For some reason I get an 80s vibe to the name SENTON BOMBS but since I am totally unfamiliar with the band the best way to find out more is to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Well it’s not difficult to come up with a band name, coming up with a good name is the hard part. When we started out, a good twelve years back, I thought the ‘Terrorists’ was a good name. After a couple of gigs and a bit of a riotous reputation we decided to change. The idea was to name the band after a professional wrestling move, as they all have such cool names. We drew up a list and were almost ‘The Atomic Drops’ or ‘Piledriver’, but we settled on ‘The Senton Bombs’ – a Lucha Libre move consisting of a somersault off the top rope. It’s colourful amd high risk, I’d say it fits the music.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-The Senton Bombs are a hard rock band from Blackpool, England. We started out in 2004 as teenagers and have gradually evolved into a reliable rock quartet. The style is a blend of many genres, a hybrid which is original yet has clear nods to our many influences. We’re renowned for our explosive live shows, of which we take in as many as we can every year, in the UK and into Europe. We’re about to release our fourth studio album on German Record Label 7Hard and we have a large back catalogue available from other labels and various online stores.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I don’t necessarily pick parts to take into my own music, they just come to me. I’m not saying it’s some kind of ethereal muse or anything that mysterious, it’s more just playing around with riffs and ideas on my acoustic guitar. I know that subconsciously some riffs I think are my own will have been absorbed from elsewhere. I once thought I’d written a great song until it turned out to be the riff from ‘Jessie’s Girl’ by Rick Springfield. Sometimes you just know what you want to write, an idea forms in your mind and you make it happen, other times it’s just chance. The bands I am into around the time of writing new material almost always bleed into the songs, osmosis.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-I suppose it depends how big your band are. For us guys it’s a definite no. We play because we enjoy writing songs, jamming, drinking beer, traveling and trying our stuff on for size with a live audience. We’ve began to build up somewhat of a cult following in recent years, but even those guys can’t follow us everywhere. We’re part of a world and our movements are getting wider.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-There is a lot of emphasis on image in the music business which is total bullshit really. It’s the audio that matters. I appreciate in the live environment some people want to see something larger than life on stage, something visually stimulating, but it should never detract from the enjoyment of the music. We make an effort to not look stupid in shots and videos, it doesn’t always work, a pair of shades help. Regardless of my opinion, if a band want to break the glass ceiling it is imperative they ‘look the part’, someone’s got to sell their ass. Graphics are important because it’s your calling card, your advertisement, that stuff has to look pro and it’s something we’ve struggled with in the past, although the current logo is pretty sweet.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Everything influences my lyrics; Philosophy, theology, politics… a 30 second interaction with a stranger on a bus. The big things and the little all combine to create little themes, stories, allegories; the lyrics are the magic of music. It is not a song without them. The best songs are when the lyrics meet the music and both sentiments match. To me, they’re of the utmost importance. I’ve never had a guitar or a singing lesson, the only reason I got into music was to write lyrics. There’s nothing better than trimming your verses down, ridding the superfluous and achieving that perfect intertwining flow with the rhythm. I could go on, but I shall wax lyrical no longer.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I think the album will always be important. It’s the complete piece of work, the holistic goal. Like with a book, you have chapters, a beginning a middle and an end. Albums are very much the same. Digital may be ‘killing’ the album in some demographics but there are still countless people out there, myself included, who live for the album. I still buy on CD and I’ve found a lot of others do too. Vinyl is still a growing business. Albums will always be relevant, people still talk of ‘classic’ albums, ‘top 5 albums’, it’s only the latest generations who have missed out on this, hopefully their parents have collections they can delve into.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-No idea. Digital appears to be getting bigger and bigger. Physical will remain for the foreseeable. I don’t think it’s a war of formats more a battle of preference.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We clock around fifty gigs per year, although there will be less this year due to growing family responsibilities. We play the dirtiest dives to some real quality venues. We’re a lucky band in that we can slot on to bills in most places and not offend people too much, usually collecting a good handful of new fans as we roll. A live experience with us is tinnitus inducing, mainly due to our drummer who hits like he’s on a ‘High Striker’ at the fairground, we have to turn up to be heard. We give it our all every time out, each one like it’s our last, if I don’t leave the stage drenched in sweat with a hoarse throat then I should probably quit doing this.
What lies in the future?
-The release of our new album ‘Mass Vendetta’ – April 15th on 7Hard. You can score a copy over at our website – www.sentonbombs.com as well as through all the main digital outlets. We’ll be gigging around the UK until the end of the year and then hopefully heading overseas in 2017. No rest for the rockin’!