Way Out is a young up-and-coming four-piece from The Petersfield School; Callum on vocals, Jack on bass, Harry on drums and Zach on electric guitar. The band have all just finished their GCSEs and are off to college. Henry Wood visited them to find out a little bit more about their music.
When did you start playing as a band?
Harry: “Me, Jack and Zach started playing music together around the end of Year 7 and we had a singer at the time who wasn’t really right for the band, and didn’t want to play the sort of music that the rest of us wanted to. So at the end of Year 9 we messaged Callum who we knew was interested in playing music, and he joined the band. So for the three of us it’s been around four years and two years for Callum.”
What are the key musical influences for each of you?
Callum: “My singing influence is definitely Matt Bellamy from Muse as I like how experimental he is with his singing and uses a really wide vocal range.”
Jack: “I know it’s a bit boring but Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers because he is such an amazing bass player and a real inspiration.”
Harry: “I’m a big fan of John Theodore who is now drumming in Queens of the Stone Age but previously played in Mars Volta because of the amount of power he plays with whilst always keeping in time. It’s pretty amazing.”
Zach: “Mine is actually strange but I have a really close friend who also plays guitar and he is extremely devoted to it and is very experimental with it which really inspires me.”
What’s the writing process like within the band ?
Harry: “Well we don’t actually play any originals yet but it is something which we are going to start working on very soon. At the moment we play covers of bands like Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys and a bit of Muse which is good because it’s quite a mix of genres.”
What are some goals that you have for the following year as a band
Harry: “Our main priority is definitely to write some originals which we can perform and play a few gigs. We have done a handful of gigs but it would be good for people to hear some music that we have written.”
Where can people find your music?
Callum: “I have a youtube channel which has some of my acoustic stuff with Harry and there are a couple of band songs on there. The channel is called Callum Hornby music. Also I’m quite active on Facebook and I put quite a lot on there so you can look on my Facebook page.”
Have you got any forthcoming gigs?
Harry: “Callum’s parents run the Good Intent in Petersfield which is a good little venue and we have played a couple of gigs there. But it’s definitely somewhere that we will be playing again in the future.”
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