30 seconds with... Man Of The Hour

Man Of The Hour are a powerful punk pop band from South Wales who are influenced by the likes of Blink 182, New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and Set Your Goals.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 2 Mar 2012
  • min read
Man Of The Hour are a powerful punk-pop band from South Wales who are influenced by the likes of Blink 182, New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and Set Your Goals.

Identified as one of the best up and coming acts to emerge from Wales in 2012, Man Of The Hour have already received airplay from Radio 1, Amazing Radio and Nation Radio.

Guitarist and lead vocalist, Rich answers the questions...

How long have you been making music?
Man Of The Hour has been making music for four years, we've all been making music for between 8-12 years given our age gaps.

What inspired your latest single?
A Modern Day Epic tells a story of a guy who is bullied day in day out. It's a song that I can relate to and has the most meaning of all of our songs as it was a big part of my life. My favourite line: 'No you're not the forgiving type and you act like someone to hide all the greatest fears in your life, you're too scared to be yourself' tells us that all bullies pick on people because they have problems of their own, whether it's at home or they're just jealous of you.

What process do you go through to create your music?
Usually I'll come up with a riff, record it in my house and add a simple beat to it, then send it to the boys to listen to. If we all like it we'll work on it, a lot of the time it turns out totally different to what I had originally written, which is good! I found with previous line-ups, myself and former guitarist Luke wrote a song and that was that, no one contributed to it. But now it's different, if Josh doesn't like something I play or sing he'll say it, if I don't like his drum fill I'll say it. I write all the lyrics for the songs, but Josh is starting to try his hand at it now, so maybe we'll have a future Josh-written Man Of The Hour track! We all talk to each other in drum and guitar speak too, which consists of 'doo', 'bum' and 'bung' ha-ha, it's a good laugh all in all.

How would you describe your sound?
It's a different approach to pop-punk, we call it 'pop-punk with a bite'. We know there's bands out there that mix the heavy elements with the pop-punk elements and we're not saying we invented the whole thing because we didn't, far from in fact! But listening to our songs you can here chord progressions similar to those of 1970s progressive bands, basslines that are original and don't just follow a chord sequence and a mixed bag of drumming techniques. A lot of bands in our genre try to be someone they're not, we just want to be ourselves and play music that's fun and sounds good.

What would your dream collaboration be?
Well we all have different tastes so it'd be a mix of Blink 182, Iron Maiden, Funeral For A Friend, Motion City Soundtrack and I've always wanted to collaborate with Michael Buble, purely because the man has the singing voice of God! Needless to say that would be one interesting collaboration, ha-ha!

Where can we catch you performing next?
We are playing Hobo's in Bridgend on 16 March, The Full Moon, Cardiff on 18 March, Le Pub, Newport on 23 March, Dare Valley Ink 'n' Iron, Michael Sobell Sports Centre, Aberdare on 7 July. But keep checking our Facebook page for more shows as we're always booking!

Watch the video to Man Of The Hour's song A Modern Day Epic.