The Station is an up and coming original rock band based in Berkshire. Combining their mixed influences with a fresh, crisp and exhilarating new sound, the band have created unique and catchy original songs with melodic vocal harmonies, jangly guitar parts, solid bass riffs and punchy drums.
They have been playing together for just a few years, however in that time have built up a keen following due to their distinctive sound, vintage aesthetic and thrilling performances which the crowds love.
The band is currently focusing on writing and recording new material and performing it at venues all over England. Their lively sound has been likened to ‘old-school punk’ and compared with The Libertines, The Clash, and The Velvet Underground.
The band is made up of Dylan Morris, Josh Hensby and Louie Morris.
What first got you into music and when was it?
Dylan: I’ve listened to so much music all my life, and had lessons on the trombone and flute. It was probably when I was about eleven that I first really wanted to play guitar and form a band. To me it seems like we got each other into making this kind of music, we played a few songs as a group and really got a taste for it. Up until then we’d all played classical instruments but that is such a different thing. I remember one local guitar legend telling us we had ‘got the bug’ for music, he was right.
Josh: I’ve listened to music similar to what we play from a young age, such as The Beatles, Oasis and U2, thanks to my parents. I have wanted to play the guitar from a very young age and started classical guitar lessons around the age of eight. I remember we started playing towards the start of secondary school but we certainly developed our musical style a lot since then!
Louie: At primary school I joined recorder club. I suppose it started from there.
Who inspired you to make music? It might make more sense to say ‘what’ inspired us than ‘who’. That would be the pure sense of escape and enjoyment when we’re all playing and getting that feeling of really being alive. Louie: My dad and his friends have always made music together, I remember sitting at the top of the stairs listening to them sing and play late into the night. I think that must have influenced my love of music, I remember thinking “I want to do what they’re doing!” Dylan: Louie and I are brothers, so it’s a similar story really! I remember going to gigs in places like our nearest record shop Sound Knowledge in Marlborough, and thinking it just looked like fun! I’m personally influenced in songwriting by the artists I like - it’s a bit of a running joke in the band that I love Mott The Hoople. Bob Dylan is another great influence, set deep in my head by listening to albums like ‘Blonde on Blonde’ and ‘Blood on the Tracks’ from the back seat of the car and listening to the stories in his songs.
How would you describe the music that you typically create? We like to think the music we typically create is upbeat and hopeful, with a vintage and raw sound. It just comes out like that, we do it for fun and we hope that’s how it sounds. For that reason it hasn’t really changed, maybe we’ve got a little louder with a bit more attack as we know the songs more and get more used to playing them, and we definitely show more influences in our songs as our repertoire increases. It’s interesting because when each of us writes a song it has a different feel. Louie’s songs are more thoughtful and sensitive, (with the occasional rocker), whilst his guitar solos are more bluesy. Dylan’s songs tend to be more traditional rock that you can move around too. Josh’s unique bass playing must be the crucial link between, holding it all together from the lower registers.
What is your creative process? Our creative process usually tends to be the same; someone comes up with a nice tune or chord progression and gradually develops it until they’ve got some lyrics, then we come together and play it through and all add our own ideas and suggestions until it’s a complete song. It’s almost like one of us has the idea and then we all find the song by playing it together. Of course, some songs take longer than others to develop, and some we’re never quite happy with! Naturally our creative process has had to temporarily change in the current situation, we’ve all got lots of time to think about new songs and ideas which is good. We are doing video rehearsals to keep making music together, and when we can practise properly again we’ll hopefully have lots of new songs to work on! There was one time when Dylan had an unusual dream and put it into words, and the rest of the lyrics happened whilst playing it in rehearsals. That became ‘Candles in the River’, one of our most popular songs.
Who would you like to collaborate with and why? It would be fun to collaborate with anyone who’s up for it, it’s always interesting hearing what other people think and what they would add to the songs, an example would be recently someone suggested harmonies on Somebody I Knew that we never would have thought of! We enjoy having other people in rehearsals singing and playing along, recently we’ve been having fun with violins and extra singing.
If you could support one band, who would it be? Here’s another question where the answer would be different for all of us, we all idolise different bands! Realistically it’s fun supporting any similar band because it’s a different feeling to our own gigs, and it’s nice to play to an audience of new potential fans who have never heard us before.
What is the one message you would give your audience and what message would you give the MU readers? Any message we want to give comes across in our songs, for now we will say Tomorrow Will Come.
What is the most useless talent you have? Ah, now here we must argue that every talent has a use that can relate to the band! Josh is good at mountain biking - who knows, the car breaking down could necessitate crossing mountainous regions on a bicycle to get to a strangely placed gig. You just never know when such a skill might come in useful!
What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for music? We all share lots of other interests and things that we like doing as well as making music; camping, cycling, making things. We’re always busy! You’ve got to do other stuff, otherwise you don’t have anything to sing about.
Where have you performed? We’ve played all round our local area and beyond, ranging from open mics and pubs to clubs and festivals, and even a rainforest and nunnery! Another thing we enjoy doing is busking, which is always fun. I think our favourite gig was probably one we played just before Christmas, there was such a lot of energy and engagement and we felt like we could have just kept playing all night. We knew a lot of people in the audience so it felt like we really connected. Even Dylan’s customary string-breakage didn’t dent the atmosphere!
