Thursday, 13 October 2016

Interview: Altered Sky

Altered Sky are a band that are quickly making quite the name for themselves. Whether it's the impressive names they have shared stages with, or the huge publications that seem to be behind them; the pop-punkers seem to be in pretty much everyone's good books. So we sat down with drummer/vocalist Amy Blair to get the inside track on the band.


First off, any musical influences? Bands/artists that motivated you to become musicians?

We're all influenced by different genres and bands and it's what makes us...us! Bands like Yellowcard, Dream Theater, Rush, YouMeAtSix, Chunk! No Captain Chunk and Akira Yamaoka

You come across as a band with a strong work ethic and DIY attitude installed into yourselves, does that make your successes even sweeter?

We've always prided ourselves in how we put everything we have into everything we do and we work super hard and put lots of thought into every aspect of us as a band. So when it pays off, or when we gain new fans and more people start coming along to gigs, it all feels like it's worth it and it makes us want to try doubly hard the next time.

You've shared stages with huge pop punk bands such as The Wonder Years, State Champs, Neck Deep etc, was that a learning curve that you think will be pivotal for your band?

Thinking back to the times that we shared stages with those guys...it's so insane! We've learned something from every band that we've played with, especially guys like that who do what they do so well, it helps us become more creative with our live show and stage moves and other performance aspects like that!

You come across as a band with a strong work ethic and DIY attitude installed into yourselves, does that make your successes even sweeter?

We've always prided ourselves in how we put everything we have into everything we do and we work super hard and put lots of thought into every aspect of us as a band. So when it pays off, or when we gain new fans and more people start coming along to gigs, it all feels like it's worth it and it makes us want to try doubly hard the next time.

Your debut album 'Without Wonderland' has done phenomenally well, getting traction from Kerrang!/Scuzz etc, have you felt the band size starting to really grow in terms of live performances too?

Definitely! Every time one of our songs or videos is taken in by guys like Kerrang! and Scuzz it gives us an extra boost of confidence that we never had before and it pushes us in different ways for us as band. The interest we get from them helps us get onto tours with other bands but it also makes us want to work on ourselves, our live performance and just to constantly keep bettering ourselves from all angles.

Some say that pop punk is a very saturated genre, do you ever consider that as a threat to your bands future at all?

There are a lot of pop punk bands our there right now and there is certainly a lot of talent that we are up against. Of course it makes it really difficult but we believe in the band and in ourselves and we hope that our edginess will help us stand out enough to help our future.

And finally, we have a podcast here at Noizze, called SoundCheck. Every few weeks an album gets inducted into the 'SoundCheck hall of fame' if you had to pick one album you could put in there, what would it be?

That's a tough one! I'd have to say Rumours by Fleetwood Mac!

Words: Kristian Pugh

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