As promised, Philly (One) Unified is bringing you another feature artist of the month. Our hope is to expose local talent that appeal to the masses. With such a rich musical history, there are many bands to see in our great city. We hope you’ll check this band out soon (their links are below and we’ll list them in the calendar when dates are available). Also, check out the other featured bands from our site. And we’d like to thank Heather Radcliffe, vocalist of Tinker & Bang, for taking the time to share the bands story with us!
What is the name of your band and who are the members?
Tinker & Bang. Heather Radcliffe: Vocals, Rebecca Richardson: Piano, Ben Radcliffe: Drums
How was Tinker & Bang formed?
Rebecca and Ben had been long time friends who used to hang out at local punk shows in the late 90’s/ early 2000’s. In late 2009, they asked the question, “why the hell have we never played music together?” They spent the better part of a year playing together for fun and developing a strong musical connection. Then, in the fall of 2010, Ben went to study audio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City. Tinker & Bang continued to play together when Ben would come home for weekend visits. Shortly after completing his course, the two decided to bring Ben’s girlfriend (now wife), Heather, into the band to sing. This resulted in the band releasing their fully self-produced album “Pressure” in 2013.
What type of music do you play?
Each member brings very different styles to the band. Rebecca’s influences are more drawn from Motown and soul music. Whereas Ben’s tastes are more obscure rock and punk bands, and hip hop. Heather has always been very passionate about blues and pop. We then try to keep an open mind to find a middle ground in our songs. Which is sometimes easier said than done.
Do you do covers or original music?
We primarily play original music, but we do work in some covers as well. Though we tend to like putting our own spin on them.
What covers do you find yourself playing when you do?
We like to keep it diverse and put our own spin on covers. Some of the songs we have covered include “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (The Beatles), “Feeling Good” (Nina Simone), “The Beautiful People” (Marilyn Manson), and “Black Horse And A Cherry Tree” (KT Tunstall).
Who influenced the music you play and write?
Heather: Regina Spektor, Paramore, The Black Keys. Ben: mewithoutYou, The Blood Brothers, and any band Jon Theodore has ever drummed with… holy shit can that man drum. Rebecca: Michael Jackson, Tori Amos, Ray Charles, and Fiona Apple.
Your influences are quite diverse, which is great! Would you compare your sound to anyone in mainstream music?
I’m not sure that we sound like anything mainstream, however we’ve heard that we remind people of elements of other bands. Some of those bands include Paramore and The Dresden Dolls.
What inspires the songs you write?
It usually starts with an energy. Ben might have a beat idea, Rebecca may have some music, Heather might have some lyrics. Then we take whichever starting point and work off of whatever vibes it gives us. Sometimes we will even work off our moods at the time, whether it’s angry or happy, we try to use it to create.
What role does music play in your life? Was it always something you had a passion for?
It’s safe to say that music has always had an enormous role in our lives because it truly is the great equalizer. It can enhance an already good mood, and also help you cope in hard times. This in turn makes it a constant passion of ours because whether you’re performing, creating, or just listening. There is nothing like music.
Are you pursuing music as a full-time career?
We each have to work our day jobs, unfortunately. But, we all want to turn our passion into our livelihood.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would you play?
Any venue in the world sounds nice enough to us… so long as the people are nice, and there’s food and whiskey to be had. We would really just love to travel and perform for a living wherever that might take us.
Where can people hear your songs? Are you playing anywhere live anytime soon?
We don’t have any shows coming up at the moment, but we are planning on putting out a new record next year!! We’ll set up some shows soon, but in between, we can often be found at The SawTown Tavern on Tuesday nights.
Do you enjoy the process of creating an album?
Absolutely! It’s a lot of hard work, especially for Ben, who is our drummer AND engineer, but we love it.
Is your album, “Pressure”, available to the public?
Yes, we have CDs with us when we play shows and a digital download is available on our Bandcamp.com page.
The following links are all places you can check out and like Tinker & Bang: