A Chat with 45 (08.06.2020)

Coming out of Bradford, Chris (guitar), Craig (vocals, guitar) and Matt (bass) make up the band 45. Bringing together a mix of influences, the band has released a mini-album Funstroke that is lightly fried with a touch of stooges. We sat down with the band to talk about Funstroke, their music and much more!

OSR: If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?

45: Learning to play, or space travel.

OSR: Who inspired you to make music?

45: No one artist or band, just loads of them all together and wanting to try and do something that might stand up. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Neil Young, The Stone Roses, AC/DC, Motown, Bob Dylan. Everything goes in and we see what comes out.

OSR: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

45: Measure once, cut twice. Measure twice, cut once.

OSR: What is the weirdest or funniest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?

45: How’s your dad’s hair?

OSR: What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why?

45: So far, ‘Navigator’. Everything just clicks and makes you want to hit repeat. We have just written a load more songs ready to record once things allow though and think they’re a step up again.

OSR: Which musician would you like to collaborate with?

45: Shaun Ryder on a new track we’ve written called ‘The bar at the end of the world’.

45 Funstroke cover.

OSR: Do you think you could get any better as a musician? And if so, how would you achieve that?

45: You can always get better. More practice is the key but the space travel gets in the way a bit.

OSR: Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?

45: Most memorable, if nothing else, was on the back of a Milk Float in a pub car park where the power kept cutting out and every time it did people started fighting. The power cut out quite a bit. We did cut the set short and got out of there.

OSR: On a scale of 1 to 6181, how good is your new album compared to your last one?

45: 4,635.75. always room for improvement.

OSR: If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?

45: Craig is a very approachable person.

Thanks to 45 for chatting with us! You can find more about the band on their Facebook, YouTube and Spotify.

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