Are Made Of This
unfair it is, some people in this world are handed success on a plate.
For The Others the only path is to work your ass
off, lie a bit and believe enough that it can be done. Dominic Masters,
lead singer from aggressive punk band, The Others, talked
to me openly and in-depth about the bands growth from humble obscurity
to becoming a beacon of hope for the downtrodden & disenfranchised
The story of The Others begins after Doms
painful split from his wife, he explains, My first band had
finished, university had finished and I couldnt get any jobs to
do with my politics degree. All I could get was sales jobs,
so I spent the next year working, doing drugs and drinking heavily to
shake off all the troubles, just trying to cope with doing a s**t job
and feeling thats all that you had, which is where a lot of the
inspiration for Lackey comes from.
It was in Last Rockers Club, embarrassed with his
job, Dom created the then mythical band. After a while of going
to some wild and out-there clubs people started recognising me and asking
what I do, I didnt really want to tell anyone I worked selling
advertising space for the 'hotel managers association', thats
hardly rock and roll, so I was as ambitious as I could be and lied to
people saying I was in a band."
"I became friendly with a band called The Parkinsons
and they were very curious about this band that never played, and everyone
in the club was curious about this boy who looked like he was a singer
in a band, but never sung in a band and told everyone he was a singer
in a band
...so after 9 months Dom was confronted when they announced in front
of the whole club, Whats the name of your fu**ing legendary
band? to which Dom hesitatingly replied The Others.
He explains, Thats how we got our name, even though the
name describes us really well now because we represent the dysfunctional,
the disenfranchised and the ostracized. Its very suitable because thats
what we are, we are an oddball, rag-bag collective of society. But on
the spot I just couldnt think of anything else.
Next Dom is being booked to headline the club. At that
point everyones thinking really Im gonna bottle it and tell
the truth, but instead he says... cant wait
Max, Ill see you in two weeks
I soon left the club, I couldnt handle being there because
I knew what Id done. But I thought to myself, now you really do
want to be in a band in your life, you dont like your job, and
now your forced to do it. So I convinced myself that I could."
He got hold of the guitarist from his old band and between them
came up with a bassist and a drummer for the gig.
In our first three rehearsal sessions we wrote six songs, some
of which are B-sides now, which shows how dedicated we were to make
it work. When it came to the performance it was almost like a joke,
because everybody knew 2 weeks ago I was just a bullshi**er. But
even though I was, I wanted to prove that I was a good lead singer and
could write lyrics.
Despite being together only two weeks they had generated a lot of
interest. After the gig the guy who signed
Franz Ferdinand came over shook our hands and said,
"Youre amazing. Whens your next gig". From
that day onwards Dom went around meeting as many people and doing as
many concerts as he could to promote the band, always sparing time for
fans. I thought if thats what we can do in one gig, Im
gonna get signed and Im going to get my boys signed and this time
Im gonna work hard.
Despite struggling over the next year Doms determination didnt
wane, and while holding down his job was still working hard to promote
his band to stubborn record companies. Eventually, after about a year
and a half, Dom secured a gig supporting Babyshambles,
he knew there was a record exec in the crowd and he knew that it was
their big chance. When we played that gig I just went for it,
I thought this is it, its now or never. Then after
the gig it was like a big fairytale, and very special after everything
had been going against us for so long.
Recently The Others won the 'John Peel NME' award for
innovation and I think Doms and the bands story is an example
of what can be done with determination, ambition and plenty of hard
work and is a model for any aspiring artist that thinks its just not
going to happen to them. As Dom himself philosophised, You
should work for whatever you want, youve got to work your ass
off or you wont get it. Their album entitled The Others
is out to buy now and they are superb live, take my word for it.
Interview - David Elphick