Greg Sammons pitched some questions at Ross Gill from up and coming UK rockers REPLENISH
Greg: Can you make with the band's history?
Ross: Replenish was formed in January of 2002. Myself (vocals and guitars) and Darren Lewis (drums) had already worked together on various projects. We met Andy (bass player) while he was playing in TVB (a YFC band) who completed the line up. Shortly after Replenish formed, we signed to agent Top Dog Promotions and independent label Ambience Records. Since then we have had three releases and hit the road, including double headline tour with Canadian band Jake, and most recently headlining our own 30-date UK tour with support from Supervision.
Greg: What issues encourage and inspire you to write your music?
Ross: Our music is an expression of our Christian lifestyle, who we are and the things we experience from day to day, as well as the fact we just love to play music.
Greg: Who are your biggest influences, both musically and in other ways too?
Ross: U2 would be one influence in the way they use their position/status to give a voice to those who don't have one. My musical influences would include Foo Fighters, U2, Jeff Buckley, P.O.D., Incubus, Tree63 and Sting.
Greg: What direction do you feel 'Learn To Live' is taking you?
Ross: 'Learn To Live' is the first project we have had complete artistic control and direction over, and as a result I feel it is the most genuine CD we've done to date. We did our best to capture the raw energy of our live shows and as a result you get a more in-your-face sound.
Greg: What do you see the future for Replenish to be?
Ross: I hope to move on to new levels as far as musicianship and our music reaching wider audiences, but essentially more of the same. We've got big hopes for the next album, which we're planning at the moment, and we've got some exciting names within the industry on board. We're definitely in this group for the long haul! We ultimately seek for God to be glorified in all we do!The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.