What is your name?

The Survival Code


What is your genre of music?

Rock, Alt rock, punk rock.. depends who you ask and how specific they are on their definition of each of the above :). We’d say we’re rock


Give us a little bio about you.

We’re a rock trio based in London known for sharp melodies and big drops. We have been going since 2011 and have 3 major releases so far, the current one being our EP “Broken Strings” which we have been promoting for about 4 months and our new single “One” is from. We got going in earnest in 2012, released an EP “Everything but today” followed by an album “MMXV” in 2015 interspersed with dozens of gigs. We’re in the studio next month to start our second album


What made you go in to music?

It chose us, wasn’t a choice, just something we all had to try for our own reasons


Are you a signed?

We are associated with a label that help with our releases and distribution but no, we are an independent band


Your brand song ‘One’ , Tell us more about it.

One is our second single off our new EP “Broken Strings”, you should probably queue the violins haha… It’s a reflection of some of the strife we’ve come across in the band so far with numerous things going madly wrong, people and members disappearing. Despite all that, we always have to remember that every chance could be the one that makes it happen, no matter what went before so it’s a self motivation song that works for us.


Take a listen to ‘One’ right here:


What was the writing process like for ‘One’

It was great actually, it came together very quickly. As you can hear the main riff hasn’t much to it but is quite rhythmic and it just won’t stop haha. That main riff sticks around most of the song with slight nuances. Once we had the main riff, the other parts just fell into place. It was one of the those where it was just meant to be


You have also released a new EP ‘Broken Stings’ what is the meaning behind the title

Oh yes, we haven’t mentioned that yet haha, the title and main song is inspired by a poem in an old indian book of poetry called the “Gitanjali” by the poet Rabindranath Tagore. I sing and play guitar in the band and became obsessed with the main line and it became the basis for the release


Describe each track in three words.

One – Strong, relentless, passionate
Broken Strings – Energetic, Moorish, insane
Lost Cause – Melodic, powerful, dynamics


Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?

We’re actually keeping gigs on the down low for the next few months until we get the album recorded, but have a one in Brighton on the 16th of March and worthing on the 17th


Do you play any instruments?

A good few, but I play guitar and sing in the band


Who are your influences?

Deftones ,Alkaline Trio, Cohered and Cambria, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters


How do you get inspiration to write songs?

It’s addictive to be honest, and becomes a way of dealing with life generally. This means there’s always a hundred reasons you should pick the guitar up and start strumming away. Either to emulate one of your favourite songs you’ve always wished you wrote, or to forge a random and unique path. It’s everywhere, but as they always say, it’s easy to write songs! good songs are the question


Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Recording our next big release in a studio in the US while planning which festivals we can fit into our busy Summer schedule 🙂


When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Not very rock n’ roll I’m afraid, I work in property


What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins (that whole Disc 1 of Mellon Collie and the infinite sadness tbf)


What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

If you want something done right, do it yourself


What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Network well, and talk to as many people you can. Never a wasted hour when you can learn about who and who to to work with.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Straight to the outcome, skip all the steps


Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?

Clontarf in Dublin Ireland, first thing that comes to mind is the Castle. You have to spend a night in Clontarf Castle – it’s stunning (should be getting paid for this haha)


When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

Vocalzone for my throat
My won mic – can’t be using the house mic
my wireless system
my pedals


Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?



What  are your names?
Paige Byrd (Guitar), Will Hopkins (Bass) & Jarred Hayden (Drums)


What is the band name?
The Captain’s Son


How did you come up with your name ‘The Captain’s Son’
It came about from a Woody Guthrie song called Muleskinner Blues. The opening lines are “Good morning captain, good morning son.”


What is your genre of music?
Independent Feel Good Slam-Soul-Pop for Animals


Give us a little bio about you as a band and as individuals.
Paige and Jarred met while in high school. They each had their own band at the time and would set up shows together around their towns. During this time Will was doing the same thing, only an hour away in Springfield. Paige and Jarred started playing in the same band together and moved to Springfield in 2010. During that time Will had moved to Hollywood for school. Paige and Jarred left on a tour in mid 2014, ended up living in the van for almost six months in Southern California and returned at the end of the year. Their bassist quit when they got back to Missouri. Will joined in on bass in late 2015 and it’s been nothing but excellent since.


How did you meet each other?
House parties and shows back home.


Are you a signed?
We have our own label we’re starting up, Ham N’ Dregs.


You released your latest track ‘Walking Around Purposely, tell us more about this.
It was written in various houses I (Paige) was crashing at in 2015 after we had came back off the road. I wanted it to be a song that everyone could relate to, that wasn’t all about love. Being bored, only seeing the world through your own eyes and just growing up on the streets like any young person just trying to figure it out. Simply living. I also wanted this song to have a plain vocal style so it would sound more relatable and relaxed, not too brash or intimidating to the listener.


What was the recording process like?
Very free and laid back, it was our escape. At the time we recorded last all three of us were working 40-50+ hours a week at our jobs. After we got off work we would throw a pot of coffee on (or three) and jam until we wanted to go to bed. Everything was recorded at our house by us.


What was the writing process like?


Your set to release your self-titled EP in March, what can you tell us about it?
Well we’re still thinking of a name for it actually, instead of just “self-titled.” As mentioned above, all tracks we’re recorded by us in our house in the basement.


How will you describe the EP?
It’s 6 upbeat, eclectic tracks with a particular 60’s influence and attention to harmony and good tones.


