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    Collateral release new EP 'Four Shots'


    Following the release of their debut EP Four Shots, Sarah caught up with Collateral singer and guitarist Angelo Tristan to talk new single ‘Midnight Queen’, recording their upcoming album and the songs that inspired him…


    Released by Roulette Records on Friday 23rd November, Collateral’s EP Four Shots has been receiving critical acclaim - and it’s easy to hear why.


    The four track EP is a rock ’n’ roll ride of stadium anthems, uplifting choruses and memorable riffs. Once it’s finished, you instantly want to listen to it again. 


    Fans of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Skid Row and more will love the sound of Four Shots (I certainly do!). 


    Featuring ‘Going with the wind’, ‘Angels Crying’, ’Just waiting for you’ and ‘Midnight Queen’, the EP is four shots of that long live rock 'n' roll feeling. 


    Alongside the launch of the EP was the release of new single ‘Midnight Queen’, with a video directed by Darren Bradford:


    “We came up with a more of mythical way to show the story in the song, incorporating a vampire theme. There’s all these little hints about who the character in the story really is; for example she wears a bat brooch. At the beginning of the video she’s trying to hide who she is, but by the end she’s reveals that she is a vampire. It’s all about being yourself and not what other people want you to be. That’s what comes along in our music; that uplifting feeling”.


    Following the release of Four Shots, Collateral have since gone back into the studio to start work on their upcoming album:


    “The songs on the EP were songs that I wrote during different periods in my life; you can hear changes of how I grew as a songwriter through the four tracks. The album however is the whole band. We’ve been writing for the past month and there’s a whole unified sound there. With the record we’re going to try keep that big stadium sound we’ve managed to get. Expect a few more upbeat rockier ones and the ballads, the ones I like to write, which will still definitely be in there”.


    Vocalist and guitarist Angelo Tristan began writing songs at the age of thirteen. Asking about the musicians he listened to growing up, one song in particular gave him the inspiration to become a songwriter:


    “It was ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ instantly. I heard it and Richie [Sambora]’s talk box instantly got me; the feeling I got…that whole goosebumps feeling and the sense of this lightness that I felt. I thought that feeling I just got, that’s what I want to give people”.


    Forming a band with bass guitarist Jack Bentley-Smith four years ago, the past year has seen drummer Ben Atkinson and guitarist Todd Winger join the line-up. The rest, as they say, is history and Collateral are on their way to rock ’n’ roll greatness:


    “Throughout my whole life I’ve been in bands and had a particular vision, but it’s only been in the last year that we found Todd and Ben to join the line-up. It was me and Jack for four years. This band has only really been together for a year. We’ve been doing it individually for so long, so it’s come at the right time. We met, all having the same vision and the same focus and decided it was time. So here we are - In the last two weeks everything seems to have become a reality”.


    With the news of an upcoming album, Collateral hope to be on the road and touring to a venue near you in 2019:


    “We’re that kind of band. Once you see us out on tour, we will not go back home! (Laughs). We want to do as many shows in front of as many people as possible. We made a kind of pact ourselves when we started this musical journey that if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it properly. As soon as this album is done and even before, we’re hopefully going to be going out on tour with some bands and then we’ll be out on tour and hopefully around for a long time”.



    By Sarah O' Hara



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