With indie-band Athens' final gig back in September before their eventual end, here is an interview from the archives of last summer when Edward Burnett chatted to the members of four-piece band.
RnRR: Hi, would you like to introduce the band, and give some background info on it and how it became what it is today?
ATHENS: So we’ve got Steve on Bass, Sean on Drums, Joe on Vox and Jack on Guitar. We’d all been in bands for years and knew each other from our local scenes. We were all hammered one night and decided we’d have a jam, somehow it ended up happening and we wrote a few tunes and started gigging. We’ve just gone from there really!
RnRR: What a great story! So what’s your favourite part of being in the band?
ATHENS: Playing the live shows for sure. We all get on well and rarely get through rehearsals without a half an hour fuck about. The live shows are the best bit though, meeting people and seeing people embrace our music is what we are in this game for!
RnRR: So with the liking being towards live shows, are there more in the pipe line before the year’s end?
ATHENS: For sure! We had 2 hometown shows before the end of the year (2018) while we record the rest of our album and then we are lining up a UK tour for throughout 2019 which we are exited for!
RnRR: That sounds fun! Is a goal of the band’s to make it big over seas aswell?
ATHENS: The goal is to reach as many people as possible with our music, for as many people to love our tunes as possible and for us to get the oppertunity to meet all those amazing people!
RnRR: When do you see yourselves achieving that goal?
ATHENS: Again its hard to say! It’s a tough industry and theres so many great bands coming out of our city alone let alone the rest of the world! I think the main aim is to keep making music, keep playing shows and keep meeting new people / fans / bands! It’s all about the music for us, if you don’t have that then you don’t have anything!
RnRR: Exactly- smart words. All the best for the future guys, we’ll be sure to update the page with any major news!
ATHENS: Thanks guys, pleasure!
Athens went on to perform several live shows and gigs throughout 2019 before bringing a closing chapter to the band's existence with their final show at Fightstrong in September 2019.