The Volts/Rory Hope - Interview
Rory Hope and I have been trying to organise this interview for sometime now and eventually we managed to hook up albeit over the phone. In case you are unaware Rory is the lead singer in local rock band The Volts who we caught playing at the Night & Day Café last year supporting Sky Valley Mistress.
Our conversation started off about our mutual admiration for SVM as well as discussing Voodoo Blood who seem to be making atomic bomb sized shock waves in the local and national scene. But this interview isn’t about them!
The Volts have a gig coming up at The Deaf Institute on Saturday 27th of February, supporting Glass Caves, the first time they will have played at this fantastic venue. A few of us in the band have actually been to the venue to see the Gold Jack's perform which was for one of their single launches and it was a brilliant night and we think the venue is fantastic as well says Rory. We played with Glass Caves before at Studio 2 and they asked Mark Lippman, who is with Scruff Of The Neck Records, for us to fill in one of the slots for that evening and it looks like it will be a huge evening with the range of bands that are playing - Habitats and New York Tourists as well as us and Glass Caves.
Although the band are not promoting a single specifically they are in the recording studio constantly at the moment. Rory goes on to explain we all have different work hours unfortunately so most of the time what we do is, well, we have a great guy at SSR Recording in Manchester who helps us out as we record and build on songs in dribs and drabs and once we have done one we will start straight away on the next one. So the next single that is coming out is currently being mastered at the moment and it is called She's Dangerous. That is a song that we will be playing on the night. We have played it live a couple of times but it will be the song to be released as our next single and we will do a launch for it when we have the mastering finished along with all the marketing. We also have another song we are recording at the moment called Walls which is probably going to be the song we end the night on.
I am interested in their recording process and playing devils advocate I wonder whether there is a lack of organic approach to this style of recording. Yes, I agree, says Rory, and personally I would prefer it if we all managed to book off a week so we can completely smash out an EP or something so we're all together and all in the zone. Based on what people's jobs are we have not been able to do that with some people working away, unfortunate really, it is just one of those things. It is something we have all talked about and want to do just to see if there is that difference but it is going to be noticeable anyway because you're all in the same place, you're all there for a week and working towards one goal and switched on to the music.
Obviously with new music going to be flowing out of the band there will be the need to promote it and tour. We are going to wait until the single is out before we do anything, a friend of mine, Joey, is in a band called Kashmere and they are doing a single launch party that they have put on themselves and that is such a good idea to do and you can keep the venue open till late, till 3am and at £3 per ticket. We think this is such a good idea we are going to do it ourselves, so we are looking for a venue at the moment and we will have a DJ set going after the gig and there will be some prizes as well. You could hear the excitement in Rory's voice about this idea.
I mention that Kashmere are on my must see list as I have heard they are really good. Yeah, they are really good, Joey has got his own, how can I put it, he reminds me of Van McCann in a way, he kind of just goes with the music and does what he wants. He has his own style and is a really cool guy.
With strong vocals from Rory Hope and some guitar driven raw blues guitar from Chris Smith along with bassist Rick Lyons and drummer Jay Hughes, The Volts create exciting, high energy classic blues rock. This is going be a “must see” gig at the Deaf Institute – BE THERE!!
Words/Photos: Anthony Firmin