Members of the indie band The Bedroom Hour have already enjoyed moderate success individually. SIBA MATTI spoke to the group about their collective bid for fame
FIVE-piece indie/alternative act, The Bedroom Hour, were formed in late 2007 from the remnants of other bands which have fallen by the wayside.
The group, which is based in Hayes, has already managed to achieve moderate success, with an appearance on Tim Lovejoy's Channel Bee radio show in November. They will also be live on Hayes FM today (Wednesday, December 3) at 6pm with Sophie on The Drivetime Show, and have a gig supporting none other than John Power (formerly of Cast and The La's) at London's Water Rats this Friday.
Lead singer Stu Drummond, 27, believes the key to the band's success lies in their ability to be commercial yet credible. He says: "I would describe our sound as indie/alternative, but with a twist - we combine melodic guitar riffs with banging synths and our list of influences spans from Oasis and The Verve to The Doors, Kings of Leon, Doves, Arcade Fire and Coldplay.
"We have forgotten all the problems in the past and have decided to collectively splice our passion and drive and hopefully achieve success.
"We are all especially excited about the gig with John Power and hope that it serves as a springboard to take our musical careers in the right direction."
After meeting on the London circuit, many of the band members are not unaccustomed to the glare of the limelight, having graced venues including the Clapham Grand, Dublin Castle, the Cavern Club in Liverpool and Dublin Castle. Two members were even signed to a record label, Fierce Panda, and have supported a series of stellar musicians including the Keane, Hard-Fi and Kaiser Chiefs.
But guitarist Rob Payne, 26, is less than complimentary of the latter: "At the time, those bands were relatively unknown and Kaiser Chiefs were called Parva. In my opinion, they were not very good and had quite a moody sound. The lead singer, Ricky, was just as arrogant as he seems to be now, and the whole band seemed to think they were on the same level as Nirvana.
"I think they have become quite a novelty band - the kind of music that 40-year-olds like Jeremy Clarkson claim to listen to - and that is taking the commercial side a step too far.
"We hope to always retain our original sound and never compromise our integrity."
The Bedroom Hour, named after an acoustic project by Rob, who, before he joined the band, was recording a collection of cover songs in his spare bedroom within an hour, are currently selecting songs for an as yet unnamed EP.
Rob is a carpenter by trade, while Stu, along with keyboardist Mark Dudley and bassist Kyle Radbone, both 28, all work full time as white van men.
The foursome have temporarily recruited drummer Alex Walker to assist with the next few shows, but they are on the look out for a permanent drummer to join them on their journey in search of stardom and full time musical careers.
The band would like to thank Hayley Medwell of Ornate Entertainment in Hayes and Sheryl Laidlaw of Chameleon Designs for all their help so far.
* After The Bedroom Hour's gig at Water Rats this Friday, they will perform at Winston Churchill Hall on December 19. Find out more by visiting www.myspace.com/thebedroomhour