Interview With Robyn Haycock.
Exciting times are most definitley afoot for the Walsall based band Stone Broken, with their new album ‘All In Time’ ready to hit the airwaves and a launch night planned for Friday 18th December at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.
Robyn Haycock who is the drummer with the band, took some time out from the busy preparations to answer our questions and to give us some insight into all things great and Stone Broken – this is what she had to say:
Growing up, how important was music to you – which bands were your favourites?
Music has always played a big part in my life. Growing up I was always surrounded by music in some way, as a kid my parents always took me to gigs and local festivals; at school I was always picking up instruments and trying them out. I played tuba for a while, I tried out guitar, piano and drums. Some of my favourite bands growing up were Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix.
How old were you when you picked up your first pair of drum sticks and why drumming? Was there any one particular person who inspired you to start playing?
I started playing drums when I was 13. There’s always been something about drums that I love, when I went to gigs as a kid I was always fixated on the drummer and I remember my dad showing me John Bonham’s solo from Moby Dick and thinking maybe one day I’ll be as good as he was. I’m still working on it haha… but yeah, my dad has been a big influence from the start.
Stone Broken have been together since 2013 – how did it all start for you?
Me and Rich had been in bands together before Stone Broken so we were always jamming at my house. We decided to get a lock up (rehearsal room) and shortly after that we found Kieron and Chris and that’s when Stone Broken was born.
Would you say that the band’s sound and style has changed since the early days and if so, how?
We have only been together a short while so I wouldn’t say that our sound has changed much from the early days. I think we’ve taken what we had and made it stronger and bigger. We spent a lot of time in the beginning discovering our sound until we were happy with what we were producing.
Looking back across the time that you’ve been in Stone Broken, what are your favourite memories from being in the band and why?
Me and the guys have shared some great memories together, from playing our first gig at Route 44 in Birmingham to signing our first management contract recently with Peter Keevil of TMR Band Services and having the opportunity to record with the legend that is Romesh Dodangoda. I remember getting our songs played on Kerrang! Radio for the first time and all meeting at our lock up to listen to it together, but there’s one memory that always stands out and it’s when we played a gig at the Slade Rooms (Wolverhampton), we were playing ‘This Life’ and it got to the chorus all of sudden our fans started singing the lyrics back to us, that felt truly amazing.
What do you enjoy most about playing live – do you ever get nervous before going on stage?
I enjoy all of it, I get a real buzz from playing live. When we’ve finished our set I always want to get back up and play some more. I’ve been able to meet some pretty cool people and have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some awesome bands. I love seeing our fans having a good time, it makes me enjoy it all that much more… I’m the one that gets the most nervous if I’m honest but once I’m up there it soon goes away.
Who in the band takes the longest to get ready before a gig??
Haha! That would have to be me… I have to make sure my eyeliner is looking good and my hair is ok.
The band have a new album ‘All In Time’ coming out shortly, how were you involved in the writing of the songs and the creative process as a whole?
I mainly focus on writing the drum parts for the songs, sometimes I’ll throw in a melody or a lyric idea here and there but when it comes to writing catchy choruses I leave that one up to Rich.
What is your favourite song from the album and why?
I love them all but if I had to pick one then it would be ‘Not Your Enemy’, it’s a really driving song with a huge chorus. It’s one of those songs that you can’t help either tapping along to or doing some serious head banging and air drumming to.
The band have recently released a video for new single ‘Stay All Night’, what did you enjoy most about making the video?
We had a lot of fun shooting the new video. We used an old warehouse in Manchester and filled it full of smoke and just had fun playing the song. We decided to go with some slow mo shots of me so that was cool to shoot. Trying to not pull a weird face in slo mo was a challenge haha… but the end result looks amazing.
When will the album be available to buy and how can people get a copy of it?
‘All In Time’ will officially be out on the 29th January 2016, it will be available to buy from our website and from all major digital stores. We also have a limited amount of albums for sale at our launch show on Friday 18th December.
Stone Broken have some pretty loyal fans around the region and beyond – how does it make you feel to know that there is so much support out there for you and the band?
It’s overwhelming, it feels amazing! It makes doing this all worthwhile. We are really lucky to have such awesome and loyal fans, we can’t thank them enough. Without them we wouldn’t be doing this and The Broken Army is growing bigger and bigger.
The album launch is happening this Friday at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton – what kind of preparation have you done in the weeks previously, to get ready for this?
We’ve really pushed the promotion once we knew we were the headline act. So plenty of online stuff and we are not shy of handing out flyers at gigs too – a few of your readers may have seen us handing out flyers at The Slade Rooms, Civic and Wulfrun to people in the queues.
We then sat down and spent a lot of time deciding what order the songs should be played in, we’re really proud of this album and we want to do it justice, which means we’ve also been doing a lot of rehearsing for the show.
How can people get tickets for the album launch?
They can get tickets from our website where there’s an option to pre pay and collect the tickets on the night, so no need to rely on the post man to deliver them on time.
Will we get to hear the album played in it’s entirety on the night?
Yes, we will be playing all the songs from our debut album with a couple more added in for good measure.
How will you be celebrating afterwards?
Me and the guys will more than likely grab a pizza and enjoy a couple of well-earned beers, then we are up early to record a session at a radio station in Lincoln.
And finally, what are you looking forward to the most in 2016?
I’m looking forward to getting out on the road and playing new places, playing some awesome festivals and hopefully putting some smiles on people’s faces.
Huge thanks going out to Robyn for doing this interview and also to Rich, Chris, and Kieron for what we are about to receive!
For tickets to the album launch and also to purchase ‘All In Time’ online, please follow this link to Stone Broken’s website.
Interview by Sue Wardle.