We recently caught up with Portsmouth based band, The Bayonettes and we discussed local festivals, The Beatles and their latest single ‘Generation’. We featured the band as one of our must-see acts at Wickham Festival just over a month ago.
Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce your band.
The Bayonettes are John Whittle (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Jamie Foster (Lead Guitar), Lew Barker (Bass) and Dan Harding (Drums). We are an alternative indie rock and roll band based in Portsmouth. Since 2013 we have toured extensively playing at venues and festivals across the UK, also releasing two EPs and gaining airtime both at home and abroad.
Your latest single ‘Generation’ was out at the end of last month. How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to you before?
Energy filled, guitar driven indie rock and roll, a heavyweight modern sound with a hint of 90s Britpop for good measure. Our new single ‘Generation’ also has a bit of a psych feel to it, a nice catchy riff and a real feel good factor.
Seeing as you’re very local to us, Portsmouth has some fantastic venues, especially along Albert Road. If you had to only pick one which would it be and why?
There are plenty of great venues in Pompey and like you say especially along Albert Road, having played at the majority of them I wouldn’t want to pick one specifically as they are all great in their own way and they all need our support. The best thing people can do is get down to these places and experience them because they have a lot to offer!!
If you could tour alongside one famous band/musician, who would it be and why?
As you haven’t said if they need to be alive or still together then I am going to have to say The Beatles. They are the band I was brought up on and the reason I picked up a guitar and wanted to write songs. In my opinion they had everything, songwriting, musicianship, character and style. If it wasn’t for them music and popular culture wouldn’t be what it is today.
Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming tour dates and what have you got planned for the remainder of 2016?
At the moment we are finishing off our slots at summer festivals, we have recently played at Wickham Festival and Weyfest amongst others and we are also playing at Southsea Fest in October. In addition to live shows we are currently writing a new EP and are due to head into the studio in the autumn. You can find out more at our website by clicking here.