Q and A with Arrows

20th December 2012 by Emma Scott

Interview with Adam Lavender, Joe Hale and Jak Batchelor.

Band History and info on the members:

We originally started off as a project for University and that developed into wanting to take that project further. The band started under the name Thieves, but we had to change that due to there being another band with the same name that lived quite close to us! After that the name Arrows emerged. When the band started there were five members, that soon became four and then that became three.

We had all been in previous bands before and were all very good friends so had no problems working with each other. Adam used to be in Wolverhampton three-piece Firelight and had played in various venues around the UK. Joe was a solo artist for a short period. Jak is currently in Stourbridge based band The Dark Eyes and has been for around six years!

Describe your sound:

Alternative rock, with some math rock hints coming up in newer songs. 

Highlights with the band so far?

Adam: Playing our first show at the O2 Academy 3, Birmingham for Emma Scott Presents was a big one. We recently recorded with magical producer Gavin Monaghan (Kings Of Leon, Editors, Robert Plant) at his studio, that was a pretty special time for us as we are all budding young producers ourselves, so to see a master at work was very cool indeed.

Jak: The time we spent in the studio with Gavin, easily the most fun I have personally had in ages.

Hopes for the future?

Adam: We’d all quite like to play at major festivals and tour with an established artist. Perhaps an album one day, and a gold disk would be nice!
Jak: More gigs would be pleasant, it’d be nice to get out and meet some people who are into our music. Always nice to chat to a fan!

What music are you into?

Adam: We all differ greatly in musical taste.. that’s probably why our music sounds so odd in places! I’m very much into math-rock and take influence from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Arcane Roots and Blakfish. Joe is a fan of people artists such as Frank Turner and The Subways and Jak is a huge fan of Protest The Hero.

What can we expect from your live set?

Adam: Thrills, a lot of noise and some catchy choruses too! Sing along folks!

Jak: You can expect to see me shaking my hair about a lot. Chances are you’ll all be looking at the frontline though.

What’s your website/facebook info?




Do you have any material to buy?

Adam: Not at the moment, we are looking to release an EP in the very near future though.

Why should people come and see you play live?

Adam: Because there is nothing better than a night out at a live venue watching bands that you’ve never heard of before.. be it us or someone else, you may be seeing the next best thing.. who knows!?

Jak: I’d say pretty much the same as Adam. How hip would you feel saying you hung out with us before we were cool?

Do any of the band members have any weird habits?

Jak: Adam Is weird. He like rubiks cubes. And solving them. And being clean. And cleaning things. And shouting. He really likes shouting. Joe crimps his hair.

Adam: Jak likes video games, A LOT! And he lives on bacon, but is the thinnest human being in the world! It’s mad.. I wish I could eat all the bacon I wanted and not put on weight.. lucky sod!

What are your plans for the future?

Jak: Continue having fun with music. EASY!

Any upcoming releases?

Jak: Nothing thats confirmed yet, but a little BIRD told me we might have a video in the tubes.

Adam: Sounds TERRORfying…

What is the best gig you’ve ever played?

Jak: We’ve only played one so far, but we couldn’t have played to a more friendly audience.

If you could play with any one in the world, alive or dead for one night only, who would it be?

Adam: With out a doubt, Biffy Clyro. I’ve got their Puzzle album tattooed on my ribs, I absolutely love them!

Jak:I’d be hard pushed to pick, but maybe I’d enjoy playing a set with A Day to Remembers Jeremy Mckinnon.

Joe: I’d really love to play with The Subways.