SaltWounds are a four piece melodic pop-punk band who hail from Worcester, UK. The band formed in 2015 and have built a strong underground fan base by extensive touring. The band released their debut self-titled EP in December 2016 to much praise and are expecting a huge 2018.
SaltWounds consist of Ryan Price (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Matt Dainty (Lead Guitar), Adam Schmidt (Bass/Vocals) and Aaron Turner (Drums). 2018 is setting up to be a huge year for SaltWounds. The band have been hard at work in the studio cooking up new music for the past few months and I recently caught up with Ryan Price, Adam Schmidt & Matt Dainty to discuss new music, their inspiration and yoga…
“We just want to write music and play shows and have fun, and if we take over the Pop Punk World by accident while doing it then that’s a bonus really”
1) This interview is taking place as you are currently in the studio working on new music and you guys look like you are having a lot of fun. How are you finding it back in the studio?
Ryan: It’s always really fun to be in the studio, it’s always a nice vibe and everyone’s having fun while drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee.
Adam: Cool, play a lot of PlayStation, eat a lot of granola bars.
Dainty: Being in the studio during the first EP was a fun experience, it has always has been fun to be in the studio so coming back in was something I was always looking forward to
2) “Saltwounds” is a great debut EP for a band and shows that you guys have crazy potential! What are some of the greatest lessons you learnt while recording the EP?
Ryan: To always trust the producer, because during this last visit to the studio for the newer EP we should have listened to him on a food recommendation and not just go of just eat.
Adam: Always find time for yourself away from other people.
Dainty: First time we went to do the debut EP I myself was super nervous as I’d never been in that kind of environment before so I ended up other thinking everything, where as this time I took my time and chilled out when it came to do my parts.
3) “Weak Days” shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The song has a massive anthem feel and sounds as if it could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition emanates from the band and is clear to see on all of “Saltwounds” but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the pop-punk world?
Ryan : We just want to write music and play shows and have fun, and if we take over the Pop Punk World by accident while doing it then that’s a bonus really
Adam: We are just four dirty punks from Worcester where if one person gets something from out of our music I’d be happy about that.
Dainty: For me I agree with the guys I got into music for have fun and play what moves me, and its cool to see people dig something that I have been involved in creating.
“For me a song like Weak Days is the first thing I would show people as it has a hook that sticks in your head, but I do like the faster stuff, so Poor Life Choices would be one of my choices too. The new EP is something I’m looking forward to people hearing as we have built on what our first EP had.”
4) Quite a simple question next, how did you guys all meet and what made you want to start up a band?
Adam: Well myself, Dainty and Ryan went to a show in Wolverhampton. We ended up going for some food and just started discussing what we would like to do with a new band and the type of music this new band would have.
Dainty: Yeah we all knew each other before hand as we are all mates and we were stuck on who to have for a drummer and I knew a guy I worked with and invited him along and we all gelled at a practice. He would be doing some of this today but he has work.
5) SaltWounds is one of the greatest names for a band I’ve ever heard. How did this name come about? I’m guessing it was a painful process?
Ryan: I was literally driving through Germany the once and it popped into my head.
Dainty: yeah was something like that and I think me and Ryan also talked about it before a basketball game in Worcester and agreed with him it sounded like a cool name.
6) If people have never heard of SaltWounds before, how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in? Is there a specific track which you feel best encapsulates the SaltWounds sound?
Ryan: Weak Days probably encapsulates us the best but if you’re a fan of Melodic alternative music then most of our Debut and new EP would be right up your alley.
Adams: for fans of Drake, Cradle of Filth and The Menzingers
Dainty: oh totally for fans of those guys for sure! For me a song like Weak Days is the first thing I would show people as it has a hook that sticks in your head, but I do like the faster stuff, so Poor Life Choices would be one of my choices too. The new EP is something I’m looking forward to people hearing as we have built on what our first EP had.
“For sure there is some new music coming out at some point in the year. We had just wrapped up recording in the studio and now it’s just some fine tweaking to do. Also looking at getting some more shows under our belts too so fingers crossed.”
7) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the major major big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would the SaltWounds band rider consist of?
Ryan: Reading is my all time favorite festival, but I would also like to headline Knrd Fest in Germany, my other band played there last year and dainty came along and was just super fun. For my rider it’s pretty stuff, coconut water and green tea, I’m mellow fellow me, oh and enough space for me to yoga before I play, helps me to perform.
Adam: Slam Dunk I’d say for myself and my rider would be black coffee, 2 brown sugars, a 2 liter of 7up free, stage water and a cheese Panini if it’s available.
Dainty: I’d, Festival wise, I’d love to play download as I have a similar connection with that festival like Ryan does with Reading, but I’d also love Knrd Festival or Slam Dunk to because I have always had super fun at those!
8) Who were some of your musical influences growing up? Has making the style of music you create changed your musical tastes?
Ryan: All the bands I have listened to growing up from Status Quo to Green Day are all heavy hitting rock music with pace and I feel this has heavily influenced me and still does till this day.
Adam: Taking Back Sunday and I was listening to this sort of stuff before we started as a band
Dainty: I’m all over the place when it comes to influences, as a kid was anything my folks listened to so Queen, Inxs, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath. Then got into my teens and got into the likes of Alkaline Trio and AFI and then got into heavier stuff like Killswitch engage and Black Label Socitey. Making this style of music hasn’t changed my influences at all but is adding to them for sure.
9) 2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for SaltWounds. With you guys back in the studio, what is in store for 2018? Can we expect any new music?
Dainty: Yeah for sure there is some new music coming out at some point in the year. We had just wrapped up recording in the studio and now it’s just some fine tweaking to do. Also looking at getting some more shows under our belts too so fingers crossed.
“For live experiences I think for me the best experience really is when all the bands on the bill get on well and the show feels amazing, also playing new stuff to people is also super fun.”
10) You are currently lined up for some amazing festivals and gigs in the coming months including the Pop Punk Pileup festival. What are some of your best experiences you have had while playing live? What are your favourite songs to play live?
Dainty: Yeah that is a show we are looking forward to playing for sure! It’s a chance to play to a new audience and maybe get some new fans too. For live experiences I think for me the best experience really is when all the bands on the bill get on well and the show feels amazing, also playing new stuff to people is also super fun. Favourite song to play live I would say for me would be “Weak Days”, its one a few people know and have started to sing along to and that’s just cool.
11) Finally, fans are clearly very important to SaltWounds as a band, regular updates on social media and fan interactions show how much you value their support. Do you have any final words you would like to say to the fans?
Dainty: Just to say if you dig the band and listen to the stuff, just a huge thank you and we hope to see a few of you at a show down the line!