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Every now and then a band will come along that just blow you away, and Bang Bang Romeo could well be that band. They’re the perfect package, singer Anastasia Walker’s vocal is an overwhelming force to be reckoned with and is the staple of their emphatic and emotional power pop filled discography.

They’ve earned their stripes to be a part of the Jack Rocks 7 collective after being involved with This Feeling for a number of years now, and they still remain true to the club night as they climb the rankers higher and higher each year on festival line-ups. We spoke to Anastasia post-performance to find out more...

Have you been enjoying festival season?

It’s been amazing. It’s been a turning point for us as a band to be playing the festivals that we are and we’ve started to realise things are going to plan in this weird world. We’re having so much fun and we’re getting to play to so many new audiences this summer, it’s been a massive curveball. I think also for us to realise things are starting to happen it’s an amazing feeling, doing what you love to do and finding out that other people are digging it too.

Whatever ‘it’ is, you guys as a band have it...

We just love it, I love it so much. I live, breathe and eat it all the time and to have people see that is amazing.

Aside from musical inspirations, is there anyone you take influence from when you’re on stage?

Absolutely, obviously with music it’s Freddie Mercury and all of that kind of stuff, but my dad is one, he’s an actor and he’s my biggest critic, he’s probably my biggest inspiration. Movies as well, when you see an actor in a film and they have this presence that all they have to do is walk into a room and you get shivers, I take a lot of inspiration from films.

What is your most rock ‘n’ roll story?

There’s so many that I can say and so many that I can’t say [laughs]. We were shooting a video in Spain for our song ‘Johannesburg’ and we don’t know how much we managed to get a load of Bandidos in it, like major criminals. They were really, really nice and you felt bad about liking them, but they locked Richard in his boot as a joke. Also seeing Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch side of stage at Leeds festival was so bizarre.

What is your Jack Daniels cocktail of choice?

It’s definitely lemonade and Jack Daniels Honey. I’ve been so lucky over the past couple of years I’ve had my best friends come along with me and I don’t see them for the whole weekend apart from when we’re on stage, they take full advantage of the JD, but always Jack Daniels Honey, so much so that you can’t drink it at home after a festival [laughs].

What’s your favourite way someone else has described your music?

The best thing – and it went to my head for about five minutes, but I was at home so I got bought right back down to earth – someone said it’s like Shirley Bassey and the Bad Seeds, and I was like, ‘I’ll take that!’ People that say we’re like a Tarantino soundtrack as well, like Huw Stephens, I’m sat at home eating a pot noodle going, ‘this is amazing.’ It’s been a massive inspiration for us to go, ‘actually we’re doing alright here, maybe we are doing the right thing?’ Because we’re just doing what we love to do.

Can you describe the feeling when you’re on stage?

It’s the best drug you’ll ever take in your life. I also call it my therapy sessions because you escape completely and you have half an hour to an hour on stage of just pure therapy. I’ll ring my dad and be like, ‘I’ve got a therapy session this week, it’s a gig.’ It is literally a euphoric moment because you’re with your best friends on stage, performing music that you’ve written to a crowd that are digging it, it’s drugs and therapy. And sweating [laughs].

You’re Doncaster based at the minute, with the way things are going do you think you would make the move down to London?

Absolutely, it’s been on the cards for me for a few years now, it’s just about what is doable for your band. Obviously if I jetted off to London or one of the lads did then those rehearsal times and those writing sessions would disperse, but we definitely want to make our way down south, it’s where everything is happening. We love Doncaster but you feel a bit like a caged animal sometimes because it’s a small town and there’s only so many opportunities that can get you somewhere, so when you’ve got London calling you want to make your way there. In saying that though, you’ve got Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester, their music scenes are absolutely rife at the moment, it’s buzzing.

Does being from a small town like that aid your creativity?

I think the way that we write is where we are from but a lot of our influences come from our music being a diary entry. Weirdly enough we want to take you away from wherever you are with our music, we’re hoping it takes you off to a completely different planet altogether, and hope the imagery transports you somewhere.

What is your game plan for the next year?

We’ve just finished recording our debut album, it’s been such a long time in the making, it took about a year to make because we just want to get it right, with your debut you can’t cut corners, and that should be coming out possibly next spring. We’re going to bring out another single in October and then we’ve got the October tour with This Feeling.

Words by Shannon Cotton

Photography Anna Smith

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