Saturday, 25 February 2012

Interview with the bassist

Sherlock's Dog interviews Mr Paul "Shovel Hands" Hutchins...........

S.D. What instrument do you play in Gladstone?

P.H. I play an Ibanez SR 305 five string bass guitar.

S.D. How long have you been playing?

P.H. Well, I started playing guitar about 6-7 years ago, switching to bass about 2 years ago and I don't regret it at all, I find it much more fun to play bass.

S.D. What bands have influenced you?

P.H. The band that inspired me to pick up a guitar was Bullet for My Valentine, I also like Trivium 'cos I look up to their basssist. I also like Cradle of Filth, Fear Factory, Arch Enemy and Dir en Grey....I could go on and on....

S.D. Are you in a relationship at the moment?

P.H. Yes I've been in a relationship with Evie Collyer for just over six months.

S.D. What got you into Steampunk?

P.H. I got into Steampunk in May last year when I was asked to join the band, I didn't know what it was until then, since then I've been to several Steampunk events with Evie and band members.

S.D. I know Steampunk music is varied in style, do you have any favourites?

P.H. Yes I like BB Blackdog, Ghostfire, Broadarrow Jack, Abney Park, TMTWNBBFN and I love to hear Professor Elemental.

S.D. What was the most enjoyable event you have been to recently?

P.H. It has to be the Steampunk Movie night at the Vernon Arms in Nottingham. We met lot's of other Steampunks and had a great time.

S.D. Thanks for taking the time for this interview, what advice do you have for someone just picking up the bass?

P.H. Yeah, play with your fingers not a pick!

Thanks Paul, have a nice day.........

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Gladstone's next gig is at the Labour club, Northampton. The band will be sifting through some live footage soon and will be up-loading stuff onto youtube.....I'll keep you informed!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Good day Gladstonians, news from the band is....Spook Stoker's nasty little virus is finally clearing so his vocal antics will soon be going full steam ahead, although he has spread his germs far and wide liberally spreading Gladstoneitis to all and sundry....sorry audience at the Snooty Fox.......sorry BB Blackdog!

Band practice will be going ahead this weekend, the band will be getting ready for their next show at the Northampton Labour club on 3rd March, they'll be playing with the excellent Gothic band Ethereal K.