They first appeared on my Instagram feed; I didn’t know who Cigarette Hearts were, much less that they were a local band. Here I chatted to them about the band, and what they plan to do in the run up to the release of their EP that is currently being recorded at the moment.
For people reading this, could you introduce yourself, alongside the role you play in the band?
Freya: Hi, I’m Freya, I’m the singer of the band and I’m usually asleep or in a sleeping bag.
Peter: Hi, I’m Peter, I’m the guitarist of the band and I am allergic to everything.
Tom: Hi, I’m Tom, I’m the drummer and my main thing is that I work with cows.
Cam: Hi, I’m Cameron, I’m the bassist and I’m-
How did you come together as a group?
Peter: Me , Tom and Cameron were putting together in a college band and realised that we worked well together.
Tom: Yeah, like we all had very similar style of music and we all clicked very quickly.
Cam: I asked Peter if he wanted to come and jam for a bit and he said that we should bring Tom along to drum. Once we jammed we decided to make it a proper band and I suggested Freya to sing as I knew she could do the style of the song that we wanted to play.
Freya: yeah, I had grown up listening to this kind of music so I was super excited to be asked to join.
What artists influence your sound?
Cam: My influences are very varied with them ranging from bands like The Fall, Prodigy, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo fighters, Nirvana, Pixies, Slipknot, and Paco de lucia. However, with my playing I am very heavily influenced by the bass playing of Kim Deal of The Pixies and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters and my writing be very much of the style of Grunge with the quiet loud techniques and the catch choruses of modern pop.
Tom: Mainly different styles of rock, metal, and jazz.
Cam: As you will learn, Tom is a man of very few words.
Freya: My main vocal influences are Taylor momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, and Dorothy Martin of Dorothy So Very Rocky, ‘bad-ass’ female singer style.
Peter: See , for me it’s more of a classic rock sound with people like Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Guthrie Govan, Paul Gilbert, Ty Segall, and Dimebag.
What was the first record your bought?
Peter: The first album I ever bought was Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf.
Cam: Mine was One By One by Foo Fighters with the incredible end track ‘Come Back’ the beautiful ‘Disenchanted Lullaby’ and the always incredible ‘All my Life’.
Freya: I don’t remember mine, it was probably Mcfly or Avril Lavigne.
Cam: How can you not remember your first album?
Tom: I’m with Freya, I think mine was a Foo Fighters album but I’m not sure.
Peter: I can’t believe you guys don’t remember your first albums!
What has been the most memorable gig you’ve played?
Peter: My most memorable gig was playing the Concorde 2 in Brighton as a Northbrook show.
Tom: See, my first memorable gig isn’t as impressive as mine is playing the last show at Central Sussex College where we played a few of my favorite songs.
Freya: Mine was the same as Peter’s. Mine was a BIMM show at Concrode 2. It was nice little showcase of the college which I played with my friend Bethany India Blue.
Cam: My most memorable show was when I played O2 Islington 2 with one of my other bands for the second time. It was better than the first time I played it due to me being more comfortable on stage.
How did you come to record your first EP?
Peter: Well currently we are just experimenting with all the songs we have got.
Freya: Yeah, we have all the songs written but we just need to test how the songs react with a crowd and what we may need to change.
Any future projects?
Tom: Recording mainly.
Cam: Yeah , like we will continue to write and widen our repertoire we will just have to see where the path takes us.
What do you think about being in the studio vs playing live?
Peter: Me and Cameron both enjoy the recording process.
Freya: Really? I prefer the adrenaline rush you get from live performance and the feedback you can get from the audience is insane.
Tom: I agree, there is no feeling compared to playing on a stage to an audience.
Any tips for other aspiring bands?
Cam: Make sure the music you make is the music you like. Also , if you want to get famous , like us on facebook at Cigarette Hearts, on instagram at @cheartsband, and twitter at @cheartsband.
Tom: Just do what you love with good people and nothing will get in the way.
Peter: Make sure you learn your instrument and your equipment, it also helps to learn about everyone else’s in case you need to help set up. Also don’t hang around if there is time after you have set up, give a helping hand, it makes you more of an asset to work with in the future.
Freya: Always be writing and always take opportunities and always make contacts, you never know when they will come in handy or in need of use.