You can also find a review of their album “Sanguine” here
Hi and thanks for taking the time to chat to us.
Tarin: Thanks for inviting us! The virtual mind of Roarrock is a nice place to be!
If I could ask about your musical influences, your sound is very diverse and fresh so who has influenced your music over the years and why?
Nick: We all listen to a really wide range of music, I started with bands like Iron Maiden when I was a kid but my dad listened to a lot of Rolling Stones and bands like that. I absorbed it all really……When Sanguine was formed there was no particular direction in terms of what we wanted to be. We just wanted to be Sanguine, whatever that was?!
Tarin: Yeah…actually we did try to be a prog-rock band on outset (!), but we just got heavier and abandoned any pre-conceptions about what we would be, instead we concentrated on what we sounded best doing and that developed the sound Sanguine is today
One thing that Sanguine are known for is DIY when it comes to recording etc and how did this come about and what have been the main reasons for you choosing this route.?
Tarin: DIY is just in our blood, it’s the difference between having a dream and making it happen! We never had any “backing” or “in-roads” to the industry so we picked up whatever we had to hand and ran with it…with a lot of blood, sweat and tears to finish it off!
Nick: In terms of the recording we wanted to record lots of songs in different styles and we knew it would take a lot work to get the vision right for Sanguine, so we brought our own computer and worked with engineers who were just starting out in the industry. The DIY process is what has given Sanguine it’s sound.
I have read that you have an intimidating stage presence is this something you have crafted or is it just how it all fell into place?
Nick: First off we didn’t realise how scary we were until reviewers kept passing comment! At our first ever show we just naturally kicked off, we could all feel the crowd was slightly reserved but wanted to go crazy, we were shitting ourselves anyway as it was our first show, so all that tense energy turned into a mental mosh pit and the whole place literally lit up.
We were possessed or something, I can remember standing up on the bar and kicking drinks everywhere – behind me Tarin, Tom and Matt were stomping and screaming their tits off…… word spread pretty fast and before long we were getting invited to play all sorts of weird nights.
When I listened to your tracks it was apparent that you are using cross genres in your music mixing and matching from say standard metal to Gothic how did this sound come about?
Tarin: We all have a very eclectic music tastes, but we all share a passion for rock, punk and metal. For parties we put on Rammstein, Rob Zombie and
Pendulum, but if we’re chilling out we all revert back to our childhoods. It’s grunge bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam, epic rock bands like Queen and metal bands like Metallica for me personally.
Throw into the mix, the love we all have for the more quirky bands like System of A Down, Faith No More and Mad Capsule Markets then you start to get our history. We love it all, we want to do it all…so we did.
Tarin you recently guested on Adrian Smiths project how was that for you?
Tarin: As one of my very good friends says…”It was A-MAZE-ZING!”. Epic in fact! Adrian is such a lovely guy, everything you want from one of your idols.
“Primal Rock Rebellion” is the project, it’s a mixture of styles from two metal legends Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden and Mikee W Goodman from Sikth.
Understandably I was nervous at the start meeting Adrian for the first time and I was straight into doing the backing vocals at Adrian’s house, but Adrian was so warm, we chatted randomly about world war 2 and swapped families stories about surviving the war! Strange…
Also you’ve worked with Jesper from In Flames how did those sessions work out?
Nick: That was definitely a good start to the year – we were in Sweden about 3 weeks ago with Jesper and an awesome producer/drummer/magician called Daniel Flores. We didn’t know what the hell to expect as we had never met either of them before and suddenly we were stood in Gothenberg with a few days studio time on our hands. We met up and drank a shed load of coffee, chatted about shit and just hung out, then Jesper showed me a riff he’d been working on.
Tarin and I thought it kicked ass so we took a recording away that night and started working on it in the hotel.
We paced up and down throwing ideas about and suddenly all the pieces fell into place – the next morning we went to In Flames studio and just started laying it all down. The chemistry between us all was amazing, felt like we’d known them forever – we produced some awesome songs in the end and have already started working on the 2nd album. We’re going back sometime this year to do some more…..none of us wanted to leave!
2012 seems to be the that you guys are making a big noise what do you have planned for the rest of the year, any festivals and tours?
Tarin: Loads, we literally trying to make sense of it all now. We’ve got big shows in the pipeline…I’m bursting to tell you…but I can’t.
So log on to www.sanguineband.com for updates.
Here’s one for all the muso’s around, what gear do you all use and why?
Tarin: Ha ha! We’re not muso’s, we’re lucky in the fact that we all have trustworthy instruments which have been with us for a long time…they are worn and well loved and that’s what makes them sound so good:
Tom (Bass) uses a K5 with Peavy Firebass and also a Warick for some songs
Matt uses a Pearl Export, Cobra pedals, bunch of cymbals and at least 2 sticks
Nick – Gibson les paul in ‘mouldy green’ blackish finish and smells like camel wee!
You formed in Exeter how is the metal scene in the south west?
Tarin: Cornwall is mental, you can turn up to the quietest pub in the middle of nowhere and have the gig of your life! Exeter is booming as we have close friends who are in bands to play with and it’s always a laugh…it’s more like a party when Sanguine plays in Exeter.
Must have been cool getting a comment from Slipknots Joey have you had any other celeb comments?
Nick: J S Claydon said I had a nice beard, which is pretty hiliarious because I used to have a picture of Pitchshifter on my wall as a kid. We didn’t know anyone at the start of all this – Skindred gave us our first big show – and Mikee from Sikth approached us first….
I knew who Sikth were and at first thought it was just some joker pretending to be Mikee so I just ignored it….about 3 weeks later he happened to be at a festival we were playing and so we met and I realised it actually was him!! – He’s been a real support to the band almost on an emotional level as well as a musical level – he speaks his heart and is inspiring to be around.
Finally a couple of light hearted one’s for you all:
Chili or Curry?
Tarin: Sweet chilli – yes. Hot curry – no!
Beer or Spirits?
Leather or Lace?
Film or book?
Chill out or rock out?
Nick: Rock out!
Sanguinethank you for taking time to chat to us at Roarrock and we’ll see you soon.