10 Questions for The Good Water!

With two singles geared and ready to be released we got to speak with Birmingham Duo The Good Water about their favourite albums and places to play!

First things first how did you come to be? 

We met at music college some 10 years ago now. I remember we were asked to compose a piece for a hypothetical Wagon Wheel advert. We clicked over said circular confectionery and have been writing music together ever since.


What genre of music would you say you play? 

We’ve been dubbed as indie/psych/rhythm & blues – we’re pretty happy with that.


Which bands/artists do you take influences from? 

Quite a number of different bands tickle our fancy, but if we had to narrow it down we’d have to say; Neu! / Tame Impala / Temples / Goat


Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

 Well it’s not so much a venue, but Lunar Festival 2016 was a highlight for us. We’d only been “The Good Water” for about 9 months but we got such a great reception from everyone on the day. Can’t wait to see the festival return next year.


Best gig you’ve ever attended? 

That’s a tough one but probably The Mars Volta back in 2008. Sweaty, noisy and messy – great gig.


A band you would most like to support and why? 

If we can choose any band from any era it would be The Doors at the Whisky a Go Go back in ’66. Not just because it would have been great to see them live, but the after show party would have been mental.


A band that you would like to work with? 

Working with a band like Goat would be ace. I think we would just jam for hours on end.


Top five albums you’ve ever heard? 

Neu! – 1

Radiohead – In Rainbows

Goat – World Music

CAN – Ege Bamyasi

David Bowie – Aladdin Sane


Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist? 

We spend some time over Christmas with Tim Felton (Broadcast) recording the next two singles. The tracks are almost finished and we’re both immensely proud of them, can’t wait for people to hear them but all in good time.


What’s next in the pipeline?

 As we mentioned we’ve got two new singles almost ready to go. But until then we’ve got a few gigs to keep us busy. The first is 23rd March at The Sunflower Lounge with King Salami and the Cumberland Three – that’ll be a mad night, one not to be missed.

Thankyou for taking the time to take on the 10 questions guys, be sure to support the band on their quest!

http://www.thegoodwater.co.uk/

10 Questions for No Hot Ashes!

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With their new single ‘Bellyaches‘ blazing across the internet we managed to grab a quick word with Stockport band No Hot Ashes, a band we’ve been eager to speak to since their new release late February. So without further ado!

First things first how did you come to be?

NHA began life in late 2014 when we released our first single “Goose” & B-side “Skank” and here we are now.


What genre of music would you say you play?

We never set out to sound a particular way – sounds cliché but that is the honest truth – we were patient and kept writing and we feel we are now at a stage where we have our sound. Our music has been described as pop/disco/funk.


Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

Too many to list – a big influence in our sounds as a band come from 70s/80s Funk & Soul, anything disco or synth pop. Underlying that we are a guitar band – we take a lot of influence from bands like The Smiths, RHCP, Foals & The Pixies.


Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

Tough one – Deaf Institute in Manchester has always been a favourite of ours – great aesthetically and in sound and by far the best backstage area going…bunkbeds, a bath, 2 fridges – need we say more? That is closely followed by Night & Day – a Manchester legend on the venue scene – never had a bad gig there.


Best gig you’ve ever attended?

As a band collective we`d have to say Spring King at The Ferret (Preston). We had supported them that evening and we all stayed the full night to watch them play – it was a real punch in the face for us because they gave such a good performance and it was so intimate and in the crowds face. We`ve always strived to be a great live band and entertaining but since that day we have pushed even harder.


A band you would most like to support and why?

You’re teasing us now – this list would be endless but given the choice it would be any of the following: RHCP, The Specials, Kool & The Gang, Foals just to name a few. Purely based on stage presence and the way they make you feel when you watch them live these are some of the greatest bands we have seen live (with the exception of Kool & The Gang who we haven’t seen live).


A band that you would like to work with?

Not a band but – George Clinton – the absolute epitome of Punk-Funk and founder of Parliament and Funkadelic. A massive influence to us all and we are constantly finding new videos online of him working back in the day – not only a great performer but a genius producer – we would love to do a track with him.


Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

  • “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” – RHCP
  • “Blaxploitation” – Bootsy Collins
  • “Doolittle” – The Pixies
  • “Mothership Connection” – Parliament
  • “Because Of The Times” – Kings Of Leon


Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

This is purely individual to each and every band but a few that meant a lot to us would be: Reaching 200k listens on our single “Goose” (Spotify), Playing Kendal Calling & YNOT Festival. Our first Sold Out show in Manchester (Kraak Gallery/Aatma). More recently we Sold Out 2 nights at “Jimmy`s” in Manchester and that meant a lot to us to be lucky enough to play the venue 2 nights on the run and have a mad crowd both nights.


What’s next in the pipeline?

We are currently pushing our new single “Bellyaches” (go and listen!) Produced by the wizard that is Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Twang, JAWS). We also have a really busy few months gigging and working around that we will be going back into the studio late March to work on some new material.

Thankyou so much guys for taking the time out to take on the 10 questions!

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10 Questions for Ivory Wave!

Ahead of their new single coming out soon and going on tour, we got to catch up Ivory Wave to talk about their favorite albums, who would they like to collaborate with and what’s next down the pipeline!

First things first how did you come to be?

Me and Luke (Bass) were in a band for a few months, one night we had a gig in Birmingham, and me and Luke went on a bit of a mad one and ended up in a Indian restaurant at about 4am, it was there and then we decided to start something new. Ivory Wave was born in a drunken stupor fuelled by curry and cobra beer haha

What genre of music would you say you play?

We describe ourselves as groove, its all about the beats and rhythm for us

Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

I love hip hop music, love the beats and sounds they use. public enemy, a tribe called quest and NWA to name a few, just love all the sampling techniques and the rhythms

we try to incorporate as much as that as possible into our music

we do love our cheesy pops songs though, anything from madonna to Edwyn collins, thats probably where we get our songs like ‘paradise’ from really groovy verse with a catchy chorus

Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

i really love the sound at the Kasbah in coventry, really deep subs, you can feel the bass in your chest when a bands playing there

Best gig you’ve ever attended?

the libertines at Hyde park, it was just mental people climbing delay towers fights breaking out everywhere TOTAL CHAOS

A band you would most like to support and why?

probably someone like Kasabian I feel they are similar to us in that they’re using electronic beats and synths me and Luke also love the band Real Lies from London, i think their debut is a masterpiece .

A band that you would like to work with?

I’m not sure, probably new order or underworld, i feel we could learn a lot from them

Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

Jagwar Ma – Howlin

The Stone Roses – self titled

Nas – Illmatic

A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders

Oasis – Definitely Maybe

Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

walking out on stage at the o2 academy 3 in Birmingham a few weeks ago, it felt so humbling to us to have that many people in one room all wanting to hear our music

What’s next in the pipeline?

we have a new single coming out before the summer and were planning a few tours, its full steam ahead for us

10 Questions for We’re no Heroes!

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Today we have funk-rock (with a twist) trio We’re No Heroes all the way from Cardiff taking on the 10 Questions, ever since they started back in 2010 the band have been making some noise and it’s only grown ever since!

First things first how did the band start?

Absolute cosmic chance.

What genre of music would you say you play?

Funk Rock with a frosty twist.

Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

We’ve got our individual preferences but the music that’s always pulled our band together is some of those funk legends. Parliament Funkadelic, Defunkt, Rick James Stone City Band, Ohio Players to name a few.

Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

My personal favourite was Thekla which is this incredible Bristol venue inside the hull of an old steel ship.

Best gig you’ve ever attended?

Black Sabbaths very last show. They played Into The Void, probably the most evil riff of all time.

A band you would most like to support and why?

Chk Chk Chk (!!!) on their up and coming tour around the UK. We asked but haven’t heard anything back yet. Hit us up.

A band that you would like to work with?

We’ve been talking about collaborating with Reuel Elijah from Cardiff (check him out). That would be supreme. He’s a great talent in the local music landscape and a WNH x Reuel song would be something real special.

Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

Led Zeppelin I

Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy

Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

Playing a session for the BBC in Maida Vale in London was an extremely precious experience. As big cheese as it sounds it was real spiritual feeling. Some of the greatest legends of all time have recorded songs in that room we played in. We even had a string section involved. It was magic.

