Northern Exposure had the pleasure of speaking with Birmingham lads Wood and Nails. Bringing their rock and punk influences to the scene we grabbed them for ten minutes to fill us in on how they got together and what’s in store for 2017.
Introduce us to Wood and Nails! Who’s who?
We’re a four piece from Birmingham and we have myself on vocals and guitar, my brother Steven Beaumont on Bass, Steven Cook on Lead Guitar and Will Jones on Drums.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
I would say we’re a cross between Indie Rock and Punk Rock. Our major influences are the bands that straddle that line so it comes into our music a lot, bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Brand New and The Replacements. Although we’re big fans of British Rock too that will always come in with a big influence; bands like Oasis with songs like Fade Away, Bring It On Down and Headshrinker are more punk than most of the bands who call themselves Punk so that kind of attitude and sound is something I always think to when writing for Wood and Nails.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Obviously two of us being brothers our whole lives, that’s myself and Steve on Bass. Then our other Ste on lead guitar I’ve known for about 10 years now and Will on Drums about 7. So we’re a very tight knit bunch. I always find that very strange when you see bands who turn up to rehearsal and then would never speak to each other outside of that. We’re together doing non Wood and Nails related things more so than we are, I don’t see a point in being in a band with people you wouldn’t be friends with otherwise.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
We’d all played music in other bands leading up to starting Wood and Nails but after those bands ended it was a perfect time for us to get together as one and work on something new. I think we basically all share the exact same core musical taste and influence so it was just a no-brainer to start together.
What’s your thoughts on Trump? Sum up your political stance in a paragraph!
Quite a few of our songs have lyrics regarding my personal political views, I think bands like Fugazi are extremely important in that sense and my own views come into my lyrics frequently. Personally we’re all quite liberal I would say, which probably gives you your answer on what my thoughts on Donald Trump’s leadership style, but unfortunately his bombast and rhetoric speak to a lot of people. My thought is what good can really come of pushing people further apart?
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Our next show is a DIY show we’re putting on ourselves at the Sunflower Lounge on Friday March 3rd. We’ve got all our good friends opening the show like Last Light, The Violent Hearts and Conor O’Rourke. All of which are incredible.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
As I mentioned earlier I would say it’s integral to find people you connect with as friends and people first and foremost. Where everyone respects each other. There are a lot of bands out there where everyone wants to be in charge and rule with an iron fist. If you don’t respect each other to begin with then you’re already on a slippery slope to nowhere.
How can fans to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
We’re on all the usual sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all that and our music is available through all the major streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play etc. The best way to keep up with us is via Facebook or Instagram.
Wood and Nails play The Sunflower Lounge on Friday March 3rd.