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M-40 are Lee Kennedy, vocals, Alan Lamb, lead guitar, Justin Lamb, bass player and Steven “Basher” Bailey, drummer. Together, they create a sound that is unparalleled to any other band. Born in Manchester from Collyhurst, they started out their musical journey as Overcast, they soon knew it was time to step it up a gear and moved over the name today M-40. Their latest single ‘Falling’, is a catchy and melodic rock song which will have you reaching for the repeat button! The band are experts in composition. The guitar riffs throughout their tracks are meaningful and carry weight with them. You can easily hear that M-40 are a band who cares deeply about the music they release and this is what sets them apart from the crowd. I caught up with them to learn a little more… 

 
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Alright lads, please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed? 

Alright readers, we’re M-40 Manchester band I’m Lee Kennedy, Lead Singer, Alan Lamb is Lead Guitarist, on Bass we have Justin Lamb, and our Drummer is Steven “Basher” Bailey.

We formed as a band called Overcast a number of years back but wasn’t getting the right vibe with the name so we decided to change it up and born was M-40, a punchy name with tons of passion and style.

What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon? 

We’re a 4 piece Rock & Roll band with a hint of indie rock sound, we’re unique in our own right. I would say the main influences would come from being brought up around Manchester’s 90’s Rock Culture, we take inspiration from Oasis, Stone Roses, The Cure, loads really.

What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?

So in the last month we have just played at Salford Music Festival at Yerrr Bar, and we are embarking on a few gigs over the next month we have Night & Day, MMTV, Globe in Glossop. We’re also doing BrickHouse as well as going into the studio to record our second single which will be an absolute banger of a tune. We like to stay busy, it keeps us outta trouble!

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And outside of music, how’s life in general? 

Life, in general, is cool we all have jobs (be it shit ones we don’t wanna do) but it pays the bills and keeps the wolves from the door, we have our families who are always the main reason we do this to help create a better life for them hopefully. Plus we’re all avid football fans, so we get together for rehearsal 3 times a week and do our thing, we’re lucky we have great support from all our families.

What’s the most happiest lyric you’ve ever written?

‘Shine on through the pain, we all play the game’

And the saddest…? 

‘Suicides and butterflies take up my newsfeed’

Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why? 

Yellow Submarine has to be so we could go on an underwater magical mystery tour of the sea bed.

What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue? 

Best venue we have played? Well, we really enjoyed the sound in Gullivers but I’d have to say the Thirsty Scholar was up there also.

Dream Venue would have to be playing to a capacity crowd at the Etihad Stadium or Knebworth.

If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why? 

Oasis, obvious reasons being huge fans, or even The Beatles can you imagine playing with either? It would be a dream come true or Queen, due to the power and passion shown in the music.

What’s the best thing about being in a band/solo artist? 

The best thing about being in a band is being in a Band, the four of us are like brothers we enjoy producing amazing tunes and enjoy each other’s company. We love playing live and seeing the absolute euphoria our music can put on peoples faces.

And the hardest…? 

The knocks and the piss takers but you get them in all walks of life, so we pull the positive from the piles and drive it forward.

Sum your band/act up in three words? 

ENERGY, PASSION, SOUND

What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best? 

FALLING – Download it now on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, plus check out our YouTube channel for daily fuckery from the band.

DAVID GREAVES


QUICKFIRE


LIAM OR NOEL – Liam

BORIS OR JEZZA – Jezza

PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA – No

BEATLES OR STONES – Beatles 


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