Manchester indie band Twisted Wheel play two North East dates this month so Tracy Daniel caught up with frontman Jonny Brown to find out what gig-goers can expect.
The band reformed earlier this year. Why did you feel that now was the right time to come back?
I had been through a lot of trouble and strife and it got to a point where my mind and body basically forced me into it – I had no choice. Maybe the fact guitar music has started making a comeback as well.
Do you feel that the music industry has changed since you first started out?
Yeah, it’s changed loads mainly due to social media/Spotify /Instagram etc. Bands who are savvier at computers than music seem to be getting further in music, hence why there is loads of dross flooding the radios etc.
How do you feel that you and your style have changed since starting out?
Firstly, I’ve found my voice now. I was never a singer to start so after years of gigs and trying stuff out my voice is heading in the right direction. I think the band is starting to sound less punk influenced and more on the vibe of the classic bands of the 60s/70s like Fleetwood Mac and The Byrds, Black Sabbath etc.
It is well-known that your fans include Paul Weller, Ian Brown and Liam Gallagher. How does it feel to know that you have that support? And did it make your return easier?
Obviously, Liam getting us support gigs helped us loads this summer. It was an honour and everlasting memory to support the greats mentioned and more. Maybe we gained fans from them gigs that still support us now but I don’t think it has made things much easier – the music business is hard no matter where you’re at.
In your opinion, which of your songs best epitomises you?
It’s hard for me to answer this one, but for today it’d be ‘Bouncing Bomb’.
You’re well known for your energetic live performances, so what can your North East fans expect from your shows here?
Proper intense rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of punk, with some melodic numbers to break it up too. Basically, [we’re] a bit like Oasis on speed.
And finally, do you have any plans for 2019?
Loads, yes. There’ll be a new album and, hopefully, some big and smaller festivals – and I’d like a new guitar too. We wouldn’t say no to a support tour with someone maybe like Idles, Miles Kane, Slaves, or Chase & Status too – that would be lovely.
Twisted Wheel play the 02 Academy in Newcastle on Friday 9th November before heading to Ku Bar in Stockton on Friday 30th November. Tickets for both gigs are available now by heading to seetickets.com.