Following Uno Mas’ second release ‘Glass Houses’ we had a chat with frontman Olly Thornton to see inside the mind of a genius at work.

Olly Thornton

Where are you from?
I am from Lymm, just outside of Manchester, next to Warrington! 

What do you do?
I work as an electrical technician in a factory, blah blah boring. 

Describe yourself in three words?
Big, loud n proud. 

You can make a record with one artist from history, who’s your pick?
Jesus, hard question. One out of them out of loads is Paul Heaton.

What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
Need to go on tour to miss home…

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
One of the best shows I’ve seen was Twenty One Pilots at Leeds. 

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Courteeners, obviously Oasis, The 1975, Steroephonics, Stephen Fretwell, Last Shadow Puppets, Bombay Bicycle Club  I could go on and on.

You have one hour to spend with a person from history, who and why?
Ozzy Osbourne, I was a massive Sabbath fan back in the day. He seems like fun!

If you could play with any band, alive or dead, who would you pick?

We asked Olly a few questions to understand what influences him when he’s writing new material.

The first track you played constantly?
Since you been gone by Rainbow, banger that.

A song that defines the teenage you?
16 by Bombay Bicycle Club. Very me. 

One song you would keep forever?
If I believe You – The 1975

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“Presuming that all things are equal, who’d want to be men of the people, when there’s people like you.” … Arctic Monkeys – Teddy Picker

A song you wished you had written?
Stereophonics – Bartender and the Theif or Maybe Tomorrow actually! 

A guilty pleasure?
Probably Taylor Swift’s old stuff like Love Story

Best song to turn up loud?
Black Stone Cherry – Rainwizzard

A karaoke song?
Andrew Gold –  Never Let Her Slip Away

Last song in your ideal night club?
Ashamed to say if I’m a bit if I’m a larey then I will belt out don’t look back in anger, even though it’s severely over played! 

A new band you’re into at the moment?
Pink Shirts for Pale People

Written by: Stuart Daley
Photo by: Inkblots