Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with indie rock/pop band, Her Burden.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Initially, Her Burden was an alias for a solo project started by the band’s singer and lead guitarist, Joshua Jones. After releasing some music, he met guitarist, Luke Spencer, at a house party. Luke had already listened to Josh’s songwriting and wanted to jump on board. From there the band was formed.
After gigging and releasing some singles and EPs, as well as a few lineup changes in the rhythm section, drummer Matt Newton became friends with Joshua through university and joined the band. Following on from this, long-time friend and supporter of the band, Sam Dickman, was asked to join as the band’s permanent bass player, thus completing the lineup we hear today.
2. How would you describe your sound?
In the beginning, the Her Burden sound was heavily influenced by pop-punk / punk rock bands. However, as the line up has changed, we’ve begun to lean into the more indie, pop and alternative sides of rock. Our latest tunes can be described as upbeat indie rock / modern brit-pop earworms, with bittersweet and reflective lyrics, perfect for live audiences.
“Your nan would love us” – Luke Spencer, 2021
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Early on, we were heavily influenced by bands like Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41 and Fallout Boy. However as we’ve grown as a band you can now hear the likes of Oasis to Yungblud, Nirvana to The Rolling Stones.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Although we don’t make much money from it, generally, it has helped us. Through YouTube and streaming platforms we have been able to reach all kinds of people from around the world, and although we are still growing our audience, it’s crazy to see where people listening to Her Burden are based.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
We’re a DIY band through and through, so we love to create stuff – Make the best music, visuals, videos, shows we can possibly make, and have fun doing it. We also all love going to gigs and seeing other artists play live. On top of that we each have our own extra hobbies, like watching films and TV, playing video games, or watching football, F1 and so on.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
Prior to (and during) the COVID lockdowns starting in 2020, we recorded a number of tracks. The first of these to be released was “Way Too Good For Me” on 3rd Dec 2021. Our next tune, “Figure It Out”, is being released everywhere 25th March 2022. From there we plan to release new singles over the course of 2022 to 2023. We’re still getting our name back out on the live scene, so no tours planned for the time being. That being said, we’ve got shows lined up in Leicester (next up – 26th March @ The Soundhouse), and are scheduling more shows and festivals across the UK. Follow us on socials to keep an eye out for new shows we get booked on.