Having just released their new EP, Snakes and Ladders, I caught up with Cumbrian rock trio, Colt 45, to talk about their EP, their future, and their working class background.
So, firstly, how would you describe the EP in your own words? It’s always interesting to see what you think of your own sound and direction when it comes to new releases.
I think it’s a bit of a “return to our roots” kinda record for us. We never sit down and make a conscious decision of how we want a record to sound, but in the last year or so I’ve definitely rediscovered my love for the 2 minute punk song. And I think that that just came from time spent in the van on tour listening to so many of the bands and albums that we all loved growing up.
What do you think about Snakes & Ladders in comparison to The Tide is Turning? What’s different in this EP to your debut album?
I think Snakes & Ladders is a lot rawer and probably more true to the sound of the three of us in a room. We’re all still incredibly proud of The Tide Is Turning, we worked really hard to get the songs to the point where we felt they were as strong as possible, but in retrospect it was maybe more “radio rock” than we’d have liked.
Given the strong critic reception of your debut album – and your building on it with tours, a Download appearance, and more – are you looking to take it to the next step with this EP launch?
I think we’re all past the point of going out of our way to “make it” (whatever that may even be these days?). Not that we ever have, but I think The Tide Is Turning was our attempt at a commercial rock album, and as I’ve said previously, we’re very proud of the strength of the songs we wrote for that album. With Snakes & Ladders, it’s a record for the three of us first and foremost. These are the type of songs we wanna play, and this is how we want our band to sound. If people like it then that’s a massive compliment, but if people don’t we aren’t gonna be losing sleep.
What’s next for Colt 45 beyond your European tour and your EP release gig back in Carlisle?
We’re currently sorting out some more UK tour dates for when the EP comes out. Keep your eyes on our website for all details as and when they’re confirmed!
With such busy personal lives, is it hard to find the right balance of being with the band and being with your families and responsibilities at home?
It’s always gonna be hard work as being in this band is pretty much like having a second full time job. But when it’s something that you love, sacrifices are made. We’re very lucky to have understanding girlfriends who are a constant rock of support, and they understand it’s something that’s very close to our hearts, which makes things a little easier for us.
You’re often praised for your working class/small town backgrounds, I have witnessed it first hand at how hard you’ve worked to get where you are now, and your work ethic is very admirable and inspiring to smaller bands from small UK towns, do you have any words of advice for bands coming from similar backgrounds as yourselves?
That’s a very kind thing for you to say, and it means a lot because having a good work ethic is something we’ve always prided ourselves on. I think advice is good to a certain point, but I always think people and bands should do what feels right for them. Don’t get too bogged down with the business side of things, and never get pushed into something that doesn’t feel right. If you keep your integrity and a good work ethic, then you’ll always be proud of what you’ve done.
Snakes and Ladders, Colt 45’s new EP, is released on April 29th through Visible Noise Records.