What’s next in the pipeline?

We’re gonna put out a new music video and single next and hopefully go on the road to play it live to as many ears willing to listen as possible.

Thankyou so much guys for taking on the 10 questions we really appreciate it, wish you all the best for the future!

10 Questions for Table Scraps!

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10 Questions is gradually becoming more and more of a staple here at WFM, and to add to that collection we have a big one! We managed to get the amazing noise punk band Table Scraps from the Midlands to take them on, and needless to say they didn’t let anyone down!

First things first how did you come to be?

Scott moved in to the house next door to Poppy, in Birmingham, and the rest is history. They’d both had spent years in the purgatory of music industry madness (before and after the bottom fell out in 2007), so had a shared understanding for cutting the bullshit. We disappeared into our own world: writing and producing our own records, making our own artwork, shooting our own videos, playing all over. Very much on our own terms. After writers decided that “two-pieces” were their own genre, and because we had too much hair between us, we got TJ in on bass to redress the balance.
What genre of music would you say you play?

There’s a lot swirling around the pot, but we tend to settle for “Garage Punk” as it covers most bases in a satisfying catchall. There’s a good chunk of metal and psych chucked in because… why not?


Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

In the spirit of rock’n’roll, everything we do is a jumble of influences and stuff Frankenstein’d together from all over the place. We can’t really start without a nod towards The Cramps. A large swathe of everything from The Stooges, Black Flag, Sabbath, Pissed Jeans, Thee Oh Seas, blah blah blah.


Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

We were invited to play in Madrid in December and, as they’re all mad for garage rock, so it became Beatlemania pretty quickly. We played The Wurtlizer Ballroom, one thing led to another, and we ended up mashing up our track ‘Motorcycle (Straight to Hell) with ‘Paranoid’. The place went nuts, we got dragged across the city for the rest of the night, didn’t pay for a single drink, and were all dead to the world the following day. It’d be weird not to also mention our adopted home of The Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath – a venue that defies the odds by putting on varied and interesting lineups whilst continuing to thrive in these deeply fucked times.


Best gig you’ve ever attended?

Thee Oh Sees at the basement in Birmingham around 2010. It was a tiny, red underground bar that was everything a bar should be. Sadly, after a year ‘the man’ tripled the rates and it closed. The band crammed a ton of gear into the tiny venue and did a blistering hour long set. I was DJing that night and Jon Dwyer even carried my records down the street for me. A gentlemen and a legend.

 

A band you would most like to support and why?

We’ve been very lucky to have played with some of our favourites (The Stranglers, Fat White Family, Kid Congo, King Tuff). Black Sabbath will probably be the one that got away, as they mean a lot to us being from Birmingham as well, but stranger things have happened…


A band that you would like to work with?

We’ve played with Yak twice and been blown away by their live show and their incredible work ethic. Their manic energy is definitely something that we’re on the same level with. It would be great to record in the states with Jim Diamond or Matt Vert Ray

 

Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

Pussy Galore – Uptight

Velvet Underground – White Light White Heat

Oblivians – Popular Favourites

Wipers – Youth Of America


Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

Doing it ourselves on a day to day basis and having invested the time to keep everything completely in-house is more satisfying than traditional band milestones to us. Nothing gets done without us all being 100% into it and, as we’re all so on the same page, we can turn things around as quickly or as slowly as we want in the interests of making everything as killer as it should be. 
What’s next in the pipeline?

We put out an LP ourselves just over a year ago. People liked it and it stirred up some interest and some fun opportunities for us, so now we’re making another one. Lots more touring as well – Come join the party!

 

Just would like to give a huge thanks to Table Scraps for taking on the 10 Questions, it’s much appreciated and all the best!

 

10 Question for The Americas!

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Ahead of their UK tour that’s taking place in March, I got to interview up an coming Birmingham Band The Americas for the very first time on this site. After listening to their music I really got a feel for the sound they were developing and had to know where it came from, so they took on the 10 Questions!

1)First things first how did you come to be?

Me and Harry met a couple of years ago… I’d just got back to the UK after living in Sydney for a year or so and was looking for like-minded musicians to play with… We started writing and demoing songs… We played with a whole bunch of different people before we finally found Alex and settled as a three-piece.
2)What genre of music would you say you play?

