Stray scene is made up of Scott Eccles – Guitar / Vocals, Chris Fovargue – Bass, Sam Peacock – Drums, and Nils Arnold – Dancer. Hailing from Scarborough, Stray Scene have supported Cast, The Sherlocks and have sold out dates coming up with Alan McGees Alias Kid.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Hmm how long have we known each other, Scott the singer and Chris the bassist used to live about a street away from each other and met each other about ten years ago as kids. We knew we both played instruments and decided to put a band together. Sam the drummer was brought in by our management as our old drummer used to get fucked up before gigs and not turn up to them so we had to get rid.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
We’ve had a lot of people ask us this we still cant give a straight answer. What the fans usually say we are a mix of indie, rock, grunge, and punk all mixed in one. Influences include BRMC, The Rascals BJTM and The Doors.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
The band formed 2012 we used to play covers and do the odd original now we don’t play any covers and have about 40 tracks of our own, what inspired us to make music together was the prospect of becoming rich famous and knee deep in prostitutes.
Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ve done about 200 gigs maybe more lost count, mainly gigs around the Leeds, York and Manchester areas I don’t think we have ever come away from a venue and gone god that was shite, usually the places we play have good people running them. The best venue’s are the smaller clubs that get packed out. We supported Cast and The Sherlocks just recently at The Duchess and people was hanging off the lights, proper rock n roll. Our next upcoming show is the Manchester Academy on the 30th April.
Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
Songs we perform most frequently, we keep writing songs so our set list changes all the time it is like coming to a different gig every time u see us “Dirty Brothel ” is always in there, we don’t play covers no more we started out doing covers I think if you want to start doing your own stuff you have to learn lots of covers so you know what chords go together,
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Scotti writes our songs, life is the topic. You really don’t know where the next song is coming from, you can pic your guitar play A, G and a chord and it sounds like nothing, another day you can pick your guitar up and that G and A chord has just wrote a full tune. It all does depend where you are in your life, so the songs style can change.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Music making process Scotti usually comes with the song to band practice. He always says if it sounds good acoustic, it will sound mega as a full band.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
The music has evolved we started out as as 4 piece but have stripped it down to a 3 piece. We have definitely gone away from that typical indie band and now are more rocky. Losing a guitarist we thought would hurt but we have just turned everything up. There is a definite punk edge now, there’s a lot of energy on stage.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Biggest challenge was walking away from a record company we was signed to when they wanted us to sign another deal. They was so good to us but we decided to go it alone. We learnt so much from been signed. It was hard to say no to them even though they had put a lot of time and effort into us, we left on good terms.
What’s your ultimate direction for your band?
Ultimate direction to be able to quit our jobs and make a living off this thing. There’s a lot of famous bands out there who still have day jobs, it doesn’t pay as well as many people think.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Our advice for people is if your gonna do this don’t quit at the first hurdle it’s a marathon and if you believe you will get there.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Facebook, Soundcloud, You-Tube, we are in the process of recording our debut album which you will be able to download on iTunes and Spotify.
Weapon of choice:
Guitar, you can’t serenade some one with a bass or drums.
Manchester Academy on the 30th April.
Manchester Evening News Arena
We’re are all Manchester United fans! Scotti is actually from Leeds so this is massively frowned upon!
Sam our drummer loves guns and roses
So important, get all our skinny jeans from Topman, leather jackets from some cow.
At the Bar:
Our band is fueled on Stella we don’t drink anything else.
If we have a quick meal before a gig it’s usually burgers all round cant beat em, its usually last thing we will eat for couple of days full of vitamin c.
Gig we wished we had been at:
That’s a question, there’s so many stone roses Blackpool was meant to be a good one. Would of loved to of seen Joy Division live Ian Curtis was and unbelievable front man.
A night our with anyone in history:
Jim Morrison, no question the lad had no rules, he would take you to the desert for a night out.
Hard Days Night
Top 3 tunes of all time:
Fire and the Thud Arctic monkeys
Crystal ship Doors
Stockings to Suite The Rascals
Our opinion on music on the min:
There is a feeling something is brewing you can feel it. Bands like Pretty Viscous and The Sherlocks are proof guitar music is coming back people and are going to gigs are again.
Sum up your band in 3 words:
Beer Fuelled Mayhem!
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