These Four Walls Newsletter Interview
05 Oct 2008 // An interview by Shade
Thanks to Gray and Brad for answering these questions:
What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?
Probably the 'Walk Away' video release party. We put a lot of effort into making sure everything went smoothly. We held it at a venue that didn’t usually have bands, so we took our own stage, sound system, projectors, screens – The lot – and we packed 500 people into this place and had one hell of a show.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
Kings Arms in Auckland has always been good to us – It’s one of the only bars in Auckland actually set up to have bands play – takes a lot of pressure off us to get everything setup and ready on time.
What can we expect to see from These Four Walls over the next year?
More than anyone has seen from us before. Next step is a tour, then we’re jumping into the studio to get our debut album done then most likely back on the road. We’re a live band – always have been and always will be – if everything goes to plan, 2009 will see us in every venue in every city we can get our filthy selves into.
What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
One of the great tragedies of NZ music is the large number of bands that put out one album and then break up before they even make a second. Bands like Weta, Eight and Stardrunk started out with a lot of promise, and may have gotten much better given the chance. I don’t think these bands all split up for personal reasons, I know how hard it is to survive in an industry as small as ours – If we want to get the best out of artists we have to support them by purchasing albums and actually going to see live shows. Don’t just say you like NZ music, take that $30 you’re going to spend on a NZ music month T-Shirt and spend it on some NZ music instead.
If you could, what rumour would you start about These Four Walls?
I tried to start a rumor that our singer, Steve, is the illegitimate love-child of Billy Ray Cyrus, so that we’d get played on The Edge FM. So far it hasn’t worked.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Be patient. Play as many gigs with as many different bands as you can. Take some time to really work on your songs and make sure you’re happy with them before you put them out. And son’t expect anything to happen overnight. If it does, it probably won’t last long.
About These Four Walls
These Four Walls have achieved a lot in the last two and a half years. Since releasing their debut album Down Falls An Empire in September 2009, they have had two songs reach the Top 10 on the Rock Charts (Sweet December, Lay it Out), the album itself reached #22 on the Album charts, and also set a record for pre-orders on www.amplifier.co.nz, beating the previous record set by Fat Freddy’s Drop.
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The band has supported international acts such as Disturbed, Nickelback, Karnivool and The Butterfly Effect; they’ve toured Australia and undertaken multiple headlining tours of New Zealand, consistently growing their fanbase.
And most impressively, they’ve done all of this as an unsigned, independent act. Their successes to date have been the result of hard work, a dedication to crafting great rock songs, and an impressive live show that incorporates their powerful, heavy riffing with soaring melodies and a tight, energetic performance.