North East band Twister are preparing to play a prestigious date at Sage in Gateshead this month so Lee Allcock caught up with frontman Stevie Stoker to speak about pyrotechnics, touching sentiments, and 2019.
So, you’re playing one of the North East’s most prestigious venues this December. You must be excited…
I know – I absolutely can’t wait. It’s always nice when a venue asks you to play a show but when somewhere like the Sage asks you, that is pretty special.
Your live shows are something else and often include pyrotechnics and surprises…so what can we expect from the Sage gig?
We’re always looking at ways we can improve the show; we often just sit and throw mad ideas around and see what sticks. At the moment, we are in the process of completely redesigning our stage set: it’s based on an idea I’ve had for a while and it takes all of my favourite parts of a live show and crams them all together in a pretty unique way. I can’t wait to show you all!
Your new single, ‘Trading Hearts’, has a very touching sentiment behind it and that’s ‘support each other’. Why do you feel that it’s important to support each other in life in general and in the North East music scene?
It is meant as a more general meaning and really it fits with every walk of life. Knowing someone is there for you at your lowest moment can give you such a boost and you never know when you might need that yourself. I’ve already seen a huge rise in people’s positivity at our shows and even on social media – it’s really nice to see. When it comes down to music, I think there’s room for everyone to be successful and as musicians, we know how hard it is to make things work. We need to get behind each other and if someone is doing well I think we should acknowledge it.
What North East artists do you think our readers should look out for in 2019 and why?
There some great bands in and around the scene at the minute including Many Moons, Mason Hill, Into the Deep, The Escapades and our good friends Nephilim who are all making waves.
And finally, what do you have planned for 2019?
We have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline including new releases and big shows, but most of all we want to travel and take our show to as many people as possible. Hopefully, 2019 will allow us to cover a lot of ground and build on the amazing group of fans we already have.
Twister play Sage, Gateshead on Saturday 29th December with support coming from The Escapes and Nephilim. Tickets, priced at £10.00 in advance, are available from sagegateshead.com. VIP tickets are priced at £15.00.