Upcoming female-fronted indie rock band, Throne, mix upbeat punk guitar lines with powerful lyrics and soulful vocals. One year on from their first ever gig together, they’re regularly playing in different Brighton venues, or even travelling as far as Manchester for a show. 2019 so far has seen the release of their third single, ‘Stella’, available to stream on Spotify and other platforms. By far their most accomplished release yet, this bold song tells the story of a girl on a night out, repeating the lyrics “Who do you think you are?” over powerful frantic drums and a funky guitar riff. I had a chat with Charane, Jake and James for an insight into how Throne came to be and where they’re heading.
In your own words, how would you describe the style of music you make?
Charane: It’s a bit of a mix. We’re alternative rock but have a big R&B influence. We honestly have such a wide range of influences from punk to prog rock and even rap mixed all together so it’s difficult to say. It’s something different.
Which bands/artists would you compare your sound to? Are there any particular artists that you take inspiration from?
Charane: Our early stuff was very influenced by Black Honey and Arctic Monkeys but we’ve progressed from that sound a little. We’re more punky now. Bands like Wolf Alice and Rage Against the Machine also influence me. James: Idles. We don’t really sound like them but they definitely influence me. Jake: The Black Keys.
So, what was the inspiration behind “Stella”?
Charane: The song is about someone in particular, but I can’t say! It’s about a mess of a girl on a night out and taking everything too far, getting tackled by bouncers and stuff. It’s meant to be a comedic song.
James: It was originally called “Who do you think you are?” but it sounded too much like other songs. So we called it Stella.
Jake: Effectively it was two songs, they were written separately. The transition is really cool, we change key and time signature but it works, it doesn’t lose you. It just works really well.
What’s the song writing process like?
Charane: Usually I come in with some ideas, like a riff or chords. Then we just work around the chords and jam together. It’s changed a bit though and sometimes I now come in with a full idea, as our rehearsals are quite short.
James: She’s not very good at articulating drum parts so I can pretty much do my own thing.
Charane: Lyrics usually just come last. We usually use filler lyrics to sing while we’re working on the music. After that’s done I fill out the real lyrics and make them better.
Is there any meaning behind the name? Why ‘Throne’?
Charane: I’m not allowed to say! It’s a secret.
What’s it like being a female fronted band?
Charane: It’s good - the guys don’t annoy me too much. They’re quite easy to work with. Even though I’m the only woman in the band there’s a really nice dynamic. I don’t have a preference but it’s worked out really well with how it’s turned out. They’re all really supportive and support all the feminist stuff, we play a lot of all female gigs
What direction would you like to go in? Where would you like to be in a years time?
Charane: Hopefully together! I would like to do more mixing and incorporate more R&B into the alternative sound we have going. I’d like to be doing more supporting gigs for bigger artists and some small festivals.
Jake: I’d quite like to play some shows in europe.
James: I’d like to play a gig in London that people actually go to.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve played?
James: I really liked Patterns.
Charane: Hope and Ruin or Green Door Store.
Jake: Green Door was great!
James: The main thing we wanted to do as a band when we started was to play at the green door store and now we’ve played it twice and it’s sold out.
If you had to replace one member of the band, who would it be and who would you replace them with?
Charane: James! And I would replace him with the drummer from Queens of the Stone Age.
James: I would replace everyone apart from me with the Arctic Monkeys.
Charane: Is the right answer that we wouldn’t replace anyone?
If you could bring one musician back from the dead for one last gig, who would it be?
James: Ozzy Osbourne. I don’t think he’s alive.
Charane: Jeff Buckley.
James: Janis Joplin, or Ian Curtis.
Jake: I mean the obvious answer is Bowie but I think he did everything he needed to do, he couldn’t have done anymore. Maybe Bob Marley, or Nick Drake.
In terms of your personal music tastes, is there anything surprising that any of you are into?
James: Jake loves Simon and Garfunkel.
Jake: Yeah I think the harmonies influence me a bit. And the Bee Gees. When one of our members left I tried to take on the role of a soul singer and I ended up sounding like the Bee Gees.
James: I love ABBA. I also like my jungle and heavy D&B club stuff.
Charane: I wouldn’t say anything weird. I listen to literally everything. I’m into soul and motown.
How easy is it balancing your gigs with your personal lives and uni? Are you busy people?
Charane: We’re so busy.
James: I have a lot less hours at work now so we’re poor. I used to work a lot more but that’s not really possible now.
Charane: I haven’t been out of my overdraft in months. It is worth it though. I can’t imagine not doing any of the things I’m doing now. I have a lot of hobbies and a social life to balance, I’ve started doing more art.
Any upcoming gigs we should know about?
Charane: Prince Albert: 4th April. Everyone should come to this one because we’re taking a bit of a break after for song writing.
Charade Armatey, frontwoman of Throne, photographed
by Ewan Atkinson. Throne headlined Smashed Vinyl's
Girl's Night at The Bee's Mouth on 22nd February.
Throne will be playing on 4th April at The Prince Albert alongside
Mackenzie James Cregan, singer-songwriter from Liverpool,
and local female-fronted beach grunge quartet Chewing Gum.