It’s a great honour to get the Captain himself, Ash Wall in the 10 questions chair. The man at the helm of the Groove Machine let’s us into his world.
- What got you into playing music?
There was always guitars in my house. My dad had been a hobbyist player and collector since he was a young adult. I’d dabbled with a couple of instruments in primary school, mainly Keyboard and Trumpet but I remember it was when I was in high school and me and my friends were sharing rock music and blasting kerrang all the time, that I decided to pick up the guitar. It was my brother who’d been taking a few guitar lessons who showed me how to read guitar tab so I could re-create a song by The Offspring.
- Who was the first singer/band you saw live?
I think the first gig I remember going to, especially alone was the Taste of Chaos tour. It was headlined by Funeral For A Friend amongst 3 other great acts. This was at the NIA in Birmingham. Coming from Penkridge a lot of gigs were witnessed in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
- What was the first song that you bought?
The first single I bought was The White Stripes – My Doorbell. A great little stomper with the piano up in the forefront, this was before I played the guitar I used to try and recreate that song on the keyboard.
I remember buying my first “proper” album. It was 3 for £10 at HMV so I got Slipknot Vol. 3, My Chemical Romance’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and Beastie Boys’ License To Ill.
- Who do you think is the best frontman/frontwoman?
Hmm a trickier one. Something I don’t really think about too much but I guess I always liked Hendrix. Everything he did was a little over the top whether it’s clothes, stage moves, his guitar playing yet I don’t remember him really having to say much to get his message across.
- Where was the first gig you played?
Other than the odd show at my high school for various events I ended up in a band in Cannock. We played a battle of a bands at a school that way and then on the band stand in town. I was about 14 then.
- What is the best lyric you have ever heard?
I always enjoyed Bob Dylan saying “Goodbyes too good a word babe, so I’ll just say fare thee well” in Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.
To be honest there’s a lot of great one’s in that song. But I remember that line catching my interest very early on and has lead to me using the saying Fare Thee Well more often than I should.
- Who came up with name Captain Stingray?
Our bass player Joe and Myself were back and for-thing a few ideas of names based on the sea and creatures for a while. It was him who finally got it. Captain Stingray’s Groove Machine. Amazing how naming something that doesn’t yet exist can influence the work that was then created.
- What song do you wish you had written?
That’s Life – Frank Sinatra. Just a fantastic ditty with great chords, great melody and great lyrics. Uplifting, honest and accessible!
- What venue would you like to perform?
I’m still aiming for the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury but if we’re getting creative, how good would a gig at Water World be. 😅
I suppose the overall goal is to see as many places as possible and enjoy as many music festivals as possible. Always looking for the next town !
- What band would you like to support?
Hmm a trickier one, especially with our style of music. And alot of the bands I’ve admired I’m getting closer to playing with. We were down to play with Henge before Covid hit which was gonna be a bucket list one for me. A lot of my current influences have retired from the game too. Paul Simon doing his Graceland/Rhythm of the Saints stuff would’ve been great for Captain Stingray.
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