BAND ON THE RISE ~ VULGARITHM

April 12, 2021

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THE BASICS

HOMETOWN

Market Deeping, East Midlands, UK

YEAR FORMED

2020

BAND MEMBERS

Andy "Dirt" McGurk - everything



YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

Constant need to create and reinvent myself, leading to a constant mish mash of styles.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

It was in fact just a brainstorm moment whilst driving my car to work. Not sure how it got there or what I was thinking about, but the name stuck with me and it perfectly describes the style of music that is being created.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

I've had many different reviews describe my music as a host of different things, but the safest description is my own and that is "Riff Rave". It takes the best groovy riffs from the early 2000s and puts it together with the best 90s dance tracks, blended with a modern crisp edge.


HOW DID THE STARS ALIGN TO BRING YOU ALL TOGETHER?

As it's just myself nothing was brought together, but what lead me down this route is combination of many things. I am still currently in another band called BlackHawkDown, which I enjoy, but being a creative person I always had other projects going on, including a previous project called hollowtechnic that had been going on from the age of 20. That began to grow stale and I needed a fresh start. It was around about this time I started going to Bluedot festival, my music of choice for writing has always been rock and metal but electronic music always drew me in, and watching the visuals and noise created by one or 2 people on stage had a huge influence on my next project. A couple of years later that grew in Vulgarithm.


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

RELEASE THE RIFF RAVE ROCK RIGHT NOW!

MUSIC

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

Right now it's promoting my new EP Share in the 3rd Degree, the final part of the sharing EP trilogy. After that it is prepping for live shows with my music and cover versions of club classics, once I can build an actual fan base rather than a virtual one, I can begin writing my debut full length album.


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START (IDEA IN YOUR HEAD) TO FINISH (RECORDING)?

I start with a riff, or a synth lead. If that hooks me in then I can build music and structure around that. I listen in the car and if it draws me in then I start singing over it. Once I feel I can create a good melody line then I get straight home and start writing lyrics.


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

My best song is always the most recent one "Out My Way!", as I am always so excited to play new stuff to myself or anyone else. "The Vulgar Rhythm" seems to be the most popular with people through plays and streams.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. [YOU CAN ELABORATE IF YOU’D LIKE!]

Time-consuming (if I hyphen it, it's only one word), just because if I rehearse, and when I can rehearse, I have a stage set up as well as playing the songs.


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION?

I have a music video for each of my songs off the new EP, mainly because these days everyone wants that visual aspect as well as the sound. They will be released one by one over the course of the next 2 months.


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

It's always the most recent purchase for me, and that was a microkorg. It played a part in the recording of the new EP and it will definItely see action live as well.

INFLUENCES

WHICH ARTIST OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

I started the piano first, but that was because my sister was learning and I didn't want to miss out. It was Oasis and seeing a bloke playing guitar with his teeth locally (not Hendrix) that made me want to learn the guitar. Since then many different bands and artists have influenced me over the years but none more so than Trent Reznor (NIN) and Maynard James Keenan (Tool, APC, Puscifer). These two have the art of layers and structure down to a tee and nearly all of it is utter perfection.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails. I had just broken my wrist so couldn't play the guitar, it was also Christmas time and probably my worst period during school years. My brother in law got me this album and it could not have arrived at a more important time, I started focusing on my keyboard, synths and programming which in turn helped with my song writing. It probably explains why Vulgarithm is what it is.


VOCALIST YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Maynard James Keenan is faultless, but big shout outs to Serj Tankian, the big 4 grunge singers of Seattle, Corey Taylor.


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Hate this question, because so many give me goosebumps. Last 2 minutes of "November Rain" is something else, we'll stick with that.


MOST BAD-ASS BASSIST?

Justin Chancellor is an awesome bassist, but is he bad-ass? That's another tough one.


DRUMMER WITH KILLER CHOPS?

Grooves are important, we'll go with Brad Wilk (Rage) and despite is weird political views John Dolmayan (SOAD)


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

The Beatles, hands down.

