TBFM’s Phil Allely caught up with Skarlett of Skarlett Riot ahead of their debut album release on 25th March 2013…
Hi firstly thanks for chatting to us at TBFM. Can I ask how the band formed and how the name came about?
No problem! We’ve been Skarlett Riot for 2 years now. We all met in school years, Danny (Guitar) & Luke (Drums) are brothers. After jamming cover songs, we decided after a couple of years, bonding as a band, that we should write our own music. We decided on the name Skarlett Riot to represent having a female in the band, but to also keep that masculinity to it (hence the riot).
You have been described as a modern rock band with a classic rock sound. But how would you describe your music to one of the few yet to hear it?
Hard rock, fused with grit & catchy hooks. We struggle to categorise our music. We write from our hearts, and we all have different influences ranging from rock, blues, jazz, hardcore metal to classic rock which I think shows in our song writing.
Are there any bands that have influenced you, as a band or individually, more than others?
We all have different influences but I (Skarlett) would say Shinedown, Joan Jett, Heart, Halestorm, Bullet For My Valentine personally.
Your EP’s have been going down a storm with rock fans have received many accolades…. How much work goes into each one and how does it feel to know how appreciated and popular they are?
A hell of a lot of work! We push ourselves to be even better each time we release a new CD. “Villain” was about Skarlett Riot finding our feet as a band. It feels amazing to have people appreciate what we write. To see people at shows singing along to our songs and enjoying themselves as much as we are,has to be one of the best achievements as a band!
Can you tell as a bit about what it is like when you are touring. Do the band all get along, or are there some annoying issues when stuck in a tour bus etc.?
We all get along. Mostly it’s about making sure you don’t get worn down, and that you eat the right things to keep your health up. That’s key for me vocally. I also like being the only girl in the band! I get asked a lot what it’s like, but I prefer it, it’s more laid back.
I must assume you like many bands sell CD’s at gigs, but do you see online sales and downloads as the way forward for bands like yourselves?
Online sales do play a big part in making money as a band, although CD’s also fly out at shows. Merchandise is so important as a band. I think both CD’s and digital downloads are important as a band.
Of course live gigs are perhaps the only way to keep getting the message out there (alongside regular airplay and rave reviews) How would you describe a Skarlett Riot live show to our readers?
Energetic and powerful. We involve everyone who’s made an effort to go out and support live music / venues, like one big family. We are big believers in putting on a show for our fans. Nobody wants to go out and watch a band who look bored. It’s awkward!
Did the band pay their dues in the pub and club scene before getting more high profile gigs? The reason I ask is that many bands I speak to say that is the only way to fully appreciate your success when it comes?
We did, and still do. We love playing shows to as many people as possible and love playing intimate venues too!
You have already been fortunate enough to share the stage with some of rocks biggest and best. Do you pick up any hints and tips from bands on the same bill as yourselves?
Yeah of course. I think you learn something from watching any band live. It’s important to learn, pick up tips and watch other bands. You’re always learning from others and gaining experience. If you stop, there’s no point doing it.
Finally what can we expect to see (and hear) from Skarlett Riot in 2013? You have an album release in March, but will we perhaps be seeing you pop up at some festivals too?
We are so proud of our brand new album ‘Tear Me Down’. It’s the best music we’ve written so far, and the most confident we’ve been as a band! Expect a full on, hard rock album filled with emotion, energy and texture. We’ve packed this album with all the experiences we’ve had throughout Skarlett Riot. We can’t wait for you to hear it!You’ll have to wait and see regarding festival appearances! Check out: Les Fest (Scotland), Scarfest (Stoke) & Noize Level Critical Charity (Nottingham), we will be making appearances at them!
Photography by The Don Photography