Interview - The Baboon Room Discuss their New Sound

Updated: Apr 11

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"New sound, new era, new genre - Grunge 2.0" -  The description of The Baboon Room given by producer Dean Glover. The newest band on the block, breaking their way into the industry. With high gain guitar music and catchy melody lines The Baboon Room are definitely a band to keep your eyes and ears on!

The band, Made up of members Trent Delves, Simon Stirzaker, Sam Metcalfe and Max Morris started out as a project on the backburner in the mind of Trent who was between bands. After moving to Manchester and needing a new band Trent took the decision to get Simon and Max on board who he knew from school and college, after a couple of changes the band settled on the choice of Sam for the position of Bassist.

Any fans of Dinosaur Jr, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Don Broco and Highly Suspect will love what The Baboon Room has to offer and that's a promise! The band also all have their own  individual influences such as Trent who takes influence from authors and film directors as well as musical influences. Simon who made a lot of new sounds which lead us to our new genre Grunge 2.0 with influences from 70's and 80's rock as well as modern blues players. Max has heavy influences from the Funk and R&B genres adding to the sound more and we can always rely on Sam for our heavier music with influences from the likes of Slipknot, Dream Theatre as well as lighter bands like King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard.

The release of the latest single "Different Person" on March 6th 2020 marked the start of a new era at the turn of the decade for The Baboon Room. This is the first time that their new sound has been heard in recorded form as before this the band were an indie outfit as can be seen with songs such as Never and Britannia. The song was described by radio show host Olivia Browse as "a song i could imagine myself bopping my head to and mouthing the words while walking down the street looking like an idiot." This is one of many glowing reviews for the upcoming band. May the future be bright and may The Baboon Room be proof that Rock and Roll is still very much alive!


What first got you into music and when was it?

Trent- I first got into music when I was about 13 and its only because I was messing around in a music lesson doing karaoke to show off to my friends, then the music teacher asked me to go to choir, then I started learning to play guitar and the rest as they say is history. 



Who inspired you to make music, who are you influenced by?

Trent- I’ve always been wanting to write music but I was always a bit worried or embarrassed to play in front of people but then I joined a band called On A Tuesday and we wrote a song called whiskey, which we play in the Baboon Room set now. I’m typically influenced by Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Matt Bigland (Dinosaur Pile Up) and Van McCann (Catfish and the Bottlemen).


How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Trent- The music started more like indie rock, the song Never is the prime example of that era of the band. Always songs about girls with open chords but now we’ve gone a bit heavier. More grunge, power chords, massive riffs, overdrive and more out there song topics from what I used to write about. Depression, drugs, addictions, sex. There’s a song coming out later this year called Over and Over which is about religion.


What is your creative process like?

Trent- I’ve always written the songs on my acoustic. Come up with chords or the riff, then the lyrics over the top. Then I would record it on my phone and send it the rest of the band. Then we go into rehearsal and jam it out and see what ideas everyones come up with.




Who would you like to collaborate with?

Trent- Id love to do something with John Cooper Clarke, I just love his poetry and I’m mad jealous of Arctic Monkeys for the song I Wanna Be Yours.


If you could support one band, who would it be?

Without a shadow of a doubt, Dinosaur Pile Up. That is a dream.


What is the one message you would give your audience and what message would you give the MU readers? 

Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something or you’re no good, you do you, if I would have listened to people I wouldn’t be doing this now.


What is the most useless talent you have?

Trent- I can whip and nae nae pretty good. 

Max- can do the wow. 


What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for music?

Probably working at Tesco or something, I can’t imagine my life without music, I always say I’m interested in the mind but I probably wouldn’t have gone for a career in it.


Where have you performed?

We’ve played all over Manchester, all the gigs have had their moments. Either the first headline we did at Jimmys or the last show at Night and day because we all went ham and just went for it. Least favorite is easier, the second time we played at off the square, not to point fingers but the sound tech didnt seem to know what he was doing, he couldn’t get the pa on. No one could hear us, everyone was a bit miserable but it was just one of them I guess. No idea at this moment with this virus, everything keeps getting canceled.


How do you feel the internet has impacted the music industry and you specifically?

Massively, for a start everyone can stream everything now on their phones so its a little easier for us to get music to people and its easier for us to keep in touch with fans now. 


What is your favourite song to perform and why?

Hard to choose that because we love all the songs, maybe Different Person or You.


What is the most trouble you have gotten into? 

Simon got arrested for fighting.


If you could only listen to one album from now on what would it be?

Simon- Bat out of hell by meat loaf

Trent- Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

 

What is the best advice you have been given?

Don’t shit where you eat.


If you could change anything what would it be?

I’d change the fact our gigs are getting canceled because of this virus, delete the virus.  


Which bands do you think are currently under-rated or that people should look out for?

Trent- underrated, got to be the Luka State, they’re insane, me and max went to see them. Look out for the baboon room, nah just kidding, defo Oceans on Mars.


What is next for you?

We’ve got a few single coming out and then hopefully we can finish the ep off and go from there, we’re normally always gigging so I’m sure when things calm down if you want to you can come and see us.


What was the driving force behind your new release, are there specific subject matters dealt with?

The song different person is about meeting someone youve never met but it feels so comfortable to be with them. 


What was the process for writing and recording the release, are there any aspects of the production that were interesting or that you were keen to incorporate?

Usual writing process but then we went into the studio with Dean Glover and the most interesting thing to come out of the studio was definitely that things happen in the studio you don’t mean to happen but it just sticks.


Were there any hurdles to overcome when going through the writing and recording process, how did the album and songs develop?

We had a good time with it really, first day drums, second day bass and guitars, third day vocals and we did a photoshoot. 


When and how are you launching the new release?

So Different person came out on the 6th of march and we have two others coming out. The next one is You around the start of May and the one after that, Over and Over is due for the start of July. 


How are you hoping it will be received, have you changed your sound from previous releases to this one?

We’ve changed our sound from Indie rock to grunge but it seems to have been a good change because all the people that have listened to the stuff have given us good feedback. 


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