Wednesday 19 February 2020

Backstage with Atrevido

Celebrating the release of its new EP, SoGlos spoke to the gravity defying, 'impudent' Forest of Dean boys from alternative rock band, Atrevido.

Tell our readers a little bit about the band and its members.

We’re an alternative rock band called Atrevido. The core members include lead vocalist, Jake Chown; Jake ‘Joppo’ Hopkins on guitar and backing vocals; Kay Newport on guitar; Matt Hill on bass; and Ben Loughlin on drums and backing vocals.

How long have you been established?

We’ve been playing together for about four years. The band was started in November 2011 by Jake, Kay and Ben as a project to experiment with different sounds. In 2013 we underwent some member changes with Joppo and Matt joining, and we’ve been going for it ever since.

Where are you all from?

We all grew up in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

'Atrevido' is Spanish for bold, right? How did you decide on the name?

It was spotted in a Spanish dictionary and we thought it was appropriate for the type of music we were playing. It also means ‘daredevil’ and ‘the impudent’ which is probably our favourite.

While you've just released your new E.P, but have you released any other music that our readers can listen to?

We’ve got some of the new E.P out on Bandcamp, and we also have our older E.P ‘Death is a Navigator’ on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon music. It’s also on Bandcamp as well.

Who would you say your main influences are?

Alice in Chains, Duran Duran, Incubus, Phil Collins, Spandau Ballet, Slayer, Wham!, soundtracks and audio books.

And who do you get compared to?

We usually get compared to Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Queens of the Stone Age.

What’s your favourite venue you’ve played at in Gloucestershire?

Frog and Fiddle.

Where would you most like to play in the county?

Gloucester Guildhall.

Which other local bands do you rate?

Pure Evil. Check ‘em out, they’re like jazz funk fusion. We also like Black Art, King Solomon and I, The Lion.

What global band or artist would you most like to support?

Royal Blood, Deftones, Incubus, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.

What do you do when you’re not making music?

Working hard for the money.

Has anything ever gone wrong on stage?

Kay’s amp setup has a habit of being very temperamental. It’s gone wrong on us so many times it’s hard to count.

Recommend one album to our readers you don’t think they will have discovered.

Kiev – Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth

Number one ambition?

To play the first gig in space!

Any claims to fame?

Matt’s second cousin is the drummer from EMF. Unbelievable.

What advice would you give to local artists/bands/groups trying to make it in the industry?

‘Just give up! Just quit! ‘Cos in this life, you can’t win.’ – Jack Black.

…That is, of course, in jest, and we suppose the only real way to get into the industry is to absolutely go for it. And be good at what you do.

Where can fans see you perform in the next month or two?

We’re currently writing at the moment, but we will be gigging as soon as we feel ready.

Where can SoGlos readers expect to see you in a year’s time?

Touring as much as possible.

By Alice Lloyd

© SoGlos
Thursday 18 June 2015

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