A rocked up indie group with a lot of style and grit, The Estrons are looking forward to the double release of their debut EP ‘Whoever She Was…’ on December 11th, with the ‘Make a Man’ single out one week prior – both through Gofod Records.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
The interest began from a young age, my mother used to take me to Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff which was sort of a social club back then, and I would watch bands and get on stage and sing songs from the age of 3. As well as this my dad is a musician and started teaching me guitar when I was 13. As usual, the parents were the main culprits for all the flaws and interests!
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I hear a lot of people in bands say “it’s not about making it, I just want to play”. For us I think having this band has been such a staple to our everyday lives, we’re very driven as a band and think we would be doing a disservice if we didn’t try and expose our music to as many people as we possibly can. Saying that, we aren’t trying to write hits for the sake of it. It’s when people come up to you when you’ve written something that you really love yourself that makes all the hard work worth it, and our ambition is to keep getting that recognition for as long as we can, to as many as we can.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I started writing songs from a young age, and just sing them to myself in the shower, and I partook in some of the songwriting in my former band Threatmantics. However, ESTRONS has been my first opportunity to write things from my own experience in my own words and styles. At first I felt exposed, embarrassed and thrown in the deep end, but 2 years in I can’t wait to see what’s going to **** me off next so I can have some good inspiration for a rampant, energetic tune to thrash out at the end of a set. Our new track, ‘Make A Man’ really shows how much fun feeling anger can be.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
I’ll never forget years ago when Adam Walton played our track “My Turn” and said how it was the best unsolicited track he’d heard in years. Since then we’ve had some amazing recognition from all sorts of people who we respect highly in the industry, but you never forget that first one, and Adam has stuck by us since that first play, we’re eternally grateful for that, a massive highlight.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
When we write, there’s so many different musical tastes that we never fit into a genre category even, let alone sound, and we do try and keep our songs sounding original. Sometimes we laugh and say “Ah, so you wrote a Manics tune while you were away did you?” Or, “Oh, check out that Volta solo you just tried out” And we drop the songs…but as a female vocalist it’s hard to say “Well I love Nirvana” Because people think you can’t really be influenced by Cobain’s vocals, but then sometimes when I’m in practice, I do imagine some of the effortless but passionate strength he put into his vocals, I know they’re a classic influence for most indie bands, but they’re a classic for a reason. Female influence? Kate Bush, what an icon.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Don’t play the original edit to your mother or children. The clean edit, which is the one we decided to go with in the end, is a song about the sexual prevalence of the female gender, or any gender, over a man that you would really really like to “sort out”. The guy that always treated you like he had no emotions and was happy to take you on a mislead emotional journey for his own benefit, well you’re the boss now. That’s what this song really tries to nail. It’s a lot of fun to play.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Gindrinker, My Name Is Ian, Threatmantics, Homes, HMS Morris to name a few. Really quirky yet seamlessly talented bands.
- Any gigs coming up?
We’ve taken some time out to complete some admin, but we’ve got plans for a Berlin gig and a return to The Social in Oxford Circus in the near future, but for now, it’s all about getting the final shots for our new video, getting ready for the release, and of course, writing new songs.
- Where can we find/follow you online?
Type in E S T R O N S (with all the spaces) or www.soundcloud.com/estrons. We’re pretty active on those things.