Interview – Wham Bam!

Wham Bam! are a rock duo made up of Nico Tourelle & Gideon Kretschmer, two musicians from South Africa & The Channel Islands who collaborate together to make some wonderful sounds. I recently featured their song Outlaw Love in a round-up review of punk songs and decided to find out more about them, read on below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new single titled Outlaw Love. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Outlaw Love is our latest single, and stays true to our Wham Bam! musical recipe – the song is a catchy mix of old school grunge and rock and roll, infused with some modern pop flavours. Lyrically the song deals with the idea of how we all wear masks and tend to change our social identity to fit in, impress, hide or protect ourselves on a daily basis, almost like bandits, and how difficult it can be to know who the real person is behind the mask (“Jekyll and Hyde, we disguise ourselves and get away every time”).

We also released it with another fun lyric video, continuing our series of throwback animated DIY videos, this time featuring some classic Robin Hood cartoons to visualise the songs’ theme.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album/EP anytime soon?

We’re currently focused on releasing singles as stand alone art concepts, each with their own video which we also create (Nico has started building up his own visual art and animation project, and creates our videos – check out Karatewater Visual Arts on Facebook.)
That said, we might look at an EP in the future, but no plans currently, we’re building up our collection of individual songs over time, each telling their own story,

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

We live on opposite sides of the world (South Africa and Channel Islands, UK), so its a fully remote collaboration via WhatsApp and The Cloud.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Yes, 2022 should see some more releases from us, we’re already working on our next single.

You’re from the Channel Islands & South Africa, respectively. What is the music scene like there at the moment and are there any local band/artists you can recommend?

Both countries have quite thriving music scenes with lots of cool bands. Gideon recently moved back to the Channel Islands and was surprised by the range and quality of bands in the local scene. Same in SA, with so many good bands. If you want some recommendations – for SA go check out the SA Rock Essentials playlist on Spotify (https://op…44af6e476e) and for Guernsey, go check out the Guernsey Rocks playlist curated by our label HopePunk Records (https://op…3e08804112)

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Any good music, regardless of genre. But we grew up on old-school rock & roll and the 90’s grunge scene, so that inspires our spirit. Our music lives up to our name – focusing on keeping it simple, groovy and catchy. We try to create unique sonic ear worms that sneak up on your ear holes and before you know it, their having a little sing-along jam inside your brain and you can’t help but join party.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Not much really, as we live so far apart any way, but it has kept us from visiting each other (it’s been too long) and some shows in the future would be fun, so Covid will just need to allow for that without too much unknown risks. And with the latest travel restrictions it seems this might take a little while longer.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not currently but it’s always a plan for the future if there is a demand from fans to see us live.

What can people expect from one of your gigs and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

As said we don’t currently play live, but when we do we’ll be sure to make it a special experience, something that brings our sing along vibes to the crowds and really gets the party going.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to listen to our songs, watch our videos and reach out with a comment, like or follow. Each one means a lot to us and give us the fuel to carry on doing what we’re doing.

Thanks, Gideon + Nico.