Band Interview Of The Day – Holding Poison

Hello everybody and today we welcome you back to the Band Interview Of The Day Segment! This is where we get a band, have a little chat to them about themselves so they can be introduced to you and hopefully you’ll experience some new music because of this! Today we have the English rock duo Holding Poison.

1. If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

We are Holding Poison, Consisting of Matt Blackwell (Lead vox, Guitar, Bass) & Jack Findell (Lead Guitar) 

2. How did you all meet?

We’ve known each other for years through family friends so years of crossing paths and talking about music eventually lead to us starting this project together! 

3. How long have you been playing?

Matt: as a band 1 year. I picked up the guitar when I was 13 years old so 15 years I’ve been playing for now! 

Jack: I had a little 3/4 size nylon string guitar that I think my dad picked up for next to nothing on a market stall for me when I was about 3, but in terms of actually playing guitar properly it’s about 15 years now 

4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?

Punchy Rock music

5. What are your musical influences?

Matt: It’s quite a list, Bands like Foo Fighters, Queens of the storage, Biffy to name a few 

Jack: I grew up listening to a lot of my dad’s music, so Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Who, Cream, etc. I’m also big into Biffy, Arctic Monkeys, John Mayer, the list goes on

6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?

Matt: someone crowd-surf in a blow up boat, they even had a paddle too! 

Jack: I do a bit of sound tech work in a local venue and we had a band come through that I knew had a bit of a reputation for theatrics. Cut to the end of the show and packing down involved cleaning up a lot of milk and feathers that had been thrown around by people dressed as gorillas and bananas…

7. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions are lifted?

Matt: I think one of the first places I went to once restrictions were eased was a recording studio to record our debut EP. 

8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

Matt: That would be telling 

Jack: I’d have to do some digging. Fairly sure I’ve got one of P!nk’s singles on CD from way back when. 

9. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

Matt: I’ve been digging ‘The Night Cafe’ as well as Sam Fenders new album

Jack: I’ve been loving the new IDLES album, and also been on a Steely Dan binge lately

10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

We’ve just released a new single called ‘Destination, Same Old’ – It’s a bit different from our other tracks but it’s got a great feel-good vibe about it and it was nice to do something a bit different!

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