The Amblers are a folksy, blues rock duo and consist of drummer Jason Hinch and vocalist Justin Swart. The duo released their first EP last year entitled “The Dustling Man” and are currently in studio working on a new album, set to be released in 2018!
How did the band start?
“This is difficult to explain, because it doesn’t really have a definitive answer. It kind of just happened and here we are. We are grateful though. Making raw, authentic music is difficult these days in terms of what you actually hear on an album. Production can be so pliable with current technology that often times the result is so far from what was actually performed, so we are really happy that we aren’t under any pressure to produce something that isn’t us. For any reason.”
Why the blues/rock genre?
“Blues Rock is just what comes out of us when you put the two of us together. It’s not really a thought out action.”
Who is ‘The Dustling Man”?
“He’s you, he is me, he’s the man next door. It’s important to us that people derive their own meaning and story from our music and find their own relevance and application to whatever emotions are conjured when they listen to any of our songs.”
Tell me more about the EP and why did you choose these specific songs for the EP?
“The songs on the EP are the ones we recorded. It’s not like we had a catalogue of available material to choose from. We wanted to get out there, so we recorded what we had and it became “The Dustling Man”.”
Which one song represents the band at the moment and why?
“They all do. It’s our approach to music and recording that best represents who The Amblers are, therefore all songs are equal in that respect. If you know what I mean.”
If you could work with anyone; producer, musicians, etc – International and Local, who would it be and why?
“Local: David Van Vuuren. That man can sing. I would probably just hum in the background to protect my good name. But, at least then I can say I hummed with David Van Vuuren!”
“International: It’s a bit clichéd, but if I could, it would be Jack White. His approach to music fascinates me. It shouldn’t be easy. It should be tough. It should be what you can do in that moment, on that day. A direct representation of your musicianship in that moment. It’s dangerous, and I like it.”
If you were trapped on a desert island and could only take one album with you to listen to, what would it be and why?
“Right now for me, it’s Shallow Grave by The Tallest Man on Earth. I know its not a new release, but I just love listening to it. I think the production is special. It feels so real, so in the moment.”
Plans going forward; up and coming gigs, etc?
“Right now we are busy with our next album, it has been a bit of a headache juggling busy schedules and commitments. We hope to have a new tour together soon as well.”
Keep watching this space for more news on their new release.