One of the things Vanadian Avenue has been trying to accomplish in the past year was to bring Manchester and Birmingham scenes closer together. We networked, attended gigs, introduced people to each other, nagged, bugged and dragged folks by their collars. As you do. We have just found ourselves allies in our continuous struggle to connect Kingdom of Mancunia and The Black Country. Please meet Methods. This five piece has been born between Wolverhampton and Salford and they just released an incredibly good EP at the beginning of October.
For A&Rs there is nothing better than a new band to interview so we went and did just that. And it was such a fun.
Ash Bradley (vox)
Ryan Deakin (guitar/keys)
Adam Hall (bass)
Peter Bates (drums)
Jon Nash (key/vox)
Influenced by life and their soundings along with the likes of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, The National and Interpol, METHODS formed with the mutual understanding to do things their way and write what they love.
Methods have made their mark with their own dark sounding synth indie anthems. The Midlands based 5 piece have been gaining recognition in the last few years, playing countless shows to crowds across the UK. The band have been garnering support from the likes of BBC Introducing West Midlands as well as nominations at The Birmingham Music Awards and Black Country Music Awards.
We have seen Methods live earlier this year as part of Magic Garden Studios fundraiser for Musicians Against Homelessness in Birmingham. Magic Garden is of course the very famous recording studios where Gavin Monaghan and Joe Murray help create the best music around. Think The Blinders, The Pagans SOH, The Novus, The Lizzards etc. Methods, who also work with Magic Garden, played a wonderful set at The Coach and Horses on May 3rd and quietly we knew we were to expect something huge from them. Their stage presence was immaculate, the songs sounded exciting and in general we had jumped up and down on the night having the best time.
When Methods` new EP “Anything” landed in our office both Rita and I could not wait to give it a listen. As you probably can deduct from the tone of this post, we loved it to bits, but before we will offer some words on the EP itself, its only fair to give you some back ground information about the artists. What`s the point of a review otherwise?
We have sat down with band`s guitarist Ryan Deakin for a quick chat about the band`s inspirations and song writing process. This is what he told us:
Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.
Ryan Deakin: Hello, we are Methods.
Where are you based and who is in the band?
Ryan Deakin: The band is based between Wolverhampton and Salford.
Tell us something about the project – are there any goals that you managed to achieve to date?
Ryan Deakin: We played some good support slots with some high profile bands – but – we haven’t really got any goals, just making music we want to hear and see what happens.
What inspires you? What artists or genres had the biggest influence on you?
Ryan Deakin: The one that we all seem to love is Bowie.
It`s all about the music – and we want to hear how your songs have been written.
Ryan Deakin: Normally we send each other voice messages of melodies and we work stuff out from that.
Name your best song. Is there a story behind it?
Ryan Deakin: We love all our children. We are proud of “Back of Your Hand”, we literally did the whole thing in about 2 hours. People take so many different meanings from it which is great, and what it’s all about. It was written when Trump was supposed to meet Kim Jong-Un….take from that what you will.
How do you create your unique sound?
Ryan Deakin: We kind of mix 80`s synths with some 50`s surf guitars…and add a mad singer to the mix.
Are you touring? Where can we see you play live?
Ryan Deakin: We will appear in Manchester at The Peer Hat on 13th October.
Squad goals – where do you want to see the band in five years time?
Ryan Deakin: We want to be playing some decent sized venues and have a couple of good albums under our belts – that will be fine.
If any bookers or promoters want to get in touch – what is the best way to contact you?
Ryan Deakin: Contact us at Methodsmusik@mail.com
Imagine you can record an album with any producer, dead or alive in a studio of your choice. Who would be on your record?
Ryan Deakin: Recording at Sun City with Phil Spectre (pre Homocide) would be interesting.
So, let us pen few words about Methods` new EP “Anything”. As we mentioned, it was released on October 4th 2019 to rave reviews from blogs and music magazines alike. You will find four songs on the record (“Back Of Your Hand”, “Collector”, “No Cover” and “Human Existence”) and two short instrumentals (Intro, Interlude).
The EP starts with unsettling “Intro” – and despite just being 40 seconds long, this track actually stands on its own and serves a very important purpose – to set the mood for the record. Call it cliché but there is something cinematic about both instrumental tracks on the EP. They are not fillers, more like road signs pointing in which direction the music will go.
“Back of Your Hand” – is powerfully anthemic composition. Close your eyes and you can easily imagine the band playing this track to a full stadium backed by live orchestra and powerful visuals. The band considers it their best song to date and it tells a story of a historical meeting between two political leaders and sworn enemies.
By contrast “Collector” starts slowly but around one minute in incredible drums come in followed by a change of tempo and more optimistic overtones. And the lyrics! Just listen. Not sure who is main writer in Methods but man, they surely can deliver. Not one dry eye in the house – you have been warned.
Interlude divides “Collector” from “No Cover” where dystopian theme clashes with uplifting music. Again it sounds nearly as anthemic as “Back of Your Hand” and we could only wish to hear it with accompaniment of a live orchestra.
“Human Existence” closes the record. Like “Collector”, it is slower and contemplative track. Yet the back ground melody line keeps hope despite rather bleak lyrics.
We love how the EP is divided into two equal parts. One faster/anthemic song and one slower/contemplative one. And a short instrumental track to divide them. Like two sides of a perfectly balanced vinyl record. Actually we want that EP on a vinyl.
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We hope you enjoyed this interview and if you have a chance to see Methods live, go and grab yourself a ticket. Actually two tickets – so you can bring a friend. You both will have an excellent time.
We will be back soon with more music and more kick ass interviews.