canvas wall band

Canvas Wall

Ahead of their Rock the South Festival slot in Malta next week, we speak to London-based indie-rock quartet Canvas Wall about their new EP Mannekind and what's in store for their homecoming gig...

  • 12 Apr 2017
  • min read
Canvas Wall are an indie-rock quartet hailing from Malta who boast infectious, feel-good beats and a sound that bursts with colour.

The four-piece, made up of Simon Dounis (vocals, guitar), Dean Zammit (guitar), Craig Rogerson (drums) and Matteo Basile (bass), already have s debut album, Thinking Out Loud, under their belts.

They followed it up with the EP Mannekind late last year, which was produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Lawrence.With this latest installment comes a colourful sound layered over textured melodies and a vacuum packed rhythm section.

Having scored a slot at next week's Rock The South Festival in Malta, we caught up with the London-based band ahead of their homecoming gig...

We first started writing music because…
We fell in love with it. It’s fun and, dare we say, addictive!

We have been making music since…
We were about fourteen but we came together to form Canvas Wall about seven or eight years ago now.

Our music is…
Indie-pop-rock. It’s an energetic, upbeat sound filled with feel good vibes.

You'll like our music if you listen to…
The likes of Incubus, Walk the Moon, Queens of the Stone Age, Wolf Alice… lots of different music inspires us!

Music is important because…
It inspires you and it connects you with others. Can you imagine a world without music?

Our biggest inspiration is…
All of the other independent artists out there working away hard at their music.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Tough one... Something with the Everything Everything lads would be amazing!

To try us out, listen to our track…
Come and Get It. This is the first single from our recently released EP Mannekind.

We’re looking forward to playing Rock the South Festival because…
RTS always has a really awesome vibe. There are so many good acts in such a great atmosphere. We’re also looking forward to a quick dose of home.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Pretty depressed!

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
Still making music!

If you're in Malta next week, you can catch Canvas Wall at Rock The South on 22 April. Rock The South is sponsored by PRS for Music. To coincide with the festival, Andy Ellis, PRS for Music's education and outreach manager, will host a session for local artists and songwriters on how to make the most from their membership.

Words: Hannah Kane