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North Bluesers The Mentulls talk to LBI

North Bluesers The Mentulls talk to LBI

MENTULLS 

 

 

The Mentulls, who are making a name for themselves on the UK blues scene released their first album ‘Time Flies’ in October 2012 and have become well known regulars at festivals up and down the country.  The group, who come from North Yorkshire, feature the twice British Blues Awards nominated Andrew Pipe on the guitar.  We talked to them about the band and preparations to be recording with Wayne Procter in the producer’s seat.

Andrew Pipe (guitar & vocals), Jamie Pipe (keyboards) and Nick Colman (drums)

 

1.)    Tell us how the band came together

 

Andrew:

My brother Jamie (keyboards) and I formed the band in about late 2006 as a duo under the name The Mentulls. We played around the North East of England for a few years until we decided we needed a drummer.

 

Jamie:

It was formed in 2006 with me and my brother Andrew. We performed as a duo, me on keyboards and Andrew on guitar and vocals and we played quite a lot of gigs together in this format. We then decided to make it into a ‘proper band’ so decided we would like a drummer to play with. At the time we were young kids at school so we auditioned for a drummer and tried loads of drummers but a lot of them weren’t right for the job and not good enough in some sense. We then met a drummer called Nick Colman who played in the school band in Christmas concerts in the school hall; he in my opinion was always the best drummer in the whole school. We used to watch him play in the school concerts and think he was really good and I saw him and wanted him for the band!  His mum worked in the medical room in school and I went to visit her to ask if Nick would like to join the band, so the three of us got together in a music room and the second we all started playing together it clicked. It was like we were all born to play together and is a real special moment in my memory.

 

Nick:

Jamie, Andrew and I met at school, we were all playing at a school concert, Jamie and Andrew as The Mentulls and me, playing in the school orchestra. When I first saw Jamie and Andrew playing together I was amazed at their talent. A few days later, Jamie got in touch with me and asked me to join The Mentulls as they were looking for a drummer and both he and Andrew were impressed with my playing at the concert. I said yes, and we haven’t looked back since.

 

2.)    How long have you been playing together as a band?

 

Andrew:

During the early part of 2009, we were looking for a drummer and saw Nick (drums)

play at a concert and he was very impressive, so after a number of rehearsals asked him to join. The whole band gets on well together and have similar tastes in music.

 

 

Jamie:

Since 2009 so along time for a young band like us.

 

Nick:

We first got together as a 3 piece in 2009.

 

 

3.)    What do you enjoy most about being a musician?

 

Andrew:

Obviously going out and performing live is the best part of been a musician, especially as in the last couple of years we have been playing all over the UK and in The Netherlands so we get to play to new venues and also to new fans. Talking to the fans at gigs is also fantastic. Writing and recording new music is very satisfying too.

 

Jamie:

Playing live is an amazing thrill! It’s great to see people enjoy and love what you’re doing

 

Nick:

The adrenaline rush I get when performing live. As soon as the nerves have gone, and the three of us are locked in together in the song, it’s a fantastic feeling and one that I will never get tired of.

 

4.)    As a young band you have some considerable achievements under your belt, what has been your biggest achievement to date?

 

Andrew:

There are many great things that we have achieved so this is a difficult question. Touring in The Netherlands with Wishbone Ash in 2013 was a highlight and we have shared the same stage with many great bands such as Walter Trout, Focus, Dr. Feelgood, King King, Aynsley Lister and Oli Brown to name a few. Also being nominated for a British Blues Award in 2012 and 2013 in the ‘Young Artist Category’ was great too.

 

Jamie:

Playing the gigs we do, being the support act for bands like Wishbone Ash, Focus, Walter Trout, Dr. Feelgood.

 

Nick:

Undoubtedly for me it was when we supported Wishbone Ash in Holland at the start of 2013. It was the first time we had played outside of the UK and seeing the different tastes of a foreign audience during our set was fascinating to me. And the three days we played were a lot of fun and three days that I will never forget for sure.

 

 

 

5.)    We hear that there is a new album in the pipeline, how does this differ from Time Flies?

 

Andrew:

Yes, we start recording the new studio album in April 2014 in the UK with Wayne Proctor (King King, Ian Parker, Oli Brown, Aynsley Lister) as producer. We believe our song writing has improved and with Wayne at the helm this will help us produce a great album. Musically it is very eclectic and covers many aspects of blues, some rockier ones and some melodic. All have passion and feeling which typifies blues music.

 

Jamie:

There is yeah and I am really excited about it, it’s good to keep new music flowing as its healthy and creative. We start recording soon and it sounds like it’s going to be quite a melodic rock blues album.

 

Nick:

The material for the next album is definitely more mature than the songs of ‘Time Flies’ and I think you will be able to hear different influences coming through including more progressive rock influences than before as well as the blues/rock that was on ‘Time flies. We are really excited to have Wayne Proctor on board as producer; I think his input will make a big positive impact on the sound of the next album. So far the album is shaping up to be something we can all be really proud of. But I guess you will have to buy it to find out if you like it or not.

 

6.)    Are you working full time as musicians?

 

Andrew:

I am semiprofessional at the moment and will finish my three days a week Music Technology Course in June when I hope to go full time then.

 

Jamie:

I am yeah pretty much you could say.

 

Nick:

I am currently at university studying Music Technology alongside being a musician.

 

7.)   Are you a musical family?

 

Andrew:

Yes, my parents are musical and also my grandparents were too. I was always encouraged to learn a musical instrument when I was a kid but never pushed. I started playing violin at 5 and moved to playing the guitar at 8 influenced by Martin Barre of Jethro Tull and got my first Electric Guitar at 10.

 

 

 

Jamie:

On my Mum’s side of the family, yeah my Mum is a classical piano player and so was my grandma, my granddad was a classical guitarist so its musical blood in the family.

 

 

Nick:

My Grandfather, my Mother and my Father all played in the same brass band, mum and dad both playing the trombone and granddad playing the Cornet. But there were no percussion players in the family, until me.

 

 

8.)    If you were able to play on any stage in the world, which one would it be and why?

 

Andrew:

Difficult question as there many great venues but I think the one that we would all like to play is The Royal Albert Hall in London where many brilliant musicians have played.

 

Jamie:

Fantastic question, probably the Royal Albert Hall or a city hall venue, but all enjoy playing small venues as well as big ones.

 

Nick:

For me it is the Royal Albert Hall in London. The history and the talent that has been on that stage, it would be a real honour to play there. Hopefully we will get to perform on that stage one day.

 

9.)   Quick fire questions just for fun

Gibson or Fender?

Andrew:

Gibson

 

 

BB King or Freddy King?

Jamie:

Freddy King

 

 

What song makes you laugh?

 

Andrew:

Nothing comes to mind.

 

Nick:

Most current chart music is fairly laughable.

 

 

If you could only listen to one album ever again, what would it be?

 

Andrew:

A really hard question as I love so many albums but I think it would have to be Wishbone Ash’s 1972 epic the ‘Argus’ album. The first time I heard this album I was blown away by the melody, emotion and musicianship on this record. There are many other albums I could say though.

 

Nick:

Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf.

 

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