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Somerset Sounds - Artists

April Dead
April Dead got together in 2003

April Dead

Check out the heavy, distorted rhythms and catchy melodic riffs of April Dead from Castle Cary.

Who are April Dead?

Josh Gallagher on vocals, Tom Ayliffe on guitar, Guy Harrison on guitar, Josh Elliot on bass and vocals, and James Gallagher on drums

Where in Somerset are you from?

Castle Cary

When did you form?

April Dead

Summer 2003

How did you get together?

Current members Josh G, Tom and Guy got very bored in the summer of 2003 and decided to get a band together. So we bought some amps and guitars and asked two other friends to join as bass player and drummer.

After a temporary breakup later that summer, April Dead re-formed with the new additions of James Gallagher on drums and Josh Elliot on bass.

Our first show at Glastonbury Assembly rooms soon followed and we have been gigging in Somerset and the South West ever since.

How would you describe your music?

Our music is an explosive mix of heavy, distorted rhythms and catchy melodic riffs, coupled with technical drums, and vocals ranging from heavy screaming to heartfelt melodies.

How did the band gets its name?

We had a lot of trouble choosing our name as we could never properly decide, so we chose our name out of a hat!

We all put in a few words we liked and then promised that the two we picked out would be our name. And April Dead was picked!

Who are your musical influences?

April Dead

Our musical influences include bands such as Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Funeral for a Friend, Bullet for my Valentine, Misery Signals, Underoath, Story of the Year, and even artists such as Jeff Buckley, Jack Johnson, Josh Ritter, Damien Rice, and many more.

What is your most memorable gig so far?

I would have to say our most memorable show was our last show. We played at Flicks Bar in Yeovil with The Fight, 3DBS Down, Instill, In the Eyes of Midas and My Vendetta.

The crowd were amazing and the metal railings at the front were good fun to jump off!

Where would you most like to play?

We would love to play EVERYWHERE! But if we're talking dream gigs, then it would have to be the London Astoria. It truly is an amazing venue!

Finally, tell us some interesting facts about yourself

We all practically started our instruments when we started the band.

We currently have two CDs - a new four-track is due out in late January 2006.

We have supported bands such as The Hurt Process, Cry for Silence (just off tour with Fightstar), Dopamine, Orca, My Awesome Compilation, Million Dead, MenDeed, Jairus, Midasuno, First Born, Aconite Thrill, and many more!

last updated: 07/12/05
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April Dead Fan
wowwwwwwwww fantastico lovely jubllllllllllllllllly u guys rockkkkkkk yeahh

I love april dead. There music is uber kewl

Josh - April Dead
hey guys, just to let you know we have some new material up on our purevolume and myspace pages for you all to download, also we are currently nagotiating a tour of the UK for June/July time so keep an eye on our sites for dates soon! our next show is... 24th March, Yeovil Ski Lodge W/The Hurt Process, Silent Drive. love x

shaun watson
when are you next playing at ski lodge or flicks?

zoe siddall
you guys will have to tell me when you are playing next as i went to your school and we have to have a catch up

april dead are average generic metalcore its a shame they havent been able to play outside yeovil but i guess they are just not at that level yet

jordi (smack mary/joe public)
supported million dead?! where can i get your gig listings? ansford massive

Josh g is in my class and he's like ummm lush and cool so there. these boys are damn fine, and theyre music is lush too hey hey. all the best buddies. er if you need any support for that astoria gig, i suppose we could do you a favour!!

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