This week Rock The Charts are featuring The Black Thunder Revue from just down the road in Sheffield, BTR are a four piece melodic rock outfit with a bluesy feel. This week we got together with band for a quick chat, Andy Davison - guitar and vocals, Paul Ward - guitar and vocals, Ewan Ashburn - drums, Damian Dalton - bass.
How did the band name came about, what does it mean - It was a mix of Bob Dylans, "The Rolling Thunder Revue" show that we've seen countless times and The Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club which has influenced a lot of the bands style. The band was initially called Socrates Johnson after The Bill and Ted movies :)
I gather you've been following the path of another Sheffield success? Yes, I think it's the best thing to happen to us so far, we've been recording our EP with 2fly studios where the Arctic Monkeys recorded their debut album. Also playing the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield was a big thrill for us. Also our first gig at Sheffield Leadmill on the 8th of Feb along side some of our favourite local acts is shaping up to be a great experience.
Tell us about the worst / funniest thing that has happened to the band so far? The funniest thing is realizing our drummer Ewan looks like Luis Suarez.
Who your favourite bands and musicians are, who inspired you to get involved with music. We have some quite diverse influences from old Blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Son House, BB King and Buddy Guy to more modern era bands such as Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and Jake Bugg.
Find out more about the band at
The Black Thunder Revue Official website
Black Thunder Revue Soundcloud
@TheBTRband on Twitter