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Friday, October 20, 2006

Rising Stars Revisited - THE HEAL

1. What's happened for the band in 2006? (Any line-up changes, new music etc)

Hell No!! Why change something that has been working so well! We've had an amazing summer, meeting new people, playing new places. Its been an unbelieveable year and We've just got better and better.

2. What bands have you been involved with live wise during 2006 and live highlight(s)?

Well we had a packed Summer of Festivals. The highlight has to be Oceanfest in Devon tho. Great weather, great crowd. We were'nt really sure what to expect from it, so to play in front of 4000 people was pretty incredible... plus we played an excellent set, so it was even better. We ahve a possible gig in Leicester in December with The Dirty Pretty Things, just waiting on confirmation.

3. What have been the highlight(s) and low point(s) of this year?

As always, the lows have been not being able to practice as much as we'd want to, because of Christians final uni year commitments. But Its Jons last year this year so after next summer we're pretty much free to do whatever we want!
The Highs have been getting a new cd recorded, winning New Moon Studios Battle Of The Bands and an excellent summer of rockin out!

4. Is your audience the same people who have followed the band since its early days, or are you picking up a different fan base?

Well, we have a few die-hard fans but we've also tapped into a younger market, playing The Urban Games at The Lammas, in Staines and a few 14+ gigs in and around London. We ahve some pretty loyal fans now.. and its always nice to see familiar faces in a crowd. Like the people that drove all the way to Norwhich to see us play VW Whitenoise Festival.

5. Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?

Well, there are a few goodies. Theres one on our myspace site ( under the title of Karma-geddeon... its a long story so you're best goin to read it there. I suppose a good one is the night we went out to Staines with Wolsey (Hard-Fi's Producer.) Rich, Hard Fi's frontman, met up with us and we had a chat about his touring and thier 2nd album. By the time we left we were all pretty pissed. There was lots of drunken back slapping goin on, however byt the time we left The Hobgoblin Pub Rich was COVERED in 'Heal' Stickers all over his back... The Frontman of Hard Fi, with Heal stickers all over his back... You cant buy advertisement like that..... I still owe him a drink for that one!!

7. Your take on the current music scene (both rock & in gerneal terms)...

I think the music scene is a bit commercial at the mo. It seems to rely on the next big thing that comes through a reality show. Its very obviously money orientated, which winds you up, but at the end of the day money talks and theres nothing that can be done about it.

8. Which new musicians/bands do you think have impressed you? Who would you like to work with in the future?

I really Like Reuben at the moment. I thknk theyve just been dropped by the label, which I cant understand, but then Sony are renowned for that! Music is a bit wishy washy at the moment and bands like Reuben really shake things up!

9. What would you like to achieve ideally by this time next year?

The usual. Record Label, Beach house, Porsche!! Nah, but seriously, we just need to improve on everthing we are doing. We are shit hot at the moment, but you're never the finished article. Thats what drives us. It'll happen for us soon. We have faith in ourselves and our music.

10. Message to your fans...

Once again, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Its been a great year and an unbelievable summer. Heres to the next one

We also have a gig at The Clapham Grand on Friday 3rd November. This is the link for all information on it!

Cheers mate

The Heal


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