Feature: “If I…” with Templeton Pek’s Neal Mitchell

Having spent last summer touring Europe with Rise Against, Birmingham’s Templeton Pek are set to kickstart their 2012 with a new album ‘Signs’ in July on a new label – People Like You Records.

However before the album release, this week sees the trio play a headline show at London’s Relentless Garage (Thursday May 29th) as well as releasing a new single called ‘Call to Disarm,’ a rousing rock number dominated by stadium-sized riffs and bold vocals courtesy of Neal Mitchell.

Neal recently spoke to Already Heard to take part in our regular “If I…” feature where he tells us which show from the Rise Against tour he would re-live, which Foo Fighters song he wish he wrote, his fantasy festival line-up and more.

If I could re-record one song it would be…
Neal: Most of the songs on our first album, I think we’re at ease with the recording process now on our third album.

If I could re-live one tour/show it would be…
Neal: Our first support show with Rise Against at Dusseldorf Phillipshalle in Germany, 7,000 people going crazy.

If I had the chance to play one venue it would be…
Neal: CBGBs in New York, just for the shear history and bragging right

If I could play with one band it would be…
Neal: Bon Jovi, for pure selfish reasons as a fan and to play arenas.

If I could play with any person living or dead it would be…
Neal: Dave Grohl just to see if he is ‘Mr Nice’ all the time. Which is humanely impossible so I doubt it, but looks like he’d be up for a beer.

If I could bring back any band that have split up, it would be…
Neal: The original line-up of Guns N’ Roses. I know a limp version is still going but it’s not the same.

If I wasn’t playing music, I would be…
Neal: Living on an island on the other side of the planet.

If I could play a different genre it would be…
Neal: Film scores although technically not a genre but film scores.

If I could have written any song it would be…
Neal: ’Everlong’ by Foo Fighters.

If I could have written any album it would be…
Neal: Star Wars the movie soundtrack

If I could headline any festival, it would be…
Neal: Rock Am Ring in Germany… or the Warped Tour in US.

If I could organise my own festival…
Neal: Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, The Ataris, Rise Against, Explosions In The Sky, Metallica, Old Guns N Roses, Jimmy Eat World, Biffy Clyro, and Ignite.

If I could play any other instrument, it would be…
Neal: The Harpsichord

If I could give one piece of advice to a new band, it would be:
Neal: Don’t take negative comments too personally and grow thick skin fast, music is subjective and everyone has an opinion, however wrong they may be. 

‘Signs’ by Templeton Pek is released on July 30th through People Like You Records.

Templeton Pek’s new single ‘Call to Disarm’ is out now.

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