1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
We are The Strays, from Gloucestershire.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
A very vague genre description would be Garage Rock’n Roll. We started playing rock’n roll/blues/country covers and began to develop and write our own material in a vintage style, but adding our own contemporary musical tastes, producing something loud, fast and energetic. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and believe music should be fun! Each of our songs has a story, and our new EP “Brand New Day” does have an underlying story arc.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
We started playing as a trio approximately two years ago, really just going out and trying to earn money playing covers, but didn’t want to play the usual pop/rock that everyone did, so focused on older classic tunes, rock’n roll and blues. People seemed to love our vibe so we started writing our own music and people seemed to react really well to our songs as we stuck them in our sets. We performed for almost two years without bass, just vocal, guitar and stand up cocktail drums, so we had a kind of White Stripes sound I guess. But we eventually decided that for our original material to develop we needed to get bass, so we are just re-emerging with our new sound!
Between us we have very eclectic tastes, from Guns’n Roses to Imelda May, to Skunk Anansie, to Nirvana, so a lot of these seep into our sound, which keeps it interesting!
4. Stage or studio?
Stage all the way! Recording is necessary but I don’t think it ever truly captures the magic of a band playing live. This is certainly true of The Strays! Our live performance is very high energy, so difficult to really “get us” just through our recordings, although our new EP is as close as we could get in a controlled environment!
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Our guitarist Sam plays a beautiful flame coloured Gretsch, which is obviously great for the vintage sound, especially through his Fender Blues Deluxe amp! Kris has a Marcus Miller bass (no we don’t have an upright bass!), and Gaz plays a lovely small Natal jazz kit, which he adapts to play standing up or sitting down depending on space!
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
Ha, this is not a musical piece of kit, but lighting! Sam is obsessed with lights and no matter where we are he has to find room for his American DJ Stinger!! It creates the party mood!