City Of Thieves are a very new and very British hard rock band launched in June 2015 right from the heart of London. Made up of individuals who stood tall and rose above the ashes when the established underground rock scene crumbled and fell to the further corporate development of Europe’s biggest city throughout 2014. Vocalist Jamie Lailey chats to TBFM’s Mucka Jay…
What was the last album you purchased?
It would actually have to be Eminem’s ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2’. Eminem is a personal favourite artist of mine at the moment. I got into him about 10 years ago after I got bored of ALWAYS listening to Rock music. He pays massive respect to the Rock genre throughout all his albums, and I embraced the way he played with rhyme schemes and rhythm in his lyrics especially…I don’t know to what extent you’d find that kind of influence on COT songs, but it’s definitely there somewhere! Hip Hop kind of encourages us to use different tempos and feels to standard ‘Rock’ grooves.
If your music could be used in an advert on TV, what would you most like it to be advertising?
I’d love one of our songs to advertise either a massive Poker brand for their ads, or be like a ringwalk for a stellar home-grown boxer. England running out at Twickenham in the Rugby World Cup would be pretty sick as well…
If you were to do a cover of a song, what would it be and why?
It would be cool to cover a really modern pop song… not sure which one off the top of my head, but there so many good SONGS out there, that the challenge would be to take the bones of it and then turn it into a pure City Of Thieves assault!
Dead or alive, which band would you most like to co-headline with?
Guns N’ Roses (Appetite Era…obvs!) – just for the sheer mayhem that it would cause! But as of right now… it would have to be the Foo Fighters – they just have that balance of how to take pounding music to probably the widest audience of any Rock ‘N’ Roll band out there! To test our songs and sound on that diverse of an audience would be the acid test for me!
What has been the most memorable moment in your musical career so far?
Being woken up by Mike Fraser, who mixed the EP, at 5am to listen to his mixes of our songs. It was like Father Christmas visiting every morning for 5 days! To have someone that’s worked with Aerosmith, AC/DC and people like that to have the enthusiasm for our music that he did was a real bucket list moment!
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Honestly? Restpect to the past, but fucking embrace the future. The Rock industry is too busy looking backwards while the pop industry is enjoying being in the present. We need some of that attitude. The print media could do with talking to the broadcast media, instead of being in a stand off, and the whole fucking lot should start investing time, effort and hype into new bands. They’re too scared to frighten off conservative listeners by breaking the mould that soon there will be no mould to break. I don’t want Rock to become fossilised, but with people hanging onto the idealism of what ‘Classic’ Rock is…they’re missing the boat on bands like Royal Blood who have just been put out there by the mainstream media and gone from strength to strength. You did say be honest…
Find out more about City Of Thieves at www.cityofthieves.london
If you would like an interview with Mucka Jay, click here!