Seven Stories High formed in South Wales in 2014 and have been working on material pretty much ever since. They released their first EP and are already working on another new release. They have dates scheduled in the UK already and are aiming as high as possible, as you’ll read from their own story below.
Who are you and what do you do?
We are Seven Stories High, a pop-punk band from Swansea (UK).
Rhys Hyett-Ferrier – Vocals
Matt Davies – Guitar
Charlie Porter – Guitar
Kallum Brain – Bass
Dave Bevan – Drums
Where did the band’s name come from?
The name came about when we all got together for our first writing session in my flat. While writing CTRL (our first song), we wrote the lyric ‘seven storeys high’ based on the fact that we were on the seventh floor (the song is about starting the new band, wiping the slate clean and aiming high). Later on we started to come up with ideas for a band name. Seven Storeys High was suggested. As we had been in seven bands/projects leading up to this one, we altered the name to reflect that aspect and came up with Seven Stories High. Ka-pow
How did you get started?
As the three of us were back home in Swansea last year, I rang up Matt and Dave to talk about starting a new project with myself on vocals in order to quench my thirst for attention (I played drums in our last band. We started out covering bands like Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and Feeder for fun. Eventually, we started doing some writing and came up with The A-Team cover (which is on our EP). As we started to progress, we wanted to start gigging (we brought in our friend Sam for a few gigs, but unfortunately it didn’t work out). After a few horror movie shows with me playing rhythm guitar too, we brought in Charlie and Kallum to complete the ultimate pop-punk dream team.
What have you got going on at the moment?
We’ve got some UK dates lined-up for the near future which we’re super excited about. We’re also working on some new material which we’ll be looking to record very soon.
Best experience in the business?
Our last gig, playing main support for a sold out show, was my favourite so far (apart from an incident involving a pineapple which I’d rather not get into). We’ve also been lucky enough to play with bands like Decade, Light You Up, Kids Can’t Fly (rip), Hey Vanity and Nineteen Fifty Eight who we’ve become good friends with.
Why should Soundscape readers care?
We write songs that make us happy, if you like beer, comics and sci-fi movies you’re in the right place.
There’s no reason people should care, we’re a small band from a small place but we love what we do and we hope you enjoy it.
Tell our readers an interesting fact about yourself?
Up until the age of 9, I couldn’t tell the time. Sue me. Also, we can quote Hot Fuzz pretty much word for word.
What’s your writing and recording process?
We’re the most inefficient band in the world. One of us will have an idea and it’ll get passed around until we think think it sounds 10/10 would bang, gold star, high five (the highest achievable accolade)
What inspires you?
We’re inspired by lots of different things but each song we write has a very specific meaning. It can be the stupidest little thing that bugs us or a life changing event.
Who are your role models/idols?
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Patrick Star, Thor Odinson, Michelangelo (the turtle, not the guy), Severus Snape, Han Solo (he shot first), Mark Hoppus and Chunk from The Goonies.
Hardest thing about the current business?
Getting our music heard by people who care.
What are your future plans?
Play as many gigs as possible, laugh a lot and meet as many people as we can. We’re very grateful for all the support we’ve had so far and we just want to keep moving forward.