Best Things You've Never Heard, International — March 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

The Treatment



“The Treatment were formed in 2008, when founder member drummer Dhani Mansworth was still at school in Cambridge . Although only 15 at the time he already had a clear vision of the kind of band he wanted to form. Having grown up on a diet of ACDC, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith he began to put the band together under the watchful eye of his father guitarist and manager Laurie Mansworth (More, Airrace, Roadstar).

Having had little success with local musicians he decided to go further afield. First to join the line up was 18 year old Ben Brookland from Tadley, he shared the same passion for classic bands as Dhani. Ben’s unique guitar style suited the bill perfectly. Soon after came bass player Rick Newman (aka Swoggle) also 15. Rick’s enthusiasm and solid bass sound fitted perfectly. Rick suggested that the band audition Tagore Grey his school friend and guitarist from Petersfield. Rick’s recommendation was spot on as Tag’s guitar style was exactly what they had been looking for. The boys passion for the band was proved when they all packed bags and moved to Cambridge were they shared a home with The Mansworths so they could focus completely on the band and rehearse on a daily basis.

After a 6 month search they found the final piece of the jigsaw. Matt Jones a 17 year old wonder kid hailing from Norwich . His high energy rock vocals was exactly what the guys were looking for. Matt moved to Cambridge within 1 week of joining the band and after locking themselves away to refine their sound, they emerged one year later, they were ready to showcase.

On March 2nd at The Borderline supporting Voodoo Six, Powerage A&R guru Derek Oliver came down to check out the bands set. He was very impressed and immediately signed the band.  They have just finished recording their first album ‘This Might Hurt’ (at Iron Maiden Steve Harris’s Barnyard studios). The album was produced by Laurie Mansworth and mixed by Tony Newton of Voodoo Six.”

Let’s start with the basics first – what brought the band been together and what is the inspiration behind the band name?
The band was formed by our drummer Dhani. He wanted to find a group of musicians around the same age who love the same type of music. As for the name, we all love Doctor Feelgood and we kind of liked the medical theme, so The Treatment fitted us perfectly.

For the benefit of those who haven’t yet heard your music, how would you describe your sound?
High energy guitar rock with a touch of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Sex Pistols.

 Can you introduce each member of your band and give us a rock “n” roll fact about each of them?
Singer- Matt Jones – loves tea and biscuits but we believe he has a truly great rock voice.

Ben Brookland Lead Guitar – Lead guitarist and band clown

Tagore Grey – rythmn guitar A direct descendent of Lady Jane Grey (British royalty)

Rick Newman aka Swoggle – bass guitar – He is not much over 5 ft but has great stage presence

Dhani Mansworth (founder member of the band) 6ft 5 inch and a powerhouse drummer.   (nicknamed Dan the Dentist, after re arranging the school bullies teeth).

You have recorded your debut album ‘This Might Hurt’.  How long did the process of writing and recording the songs for this album take?
On and off the album took just over a year to record.

A little bit of trivia with the recording of this album is that it was recorded at Steve Harris from Iron Maiden’s “Barnyard” studio’s.  How did recording there come about…and was there any signs of “Eddie” hanging around haha?

Our Manager.producer Laurie Mansworth is friends with Tony Newton who mixed our album. He works from Steve Harris’s studio.  Steve popped in one day and gave the album the thumbs up.  He was a really nice guy.  We didn’t see Eddie but Laurie and Tony did see a ghost one day – Fact!  The building is very very old. 

In terms of your songwriting, what do you consider to be the most important ingredients that make up a ‘The Treatment’ song?
Big chorus’s and big riffs!

Is the process of songwriting a whole of band affair, or are there a few key contributors?
It’s a band affair, we started with about 30 songs and condensed these down to our 12 favourites.

What or who inspires/influences your music the most?
We have various influences, we love rock but with the energy of punk.

What bands did you grow up listening to and how did they help create the style of music that can now be heard throughout ‘This Might Hurt’?
We listen to everything from ACDC, to The Sex Pistols.

What kind of movie do you think your music would be best suited to and why?
Action / thriller or nudy film –  lol

As I write these questions, you are in the midst of a run of dates in the UK.  How are the shows going and here’s your chance to tell the rest of the world what we are missing out on by not seeing your live show!
The shows have been brilliant for us.  We played London last night and it was chaos.  You are missing out big time.

With 2011 already a few months down, here’s a chance to gaze into your crystal ball.  In 2011, The Treatment will have:
1. Played most of the major festivals this year
2. Have our music recognised worldwide
3. Have a major label in America
Essential Information

From: UK

Sounds Like: Classic Rock

Band Members: Matt Jones – Vocals, Ben Brookland – Guitar, Tag Grey – Guitar, Dhani Mansworth – Drums, Swoggle – Bass

Website: Official facebook page

Latest Release: This Might Hurt (Powerage Records)


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