An Interview With the Alt-Rck Female-Fronted Band, WE’RE NO GENTLEMEN!
Posted On 14 Feb 2018
Get to know the alternative rock band We’re No Gentlemen! Their newest music video for the single “Night” was released at the end of last year. They’re a solid female-fronted LA alt rock band.
“Night” developed into a deep visual, directly based off of the song’s lyrics. Although still intermixed with performance scenes, the video allows a look into each band member’s personal experiences with both negative thinking and loss. About “Night”, the band states:
“Night” is a song about wanting to let go of hurt. It’s a build up of all of the experiences that have now become you. It’s about wanting to let go of negative and suicidal thoughts. Most of the band has been affected by loved ones taking their own life so this song is very dear to our hearts.
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Learn more about We’re No Gentlemen in the following All Access interview:
Happy New Year! Thanks for your time for this All Access interview! Where does this interview you today? What is one song that you are loving right now? What is a song that you all disagree about loving right now?
We’re currently loving the new Escape the Fate album which isn’t fully released yet. We hope it’s released soon because we have the 4 songs on repeat! We have most of our disagreements regarding Nickelback. Vince loves that band and thinks that people should stop hating on them.
So first things first, what all are you most excited about for this year? Did any of you make New Year Resolutions? Care to share any of them with us?
We are excited about our continued positive response for our newest music video for “Night.” We are also excited about our upcoming EP that will be released this year. Our New Year Resolutions are to release our E.P., get signed, meet a bunch of new fans, and try not to eat too much.
Can you recall the moment when you all thought you could be in a band together? Was it hard to come up with a name that you all thought fit your sound and who you are?
Our band was solidified a little over a year ago. So the moment we thought we could be in a band together would have to be when we wrapped up auditions to complete our current lineup. The last person we auditioned was Schiz, so he’s kind of the new guy. Our drummer Vince was part of the process to come up with the name with former members. Someone suggested We’re No Gentlemen and it just stuck. It fits our band because we are a loud rock band. We can also be jerks…just kidding.
Was it a conscious effort to make this band be all-female or did that just happen naturally? Have some of you been part of other bands that include men? How do you think it is different not having any men in this group?
Well the band consists of men except for our singer Amanda, who is female, except she has bigger balls than everyone else in the group.
Let’s talk about your newest single and video, “Night.” What was the inspiration for this song?
Almost all the members in the band have been affected by suicide in one way or another. It’s a song about wanting to let go of the sadness that has overcome you. We were very involved in the making of the video. We sat down with our director Henry Arres to brainstormed ideas for the video. We discussed the vibe we wanted and reached out to Emmy award winning friend Jason Howard to help us decorate the set. Originally the storyline was supposed to be a simplistic performance. However, we wanted to illustrate the different struggles we face. Intertwined in between the performance shots shows each member facing a struggle. Vince has a loved one pass away, Amanda is in an abusive relationship, Rikki gets fired from his office job, Schiz is going through a hard breakup and Daniele struggles with alcoholism. “I turn to the Night to be free” suggests we turn to music to be free from life’s troubles.
When do you hope to put out more music and a full-length album of new songs? Are you currently working on new material now?
We just finished a new EP last November. We are hoping to release it within the next few months. We do not have plans to do a full-length, that mostly has to do with how the industry has changed. We have already started writing our next EP, which we hope to record sometime in 2018.
Do you have any 2018 tour dates lined up? Where can fans see this band perform next?
We are currently planning a tour that should be announced within the next few months. We do have a few shows booked in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. Our next show is on February 8th at the Redwood Bar in Downtown LA. The rest of the dates can be found on our website.
Who would you love to work with in the future? Who are some of your favorite artists right now? What do you think would be a dream collaboration for this group?
We would want to work with Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach because he’s been an inspiration to our sound. Our favorite artists right now are PVRIS, Escape the Fate, and Assuming We Survive. Our dream collaboration would be having M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold sing background vocals in one of our songs.
Where do you think you are all happiest- on stage performing, in the studio recording music or elsewhere?
Definitely in the bedroom. But aside from that, we are the happiest on stage during a performance. Performing is our passion and we feed off the energy and response from the crowd. Performing new music live is the most rewarding experience. It makes the hours of hard work spent in the studio and at rehearsals pay off.
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being in this band gives you the most joy in life today? Do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these difficult times?
To us, music is what makes life worth living. It physically and mentally makes people feel good. Creating art is how we express ourselves to the world, so from an artist’s perspective, it is a necessary aspect of our lives. Music is definitely reflecting the times today, but in a different way. Times are so tough politically and financially that people are looking to music as an escape. We don’t hear a lot of dark music with super deep lyrics in the charts right now. A lot of people want to hear something that’s simple and fun because the real world is so hard to deal with. It’s not something that we agree with though. People should see music as a tool to change society and it can be a great way to not only be inspired to make things better, but to inspire others as well. Take note pop writers!
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs? What do you hope they take away from one of your shows?
When people listen to our music we want them to feel like they’re not alone. Music is art and open for interpretation. What a song means to us may not mean the same thing to our fans and that’s beautiful. Music connects us all. During live performances, we try to let all of our worries melt away and we hope fans can do the same. We want our fans to leave all their troubles at the door and just lose themselves in the performance. We hope to inspire others and encourage them to go for their dreams.