Genre is always hard to answer… Thin wild mercury, metallic and bright gold!
3) Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

People with interesting things to say… The more believable the better… We don’t listen to beautiful people… They tend to make ugly music…
If you crashed one of our parties you’d probably hear a lot of late 60s early 70s stuff…

4) Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

02 Academy main room in Birmingham blew our little minds
5) Best gig you’ve ever attended?

Alex: A toss up between Tame Impala in Amsterdam and Arcade Fire in Lisbon last summer…
I’m going to speak for Harry (because he’s not here) … We both saw The War on Drugs in Barcelona… The Mediterranean at our backs… Sunset… Oh man sweet deathbed memories.
6)A band you would most like to support and why?

Courtney Barnett? She’s fantastic.
7) A band that you would like to work with?

Daniel Lanois.
8) Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

What a question… Here are some good albums we dig
Aaron:
Takk (Sigur Ros)
Time Out of Mind (Bobby)
The Suburbs (Arcade Fire)
Crime of the Century (Super Tramp)
Trouble Will Find Me (The National)
 

Alex:
Exile on Mainstreet (Stones)
Do Hollywood (Lemon Twigs)
Hills End (DMAs)

Comfort (Splashh)

Is This It (Strokes)

Harry (again making these up):
Anything by Neil Young
Anything by any of those blues men who sold their souls to the devil…
Spice girls
JLS
McBusted

9) Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

Completing these 10 questions…

10) What’s next in the pipeline?

This..

 

Thankyou guys for taking on the 10 questions, really appreciate it cannot wait to hear some new music!

10 Questions for The Cosmics!

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After hearing their newest track ‘Waste of Time‘ pop up on the feed, it was a must get interview with Birmingham band The Cosmics and finally we got it! The Garage Punk trio have only been around for a small amount of time but they’ve made some waves, making it one of the best 10 Questions ever! Enjoy!

1 – First things first how did the band get together?

We are cousins so we grew up together and from a young age we started jamming, from there we formed The Cosmics.

2 – What genre of music would you say you play?

We play garage/punk/rock music.

3 – Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

Conor: I take influence from Bruce Springsteen, Iggy and the Stooges, and Thee Oh Sees because they are raw and have great stage presence.

Erin: Blondie because she’s a bad ass woman in rock music!

4 – Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, it’s not very big but there’s always a brilliant atmosphere in there when bands play. We played there last Friday night (17th Feb)  and it was insane! There was a mosh pit up the front and everything!

5 – Best gig you’ve ever attended?

Erin: Definitely Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Coventry, it was incredible, Bruce held my hand and sang to me!

Conor: Mine would be Bruce too, but it has to be Croke Park last summer.

Danny: Diiv in London

6 – A band you would most like to support and why?

Thee Oh Sees because they inspire us as a band, they have amazing stage presence and we are massive fans of their music!

7 – A band that you would like to work with?

We would like to work with Bass Drum of Death, they are the kind of lo-fi garage rock that we admire.

8 – Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

Goo – Sonic Youth

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Public Strain – Women

Is The Is Are – Diiv

Away with the Fairies – Mad Dog McRea

9 – Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

So far it has been playing This feeling’s Big in 2017 show in London last month.

10 – What’s next in the pipeline?

We will be recording an EP soon, then we have a busy summer, we are lined up to play several gigs and some exciting festivals, the one we can announce so far is Kendal Calling. More to be announced soon!!

Thanks for taking the time guys to answer the questions, cannot wait to hear your new stuff!

10 Questions for PEANESS!

 

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In the middle of their very busy touring schedule Peaness found the time to answer the 10 questions! Also there’s only a few dates left of the tour so if they’re round your area, make sure you get down!

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1) First things first how did the band start?

We met at uni and started messing around in Rach’s room, enjoying making a bit of noise. 

2) What genre of music would you say you play?

It’s a hard one, but probably indie-slow-punk-fuzz-Pop. Haha. 

3) Which bands/artists do you take influences from? 

Recently we all love:

Margaret Glaspy, Courtney Barnett, The Beatles, Death From Above 1979, Biffy Clyro, First Aid Kit, Mew, Andy Shauf, Pixies. 

4) Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

Telfords Warehouse, Chester. It’s always great playing a home show, and it’s always insane when we play there. The staff are all lovely, you get treated amazingly and it’s just an all round great venue.

5) Best gig you’ve ever attended?

We all go to a lot of gigs but:

Balla: Tame Impala, Manchester Arena, 2016. Rach: Green Day, Birmingham LG Arena, 2009. Jess: Andy Shauf, The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, 2016. 

6) A band you would most like to support and why?

Biffy Clyro, because three pieces rock. 

7) A band that you would like to work with?

We’re pretty happy with the dynamic we’ve got going on with just the three of us. 

8) Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

Honestly, we all just sighed when I read this question out haha. 

Machine Head – Through The Ashes of Empires

Spice Girls – Spice up your life.Five – Greatest Hits

My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the black parade

Dream Theatre – Images and Words. 

9) Biggest accomplishment as a band artist?

When we sold out of our latest 7″ on pre-order alone in 2 days. 

10) What’s next in the pipeline?

Wembley bitches. 

Thanks Peaness for taking on the 10 Questions!

10 Questions for Empty Lungs!

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After featuring their new song ‘Don’t Get It’ yesterday on New Music Now, I got to catch up with frontman of the band Kev so he could take on the WFM 10 Questions!!

First things first how did the band start?

I started the band in 2011 after my band at the time broke up. I was pretty bummed out, it was my first ‘serious’ band. We toured a lot and I didnt know what to do when we split so obviously I did the only thing I could and started another band! My old band was pretty heavy and I always wanted to do something melodic with pop hooks.

What genre of music would you say you play?

I really don’t care for genre’s too much although I realise it’s kind of something we’re stuck with for a quick way of labelling bands. We’re in the Punk Rock world but I know more than a few punx that would call us an indie rock band. So somewhere in the middle I guess.

Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

We have a massive range of influences. I guess the most direct influences on our sound are bands like Against Me!, The Clash, The Replacements, Pixies, Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, Japandroids, Weezer. We also love country, hip-hop, electro, thrash metal. There’s not really a genre of music that hasn’t influenced us in some ways.

Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

Loosey’s in Gainseville, Florida! The first time we played there was part of FEST and it was our first US show ever. Our jaws hit the floor when the venue was at capacity and there were a bunch of people singing our songs. Being a DIY so far from home, that’s a really special thing, we’ll never forget that!

Best gig you’ve ever attended?

I’ve been to so many it’s hard to narrow it down! I snuck into an Against Me! show in Belfast on 2004 when i was 16. It blew my mind and I’ve been in love with the band ever since. I also seen Neil Young for the first time a few years ago and that was some pretty life affirming shit.

A band you would most like to support and why?

It would blow my mind to open for someone like The Replacements or holy shit a Jawbreaker reunion! As much as I sometimes think reunions are lame that would be such a buzz.

A band that you would like to work with?
I’d love to write music with someone really prolific like Springsteen. That’s a whole other level of song crafting and besides the obvious amazingness of that situation I think as a song writer you’d learn so much from it.

Top five albums you’ve ever heard?
IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION haha!

My favourite album of all time is London Calling by The Clash. I’ll give you my favourite 5 albums of the last few months:

The Menzingers- After The Party
Childish Gambino- Awaken My Love
Pup- The dream is over
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
Culture Abuse- Peach

Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

Touring America is a big one but honestly just getting to write music and play shows in other countries with the best people I know is an accomplishment second to none.

What’s next in the pipeline?

Our new EP ‘Don’t Get It’ is out 10th March on Hidden Pony Records. We tour the UK 8th-19th March then we’ll be touring UK/Europe again in May/June and we have some other stuff coming up that we can’t talk about yet! It’s going to be a busy year!

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions Kev, all the best with the tour!

10 Questions For The Sly Persuaders!

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1)First things first, how did you start playing music?

CHRIS: Well, I never really liked sport as a kid and my Dad had an old acoustic guitar so I decided to learn the guitar for something to do. It very quickly became all-consuming, and it’s been that way ever since.

