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The Room

The Room are a Melodic Rock Band from London and the SE of the UK and we are glad to have with us Andy Rowe one of the founding member of the band.

  1. Hi Andy, first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of The Room yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know?

You are very welcome and thank you for the opportunity to tell more people about our band.  I guess the easy way to describe us is a 6 piece Rock Band from the UK. But that really doesn’t tell you much, so, I would say that we are a Progressive Melodic Rock Band. We write smart songs with catchy melodies and huge choruses.

  1. I would like to start by discussing the background of The Room. what inspired the creation of the band? Also, what is the meaning behind The Room name?

Martin Wilson our singer and I started the band in 2010. We wanted to create a sound that was more main stream and write songs that were more accessible than his Prog Rock background in GLD (Grey Lady Down).  Steve Anderson (also ex GLD) our guitarist joined soon after and formed the basis of the band that has been together 9 years.

Deciding on a name for a band is so difficult. Everyone has differing ideas. We spent weeks swapping ideas and getting grumpy that nothing sat well. In the end Martin said let’s just call it The Room after the name of the studios (The Rooms) we had been writing and rehearsing in.

  1. What are your thoughts on the first two The Room albums, “Open Fire” and “Beyond the Gates of Bedlam”? Which of the two is your favorite and why?

The first two albums really started our journey trying to refine our sound and the style of songwriting. Bedlam was a step forwards from Open Fire of course because we had taken time to listen to fans, learn from reviews and develop together as a band. There are great tracks on both albums but overall, the recording and production along with the songwriting and performance rose to a higher level with the Bedlam album.

  1. The Room recently released its third album, “Caught by the Machine”. Why don’t you go ahead and tell us a bit more about the album, specifically the writing and recording process.

We started writing the new album in late 2016, about a year after the release of Bedlam. The way we write hasn’t changed over the years and so the same model was adopted for the new record.  Someone may bring an idea into a rehearsal or writing session that we explore and develop or it may be just a bass and drums riff that gets built on. We record everything we do and then come back to the best ideas and work on them more. Martin has this extraordinary ability to instantly create vocal melodies and lyrics so sometimes these germs of an idea turn into basic songs very quickly.

Caught By The Machine has 10 great songs all with really interesting themes that a load of artists don’t write about. Quite often (well mostly) these are quite dark themes but all tell a story. We don’t write about devils demons or orbs but about real life. The album as a whole is about how we get trapped by everyday life.

  1. What are your feelings about “Caught by the Machine”? Are you happy with the way the album turned out? And how has the response been so far?

It would say we are very proud of what we have delivered with the new album. We introduced a second guitarist, Eric Bouillette and a new Keys player Mark Dixon, just before we started recording and they really helped bring the new material to life. Working with legendary producer John Mitchell (Asia, Inglorious, Frost, It Bites etc) for the first time was a revelation. His recording and production techniques really brought out the best in us as musicians but also really raised the bar with the songs.

The media, press, radio and fans have given us a massive thumbs up for the new album. You cant not be excited when you hear people talking about their “album of the year”. We are so excited by the reaction to it.

  1. What are some of your favorite songs off “Caught by the Machine”?

We have 10 fantastic songs on the album, but I think one of my favourites is a song called “Clover”. It was a song that we really struggled with when we were writing it. However it has turned into an absolute cracker. It’s got a kind of 80s vibe to it and has happy lyrics which is novel. It also features the interplay of our two lead guitars which works brilliantly. As a song that nearly didn’t make the cut it turned out to be an absolute killer!

  1. Musical or otherwise, who or what influence or have influenced the band? And how has it impacted on the band’s sound?

We all come from very different musical backgrounds. Martin from Neo Prog, Steve from weird Jazz fusion prog thing and I from very mainstream hard bluesy rock. If you distill those you get our sound.  As I have said before we write smart songs with great tunes. I guess you could liken us to Marillion, SAGA or someone even suggested Cutting Crew the other day. We are who we are and love what we do.

  1. What shows do you planned? And will we be seeing you in Europe?

We have a few festivals over the summer in the UK and then we are in the middle of working with a new booking agent on a winter tour.  We have only played one show in Europe so far which was wild and our agent has a plan to hook up some European shows and Festivals in the New Year. I guess we will go where people want us to go…. As long as we can afford it!

  1. What does the future hold for The Room and where would you like to see the band going in the coming years?

If this album continue to do as well as it is then our future is looking really good. We have not yet written with our two newest members so that is going to be really exciting. Like all bands we want to be playing our music to bigger crowds in bigger venues and the great thing is, that is starting to happen!

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