HV: The name ‘Hot Vestry’ came about when we practiced in the local church. We kept the microphone stands in the room in the church called ‘The Vestry’. One day as Harry and Will were walking into the room, Harry pulled the cord above his head, while Will switched the switch on the wall. They thought nothing more of it as they both thought they’d turned the light on. We practiced and put everything away and that was that. A couple of days later Steve Rathbone (The Vicar) phoned our mum. He said how hot the Vestry was, and how it felt like an oven! He said it was a ‘Hot Vestry’, someone left the heater on! Luckily he likes us so he wasn’t annoyed. So we were like, let’s call ourselves Hot Vestry after nearly burning a church down!
O: That’s funny! When did you begin playing and composing your own music as a band?
HV: We began composing and playing our own music just over 1 year ago, and ever since then we’ve been writing.
O: It’s clear that you like experimenting with different sounds while maintaining that rock feel, are there any other genres that have influenced your sound?
HV: There’s a lot of music really that influences our sound. We don’t forces ourselves to listen to the same music or to listen to the latest modern music. There’s no point in three people liking the exact same music in a band, everyone’s playing would be the same. That would be boring and not very enjoyable for any of us. Sometimes we listen to The Beatles and other times we’re listening to DJ Hazzard. It all depends on what we want to listen to at that time!
O: What are you listening to at this time?
Harry: Metronomy – ‘The English Riviera’
Will: Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’
Joe: Blur – ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’.
O: Where do you find inspiration for songs and do you ever get writer’s block?
HV: We get inspiration from our lives and environment, people who we come across in our daily lives. I don’t think we’ve ever had writer’s block. I think writer’s block only occurs when you’re writing the same type of music for too long, and when you force a sound upon yourself. If you get inspiration from other places and music I sure you could avoid “writer’s block” and find other musical stepping stones.
O: What comes to you first lyrics or music? Is there a formula you follow for songwriting?
HV: The music normally comes first, then Harry will get his lyric book out and fit everything together!
O: You’re definitely creating a buzz in Manchester and it won’t be long until it’s world-wide, is this clear to you and do you feel prepared for that kind of attention?
HV: Thank you! We don’t see it really, we just gig and play our music to as many people as we can. If they like us then that’s great! If they don’t we’ll try harder and try and get their appreciation. I don’t think we want to see it. We don’t want to get complacent and think we’ve made it. I don’t think we’ll ever imagine ourselves as being ready for that kind of attention. We’re three boys from Rainow! But if it happens we’ll see what it’s like and go with the flow. I’m sure we’ll love it!
O: And finally, who’s your favorite Beatle?
HV: John Lennon, because he wrote and sung from the heart. You can’t do anything but respect him for that, and his solo music is amazing.