Interview: Black Star Jackals

We interviewed the Glasgow-based, Alt-Rock, band Black Star Jackals about their latest single “Party People“, their musical influences and artist recommendations. Find out more about this promising band!

Your new song, “Party People”, has just been released. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it?
The song itself is driven by this simple, but super effective, pounding ‘four on the floor’ style drumbeat – similar to what you hear in lots of dance tracks. That was the foundation on which we wanted to build the track i.e. a proper party jam you can’t help head banging to. In fact, the words “Party People” came about from us imagining a crowd rocking out to this at a party. Then we decided to put a twist on the meaning, instead suggesting that the “Party People” are kind of like mindless sheep, dancing away their dreams. You can draw whatever analogies or metaphors with real life you choose.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
We wear our influences on our sleeves and, for the most part, we all grew up loving the great bands of the ’90s and ’00s; Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, System of a Down, Muse and many more. But at the same time, we each bring our own very different tastes and experiences to our sound. Steven (guitar) and Max (bass) for example both studied at classical music colleges. Kieran (vocals) was a solo singer songwriter before forming the band and Calum (drums) has played in lots of Celtic/folk groups. Ultimately our aim is to bring bands and rock music back to the forefront, as they seemed to have disappeared from the charts in last 10 years.

What have been band highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Our biggest achievement to date has to be reaching the national final of the Soundwaves Music Competition, which meant we got to play in the Birmingham O2 Academy (though sadly we didn’t win!). As for a bucket list, right now in Covid times I think simply playing a gig with someone in the audience would be a win! I guess ultimate dream is doing an international sell out tour in massive venues! But I guess a more immediately realistic dream would be to do a gig at the Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow’s most iconic venue.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I guess it would have to be Foo Fighters – Dave Grohl is a huge hero of ours (particularly Kieran) and he always puts on one hell of a gig!

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
Calum is a big fan of Yungblud, and we all really dug his collab with Bring Me The Horizon. Steven’s really been enjoying the new stuff from Pale Waves, Slipknot and Miley Cyrus (yes, Miley Cyrus). Obviously Kieran has been binging the new Foo Fighters record.
As for bands to check out, Kieran introduced to The Amazons a few years back and if you like our stuff, then you’ll love their style too. Another artist who is super inspiring and always releasing interesting material is Christine and the Queens.

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