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Written by Connor Mullins   
24 03 2015
ImageLocal rock band Rusted Hero have been on the music scene for a couple of years now, bringing forth a mixture of modern rock and blues, fused with a heavy guitar sound and shuddering bass lines.

We caught up with frontman Richard ‘Dox' Docherty, who, despite only being with the band for eight months, has brought his energetic stage persona and impressive vocal range to the four-piece, as we chat about their music career so far, and gigging in Germany in the summer.

How would you describe your sound?

Raw, hard, off-the-Cuff rock. There's nothing that we do in the recording studio that we don't do live. Everything is 100% real.

Who would you say are your influences?

Black Stone Cherry, Slash, Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin; all the classic rock stuff. Our guitarist is really heavily influenced by Slash. I look up to Axl Rose and Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge.

When did you first start getting into music?

I've been playing guitar since I was nine, but I think I first started getting into rock when I was 13/14. I discovered Jimi Hendrix and that was it from then. I didn't start singing until I was 18 - I went on a Prince's Trust course and it turned out I could sing.

How would you describe the song writing process within the band?

It depends what music Adam (guitarist) comes up with. He writes like 50 riffs a day, I'm not kidding. I'll go round his and he'll say ‘ I've got this and this,' but he tries to write 50 riffs in a song.

I'll try and think of songs that sound nothing like the track I'm listening to but kind of fit. If I take these lyrics and this song and put them together that would fit, then add some variations to the lyrics so it's original. Any life experiences I've been through I try to write about.

We come up with riffs and vocal lines but the other guys input just as much when they come in, adding bass lines or stabs in here. We don't rest until we're all happy with the song or until every bit is ironed out or we compromise with each other.

What do you make of the local music scene at the minute?

It can be up and down, when we play places it tends to be ticketed gigs so we can judge how many people are going to turn up for us, but it's very unpredictable I find. We've got friends up and down the country and we try to keep in with any bands that we know for gigs; it's all about networking and making friends, not enemies.

Have you got any releases out at the minute?

We've just released a single called The Unknown which is available on iTunes and all the money that we make from that is going to help us get back in the studio and we're going to record a 10-track album. The track looks like it's been selling well so the more people that buy it the quicker we're going to get back into the studio. 

How difficult is it financially for up-and-coming bands?

We need to get the funding; it's been a grand-and-a-half to get 10 tracks recorded for the album. It does depend on the finances and also we've only been going for just under a year with me as the singer so we're still trying to build up contacts by supporting the bigger bands so hopefully some promoters can take notice, but we do plan to do more headlining gigs, that is the plan, to bring in the crowds.

We've got gigs in Manchester and Nottingham, possibly Germany in the summer, so I think that's the way forward, Europe is where we're looking.

We also get played on Bishop FM on their rock slot and there are some Internet radios, even a one in the States - New Driven - they play our music quite frequently so we do get some radio exposure.

How do you use the Internet to promote yourselves?

We do use social media, and we've got a new website. It's only just kicked off on the social media aspect, I can't police it, the hit counter and stuff is some random number, but generally Facebook or Twitter is where we promote from as everybody uses them; I get up in the morning and check Facebook. We have got a couple of songs on SoundCloud but YouTube is the big one I'm trying to get on to, it's quite hard to get the hits on there.

How would you describe your time with the band so far?

It just seems to be moving really quickly. From my point of view, I've been in bands for years and we did nothing even close to what we're doing now. I was with a band for eight years and I've been with these for eight months and the progression is unreal. We're playing Germany and stuff, and that's not something I was expecting at all, maybe after a few years together. It can't get better than that. I think breaking into the music industry is hard, it just doesn't seem hard to us at the minute. 

What do you think off the current charts and its impact on bands like yourselves?

The X Factor and The Voice have taken over and made it a bit too commercial. I find with those shows that it's not about the music. I try and look the part but if I can't perform it makes no odds. And you've got these people using vocal tuners and all that stuff when they go on stage. They've got producers writing their songs for them, writing their lyrics, and telling them where they're going to dance and where they're going to be on stage at this point. I don't want that, we just want to be off-the-cuff. I do see a future for rock though because it does seem to be coming back slowly in pop music but it might just take a while to get back to like it was in the 80s and 90s when we dominated it. Metallica won the Grammy's in the 90s; what happened to that?

Now it's Lady Gaga and you've got Kanye West saying he owns the music industry.

The Unknown is currently available on iTunes. Check out their website here.

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