Chartreuse Addiction Talks of New EP, Touring and More!

Staying to their roots with the more stoner, grunge, alternative metal vibes is CHARTREUSE ADDICTION has been active for a while now, having a single just released over the summer with an expected EP in the plans currently. Touring and shows are also in the works with plans at hand with much else as well. Find out what more was said from the chat below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

So we formed in 2019 as a three-piece, myself (Andrew Greig) on rhythm guitar & lead vocals, Kurtis Spiers on lead guitar & backing vocals and Adrian McVail on drums. We’d part ways with Adrian the following year and in his place would be Liam Swan on drums but also Blair Harrison on guitar & backing vocals and Callum Fraser on bass & backing vocals with myself as an occasional third guitarist. This lineup would remain the same until July of this year when Liam & Blair left due to other commitments (other bands/uni etc.) As of now, we’ll be announcing our new drummer Gemma Costello very soon! 

We’ve played several gigs around the Glasgow area at venues such as Ivory Blacks, 13th Note, Audio as well as The Bungalow in Paisley and Harley’s in Ayr. We’ve played alongside bands such as Royal Bloom, Guns for Hire, West Order, Klaise and Murdoch as well as acts like Dissenter and Fading Lights. 

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

With our band, many times were tried out, originally we were gonna be called Hell Subway as you can find a link to our soundcloud demos which has that name in the link, but Chartreuse Addiction is a name all three of us at the time agreed upon. I was obsessed with the colour chartreuse given it’s a colour I associate a lot with stoner rock/metal and “addiction” was added in because 1, I was obsessed with the colour and 2, for copyright reasons.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

So our band’s influenced by a lot of stuff. In the early days we were really into emulating the grunge and alternative metal scene in the 90s; music like Nirvana, Kyuss, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Sleep etc. Some stuff as well was inspired by myself & Kurtis’ old band Vague Reality and the local Glasgow music scene we belonged to which had a more punk vibe to it but mixing that in with the heavier, grungy, stoner stuff. There’s a few grungy bands in the south of Scotland at the minute, you have Royal Bloom from Ayr, you have Klaise from Paisley and while I wouldn’t call these next few artists grunge, you have bands like Junk Pups, Scunnurt, Murdoch, even Dead Pony who’ve got a lot of more mainstream attention have an influence on Chartreuse Addiction. 

4. How would you describe your style?

In the early days our style was very stoner rock/alternative metal orientated. However when we brought Liam and Blair onboard, we started to go on a more classic punk rock way however the stoner stuff was still there, however now that they’ve both left, we’re definitely thinking on going back to our roots, more stoner/grunge/alt metal. Dark alley rock I like to call it if that’s a good analogy! 

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve released one single so far, titled “Superman” which was released on the 4th July 2022. What one can expect from our works is more of the same of that vibe, heavy classic metal-like riffs, almost disco like drums, aggressive vocals, guitar solos, etc. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes indeed we do, we have an EP planned as well as a full length debut album in the near future. 

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We have one gig at The Old Hairdressers planned for November but also potential gigs at Broadcast, Sleazy’s, Venue 38 (Ayr). Definitely gonna be on the look out for more supporting slots as well. 

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band? 

Pretty much what we answered in Q6 & 7, we have plans for tours after the EP or album is released, really just to keep getting us gigs, get our name out there, grow a bigger fanbase around Scotland and the UK (worldwide eventually) and just play music that we love and that other people love too!

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Our single “Superman” is up on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube Music, Deezer and on our YouTube channel You’ll find some demos of other Chartreuse songs there too! 

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Just that they enjoy it really and for them to think we’re good musicians. That’s the main thing and that they’d want to keep coming back for more that’s all I can say. 

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