Climates is a exciting new melodic hardcore entity out of the UK ready to leave a lasting impression on the world at large. Their debut album Bodyclocks has just been released via Artery Recordings, and judging by the powerhouse collections of songs contained within, it’s only a matter of time before they explode into the big leagues! Here is a recent interview we conducted with guitarist Sam Bowden to find out more about this band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Climates, and how long the band has been together.
Hey, I’m Sam and I play guitar in Climates. We have been a band for the past 2 and a half years.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are currently based in Lincoln, UK, however the members are pretty spread out. Its mainly just me and Matt (Drums) that are Lincoln based. The music scene has always been pretty poor on a whole. There really aren’t a whole lot of things going on and most bands don’t get over this way. The closest place to a music scene is probably Nottingham. I mean Fil from Neck Deep is from Lincoln, so if that counts for anything.
How did you wind up signing to Artery?
We were originally under management by The Artery Foundation and thats where the relationship with Mike (Artery Recordings) initially started.
Is there any story or concept behind the album title Bodyclocks?
It has this whole idea of time and a personal body clock. Motivation to get up and do the things you want to do. Time keeps ticking on your body clock so get up and do those things while you can.
Who did the artwork on Bodyclocks and how much input did you have on it?
We had Paul Jackson do the artwork, which he did a killer job. We wanted him to do his thing as we all love his work but we did give a few images and ideas but ultimately he went wild with it and that’s what we got!
What could one expect from a live Climates show?
26 minutes of spins and jumps. Our shows so far have all been real intimate ones which have been great! They’re pretty close with all the fans and the energy is always high.
Have you ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
Not yet, we almost did, we just didn’t get our visas sorted in time. Playing the States if all of our dreams from being kids and still is, it would be a major personal milestone for all of us to get the opportunity tour that part of the world.
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Climates show?
We’ve definitely had our share of strange/weird shows. I think anytime you play Eastern Europe you know something weird is going to happen. One time we drove through the night, pulled up to a car park in Czech Republic to sleep and in the middle of the night some dude tried to break into the van. No idea of his intentions as there were 8 of us and 1 of him but it was pretty scary at the time.
If Climates could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Each of us has probably got a different answer so I will try and answer for the other guys and get it right. Mine would probably be Papa Roach or Katy Perry. Papa Roach cause they’re just full of riffs and it would be sick, and Katy Perry because it would be wrong if my itunes top played artist wasn’t mentioned. I know for a fact Chris’s would be HIM or Terror, but probably HIM, he has some weird obsession. Matt’s would be Slipknot for sure. Max’s would probably be Fightstar and for Wes, I’d say Pantera.
Climates is invited to play one song for the Queen at a Royal Command Performance. What song would you do for the Queen and her guests and why?
Well the Queen would probably have a shit day whatever we do, I can’t see her and the guests stage diving or being fond of a circle pit. I think the one that would suit most would be ‘In the heart of man’ as it only has singing but fuck that, if we’re gonna play in front of the Queen then we’re gonna give her the roughest day. ‘Serpents’ – it starts with a riff so she can deal with that.
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Bodyclocks for the first time?
I think the diversity in the songs and the amount of musicianship. We are all into a whole bunch of music and they really influence our lives. We don’t ever want to just release something that song to song just sound the same.
What’s up next for Climates?
Touring. We just released an album so 2015 is about getting it out there and making new fans!
Any final words of wisdom?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Michael Scott
(Editor Note: A few days after the interview was conducted, it was announced that their vocalist Wes Thompson was out of the band, Climates continues to persevere and are about to hit the road with Vanna on a European Tour!)
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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