Brixton-based, punk-rock quartet Coltana release their new single ‘Break Her’ on May 19th. Written about the way women are conveyed in society and how they are set to fail against each other, it’s a song that’s gone down well live. We spoke to Blake Kenrick about how they formed, their song-writing process and plans for the year.
I’ve got so many little audio clips and unfinished projects that are taking up space in my head that need to be molded into something.
First up, tell us bit about yourself.
I’m the left-handed guitar player in Coltana.
Who was the first music act who inspired you?
I remember watching Queen at Wembley when they played in 1986. I remember it being on the telly and just thinking “this is amazing”. It must of been a re-run because I would of been three-years-old. I think it is still my favorite gig of all time. I also randomly remember there being an advert for chocolate featuring Elton John, which ended with him flying off on his piano. It got played in the commercial breaks. Random.
Was there a particular event or moment that led you to pursue your musical aspirations?
Not anything in particular, I’ve always been around music. My parents always have music on in their house and they had a pretty decent music collection between them. I obviously started to hijack various CDs when I was young to create my listening empire. That combined with my older sister getting exposed to great music when we were teenagers, so that would filter down to me. Starting to go to gigs regularly and seeing it done in the flesh was a real eye opener. It’s something I’ve always been attracted too.
How do you create your music? Is there any kind of routine that helps?
For me personally, I just record shit whenever possible, usually via my phone. It’s a handy tool for just getting stuff down asap before it’s had it’s moment.
I hear through the grapevine that you have another single in the works, but what can we expect from this new track?
Correct. Its a lively little number full of energy and attitude. A few stabs here and there for good measure. It’s called ‘Break Her’. It goes down well live, so we decided to record it. It’s come out well. I await the feedback.
Is there a particular theme you guys like writing about the most?
Well Cat writes the lyrics, which generally are observational. Living in England, relationships, people being assholes, that kinda stuff. The worlds always changing so there’s always stuff to take stock of to turn into lyrics. That doesn’t rule us out of writing about aliens if we feel we need to though. Watch this space…
Can you pick out one (previously written) song you are most proud of and why?
At this moment in time - ‘Bittersweet’. It’s just one of those songs that works. It’s got the spacey business going on, it’s got the groove and it’s heavy in all the right places. Top Banana.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be?
What have you been listening to this year? Top 3 records of 2017 so far?
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand, I’m still waiting for the other two.
If you had to pick one act to see live this year, who would it be?
Hmmm, there’s a decent selection of act’s out on the road this year so that’s a tough one. Right now, probably Aerosmith. I heard they are starting to finish up, so I wanna see them again, just in case it’s my last opportunity.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Don’t know really, I’ve never really thought about it. That’s a loaded question… too much choice.
Are you planning any live dates toward the next release?
Yeah, we got a gig at 93 Feet East tonight (April 21st) and St Moritz Club in Soho on 6th May. Come down. Get involved.
What are your hopes for the rest of 2017?
Get the rest of our stuff out into the world, which is currently sitting on my computer trying to break free. Also just get writing. I’ve got so many little audio clips and unfinished projects that are taking up space in my head that need to be molded into something but also just keep playing. Lots of playing.
Listent to Break Her on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to coltana.co.uk.