Friday 17th September saw Worcester’s newest band Dye Thunder hit the Paraddidles stage as headline act for their first EVER gig. With Diesel Snakes and Shotgun Marmalade already bringing the atmosphere to near boiling point, this young, new band had seasoned footsteps to follow in.
Only officially formed as the line up that hit Paradiddles, back in July this year, the boys of Dye Thunder would be forgiven for succumbing to nerves on stage in front of a sell out audience, but, to the contrary, as the opening strains of their first original track started to play, the excitement and anticipation surrounding the new kids on the block pulsed with energy. If ever the saying “blow the roof off” needed a visual explanation, these guys gave us exactly that.
Performing a mix of high energy originals and intense covers including Nirvana, Muse and Royal Blood, the gig room literally blew up, with a mosh pit singing and pulsating with the insane riffs and beats pounding off the stage. Vocalist Matty was the epitome of a punk rock front man, interacting with the crowd, baiting them to join in and feel the electrifying energy the band was emitting. The vibe was intoxicating, it was impossible to stand still as the catchy hooks, specifically in their original tracks such as “Death of a Party” dragged you into their world. The crowd begged for more, not wanting the adrenalin rush to end.
After such a knock out debut gig, it’s easy to see how these guys have landed their second gig on Wednesday 13th October, as support for The Slaughterhouse Band, alongside Wood Burnt Red for an Uncover night at Drummonds.
Ahead of that, I thought I’d find out more about the band and find out what makes them tick.
So, In an exclusive interview for Worcester UK Local and Live, THIS is Dye Thunder.
Who are your musical influences?
Max:- I think probably the biggest influence on me within metal has to be Metallica and other 80s thrash, they got me into playing, as well as Soundgarden and Pantera, to name a few. But more recently, Toska, an instrumental progressive band have impacted me massively.
Your first gig at Paradiddles was a sell out. What was the feeling like on stage for you guys seeing a heaving mosh pit infront of you?
Max:- Seeing people enjoy this music that a few random guys in a room thought sounded cool, is dope as hell, especially as they’ve not heard it before. Knowing that there is still a group of people that get provoked to react in such a physical and genuine way by music just serves as a reason to keep doing it.
Charlie:- Get a definite buzz from seeing people enjoying our stage time, can’t be matched.
Matty:- I absolutely loved every second of watching people having a good time and feeling the music on the same level as we did. Easily one of the greatest feelings is knowing that you are not alone and in a room like that it feels like you are with your best friends you’ve never met.
Kieran:- The feeling of being on that stage with everyone listening to what we created was intense, originally I felt the pressure of the gig being our debut as a band, although some of us had performed in front of people before, it was the first time for me, but by the end, the crowd were shouting our lyrics back at us and moshing, I felt so relieved that they loved us. The feeling was like no other, it felt like every ounce of oxytocin in my body was released the moment we started playing.
For me, your own original tracks went down as well as, if not better than the covers you did. Do you get more of a buzz performing covers that the crowd can sing along to, or your originals and seeing the reaction?
Charlie:- It’s always amazing hearing the crowd singing along to covers we are playing by bands we hugely respect, but the reaction to our originals is even better. Knowing the work we put into them, couldn’t have gone better.
Matty:-I much prefer playing originals because it gives you complete freedom to express yourself however you wish using everything that comes from you and only you, that’s a very special feeling in life and is one I love a lot. Playing it safe is the last thing I wanna do and when you start out you’ve gotta risk it for a choccy biscuit really, which with covers is hard to do
If you had the chance to perform with any band or artist, past or present, who would it be and why?
Matty:- If I could perform with any artists by myself it would have to be Guns n Roses because the authenticity level of their rock n roll performance and then making it as fucking huge as they can is definitely something I would love to be a part of.
Do you have a favourite track to perform, and why?
Max:- I really look forward to playing Drain you. Its a cover, but it’s just really straightforward, so I can kinda let loose on that one. It breaks the ice, kinda. Of the originals probably Bliss. Just a fast thrashy metal song, takes me back to playing Metallica all day in my room.
The futures looking very bright indeed for these guys, and the next gig promises to be BIGGER and even better. Literally, watch this space and prepare yourselves, not just for the rumble of thunder, but for the imminent explosion!
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