Northern Irish alt rock band Shocks have released their new single, Nothing to Lose. We asked them the BIG questions . . .

Hailing from Bangor, friends Andrew Wilsdon, Andrew Rutledge and Ryan Davison formed Shocks in 2019 and Nothing to Lose is the first single from their debut EP Sayonara, which will be released later this spring.

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They cite Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, Pink Floyd, White Lies and Black Sabbath as influences and speaking about their new track, they say, "Lyrically, this is our main character's first step on the journey of unburdening that which held them back.

"It’s the manic headspace and internal exchange of ideas experienced as we pick ourselves up from the floor and march forward."

Tell us three things about yourself?

We're from Bangor, Northern Ireland; a small seaside town boasting musical exports such as Snow Patrol and Two Door Cinema Club. We're three long time best mates who decided to start a band over a pint. We love burritos.

How would you describe your music?

We write riffs you can groove to with lyrics you can ponder.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, Fontaines D.C.

What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?

First gig: McFly at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. I was eight years old, and it was a blast. First record: Green Day - American Idiot. A noughties classic.

What’s your favourite song right now?

The only honest way to answer this would be with the last song to stop me dead in my tracks when I heard it for the first time. Until the next one comes along, that'll be Royal Blood's Limbo.

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I remember I was driving on my own and put this on for the first time. I audibly gasped when that outro built and kicked in proper. It was like someone had put Rockwell's Somebody's Watching Me into a blender with Daft Punk's Robot Rock. It was eerie, epic and I'd never heard anything like it. Yeah, that one floored me, and I still smile every time that hits.

Favourite lyric of all time?

"All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be" - Pink Floyd, Breathe. Honestly, there are plenty of contenders from Dark Side of the Moon alone, but this line succinctly captures the essence of one of the greatest works of all time for me.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

The ultimate feel-good tune: AC/DC - Thunderstruck. I don't think it's possible to hear that song and not instantly find yourself in a better mood than you were before!

Where can people find your music/more information?

All the usual places: Spotify / Apple Music: Shocks. Instagram: @shocksmusic. Twitter: @shocks_music.