Oasis-inspired pals aim for the heavens
FOOL'S Paradise is a four-piece band from Stoke-on-Trent who formed in August 2010. Lead singer Rob Deacon, aged 21 from Stockton Brook, is joined by drummer Dan Bailey, also 21 and from Milton, 17-year-old bass player Steve Bailey, from Milton, and guitarist Brad Mills, aged 17 and from Hanley. Rob answers our questions.
How did you get into music?
I have always been into music. My dad brainwashed me with mod/ska music from an early age and obviously growing up through the 90s I was introduced to Britpop and indie. I picked the guitar up when I was 16, wrote a couple of tunes and never looked back. When I saw Oasis live, I knew I wanted to be in a band.
When did you form the band?
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We formed the band around August time in 2010, and did our first gig late October time at the Gardeners Retreat in Stoke with a mixture of covers and our own material. We packed out the pub with family and friends and then set out writing more of our own material ready for our next gig.
How do you know each other?
Me and Dan are old mates from Holden Lane High School. We were in the same year. Originally, we started jamming together then in drafted Steve (Dan's brother) and Brad.
What are your influences and musical style?
We have got a very raw style, a Britpop rock and roll sound. Even though we have got our songs recorded, you need to see us live to appreciate the tunes. We have got a good mixture of influences from 60s, 80s and to 90s. We like bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Jam, Stone Roses, Oasis and Kasabian but really we just play what comes natural to us.
What have been your best and worst moments so far?
We've supported signed bands such as Detroit Social Club and Twisted Wheel, which was a good experience. We've also got ourselves a professional music video, for our track This Is Who I Am, made by some second year media students which was a good laugh. You can watch it on YouTube. We've also got around to owning our own rehearsal studios in Burslem which has its perks, and gives us chance to do it all at our own pace. I can honestly say we haven't had a bad moment to date. We are loving every minute.
What are your plans for the future?
We've got no immediate plans, but we are hoping to spread out further afield. We've been together for a year-and-a-half now. It's all about getting the word out and building on what we have already got. The stuff we're writing is getting better and better all the time. All The Young have opened the doors for the Stoke music scene, so I reckon it's there for the taking.
We are back in the studio recording our new tune, Set Me Free, which should be ready on April 22.
Forthcoming dates: The Old Brown Jug, Newcastle, Saturday, April 28, £3 pay on the door from 7.30pm (part of the Step On night); Mods Day Out, The Pavilion, Congleton, Sunday, May 6.