EMQ’s with SWAMP THIEF
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swansea, South Wales based Heavy Rock band Swamp Thief. Huge thanks to drummer Marc Lockwood 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?
Marc Lockwood. I play drums for Swamp Thief. We formed in 2018 as a two piece. Myself and Simon Bevan (vocals / guitar / bass) have been playing together in bands for over 20 years. We formed Swamp Thief after a year or two of experimenting with the guitar, to get the sound of a 4-piece band through 1 guitar and drums. We were thinking of White Stripes, but without losing the low end – keeping the bass sound was pretty crucial. We pretty much had to invent our own way of achieving this.
How did you come up with your band name?
We needed a name that summed up our sound – thick and sludgy. Swamp was the best word we came up with (‘treacle’ was another contender, but sounded too glam and 70’s!). We saw ‘Dream Thief’ somewhere, and liked the word Thief. We put swamp and thief together, and hey presto!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Swansea, South Wales, UK. It’s pretty rich in terms of the kind of music we’re doing. Acrimony are from the area – they were early pioneers of the doomy, stonery sound. You’ve got bands like Sigiriya, Suns of Thunder, Prosperina and Heavy on the Ride in the scene right now, who are all awesome.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
EP – “Swamp Thief I”
Who have been your greatest influences?
Kyuss, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, and of course, Black Sabbath.
What first got you into music?
Metallica, and the sound of a distorted guitar.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It’d be pretty sweet to have John Garcia or Neil Fallon doing some guest vocals!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download UK – it’s the crème de la crème for UK heavy music.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Money – still find it bizarre that someone would pay for our music! In an awesome way though.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We’re absolutely humbled and honoured that anyone would consider us worthy to listen to, so thank you!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
None. When our heroes pass on, it passes the torch to the younger bands. Their legacy should remain as it is, for future generations to enjoy. Bringing someone back would tarnish their legacy. If John Bonham came back (probably who I would choose), Led Zeppelin’s legend would change (for example).
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Love jamming with my buddy – it’s like a form of meditation when you get in the zone. Creating and writing music is the best.
Hate carrying heavy equipment, especially as there’s only 2 of us! And not being able to finish a song. Tides took about 20 years to finish!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
More money for musicians for it to be a more stable career. The internet has democratised music to some extent, but streaming revenue is a pittance unless you’re towards the top of the pile.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Down – “NOLA”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Downloads – portability and flexibility. I loved doing mix tapes growing up, so infinite playlists are right up my street.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We played a gig with our former band, Uberchop, with Recluse and Atomck in Swansea. We opened, but there was a wicked crowd who got into us without ever hearing us properly before. That was pretty sweet.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
What’s next for the band?
Releasing music once a year, 4 to 6 tracks per release. Playing some festivals and releasing some vinyl would be pretty cool too.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Cakes of course.
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