ALICE IN THUNDERLAND INTERVIEW
As the bass-player for Bridlington-based rockers Alice in Thunderland, Kevin Truelove has more than a few stories to share. Here, in an exclusive interview with “Pulse” author Steve Rudd, Kevin waxes lyrical about sharing the same bill as one of his musical heroes, the band’s brand new CD in-the-making, and their wish to make a name for themselves internationally…
Hey Kevin, how are things?
Great, thanks! 2015 has been a good year for AIT!
So how long have Alice in Thunderland been together, and were any other band-names considered before settling on AIT?
We formed the band in the summer of 1995, so we’ve reached the twenty-year mark. We had a long list of different suggestions. I remember Fair Warning being a strong contender, but we settled on our original guitarist Tony Dean’s suggestion; we thought it was appropriate with a female singer.
For those who have never come across you before, how would you best describe your brand of music?
We’ve been labelled as Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Classic Rock over the years. Come see us live, then you can decide for yourself!
How has the Bridlington music-scene changed over the years?
There are still pubs putting live music on regularly, but we have lost Leisure World, which was a cracking venue and really well-supported. The Spa Theatre also provided a chance for up-and-coming bands. Then there was the Tillie Morrison Bar, which was attached to the Spa before the recent development: a brilliant place, too. Kala’s mum and late uncle Michael used to have The Golden Gloves Club, and they were really supportive of live musicians.
Given Bridlington’s relatively limited choice of venues at present, is it common for you to venture further afield to play?
We enjoy playing pubs and clubs in our hometown of Bridlington, along with Scarborough, where Stu our drummer lives, but for some time now we have been travelling further afield in a deliberate attempt to get our name and music out to a wider audience. Our road-trips, which are hilarious, are becoming a regular thing. So far, we’ve played in the Midlands and all around Yorkshire. We have been offered gigs in the U.S.A. and in Europe, but because we all work, we would have to work a tour around our day-jobs. We hope to organise something for 2016 if possible. We are up for playing anywhere.
What have been the highlights of being in the band?
There have been so many: playing and hearing people sing along with us; times people have said that we have made them forget their worries for a little while when they have been rocking out at one of our gigs; songwriting and recording our albums at Powerstage Studios with Mikey Bolton; playing around the country and meeting other bands such as Ravenage, Dead Sense, The Chasing Dark and Control The Storm. We’ve had chance to play on the same bill as Blitzkreig, Tygers of Pan Tang, Kevin Ridley of Skyclad, Belgium rockers Hell City and Blaze Bayley, who is ex-Iron Maiden. Most recently, we’ve played with ex-Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, which totally blew us away at The Venue in Selby. We were going as a “band night-out” to see him anyway. I sent a message asking if they wanted anyone else for the bill, and we sent a CD. We were chosen by the management company to go on the bill, which was unreal, as he is one of my all-time favourite heavy metal singers!
Which bands have had the most impact on your sound over the past twenty years?
Everything you hear influences you as a musician; it has to. I would say the main ones are Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Label Society and Metallica.
If there’s one band or singer that you guys could support, who would it be?
Well, Tim “Ripper” Owens and his band were so down to earth that we would love to go on a tour with them for sure, but there are so many great new bands around at the moment, along with more established acts who are still on the touring circuit.
So are you working on any new material at present? If so, when is your next album likely to see the light of day?
We are recording our latest album at Powerstage Studios in Burton Agnes with Mikey Bolton. We should be releasing it early next year.
In a nutshell, what do you think it is about AIT that keeps fans coming back for more?
We hope it is the music and our songs. Plus, we really love playing live. We try to involve the audience in the fun we’re having on stage at every gig.
Speaking of gigs, do you have any rearing up on the near horizon?
The next Bridlington gig will be our Christmas one at Quay Leisure on 12th December.
Finally, what’s the best way for people to find out more about the band?
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