PERFORMING

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

2 pints and an energy drink, to calm me down and focus.


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

Mind has drawn a blank, and I've been gigging for over 10 years. Sorry.


IF POSSIBLE, DESCRIBE WHAT PERFORMING LIVE FEELS LIKE FOR YOU.

When it all goes well, it's the unity it brings amongst everyone. Being the provider of a good time, making a whole crowd of people forget their troubles for 30 minutes or up to an hour and a half, it's euphoric! I miss gigs.


IF YOU WERE SECOND ON A THREE-BAND BILL, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE SUPPORTING AND WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN FOR YOU? [GOOD CHANCE TO PLUG A NEWER BAND YOU REALLY LIKE]

Let's have Nine Inch Nails opening, and before me......I'm quite a new band so I might have to go first. Really enjoying Alien Weaponry as a new upcoming band so they'll go in there too.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

Enjoyment from dancing or headbanging (your choice), maybe a new way of thinking or just having a laugh. I also want them thinking, "I've never seen or heard anything like that before!"

GOALS

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Making a living on people enjoying my music. If this becomes a full time job then life is complete really. I teach the guitar and music for a living so It's not like I'm not enjoying my work, but to concentrate on my own creation till I die would be wonderful.


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

PLAY LIVE!!! Very, very, very important. Vulgarithm was born during the pandemic so has not had the opportunity to perform live yet. Desperately need it!


UPCOMING SHOWS, EVENTS, FESTIVALS YOU’RE PLAYING?

Not yet, but keep up with my social media pages to find out.

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PERSONAL

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Rage Against the Machine at Finsbury Park 2010. Mind blowing experience and it was free!


BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.

Lots of small bits of information have been given to me, whether it is EQ on an amp, watching someone double track in a recording studio. Anything you see new that improves something, apply it with everything you do.


WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

My guitar, it is my outlet to letting emotions free. That sounds really cliched and cheesy but it's worked for me during my 25 years of playing.


WHICH OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS:

IS ALWAYS LATE? Me

EATS THE HEALTHIEST? Me

 IS THE PRANKSTER? Me

 IS THE TASK MASTER TO GET THINGS DONE? NOT ME! HAHAHA!

HAS A USELESS TALENT? Me!


WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

Spend time with the wife and dogs, watching football and hanging out with mates. Otherwise all I do is just music related hobbies.


IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR “GO-TO” PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS WE’D SEE?

Mostly any alt bands, rock bands or metal bands active between the years '93 and '99, best years for music and everyone else is wrong.


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD?

Vulgarithm lol.


VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTES, CD’s, OR DOWNLOADS?

CDs, it was the best of all worlds.


WHAT SONG IS AMAZING, YET NOT VERY POPULAR?

"Run" by BlackHawkDown, shameful plug of other band I know but it's the last track of the album and no one listens to it.


AN ALBUM YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO.

Lateralus by Tool, 20 years and counting.


WHAT SONG ARE YOU CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?

"Out my way!" by myself, I've been plugging it a lot but I still really enjoy it. Sign of a good song that.


WHAT SONG HELPED YOU WHEN YOU WERE HEARTBROKEN?

"Something I can never have" by NIN if I want to wallow in pity, but to relieve myself from anger it has to be the first 4 tracks from "Primitive" album by Soulfly. Anger Therapy right there.


WHAT ALBUM OR ARTIST DID YOUR PARENTS INTRODUCE YOU TO THAT YOU LOVE?

2 things stand out, a compilation tape of Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler, and also a live video of Talking Heads on a grainy VHS tape.


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

Pushing the boundaries of song structure and sound, which sadly you don't see in mainstream music anymore despite there being many amazing bands and artists out there. Streaming and ease of production have certainly made the public fat on processed garbage that is modern music. You will struggle to find an artist who has made an impact in the last 10 years than any other decade. I could go on but it'll become a rant, I'm sorry, I'll shut up now.

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