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Freewheeler have recently won Power Play magazine's Best new band award. Seb Marshall with the replies...

1. What are you currently up to? (E.g. touring/studio, etc.)

At the moment we’re just trying to get out and play as much as possible. We’re kinda support sluts, like in February we’re playing with Hardcore Superstar and The Sweet. We’re gonna try and get in the Studio to record during March, but we might well be touring then so we’ll see.

2. Who was/is are the biggest influences on your career?

God there’s so many, but all the greats like AC/DC, The Stones, Aerosmith, G’n’R & Lynyrd Skynyrd to name a few.

3. Brief history of your work to date and the style of music you play.

Well we’re kinda similar to the bands I mentioned, you know, good ‘ole dirty, bluesy, boogie rock’n’roll. But we’re trying to take it forward and give it a fresh edge. Which I think we’ve done & people are really responding to it. Which is cool, you know. We really got ourselves together last year and did a lot of gigging and played with a lot of great bands, like The Supersuckers & Nashville Pussey. We also released a split CD on Sleazey Records at the tail end of last year, which was real cool.

4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

Oh, playing the main stage at JB’s Dudley was pretty cool. It was just great to have space to move and the sound was awesome. We’re all a lot happier playing bigger venues.

Getting on those good supports and playing with bands you want to, is hard work, there’s loads of chasing and getting approval from everyone under the sun. But if you get the gig it’s sure worth all the effort, no doubt about it.

5. Do you see the interest in rock & metal music growing in the UK at the moment? What bands do you admire and/or an influence?

Yeah it is. But then I don’t think it ever really went away, there are just a lot more bands coming out now that are worth listening to. And with bands like The Darkness breaking thru it reminds the masses that there is more out there musically than pre-packaged pop puppets and shitty R’n’B.

6. If you could create a fantasy band - what would be the line-up and why?

That’s tough. Let’s see, drums - Phil Rudd, cause he’s so simple, solid & powerful, which is really what you need from a drummer. Bass - Phil Lynott, he was just rockin’. Guitars - Izzy Stradlin, Angus Young & Joe Perry, three guitars rocks! Piano - Little Richard, I just love his playing. And Vocals - well I’d have Axel, Bon Scott, Ronnie Van Zant & Steve Tyler showing the boy bands how to do it properly.!!!

7. What state do you think live gigs are in at the moment in the UK?


8. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?

We’ve got the split CD 'Truck Driver Heaven' out on Sleazey records, if you drop by our website, there’s details of who’s stocking it.

9. Message to your fans...

You all rock & have great taste in music & we love you all!!

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