Sound City Profile: The AgletsMonday 18 May 2015
As Liverpool Hope is named an official partner of Sound City 2015, we take a look at some of the acts selected to perform from among our own students. First, blues rock band The Aglets.
The Aglets are made up of second year music students Connor Banks-Devlin, Paul Davies, Bradley Baines and Tanith-Louise Tomkinson. They met on their music BA course at Liverpool Hope and became a band in March, after previously gigging separately or with other bands around Liverpool.
Guitarist Connor Banks-Devlin says: “Our music style is very close to blues rock but we are also very heavily influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, Free, and Black Country Communion. I try and fit those influences into my own writing, and as a band we are developing our own style. We even have a funk track too.”
Connor says he picked the name after coming across a website of useless facts - one of them being the name of the bits of plastic at the end of a lace. Connor thought it would be a good name for a band and saved it – and then he met the Bradley, Tanith and Paul.
Drummer Bradley Baines said: “Sound City is a great place for our debut gig as a band, and we hope that will be a good stepping stone to help us get our music heard. It will also give us the confidence and inspiration to keep going and not give up.”
Bass player Paul Davies said: “We all decided on Liverpool Hope for different reasons. Whilst Connor chose the university to develop his songwriting and performance, Bradley and Tanith chose it for its reputation in teaching orchestration, and I have had my heart set on Liverpool Hope ever since I visited it back in primary school.”
Vocalist Tanith-Louise Tomkinson said: “As well as the other influences, I take a little from the vocal style of the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stoneage's Josh Homme. But I like to think there's a little Aretha in there too, in the big belty parts of our songs. Studying at Liverpool Hope has given us lots of opportunities we wouldn't have otherwise had. All the tutors work in different fields, giving us variety in what we learn. We like to think that this variety is reflected in our work."
The Aglets will perform on the Conference Stage at the Titanic Hotel at 11am on Thursday 21st May.
Singer/Songwriter Susie Cox and Fine Art student Tony Dixon have also been chosen to perform their music at the Festival.
Susie will play at the Plaza (live acoustic session on the water) on Thursday 21st May, 12.45pm-1.10pm.