Urban Theory is a hard-hitting, true to life group of lads that write and create music using ideas of younger adolescent themes that everyone can link to no matter what age. April 2020 saw the release blinding new single Living The Dream But Discussing the Nightmare, so we caught up with the band to find out more about them.
Their music captures the punk-like aggressive sounds followed by softer, catchier indie sounds binding together this unique style. The band was fully formed in the Summer of 2016 and consists of Alexander Quinn on Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Josh Rowlands on Backing Vocals/Bass Guitar, Ellis Willoughby on Drums/Backing Vocals, and Jake Heath on Backing Vocals/Lead Guitar. Each member has individual drives, influences, and dynamics to create the outburst of sound and passion that is the band you hear.
How are the band carrying on during lockdown?
We are constantly chatting via webcam and sending over ideas as well to keep creative at this time, we just can’t wait to get back to normal.
What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
Our last show at Soup Kitchen went down really well, and it felt like a step up from where we were before. There was a show we played at Dive in Manchester, it must of been about 3 years ago, Jake’s guitar broke and I think we managed to get through half our set before we called it a night, it was a big learning curve for us but definitely up there as one of worst shows.
If you could support anyone, who would it be and why?
Probably Foo Fighters, playing stadiums of 50,000 people? Or the Rolling Stones, a band that has influenced the world, what a dream!
What was the last album you listened to?
Jake: EOB (Ed O’Brien from Radiohead) – Earth.
Ellis: Hot Snakes – Audit in Progress.
Josh: Foals – What Went Down.
Alex: Red Hot Chill Peppers – By The Way.
What other bands or musicians do we need to be checking out right now?
Gathering of Strangers are definitely ones to watch and King Cotton II are good lads from our hometown
Talk us through the idea behind the new single Living the Dream But Discussing the Nightmare?
The song reflects the idea of seduction in temptation and how it’s possible to get carried away with ideas that grow in an individual’s mind. The video is simply an introduction to our music and to capture what we are like as a live band.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars without question…because its Star Wars!
Give us a few hints on what’s in store next for the band.
As it stands, hopefully, to be playing re-scheduled dates at The Bread Shed and After All Festival and working towards booking a number of shows for the new year. Getting in the studio and recording some more music as well, but it’s uncertain at these times.
How has streaming changed the industry?
It’s made it harder for artists to get by in terms of funding certain aspects, such as paying for recording sessions. It is key that money is made through being on stage, however it is also important to not gig too much as interest wears out for fans when gigs are constantly taking place. But on the flip side, streaming has made music more accessible for people all over the world to find bands on any level.
What has been the nicest thing ever written about you?
There was a quote that Dave Brown from Even the Stars worth about it when we first started, it said ‘Right from the off, they look and sound like the real deal.’