SIR John Mandeville may be Liverpool born and bred but they are influenced by rock heavyweights ranging from Free to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple and Crosby Stills and Nash.
“Don’t get me wrong, we also like new music,” explains singer John Harrison. “I really love Queens Of The Stone Age.
“I saw them play at the Academy in Manchester, just when they were about to become huge. They totally blew me away."
Lead guitarist Peet Walsh adds: “For me it’s The Raconteurs, or anything Jack White is in really. I think he's a fantastic musician and the albums he produces and plays on are always awesome.”
Sir John Mandeville are John, 23, Phil Hopkins, 19, keys/sax, Chris Mitchell, 21, lead/rhythm guitar, Peet, 23, and Danny Groom, 21, on drums.
Top of their list is to create a party atmosphere at their shows, a celebration. John says: “We pull out all the stops visually and musically, from driving charismatic drum solos to epic riffs with soaring guitar solos. The music is honest and has a lot of heart.
“There are so many different dynamics we can go in and there are strong lyrical messages throughout our material.
We like to think we give the people what they want and their money’s worth. When they come down to our show, I can safely say they won't go home disappointed.It's all killer and no filler.”
So the name, Sir John Mandeville (SJM for short) – nothing to do with the music promoters then?
“No,” laughs John. “The band name came about because my father had collected these old historic books on medieval history and we were stuck for a name. We didn’t want ‘The’ something as it had been said and done so many times.
So this book title just jumped out at me The Riddle And The Knight, Tales Of Sir John Mandeville.
“Essentially the book was about an explorer who would say he’d seen all sorts of exotic places, when he had actually just been circling Europe. A sort of phony Christopher Columbus.
“It was a crazy book and a funny read in some parts.
“Originally I wanted to name the band after a chapter in the book, The Riddle and the Knight.
“However, Peet suggested we name the band Sir John Mandeville and write songs about the chapters of his travels. The rest is history.”
Sir John Mandeville play The Lomax on March 8.