Band Q&A – Conflare

Conflare are based in Castleford, Yorkshire, England! Their members are;

  • Toby Hanmore
  • Rob Hawkins
  • Sam Wilkinson
  • Ethan Bradley

1. Who are your top 3 influences?

Biffy Clyro for sure, then we’d say the Foo Fighters and more recently Boston Manor. We all listen to massively different stuff but all sort of meet in the middle at those three bands.

2. How did you get your band name?

It’s another language, not sure which one, we were 16 and we’re stuck with it now – just rolling with it!

3. How did you all meet?

We met in high school and I [Toby] was lucky enough to come across Rob in our first week at uni, we bonded over pop punk and the rest is history.

4. What is your song writing process?

It massively varies from song to song, sometimes it’s just one word or phrase that sets off the whole thing, like with Tempted. But other times, the tracks come from us slaving away on our instruments until we come across something we like! Lyrics take the most time though, I [Toby] can sometimes spend up to 6 months on one song, making sure I’m happy with the lyrics, New York is our shortest song and those lyrics took forever to write!

5. We do know you have a track, ‘Lazy Bones’, coming out tomrrow (11th Oct), what can fans expect from this song?

Lazy Bones is bigger, heavier, and, in our humble opinion, better than anything we’ve put out before. We’ve never had such a positive reaction to an unreleased song before, and this is the most excited we’ve ever felt as a band to release new music!

6. What do you hope to achieve a year from now?

You never know what’s going to happen in this industry, so setting specific targets or goals can be setting yourself up to fail. So as long as we’re constantly growing and branching out year by year, then we’re happy.

7. What was Conflare’s first gig experience like?

In a word… Horrible. We were 12 years old, we played a Blink 182 cover. It was out of tune, out of time, and we were convinced we were great! I’m sure it’s still on YouTube somewhere as well. Don’t go looking for it…

8. Biggest challenge so far?

Cramming a band, equipment and merch into my mum’s ford fiesta was always a tough one… But I think the whole experience of being in a band is hard sometimes. Our first ever tour in June was difficult for me personally, I’d never had to look after my voice for such a long period of time before. It’s about getting a balance between enjoying the tour and not blowing yourself out on the first night, which I learned the hard way!

9. You will be headlining a Leeds show in January. What do you think that experience will hold for you?

We can’t wait! The wardrobe was where we played our first ever Leeds show when we were little kids, so it’ll be special to go back and hopefully blow the roof off! We’ll be trying out some new songs and there’s always surprises at a headline show, but you’ll have to wait and see.

10. What’s your favourite thing about performing live?

Hearing songs I wrote in my bedroom being sung back to me is always special to me, particularly the more personal, deep tracks that really mean something. But there’s the brief moment of eye contact and mouthing “this is massive” to one of the boys at one of the big moments in the set.

11. What inspired the lyrics on Lazy Bones?

Lazy Bones is pretty much what you’d expect, it’s about staying in all day, binge watching Netflix and not moving from the sofa! It’s very tongue-in-cheek in that sense, which I think makes it so fun to play live. Hopefully it’s pretty relatable as well, or is it just me that does that…?

12. Where’s your dream place to tour?

We want to take our music everywhere, but the dream for every UK band has got to be America. It’s so so big, and everyone says I sing with an American accent anyway so I’d fit right in over there.

13. Who has the worst dress sense?

We all wear jeans that are too short, so that’s minus points for all 4 of us. I suppose it depends which one of us you ask, Toby wore a Man United shirt on stage once and even he knew that was a terrible thing to do. But with that being said, Rob’s jeans are too tight so he loses.

14. Funniest show story?

We were once booked to play at a pub in the town we live in, when we were maybe 16/17. So we had everything sorted on the day, and by chance we drove past to see that the place was boarded up… So that one didn’t go ahead. In terms of shows that did happen, we played our first Leicester show in April, and on the very first note of the very first song, Ethan managed to put the skin of the kick drum through. And the engineer said there was nothing we could do, we were already on stage, the room was full, we just had to play on with no bass drum and smile through the embarrassment.

15. Pizza! What do you have?

Toby: Asda pizza counter, BBQ base, spicy chicken, spicy beef, steak and bacon.
Ethan: Asda again, BBQ base, spicy beef, spicy chicken, pepperoni, sweetcorn and chilli oil.
Sam: Gotta be spicy meat feast.
Rob: Meat feast… Just not spicy.

16. Most annoying member?

I’m going to nominate myself [Toby] because I spam the band group chat, I’m really fussy over tiny details and I have a sixth sense for mistakes at rehearsals, I’m a nightmare, but for all the right reasons.

17. Who has the worst tattoo?

Rob is the only one of us with tattoos, so by default, it’s Rob. But even if we all had tattoos, I still reckon Rob’s typical musician tattoo of a treble clef would be the worst by far. Sorry…

18. Fast forward and you’re millionaires. What do you do with the money?

Buy out Kellogg’s and discontinue corn flakes so we don’t have to hear that insufferable ‘joke’ anymore.

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