North East outfit Whale Hill are preparing to release their debut single so Lee Allcock caught up with the band to find out more.
You’re preparing to release your first ever single. That must be nerve-wracking….
I’d say for us it’s been more of a feeling of relief than nerves. We’ve been wanting to release music for as long as we can remember so to finally have the date set is a really happy feeling for us.
The two tracks we are releasing are personal favourites of ours and also of people who have attended our past gigs, so having them finally released on platforms is really exciting.
You’ll be playing a launch gig on Saturday 3rd November at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough in what is another first – your first headline show at the venue. How are you feeling about that? And how have you been preparing?
Headlining our own show is something we’ve wanted to do the moment we started this band. All 3 of us attend live music on a regular basis so to be able to have full creative control of our own show and have free reign is a dream come true for us, to be able to do whatever we feel will make the best show and overall night for any who decides to come. Plus, Westgarth is such a fantastic venue and holds a special place in our heart for multiple different reasons.
Preparation-wise, the most important thing for us is being able to show things in our live performance that people have never seen from us and to be able to try things we’ve not had the chance to before, so we’ve been coming up with and testing new ideas since the gig was set.
We’ve been hard at work promoting and rehearsing for the gig so we can’t wait for it to be upon us and see all the hard work pay off.
What can gig-goers expect from your set? And can you tell me some more about the bands that are supporting you…
People can expect our longest set featuring songs of old and a load of new songs that have only been heard by our ears so far which we can’t wait to showcase. For supports, we decided to ask two of the best bands we’ve seen around the scene since we started.
The opening band Strangeways are fresh off releasing their fantastic new single, ‘Leave Me For A Little While’, and put on a crazy energetic live show which we’re hoping will set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The main support Perfectparachutepicture are by far and away the most exciting and interesting live act we’ve seen and we had to have them as main support. They are a fantastic two-piece that feature a drummer vocalist and bassist with tones unheard of and we can’t wait to have them close the supports.
You recently attended a networking event that we organised in Stockton. Why do you personally feel that it’s important to make connections with those involved in the local music scene? It’s tough for up-and-coming musicians, isn’t it…
It is tough. Opportunities in this business can come few and far between so to be able to meet people that can help along the way and give performers a chance and advice is so important in our industry – and networking events are a fantastic opportunity to get a meet people you might not have ever had the chance to.
And finally, what else do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 and moving into 2019?
After our single release and release party, we’re taking part in an exciting event in Stockton called Munro on November 24th featuring some really big names from the North East scene and some close friends of ours which we can’t wait for.
As for 2019, this release is just the first part of a bigger project we have planned for next year which will all become clearer the more we approach. As for gigs in 2019, we’re definitely aiming to broaden our horizons and venture out to other cities and new venues. 2018 has been such a fantastic year for us that we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.
Whale Hill play Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Saturday 3rd November. Tickets, priced at £4.00 in advance, are available from seetickets.com.