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Interview: Chasing Cadence tell us about teaming up with TNA Wrestling

Hertfordshire alt-rockers Chasing Cadence are heading out on a tour of two halves later this month, as they team up with TNA Wrestling for Maximum Impact 8.

The five-piece will perform an acoustic set before the wrestling on each night of the three-date tour, stopping in Manchester, London and Birmingham.

We caught up with Chasing Cadence drummer, Alfie Powell, to get the lowdown on the upcoming shows…

How did your spot on the TNA tour come about?

“We were put in touch with TNA last year as they had heard our track Dear Life – available on iTunes, wink wink. They liked it so much that they wanted to use it as the theme song for their worldwide TV show TNA Xplosion, which is pretty crazy! From there, it just seemed like a natural progression to join the tour and we’re all really excited for it. 

How do you think it will differ from a regular tour? 

“Aside from the sheer magnitude of the venues – Wembley Arena? That’s the dream right?! – we’ll be playing an acoustic set for the first time which has been pretty interesting for us as we’ve not just changed our instruments over for quieter ones but completely reworked the songs. No one’s heard Chasing Cadence like this before and it’ll be a pretty special tour for everyone involved!

Are you wrestling fans yourselves? 

“All of us are fans but I like to boast and say I have been for the longest. I’ve actually been watching wrestling since 1992 and remember having WCW Starrcade on VHS and rewinding the Sting vs Big Van Vader match over and over. We’ll be watching [the wrestling] for sure; you can’t beat the live environment of a wrestling show, there’s always such a great atmosphere plus amazing in-ring action.”

There’s a pretty big crossover between music and wrestling, but how to you think the live crowds will compare? 

“I’ve always thought that music and wrestling go hand in hand and when your company is based in the home of music, Nashville, I think you need to embrace it and TNA do a great job with that. You can always count on wrestling fans to let you know exactly what they think of you and we’re open to that – but hopefully there’ll be more chants of “This Is Awesome” rather than “Botchamania”!

How can TNA ticket holders make sure they don’t miss your sets? 

“We’ll be playing before the wrestling starts each night. Times of each set haven’t been released yet but we’ll make sure all info is posted on our social media pages. [Facebook.com/chasingcadence and @chasingcadence]

Are there any other unusual tours or collaborations you’d like to do after this?

“We’ve actually always wanted to play at a theme park which would be awesome, rollercoasters and rock music are a great combination. We’re looking at you Thorpe Park, make it happen!”

And how is the rest of your 2016 shaping up?

“Busy, busy, busy! We’ll be in the studio writing and recording some new music in the next couple of months and will have many shows and a couple of tours to announce very shortly!”

Catch Chasing Cadence on the TNA Wrestling Maximum Impact 8 tour:

January

29 – Manchester Arena
30 – London, The SSE Arena, Wembley
31 – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena

Book tickets for TNA Wrestling Maximum Impact 8 now at Ticketmaster.co.uk, VIP packages are also available. 

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