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RGM Introducing – The Haciendas

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat. Introduce us all to the members?

Tom Smith, 26, vocalist from Failsworth, Manchester. Big love for Liam Gallagher and Liam Fray. You can catch me at Old Trafford watching the reds, once all this blows over of course!

Steve Jillings, just hit 31, bassist and backing vocals. From Failsworth in Manchester, spent my teens listening to Green Day, Blink 182, My Chemical Romance and I also support the red side of Manchester!

Daniel Ashcroft, 21 plus lots of VAT (30) and also from Failsworth. The only band member worthy of the institution of marriage and soon to be father. Massive United fan. Music is life!

Alex Amidulla, 29, drummer, originally from Yorkshire but lived in Manchester for 5 years. I support the mighty Leeds United.

What made you decide to start a band ?

Tom: “I have been writing songs for around 8 years but kept it all to myself and never really mentioned it or did anything with it. I went to Kendal Calling in 2019 with a group of mates and I had an absolute ball, one of the best weekends of my life. I ended up opening up about my writing and along with the buzz of seeing so many amazing live acts that weekend, it just gave me a real hunger for it, I wanted to be the one on the stage. So yeah, soon as I got home I got the ball rolling and here we are!”

So, how did the band get together?

Tom: “So I knew all the lads from separate friendships, Ste I met at a party when I was around 18 and Dan I just knew from being younger in school. I initially asked Ste to join and then although Dan and Ste was high school friends I went to them separately and they was pleasantly surprised when we met up which was a nice start. I was missing a drummer and reached out on Facebook, only to find out that the keeper of my football team at the time was a drummer which I didn’t even know about! From the first time we all got together for a chat we have just never looked back, all get on really well and share the same vision.”

What have you been doing during lock down?

Tom: “Well, The Haciendas were born right at the start the first lockdown, not ideal especially so early on but we all managed to collaborate ideas over a group chat and in fairness we spent the majority of lockdown getting to know each other proper and getting some material together.”

Steve: “We managed to write a few more songs before the second lockdown but at home I’ve also been streaming on twitch and recording gameplay videos for my brothers YouTube channel Original Human Geek. I mostly play Warzone on my twitch channel but the YouTube vids vary and there’s a few of us that make up the channel.”

Which one is the biggest pain in the arse?

Dan: “Alex our tea boy needs to learn how to make proper brew, the only Yorkshire man on the planet that struggles to do a good cuppa…. prove me wrong!”

What good bands are coming out of Manchester at the minute? 

Tom: “I love Scuttlers, saw them a few times and most notably at Kendal Calling when they played the House Party tent. Top lads and have some really tasty riffs!”

Steve: “We recently did a show for MMTV Unlocked where we met Broke Casino and those guys were brilliant! They’re a great bunch of lads too!”

What was the worst experience on stage?

Dan: “We played our first gig as a band at MMFest back in August, my laptop restarted just before the set which held us back 10 minutes and then I managed to unplug my pedal by volleying it mid-set… A set to forget!”

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? 

Tom: “Simon Neil”

Dan: “Rabea Massad” 

Alex: “Dave Grohl”

Steve:  “Fat Mike – NOFX”

What’s your biggest achievement as a band?

Tom: “At the beginning of 2020, there was no band at all and now we’re coming to the close of the year, which I may add has been a shocking year for everyone never mind the music industry, we are just about to release our debut single and we have managed to play 2 live shows. We’re all buzzing and this is just the beginning!”

What makes you stand out as a band?

Alex: “I think we all bring different characters and experiences to the table, but we do all get on like a house on fire.  On top of that I think we all enjoy the music we create and all have a part in making it together… especially as I’ve been in several bands previously, this is the first time I’ve had a more creative influence!”

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

Alex: “I remember when we first got together and we were doing some covers to all get used to each other and initially we did a Dua Lipa song. Tom wasn’t keen on the lyrics in one part of the song so Ste off the cuff with no hesitation belted out “I stuck a whole bag of jelly beans, up my arse”… it fit perfectly and the four of us couldn’t stop laughing about it for weeks.”

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?

Steve: “My favourite songs has to be one called ‘Encore’. It starts with a nice bass line so I bring the song in and Dan recently added a 16-bit version of it to the beginning so I’m excited to play it with that incorporated too.”

Alex: “So my favourite to play live is The Joker – reason being it’s straight BAM in your face from the start. It’s a proper ‘get up and dance’ with the riffs and the beat of the song – and it is one of our first songs. When it’s ready to be released I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Your debut single is ready for release on 11th December, what can you tell us about it?

Tom: “I wrote this song a couple years ago, was the first song that I put to the band. Hearing the difference from it being an acoustic recording compared to now is amazing. We all worked hard together to evolve it and collectively we have most definitely brought it to life. Certainly a catchy hook which will stick with you! This is just an introduction to who we are and you will most certainly see us evolving with the next couple of releases we have planned.”

Ste: “Not too late is our first single and also the first song we all actually collaborated on. Tom had already written lyrics and explained to us how he saw it sounding and each of us added our style and ideas to it. It’s a nice introduction to the band and one of our more straight forward rock songs.”

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Tom: “This is just the start for us, we cannot wait for things to return to some form of normality in 2021 and play our songs to a proper crowd. We have dealt with this year in the best way possible and we’re very excited for the future!”