record.
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
Hello! We are WYNT (pronounced WINT as in Winter), WYNT is Welsh for Wind. We’re based just outside Cardiff in a little place called Rhondda Cynon Taff, I’m Ashley, I play the drums and do a bit of backing vocals. WYNT formed after a few of us left our old band in 2016, we had a bit of time away to figure out what it is we wanted to do, what we wanted to sound like, and where we wanted to go. Me, our guitarist Jack, and lead singer James met guitarist Dewi at a local Jam night and decided there and then we NEEDED him in the band, our bassist Mat answered an ad online and we all just clicked. A couple of weeks later we were in the backroom of our local pub writing and demoing.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
We’d probably say Alt-Rock, our main influences are bands like The Amazons, Deaf Havana, Fatherson. They’re bands we all properly love, but each of us have quite a different taste in music, it makes long-distance van trips more interesting when you’re sat there listening to Peter Frampton, Post Malone, Bear Tooth, October Drift, and Lizzo, but it means that we’re all able to add snippets of our personal influences into our music. I tend to listen to a bit of everything, I’m a massive fan of bands like Kid Kapichi, Himalayas, but at the moment I’m super into Hobo Johnson.
What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?
So we’re gigging like fuck at the moment, our first single BAD VIBES was released back at the beginning of the year and it’s been pretty mad since then. Our next single PATRICIA is coming out on November 29th so we’re doing everything we can to make that as big as possible. Currently planning our first ever headline show for the end of the year, we’ve also got a few dates over November and December with friends of ours in Finding Aurora, they’re absolute lads so we’re buzzing for that. We were lucky enough to support Mallory Knox at their Cardiff date in September, we’ve been up and down the country so far, and we’re at Planet RockStock for Planet Rock Radio in December, and we’ve only been doing this since around last June so 2020 will be a laugh.
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
Life is sweet at the moment, no complaints here but getting up early for work is always going to be a ball ache.
What’s the most happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
I think, personally, the happiest lyric I ever wrote was: “The people that feature, a sight to behold, the friends who stay with us from now ’til we’re old”, basically talking about how your true friends will always stick around for you, and that song was really fun to play live. I wrote that for an old band when I was 18, I thought that was class and was totally convinced that there was no way my lyrics were getting any better than that ever, so I had an amazing idea and got it tattoo’d on my arm like a knob a few months after I wrote it. Currently regretting that tattoo.
And the saddest…?
“The doctors run into the whitewash room and you pray to a God that you see her soon”, this is for a song called The End Of The World, we don’t really play it live too much now, it was one of the first songs we wrote just over a year ago. I lost my niece a few years ago just after she was born, there was so much chaos and emotion around the time that was happening and I wanted to try and make sense of it all, so I thought the best way to do that was put it in a song.
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
Got to be Octopus Garden, assuming the Octopuses can talk and pour pints all you’ve got to do is sit there and you’re gravy.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue?
The best venue we’ve played so far has got to be upstairs in a packed out Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. There’s something a bit magical and historical about upstairs in Clwb, so many legendary bands have graced that stage and to be a part of that is pretty fucking special. Dream venue is headline a sold out O2 arena … I mean, imagine that?!
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
I think all of us would have the same answer here, if Biffy Clyro were like ‘Ay guys do you fancy jumping on and supporting us?” we’d cry with happiness.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
The amount of love we have for one another is wild, but that doesn’t mean we don’t rip the absolute piss into each other whenever we get the chance. Although a couple of us have known each other since we were 10 or 11, all of us have just come together in such a short space of time and being on stage, sweating your tits off and going mental with your best pals is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
And the hardest…?
Scheduling and planning is always a struggle, but we make it work
Sum your band up in three words?
Loud, sweaty, harmoniestomakeyourheartmelt (that’s one word right?)
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
Liam or Noel? Liam
Boris or Jezza? Jezza
Pineapple on pizza – yes or not? Absolutely fucking not
Beatles or Stones? Beatles