Do you have any collaborations in the works?


Would you be up for collaborating with other bands or artists, if so how could they contact you?
Probably, yeah. Facebook or our website,


Do you play any instruments?
Guitar, bass, piano, drums, organ, hand percussion, banjo, didgeridoo (though not well), hand claps, whistling, tambourines and shakers.


Who are your influences?
Arctic Monkeys, the Beatles, the Strokes, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, Bob Dylan, the Growlers, Lucero, Dr Dog, My Morning Jacket, Allah Las, Blank Tapes, MC5, the Sonics, Vampire Weekend. … The list can go on for days. We love music. Plain and simple.


How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The emotional and physical rollercoaster that is everyday life.


Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Still alive and playing music ideally. It’s hard to picture what will happen next week or next month.


When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
A lot. Being outside is big for us. We love hiking, skateboarding, hitting the beach, camping and so on. We’ll hit local shows or just chill at the closest watering hole. We crack jokes and beers.


Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
We’ve kinda already played it, The Gillioz Theatre. It was for a John Lennon tribute show. I suppose it would be pretty awesome to play our own stuff there as well.


what would be your dream show to have your music played on?
Is there a way to go back in time and insert one into an episode of Scrubs? South Park, the Simpsons or Family Guy would be rad.


If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Arctic Monkeys for sure.


If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
Dr Dog or Vampire Weekend. Matt Adams of the Blank Tapes would be sick.


What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
It’s hard to name just one song or even one artist. Good music really.


What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Be you because no one else can and that tomorrow isn’t promised. Also, pull your partner’s hair in the heat of things.


What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and  just as an artist?
Be yourself and don’t put a timeline on anything. Don’t settle.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.


You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit – parents house.
2/ where is the first place you see – the airport
3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get – Lindberg’s, either the turkey burg or the black bean burg. They have a kick ass pecan salad there.


When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
  1. Instruments first and foremost
  2. Capo and Picks
  3. Merch
  4. A meal beforehand
  5. The Setlist


Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
We have our own website that has everything you need to know.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube.

Jess and The Bandits are a Contemporary Country Five Piece, and Ready to get out there and perform for their fans.


What is the name of your band?

Jess and the Bandits

What is your name as individuals as well?

Jessica Clemmons (vocals),

Louis Riccardi (guitar),

Ricci Riccardi (drums/percussion),

Dave Troke

and Steve Williams (keys)
How old are you?

We are all in our early 30s.
What is your genre of music?

Contemporary Country

Give us a little Bio of you:

After meeting on The Overtones tour,Jessica Clemmons asked Louis, Ricci, Dave and Steve to join her on the
road to support Boyzone on their BZ20 Tour. With the line-up receiving
a rapturous response each night of the tour, they decided to make it a
full-time and arrangement. Thus Jess and the Bandits was born. A year
later and we are due to release our debut album ‘Here We Go Again’ on
March 30.

How long have you been doing music?

As a band we’ve been playing together for two years but individually we’ve all been playing and
pursuing music since we were children.
What made you go in to music?

A natural love for it. To be able to make a living from something you love doing and are gifted with is the
ultimate goal. We are lucky to be able to do just that.

Where did you get the band name from?

There were tons of ideas being throw around between us and our management but when Jess and the
Bandits came out, we knew that was ‘the one’.
Are you a signed Band?

We are not, completely independent.

What other instruments do you play?

Between all of us we play the guitar, bass, percussion, keys and most of us can play several or all
of those.

How did the band come about?

The guys were playing for a group called The Overtones and Jess was on the opening act. We instantly bonded and
started performing together after the tour was over. It only made
sense that the next step was to properly form a band.
Who are your influences?

We as individuals have so many from Johnny Cash all the way to Aretha Franklin. I think at the end of the day we
all love music and great songs, you can find that in any genre.
When will your new material be out?

The new single ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ is out now and the album ‘Here We Go Again’ is released on March 30th.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Usually it’s personal experiences but sometimes it can be seeing what other people are going
through. You can be sitting in a park or a coffee shop watching people
or an event happen and inspiration can hit you.

Where do you see the band in 2-5 Years?

Hopefully playing all over Europe and the surrounding areas as well as breaking in the US. We
have lots of goals!
If you weren’t doing music what would you be doing?

That’s a tough question because music is a part of who we are. I don’t think any of
us can imagine a world where we aren’t at least doing something with
music. That could mean teaching it, or even presenting it.
When your not doing music,what do you do?

Relax! We are all so busy that when we get those days off, especially during a tour schedule it
usually involves sleeping and catching up with people who we don’t get
to see enough.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or band who would it be?

Probably Joshua O’Keefe, that would be a fun collaboration.
If you could collaborate with one USA Artist or band who would it be?

Sam Hunt or Keith Urban would be incredible. Hard to choose just 1!
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?

Glastonbury on the main stage would be pretty epic.
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

It would have to be to perform at the Grammy’s or the Country Music Awards. That
would be incredible.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

To never give up.That as soon as you do, that’s typically when all of the great things
would have started happening. Persistence is the key to success in
anything you do.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

To get a great team behind you. From musicians to management. If you have people that
believe in what you are doing, the sky is the limit.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Follow your gut. If it
doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. You can save yourself a
lot of trouble if you follow your instincts.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Of course!
Twitter- @jessthebandits
Facebook – @JessandtheBandits
YouTube –
Website –