We don’t like to think too much about our least favourite gigs, but there was one where another band went on before us that made us feel completely inadequate (then we had to ask to borrow their equipment as we had forgotten some of our own, you can imagine it was very humiliating!) It took us a year to get over that! Who knows where we are next playing? We eagerly await the day when we can perform again, and in the meantime our playing is limited to people’s screens via our daily videos; stripped-back versions of our own songs and covers that we’re doing from home to keep occupied.
How do you feel the internet has impacted the music industry and you specifically? The Internet has obviously changed the music industry massively, most notably in the way fans hear and connect with music due to the move towards streaming. It could be argued that this has also hugely increased the diversity of music out there as there are such a lot of different bands who are able to make their music easily available, which must be a good thing. Being able to promote gigs on social media and reach people all over the country (and the wider world) is probably the largest impact the internet has had on us, along with the ability to put videos of live songs on youtube so more people can hear us. We’re sure that the internet will have an even more positive impact when we come to release our recorded tunes in the near future.
What is your favourite song to perform? That’s probably a different song for all of us, it feels different from each instrument! Dylan: I like performing ‘Dark Energy’, even though we’ve only done it once. Maybe that’s because it’s new and fresh, but the off-beat feeling contrasts with our other songs, and it has a weird mix of influences like The Clash mixed with Orange Juice. Also I like the carefree feeling that the words of the chorus have; talking about ancient things and parts of the universe we don’t understand - I hope it makes people feel that they shouldn’t worry too much or take things too seriously! And it’s fun. Josh: I love to perform ‘Start Again’ because it brings such energy to every gig, I feel that every time we play it, the gig is boosted to a new level. Louie: I really love playing all the songs. If a song has an emotional effect on people, whether it be in a political, nostalgic, hopeful or any other way, then I feel like it was good to perform. Even if someone is just enjoying listening to our music, then we’ve done something good. Life can throw lots of stuff at people, and if a song makes a person forget about everything else and just be happy, then that is my favourite song to perform.
What is the most trouble you have gotten into? The Station? In trouble? What a ridiculous suggestion, of course we would never allow such a predicament to occur!
If you could only listen to one album from now on what would it be? (Each member can provide separate answers) Dylan: That’s a difficult question, but I love anything by The Felice Brothers, and I would probably choose the album by the same name! Josh: That is a very tricky question, perhaps ‘Wasting Light’ by Foo Fighters. Louie: That’s an easy question. Johnny Cash ‘At Folsom Prison’.
What is the best advice you have been given? As a band, people often say to us ‘keep playing!’. That’s probably the best advice we’ve been given. We all love playing so much that it would be tragic to ever stop, if we do just ‘keep playing’ then who knows where we might get to!
If you could change anything what would it be? The world, amongst other things.
Which bands do you think are currently under-rated or that people should look out for? There are so many good bands out there fighting to be heard, we find that BBC Music Introducing is a good way to discover some. Personally ,we like to support all the bands we’ve shared the bill with at various gigs. Singer-songwriter Tom Houston comes to mind as someone people should look out for, he’s very good and is a true master of using a loop pedal. Also Split the Dealer - one of the bands from our recent gig at the Facebar in Reading - was a very good and engaging performer that people should be aware of.
What is next for you? Just carrying on playing as many gigs as we can all over the place, trying to play at more festivals, and in the meantime writing lots of songs and recording them.
The next step will be getting those recordings out there, which is an extremely exciting time that’s only just beginning for us, so keep an ear out! Of course there is a level of uncertainty about playing live at the moment, so we’re continuing uploading daily videos to social media of us doing different kinds of songs in different ways to stay connected with everyone and keep doing music!
What was the driving force behind your new release, are there specific subject matters dealt with? Our single will be ‘I Say Hello’, which is a happy, uplifting and hopeful song that seems like the right way to present ourselves, especially in this time.
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? It’s a song that Dylan first had the idea and lyrics for it just after last summer, and has therefore developed since then. That was a happy time so that came across when writing the song. The production was very pure and true to our live sound because it has such a live energy that we wanted to capture. An interesting part was recording the drums in Shed Studios, not a massive space! But we still managed to capture Louie’s genuine sound which we are very happy with.
Were there any hurdles to overcome when going through the writing and recording process, how did the album and songs develop? There weren’t really any hurdles or problems with the whole process, because by the time we came to record the song we were all so familiar with it that we just needed to play it through with the energy of a live performance. Of course there’s always the little things you only notice when you look at a song more closely in the studio, but that just adds to its development.
When and how are you launching the new release? We are currently still in the stages of preparing for our new release so we don’t yet have a date or details of the launch, but it will be available on streaming platforms, along with videos and possibly merchandise.
How are you hoping it will be received, have you changed your sound from previous releases to this one? This will be our first proper release, so we are hoping it will be well received. It is certainly highly anticipated and there is a feeling that this is the natural next step for us. As this will be the first time we’ve put a recording out there officially, there is no previous release to compare the sound with but it really does capture the familiar live energy and raw quality that is familiar from our gigs.