The northeast’s hottest new alternative rock band gives an exclusive interview to Moon & Back Music ahead of their UK tour
White Belt Yellow Tag
With their debut album Methods scheduled for release on the 5th of April, White Belt Yellow Tag are currently in the process of a relentless tour of the UK. With the inaugural date of the tour in Glasgow’s world famous King Tut’s, Moon & Back Music caught up with them to discuss their plans, thoughts and personal opinions on their music and peers.
With a growing fan base throughout the British Isles and beyond, White Belt Yellow Tag (WBYT) bill themselves as an alternative rock band hailing from the northeast of England. Comprising of Justin Lockey and Craig Pilbin, they are more than usually joined on live tours with Tom Bellamy on drums, the trio were more than happy to take time out from their busy pre-show and tour schedule to speak candidly with Moon & Back Music.
On the eve of their tour that will take them to numerous locations varying from smaller to mid level venues from Newcastle and Leeds to York and of course London. When asked about the relentlessness of the tour, the band replied with their usual casual swagger. Agreeing that the pressures of the road were indeed something that could not be taken likely, it was merely another occupational hazard and the price that has to be paid when playing in a road band. Indeed, Tom Bellamy when consulted as to his impressions of Glasgow admitted it was relatively hard to get one when he had only been present in the city for approximately an hour. The other members had been present a little longer and all agreed that they found Glasgow, and King Tut’s, more than an enjoyable place to play. The city, and Scottish crowds in general, has certain notoriety for tougher, less easily pleased crowds but this merely added to the excitement and prospect of the evening’s gig for WBYT who relished in the pressure.
When approached about the nature of the band’s direction and potential ambitions of the new album, WBYT took a decidedly more philosophical and more unexpected approach to the dealings of the music industry. Upon the mention that their website described them as alternative rock, Lockey, Pilbin and Bellamy scoffed at the notion that such a broad encapsulation of an even wider variety of music could be used to describe them, or any, kind of music. When quizzed on this notion, the band simply replied with the idea that their music, although certainly more than qualified to be described as alternative and indie rock, was not intended to be bracketed with such a mainstream title. The direction in which WBYT has taken in recent times has not been dictated by corporate labels or indeed what is deemed “fashionably popular”. It has been more akin to a group of musicians who enjoy working, playing and touring together and more than willing to commit their foreseeable futures to a project that has a great promise and is filled with potential.
In the current financial climate with its frivolous uncertainty and equally harsh commitment to any great future investment it is difficult for bands like White Belt Yellow Tag to flourish on talent alone. However, with their excellent attitude and fierce loyalty to their cause it is no surprise to find that WBYT are now on the verge of being booked for several major summer festivals throughout the country. In an industry as volatile as the music one, especially in today’s climate, it can be an almost impossible task to stand out amongst the crowd. White Belt Yellow Tag, however, may just be about to disprove that theory but only time will tell
Check out the band’s official website and MySpace accounts for upcoming tour dates and releases: http://www.myspace.com/whitebeltyellowtag and http://www.whitebeltyellowtag.com/