South Wales band The Undivided will play Newport's Big Splash Festival at 9pm on The Riverfront Terrace this Friday. Andy Howells recently caught up with the band to put questions to them.
Who are you and how did you come together?
We are The Undivided. We have been together now for around 5 years. Over that time we have been developing our sound and gigging as far and wide as possible.
- Joe Disson - Vocals/Guitar
- Lewis Bray - Guitar
- Craig Prosser - Bass
- Rhydian Mason - Drums
Joe and Lewis have been friends since school and in 2007 they were both looking for a new musical project so decided to join up and start a band. The band have been through a few different line ups over the last couple of years but now with Craig and Rhydian we are the strongest we have ever been and every year since has been a progression in our sound and in our career.
Where are you from?
Joe and Lewis are From Gilwern just outside Abergavenny and Rhydian and Craig are from Pontypool.
How would you describe your music style?
We try to encourage people to listen to us and decide for themselves. If we had to describe ourselves though we would say emotional guitar driven rock music. Our passion is connecting with people through our music. We want to make people feel something when they listen/watch us. That's why we do what we do.
What’s been your best live experience?
There's so many great ones. We have just returned from Canadian Music Week in Toronto. It was an amazing festival and the reception to our music was really mind blowing. People connected with us in a way that hasn't happened before. However before we flew out we did a warm-up show in Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff. That was a very special show for us as it was the first time people started singing the words back to us. Will never forget that one!!
What are you working on at the moment?
We are currently working on new material to follow up our debut album This New Day that was released last year. We have been lucky enough to have funding from the Arts Council of Wales which has allowed us to go to Canada and also return to Monnow Valley Studios to record new music. We have been working with Dan Weller who has worked with Young Guns, Enter Shikari and Kids In Glass Houses to name a few. We hope to have new music out by the end of the year and also are planning to return to America in the Autumn.
Your playing The Big Splash this weekend - what can we expect from that?
We have been playing sort of the same set for a month or so now so I think we are going to change our set up a little for this one. Also its our first show since returning from Canada so it’s going to be a great show to come back on. Passion and energy is something we always bring to the stage with us… Big Splash will be no different!
What are you all listening to at the moment?
We all have very different music tastes so the music we listen to is Quite vast!!
Joe is listening to Churches and Bring Me The Horizon.
Rhyd is currently listening to Acoda, In Flames & POD.
Lewis is blasting some Oceansize, Sikth & Deftones.
Craig is raving about Jonsi, PVRIS, InnerPartySystem & Samoans.
- Catch up with The Undivided online by visiting their official website
- This years Big Splash festival also features music at Newport Riverfront from Jack Perrett, Rogora Khart, Ragsy, Remembering August and 2Rude. For full line-up details visit Newport Riverfront's website.
- This Q&A by Andy Howells appears in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on May 29. 2015.