Last Great Dreamers have just come off the road after opening up for The Quireboys across the UK – and enjoying a double date at HRH AOR. HRH Mag’s Andy Spoors caught up with a band reborn.
HRH: You sounded very different to the rest of the bands on the main stage at AOR – where do your influences stem from?
LGD: It’s more to do with your whole life. You build up a collection of music in your childhood and then right throughout your life. We have so many influences and I think that’s what shapes our sound and makes it so unique. You can’t quite put your finger on it. We grew up with the Stones, Bowie, T-Rex, Clash, Sex Pistols and through to Hanoi Rocks. They were a big influence on us.
HRH: So would you say you’re sleazier than most?
LGD: The whole sleaze thing at the tail end of the 80s – that’s where we came from. But at HRH AOR we had comparisons to Green Day. So we are right up to where we are now. People see different things and I like that. It’s about the songs. The image and the style of songs are different. There is a heavier rock aspect to the band but the melody and the harmonies are big part of us as well. It’s all natural though. We don’t orchestrate it and say ‘let’s do this or do that’. It’s just power pop rock and roll!
HRH: Do you feel there’s been a change in your sound over the years?
LGD: We think there has but maybe critics would say there hasn’t. We think it’s evolved but we are basically still a rock and roll band. You’re always going to be compared to your past – and to other bands – because people need a reference point to describe your music. But listening to it is a completely different thing and you can make up your own mind. People listen to Last Great Dreamers and that’s exactly what they do. It’s great!
HRH: And how have you enjoyed your stint with The Quireboys?
LGD: It’s been fantastic. And very memorable. They’re a great bunch of lads and the tour has been a blast.
HRH: A combination of circumstances at HRH AOR led to an even bigger show for you. How did it feel to get out on the main stage?
LGD: It felt like we were very much at home. We haven’t done too many big gigs for a while. We had a great time and felt good and the audience were very receptive. A lot of our own fans were down the front and the whole place was into it. They are such a good audience – they are there to enjoy themselves and the music. The crowd was very receptive to what we did and a lot of people wouldn’t have known us very well. For us it was a great opportunity. We’re very grateful that the organisers asked us to fill in last minute. We grabbed the chance and it was a blast.
HRH: How late was the call to go on the main stage?
LGD: We were asked whether we could do it the Monday before the festival and we grabbed the chance with both hands. Hopefully people will remember us and come back and see us again sometime.
HRH: You also played the after party. Do you enjoy playing smaller, more intimate gigs?
LGD: It was a bit weird doing it straight after the main stage. But that was also a good show in its own right. You can relax a bit more and it’s a slightly different show. That one was more what we are used to! Once we stepped off the big stage it was unusual to go in to a soundcheck. In fact it’s kind of unusual to do two gigs in the same night full stop. There was a big crowd over in the main arena and there was nobody at the other venue when we arrived to do our soundcheck. It was empty! Talk about a contrast. It was cool though and we got it going again. The music kicked in and the party started.