"Everyone’s talking about rock these days but they seem to have forgotten about the roll”, Keith Richards.
More than just a kick-arse rock n’ roll band, The Backlash is a reaction; a musical resistance movement against the forces intent on sucking out the collective soul and rendering life dull, meaningless and devoid of inspiration in this dismally grey period of history.
“Politics is not our arena”, asserts frontman Gazz, “But we’re gonna save the music if it kills us”
Despite rocking like there’s no tomorrow and rolling like the legends, The Backlash have no interest in just resurrecting old sounds.
Steve, guitars: “It’s about progression, not regression. Taking the best bits of the past and adding our own twist to create something fresh and original. The nearest thing we’ve had is Primal Scream but they’re all over 40 now!”
Indeed, the core thread running through the band is total dissatisfaction with the post-millennial rock scene.
Ian (E), drums: “We were so desperate for something decent to listen to, that we figured we’d have to make it ourselves – no-one else was bothering!”
Rob, guitars: “The only time we feel alive and connected to the universe is when we’re playing on-stage or in a rehearsal room. We do this primarily not because we want to, but because we have to. It’s our only escape. We'd go insane otherwise!”
The Backlash line-up evolved through an arduous process of natural selection over 7 years. Steve and Gazz had blitzed a trail over the London with their garage rock outfit The Lines, in 2001, until the rhythm section disintegrated in a cloud of drugs and personal differences. In December 2002, Steve joined the psychedelic ball of flame MARS, igniting quite a buzz on the live scene (culminating in an on-stage collaboration with Alabama 3). Guitarists Steve, Rob and drummer Ian (E) hit it off from the outset, but there was a missing piece of the puzzle. It finally arrived in the form of Steve’s old mate Gazz, and The Backlash was conceived.
The band’s birth effectively took place at their triumphant debut gig, in an atmospheric toilet in Bethnal Green in late July 2003. The rest, as they say, is history.
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