EMQ’s With TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS
Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK Classic Hard Rockers, Tyrannosaurus Nebulous. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Matt, I play guitar and very often lead vocals. Also there’s Paul, guitars; Lee, bass, and Jay drums, lead and backing vocals. We are a four-piece Hard Rock band from Stourbridge in the Black Country. Our sound is crafted around classic 70’s hard rock. With listeners comparing them to a diverse range of classic rock bands such as AC/DC, Alice In Chains, Budgie and Thin Lizzy. The present line up formed in 2014 and released the ‘Deal With My Evil’ EP in 2016.
How did you come up with your band name?
To the best of my recollection, we were one of those bands that couldn’t agree on a name, that was until our first gig was fast approaching so I threw Nebulous in to the mix, I’d read something somewhere that it meant vague or ill-defined, which I thought fit us as we couldn’t agree a name, turns out it means space cloud or something, we agreed to nebulous but we needed something else to represent the monster riffs, and so Tyrannosaurus Nebulous was born.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from the West Midlands in the UK, Matt and Paul from Stourbridge, Jay from Dudley and Lee from Coseley (but originally from Caerphilly in South Wales).
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We’ve recently released ‘Deal With My Evil’, which is the first single off our debut album called “Tyrant Lizard King” (released 25th March) The music video for the release is on our YouTube channel.
Our next single ‘Magnetar’ is also out on the 25th March.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Matt: Musically when I was younger probably the likes of Metallica, ugly kid Joe, Steve Vai, Van Halen, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, more recently Volbeat, Winery dogs etc.
Paul: The likes of AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Kings X, Whitesnake
Lee: Geddy Lee & Burke Shelley. Both phenomenal bass players and frontmen.
What first got you into music?
Matt: My dad first introduced me to the guitar when I was around ten years old, and of course his vinyl collection.
Paul: my brother Matt and dad both played the guitar, they were always making a noise, sort of had no choice but to join in
Lee: There always seemed to be music playing when I was growing up. My Dad is a big music fan and steered me in the right direction. My first album was Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy and it just went from there.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Matt: I think I would love to jam with Billy Gibbons, swapping solos in ‘La Grange’ for hours probably.
Paul: Robert Plant (obviously local), or if he was still alive SRV.
Lee: Poison the Well, Shai Hulud or Misery Signals would add an interesting ‘beatdown’ element to the band’s sound. Current musician, very leftfield but Tame Impala is a phenomenal musician and that would develop the melodic side of what we do. Also Tom Jones, because he’s a legend and needs a Hard Rock record in his back catalogue.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Matt: Mmmm Download or Rock AM Ring.
Paul: Glastonbury (would love to be on stage rather than watching).
Lee: Download or Ghent Festival (amazing city and an amazing festival).
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Matt: Err, a friend request.
Paul: The gift of strength, (carrying my gear to the car after a gig).
Lee: I’d love to say a beautiful woman’s knickers but an empty pint glass with a request to refill.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Life’s hard but you just gotta keep on keepin’ on.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Matt: Mr Eddie Van Halen.
Paul: SRV would love to get the chance to see him perform live.
Lee: Burke Shelley or Neil Peart.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Matt: Enjoy playing with other musicians, playing an instrument is great but when you’re in a room or on stage with fellow minded players its next level, I wouldn’t say hate but I’m not a fan of having to be in front of a camera for photos or videos.
Paul: Playing live and writing music.
Lee: Playing live and in the studio is the most enjoyable, I hate the frustration of getting our music out for people to hear.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Lee: More investment in original talented upcoming musicians who don’t conform to the plastic world of popular music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Matt: Impossible question, maybe Van Halen “Van Halen”.
Paul: Yeah impossible, Metallica?
Lee: I have many, today’s is “Happiness” by Dance Gavin Dance.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
Matt: I guess vinyl, but I sure do miss playing along with cassettes and having to tune my guitar up or down to suit, but then I probably own more CDs?
Paul: grew up with cassettes and CDs, although convenient you can’t hold a download in your hand.
Lee: I consume a lot of music so vinyl, cassettes, CD’s become too much of a faff. Digital for me. I went through my vinyl phase when I was an early teen. I used to love going to record fayres then. You could pick up an Iron Maiden vinyl album for a couple of quid then. Now they’re like £150 plus when you can buy them on CD for a fiver. It’s not about the medium for me, it’s about the music.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Matt: could pick one out, but I do love outdoor gigs.
Paul: O2 Academy.
Lee: Caerphilly Workman’s hall (hometown gig).
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Matt: Probably a sportsman of some kind, Rugby? No I’m too weak, Cyclist?
Paul: Professional pillow tester.
Lee: Record/music store owner.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Matt: Professor Brian cox, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Black, Jethro, Brian May.
Paul: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Squire, Gandalf, Ludo (the film Labyrinth).
Lee: Jordan Peterson, Ozzy Osbourne, Harry Hill, Gene Simmons, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson (you can’t have one without the other). That would be mental.
What’s next for the band?
The future plans are to continue to challenge ourselves to write and record albums that add to and expand upon the great British hard rock albums of the past and to continue to spread the gospel of rock and roll on bigger and better stages.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit
Paul: Cake, (it’s not called a Jaffa biscuit).
Lee: Cake, whilst we’re on the subject does anyone know what ‘Scampi’ is?.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
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