True Seven is a new interview based feature that will provide a platform for you to tell us your music stories and become a vital part of the narrative of our new Midlands Musique range of t-shirts and art.
Over the coming months we will be interviewing a wide cross section of True Reverie customers who inspire us, from musicians to promoters, record shop owners, gig goers and everything in between. Together we will shine a light on what makes music culture in the Midlands so great!
In the first interview we caught up with Rob Wear, lead guitarist of Midlands-based music and art collective Lions of Dissent.
1. What’s the best thing about being from the Midlands?
Walking in the shadow of legends, in particular 50% of Zeppelin. Also Aston Villa.
2. What is your earliest music related memory?
A primary school kid listening to 60s and 70s records on my mum’s old Dansette, given to her as a xmas gift by my grandparents when she was a teenager. The Beatles Blue Album (1967-70) pressed on Blue vinyl, which just looked cool, was played again and again. I also became addicted to the sound of 60s Motown at this point – The Temptations, Martha Reeves, Jnr Walker, Smokey Robinson. We had loads of Motown in the house growing up.
3. What was the first piece of music you bought and where from?
I was 10 years old, Rhythm is a Dancer on cassette single, bought in WH Smiths, Bridgnorth. Still got it somewhere.
4. What was the first gig you went to and where?
Radiohead – NEC Birmingham, Nov 1997.
5. What artists from the Midlands, past or present, should we be checking out?
All of Slade’s back catalogue! What a powerhouse of a band – especially live at the BBC!
6. Music and fashion are almost inseparable, what would you wear if you headlined Glastonbury?
Simple, black Jean’s, black T, black framed sunglasses. Black shoes, black guitar… BLACK!
7. What is coming up next for you and Lions of Dissent?
We’re currently in the studio and close to completing our 2nd EP, which will be out later this summer. The path should then lead us to live dates towards the end of the year.
You can find out more about Lions of Dissent here.
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