Interview with DEAF OR GLORY Two serious cheeses...

RocksFanzine: Welcome guys! Can you explain us who are in the band?
Deaf Or Glory: We’re a two-piece from Blackpool England, Steve Fromage, Bass and vocals, Stewart Queso, Drums and vocals

RF: How you define your music and style?
DOG: We try not to. That’s a job for other folk. We’ve played the EP to people who we know and the breadth of comparisons is vast: Motorhead, Therapy, Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu and Muse.
Everyone has their own take. Labels are only sign posts to guide you to stuff you might like. Our style? Whatever we pull on that morning. We’re not very good at that bit and hope the tunes will carry us through.

RF: I’m sure, our readers would love to discover how started the adventure. In what way you decided begin? And why you chose the name DEAF OR GLORY?
DOG: We’ve been languishing in cover bands for a few years and I was doing a Royal Blood tribute for a laugh. As I was playing around with that rig it suddenly dawned on me that I didn’t want to play covers anymore. Then in January I got a message off my old mate Stew (the drummer) saying exactly the same thing and asking if I wanted to get a jam sorted.
Everything just clicked from there. Deaf or Glory is both a statement of intent and a real possibility, we never wore ear defenders – they’re the condoms of the ears. This is our one last hurrah, to see how far we can push it.

RF: Your way of working — the way the band writes music — changed much since you first started or you’re still a loyal server of your old feelings?
DOG: Musically it starts with Stew: A groove leads to a riff and then telepathy kicks in a bit – we can sort of see where it’s going. We record everything we jam as you never remember the best bits the day after you play them.
Then we treat all the bits as Lego – putting them together to get the right ‘fit’. You know when it’s cooking – you look at each other and pull amazing faces.

RF: I notice you play a convincing and powerful Rock. But in the band you are a bass one and a drummer. How is the experience playing rock without guitars?
DOG: I have to reference the Royal Blood set up again here. The way Mike Kerr designed his rig using a bass guitar gave me an idea about how adding loops live and layering over them would provide more options sonically.
In the studio I ran 4 amps, live I run two or three amps, bass and guitar and have a very crafty pedal board so it’s probably more interesting watching my feet than my head. It does hit you hard live I’m told.

RF: In days when most of the bands tends to be repetitive, what’s the secret to play with this natural sound like yours?
DOG: We’ve yet to write a 3-minute pop song, although Josh Harrison our producer is working on some radio edits. I think it’s probably a result of us not over-thinking the arrangements too much. We just go with the flow.
There’s definitely a place for repetition, but we think there’s also a place for freestyling, which we do live a lot. We’re glad you’re convinced though!

RF: Our readers they are avid to discover new bands to impact them. Why do you think you’ll be able to hit it where other artists (even famous) have failed?
DOG: We don’t know if we will yet… To be that confident is asking for trouble. Again that’s not for us to decide. I know some amazing bands who aren’t as big as they should be, Tigercub, Alpha Male Tea Party, Highly Suspect…
I guess you have to be in the right place at the right time. In theory, the internet today means you don’t need a deal anymore, you just need to work hard at promotion.

RF: What about your lyrics? Which things you consider in your words? Watching your site it seems you have a penchant for certain comedy elements
DOG: Lyrically I can only write about things I know and hopefully things everyone can relate to. I’ve tried writing abstract, inscrutable lyrics and it just doesn’t work. The EP features songs about changing direction in your life to shed the shit you don’t need, arguments and dementia. I write about the things I don’t feel comfortable talking about – it’s cheaper than therapy.
‘Fading’ is about my Mums battle with dementia and it’s hard to sing sometimes, it’s a bit overpowering. That said, we are both daft as a brush and noticed that a lot of bands in the same vein as us are VERY serious in the way they come over and that just isn’t us. Will people accept a bit of humour in context of what we’re doing? No idea!

RF: What other things are really important in your life — apart from music — that help keep you motivated?
DOG: We have a combined age of 100, I’m 48 on Saturday. You’re NOT supposed to be starting alternative rock bands at that age and that in itself keeps us keen. Show us something we’re not supposed to do and we’re instantly interested. Family is the most important thing, keeping the balance there is crucial. You have to give it 100% whether you’re at home or out with the band. No half measures.
We still love finding new bands and that’s a great inspiration. The greatest motivation is finding a counter-balance to work. Stew is a welder, I sell shit that people don’t need, so to get through the week knowing that we’re going to kick arse at the weekend is a great motivation. It’s like an escape hatch to another life.

RF: Are you preparing a tour? When, and where?
DOG: 2016 is all about writing and rehearsing – we’ve got about 18 songs in total that need arranging, 2 part harmonies and a bit of finesse.
2017 is about getting out live and we’ll be doing festivals and small venues / supports all through that year. We will play anywhere, travelling is part of the fun.

RF: If our readers they want to buy your music, where they can do it?
DOG: Good on ‘em if they do buy it. I ponce so much of YouTube it’s wrong. The Anger Management EP will be released in August and will be available worldwide on all the usual platforms, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, streaming etc. If anyone wants a CD they’ll be able to order off the website in September.
All of the profits from ‘Fading’ will go to The Alzheimer’s Society to raise funding into more Dementia research. It only gets a fraction of the funding that Cancer has but it’s going to be a lot more common in generations to come. The rest of the money will be re-invested into recording, cider and fast living.

RF: Are you working in a next album or do you want to burn all stages first?
DOG: We are mainly burning stages in places beginning with ‘L’ this year, in October we’re playing in Leicester, London and Liverpool. The album is the main focus as are some pretty ambitious promo videos we’re shooting in autumn. If we can pull them off, they will be worth watching I assure you!

Thanks Deaf Or Glory. It was really great to talk with you. Good luck and rock!

DOG Little

Deaf Or Glory

Rock, Alternative, Hard Rock

From: Blackpool, BPL, UK

Label: Unsigned
Social:  Instagram, SoundcloudFacebook

Band Members

  • Steve Fromage – Bass, vocals
  • Stewart Queso – Drums, vocals




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