Calum is one of the founding members of Neshiima, and also one of the main songwriters. With the inability to stand still, and so many dreadlocks, onstage is a constant battle to headbang, play the song and not get tangled in guitar/stage/Liam. Or fall over. Despite this, onstage is still Calum’s happiest place, looking out across a sea of faces, all bouncing up and down, having the best time, and of course, plotting a route in which to run.
Calum would be the first to admit that he handles the majority of the rhythm guitar work, but does so with gusto. “Its all about the riff; without that, the lead would make no sense.” Thanks to a guitar style that sits somewhere between SikTh & FellSilent, Calum’s guitar riffs remain a focal point of the Neshiima sound.
– Gear Rundown
Guitars – Ibanez RG721fm
– Yamaha YSG (my blue baby with all the tone)
Pedals – BOSS NS2, TU2, Digitech Delay
Amp – Peavey 6505 head
Other – Ernie Ball and of course, the mighty AKG WMS 40 Mini Wireless kit
– Favourites n Stuff
– Favourite albums
SikTh – “Trees” & “Death of a Dead Day”
Fellsilent – Hidden Words
Johnny Truant – In the Library of Horrific Events, death rides
Architects – Nightmares, Hollow Crown
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine, ire works
No Made Sense – The Epillanic Choragi
Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the deaf, Era Vulgaris
Converge – Jane Doe, No Heroes
Sylosis – Conclusion of an Age
The Bled – Silent Treatment
Mastodon – Leviathan, Blood Mountain
Any Meshuggah pretty much
I could do this all day……
– Ultimate favourite band – SikTh
– Local band – Mountains Under Oceans
– How you developed your style of play/main influences on playing
The biggest influence on my playing is, rather surprisingly, SikTh. When I discovered them (aged 16-17) they changed everything for me. They were a musical epiphany, playing guitar, and in fact all instruments, in a completely different way to anything I’d ever heard before. They completely changed my style of play. When Fellsilent came along, much the same happened.
Crossing the progressive nature of SikTh, with the riffs and choruses of Fellsilent, you will find me happiest. “Age of Deception” is actually my soundcheck riff too.
– Nesh Gig – This is a tie between two awesome gigs. The first is the Hard Rock Café show in July 2014 because every band rocked, the crowd was really good and up for it, which included a lot of friends and family, and we played really well.
The second is the support slot we had for the original “The Nine” gig in Oct 2014. It was in the big room at the Classic Grand, Glasgow, which is a venue I’ve always loved. The sound engineer was excellent and made us sound as such. We had a pretty awesome crowd who for the most part where into it. Plus there was tons of room to run around with my newly acquired wireless kit.
– Gig attended – Either the first time I saw SikTh in a venue, at King Tuts, Oct 2006 OR The Dillinger Escape Plan headlining the 3rd stage of Download 2009 (I think) OR Meshuggah/Animals As Leaders at the Glasgow Garage. All because they were immense in every way and completely in a realm of their own musically.
– Best thing about being on stage – Looking out into the crowd, seeing a room full of people genuinely enjoying themselves and not just waiting for the next band to come on.
– Biggest worry on stage – I have many onstage worries, although I try to just ignore them and get on with it. But they include…losing my wireless pack, batteries in wireless pack dying, stabbing my leg with my guitar, falling over in many different ways because of my hair, tripping and falling headfirst into the crowd, something breaking, don’t accidentally kill Liam with my guitar while jumping around, where’s Craig?, can Danny hear any of us?….etc etc. As I say, I mostly ignore it.
– General Favourites
– Drink – Irn Bru/Coffee/Lagunitas/Grolsch – Food – Burritos and bacon, sometimes combined.
– Pastime – Video games or song writing
– Guilty pleasure – Camping and Fleetwood Mac
– Something you dislike + reason why – Could list so many things for this…. But I’m gonna keep it simple. Drivers who don’t indicate. Both as another driver or a pedestrian, I have had far too many run ins with people too lazy to reach an inch to their left.
– Most wanna meet – Colin Richardson (could change the question to most wanna work with)
– Most wanna punch – Whoever invented Towie/Geordie shore/that pish. They unleashed a plague upon us all.
– Favourite band quote – we have many…
“think your some sorta biker gang?”
“You some sorta tomb raider?”