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In a new regular feature on Crackle, we talk to some up and coming bands and look into how their tastes and talents have changed over the years. Did they learn their first chords on an Encore guitar bought from Argos? Did they find themselves stalking Northern Uproar in their youth? Have their musical heroes changed from John Power to Jacques Brel? We shall endeavour to find out. An unorthodox member of the current Manchester music scene, Onions are made up of James Brown (Bass/Synth/Vocals), Martin Sherwood (Guitar/Bass/Vocals) and Chris Vaughton (Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals). They play an energetic and spikey mix of oddball pop which brings to mind early Super Furry Animals or The Beach Boys when they were taking on board erratic influences and plentiful drugs. With a growing reputation the three piece have recently played a session on BBC 6 Music where Mark Riley is currently digging the fantastic “An IE or a Y”, one of the many fine moments from their self-released album Pleasure Blast (which has an apt name as it’s both Pleasurable and “a blast”). With a knack for writing catchy and refreshing upbeat tunes we’d certainly recommend checking them out. Martin Sherwood answers the questions.

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Gig I Played

At a local pub in my home town Castleford in West Yorkshire with Jim (from Onions), where we played covers and also some of our own songs. Fav cover at that time was Welcome To Paradise by Green Day.

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Gig I Attended

Oli Brown at Academy 3 (Manchester). Blues guitarist. 3 piece band so was also doing research for Onions. Saw him first backing up John Mayall at Bridgewater Hall.

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Gig I Attended

Embrace at Doncaster Dome. Shame.

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Song that I learnt to play

Antonella’s Birthday by Tommy Emmanuel. Amazing Australian guitar player.Beautiful instrumental song and realy fun to play with finger picking as well as using plectrum.

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Song that I learnt to play

Wonderwall by Oasis. Neighbour was learning guitar and I thought I could play it so eventually learnt it.After this I got some guitar lessons off the guy who won Stars In Their Eyes as Jarvis Cocker. Hopefully that won’t be my only claim to fame.

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Instrument that I learnt to play

Ukelele to play on Onions album Pleasure Blast at the end of the song Stains.

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Instrument that I learnt to play

Guitar

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Gig I Played

Onions headlined a festival at The Castle in Manchester that went down really well.Got quite a big set list to choose from now as we’ve got about 30 songs of our own with more that we’re still working on.

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Musical Hero

Brian May as i got brought up on Queen by my family (Dad and two Uncles who are all gutted they never went to see Queen live). He was my first and all time musical hero up until Freddie Mercury’s death. Him and Roger Taylor have gone too far and stained Queen post Freddie.

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Artist that had an influence on our sound

Of Montreal. Very interesting arrangements in their songs.

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Artist that had an influence on our sound

Queen. Love the many different genres and over the top harmonies

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Musical Hero

Janelle Monaé. Amazaing live performer as well as dancer, lyricist and singer. To be able to cover an already well covered Aretha Franklin song on her first album and raising the bar just shows how good she is.

Pleasure Blast is out now from Bandcamp or Itunes. They play A Carefully Planned Festival in Manchester which takes place on 20th and 21st of October.

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