Here is a short little Q&A with our founding father, Mr. Alan Kelly.
1. What put you on the road that led to what became Seven
Alan - After Shy had run its course I moved to Cornwall,
England in 2000. I continued to write a lot of my own material and after a
while I decided that I should do something with it. So I set out to try and get
a record deal to release my own CD. Enter Roy Davis (ex-Shy, himself) and
2. Prior to Seven Hard Years, you gained notoriety as a
drummer. When did you start playing keyboards and guitar?
Alan - Even while I was in Shy I dabbled on keyboards and
guitar and had my own recording set up at home. Although I didn’t really know
what I was doing with the musical instruments, I knew what I wanted and just
messed around until it sounded right. It wasn’t until I moved to Cornwall and I
took up guitar that my writing really began to improve. I got to the stage
where I could write, play and record all my own instruments without having to
rely on anyone else’s help or influence.
3. How did you meet Shawn Pelata (vocalist)?
Alan - We got in contact via Myspace if I recall. I listened
to some of the songs he was doing with Line Of Fire and really liked the sound
of his voice and I thought this is the voice I would like to have as lead
vocals on my own material. I realized that even though I could do passable lead
vocals and passable lead guitar if I seriously wanted to compete with other
rock albums that were being released I needed to up my game and enlist the help
of some genuine talent so I tapped up Shawn for some vocals.
4. When you write songs, do you get lyrics or music first?
Alan - Mostly I get the music first. Messing around on the
guitar I will come up with a riff or two, record it and then put some rough
lyric / melody idea over it and see how it works. I will usually mess around
back and forward like that until I have a complete song. On the odd occasion
lyric / melody ideas just come to me in
the middle of the night and I have get up and write them down so I don’t forget. Sometimes I’ll get a musical idea when I’m out
somewhere and I have to hum it into my phone recorder until I can get the chance
to record it properly.
5. What are your three favorite bands?
Alan – It’s a weird thing that I really don’t listen to that
much music these days as I’m nearly always recording some project or other and
I tend to listen to that. In my youth I used to listen to whatever was the
latest thing to come out and I was heavy influenced by bands like UFO, MSG,
Journey, Bryan Adams etc. My tastes have changed a little over the years and
now I like bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Alter Bridge and even The Used. I
love their approach to song writing and the fantastic production. If it’s
powerful has a decent melody and production then I’m pretty much going to like
Welcome, one and all, to the official Seven Hard Years (or 7HY, if you like) blog site. Here we will keep you up to date with any and all goings on within the 7HY camp.
That being said, we are officially in the home stretch of tracking the 3rd album. Shawn is busy laying down his vocals for the new songs as we speak and we are all very excited to present you with this new material! We're shooting for an August release, so Shawn better get it in gear!