The Comms are a four-piece Garage Punk band from Northampton. The line-up consists of Liam Taylor on lead vocals and guitar, Oliver Rumen on guitar and vocals, Tommy Mayo on bass and Sam Forrester on drums. The band formed in the summer of 2019 and started gigging the end of that year, with highlights including their debut gig at King of Hearts Festival and their headline gig at The Garibaldi Hotel. They have also supported bands such as Avalanche Party, Little Triggers and Sweet Crisis. The band are preparing to release their new single ‘Transmission One’ on the 8th of May.
Hello, first and foremost in these crazy times, how are you and your family handling lockdown?
We are doing fine during the lockdown, trying to keep ourselves busy with various projects. Things have changed very quickly over the last three weeks but it has quickly become the new normal. All we can do it try and adjust as best we can in these strange times.
What influences as a band do you draw upon?
We could name loads of influences for the band but the main ones are Idles, The Stooges, Fontaines D.C and Joy Division. We just love that gritty guitar sound from punk bands through the decades.
The COVID19 pandemic has hit us all hard, how do you plan to keep the band going through these hard times?
Two of us in the band are still currently working at the moment through this pandemic, Liam works for the NHS in Primary Care and Tommy is a Mental Health support worker; Oliver and Sam are students and currently working from home. We are still writing music but not in the way we would like, unfortunately with everything going on we have had to adjust our way of working, even if that means writing at home and having regular band catch up sessions on Skype.
Are you spending much time writing?
Kind of, we are a relatively new band having only formed back in August last year. After a little shaky start with our original line up we have only managed to play a few gigs this year and are gutted that things were put on hold before we could even get fully going. Our debut single “Transmission One” will be released on Friday 8th May, we were lucky to be at the later stages of recording just before the lock down happened!
What song should our readers listen to that sums you up the best?
As we are a newly established band we would say wait until 8th May for our debut single, Transmission One. A video will coincide with the single release which will be available on all major streaming platforms. We like to be active on all our social media sites, we want our music to reach as many people as possible. This is the first track we wrote and has gone down well when we have played it live.
What’s your best advice on keeping sane at the moment?
Our only sound advice would be to listen to as much music as possible because music fixes everything!
Liam – I’d probably say the same as Oli here, the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes is such a great little venue when it comes to playing and watching bands. The staff are great at the venue and have been very supportive of the band.
Oli – If I could play any venue right now it would be Craufurd Arms. I’ve had many great memories playing there, it’s got a great stage, great sound and a great atmosphere. The people that work there are awesome too.
Tommy – NEC Birmingham.
Sam – Madison Square Gardens.
BE IN ANY BAND?
Liam – For me I think I would want to play the guitar in Fat White Family, the band have such a diverse and interesting sound to them, and each song seems to have their own character to them.
Oliver – I would probably play the guitar and sing for Algiers. One of my favourite bands going at the moment, their mixture of post-punk, hip hop, soul and industrial music is one of a kind. Seeing them live was a real cornerstone for me as a musician. Either that or I would play the guitar for the MC5.
Tommy – Peter Hook and the Light.
Sam – Snarky Puppy.
LOCKED DOWN WITH WHICH MUSICAL HERO?
Liam – I would want to be locked in with Wilko Johnson from Dr Feelgood, he has so much musical knowledge, has amazing guitar playing style and I’m sure he would have some great stories to tell.
Oliver – I’d probably be locked in with Joe Talbot from IDLES. He seems like a very down to earth, swell guy and would be a fascinating person to be around. He’s an incredible frontman and vocalist to boot. So I’d say him.
Tommy – Suggs.
Sam – Jacob Collier.
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