DANNY: As a band we started after mine and Chris’s previous outfit ended. We recruited long-time friend Lee to add an extra dimension to the sound and Alex completed the line-up after our previous drummer disappeared. I personally started playing bass as a teenager so I could form a band with Chris who was already a great guitarist and close friend.

ALEX: I was into hip hop and dance music when I was a very young kid – I loved the beats. As I grew older I discovered more and more great music so I learned the guitar, but all my mates were better than me so I switched to drums. Because of my knowledge of drum beats from my love of hip hop, I got pretty good quite quickly. I started to take the drums seriously when I was 18, had lessons and worked with my teacher in his drum shop ever since!

LEE: I was in the obligatory school brass band and had keyboards given to me as presents all through my childhood, but I got my first guitar at 17 and it’s been an uphill struggle to understand how it works ever since. I was invited into the band to play keyboards, but saw an opportunity to punch above my weight and picked up the guitar at rehearsal one night and now I’m that guy who plays two instruments in the band…as well as the shaker.

 

2) What genre of music would you say you play?

CHRIS: I tend to say we play Rock music, or maybe Modern Rock music. There are surf, punk, and garage-rock influences on our sound too. There’s usually a bit of head scratching when I’m tagging tracks on Soundcloud.

DANNY: It’s a blend of many styles really. We try not to limit ourselves to one genre as we have found it to be quite restricting.

ALEX: I would call the Slys’ style Surfabilly Psych Punk!

LEE: I’d say it’s an amalgamation of Garage (60s US Garage… not UK Garage) and Punk, with a smattering of Surf chucked in for good measure now and again.

3) Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

CHRIS: Rowland S Howard’s been a pretty significant influence on me, and hearing A Place To Bury Strangers for the first time was really inspiring. Other than that I’ve got fairly broad listening tastes, so I tend to pick up ideas from all over the place.

DANNY: I would say that everything you do, see, and listen to influences to the music you make. Early on we had more strongly defined influences such as Gallon Drunk, Grinderman, and Queens of the Stone Age, but we’ve evolved quite a lot since then and added things from more diverse sources such as krautrock and heavy electronica.

ALEX: As far as drummers go, Rat Scabies from the Damned, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, and I would have to say Clyde Stubblefield who played with James Brown.

LEE: I try to be as noisy and dissonant as the band will let me get away with, so The Fall and bands like that are my angle.

4) Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

CHRIS: It’s difficult to find many places that cover the fairly mundane technical aspects well and also have a great atmosphere, but Nambucca and The Finsbury both do a great job. (I’ve not played Nambucca with Slys yet, but have done in other bands and we’re there on 24th Feb so I’m counting it).

DANNY: Ooo tricky one. We’ve had some great gigs in total dives and not so great ones in larger venues. I would say it’s more about the crowd than the venue, but some favourites would be The Lock Tavern, the Buffalo Bar (RIP), and Powerlunches (also RIP).

ALEX: There have been loads of great venues we’ve played. My favourite would be Powerlunches in Dalston. It’s gone now, but it was a great sweaty little basement box. The Roadkill events that our lovely friend Mr Josh Cooper has put on at the Lock Tavern and The Finsbury have been great too.

LEE: We’ve played quite a few in the years we’ve been together, but a personal favourite is Aces & Eights in Tufnell Park. For a long time it was the default home of the Roadkill nights we became heavily involved in. The venue, crowd, and general vibe of the place are always great. They also do the best pizza in London… so there’s that too.

5) Best gig you’ve ever attended?

CHRIS: I’ve been to so many great gigs that it’s really difficult to choose, so let’s say Cosmosis 2016 in Manchester.

DANNY: A couple that stand out for me would be Radiohead at South Park Oxford in 2001 and Einstürzende Neubauten on the Alles Wieder Offen Tour in 2008.

ALEX: Impossible to answer! In recent years I would say that Savages are one of the best bands around. Their set at Field Day a couple of years ago was incredible. Also Saint Agnes have been one of my absolute favourite bands to watch ever since I first saw them at an all-dayer at the Windmill in Brixton and we had to play after them!

LEE: My Bloody Valentine at the 2009 ATP in Butlins was pretty special. Being four rows from the front during their “Holocaust section” in the middle of “You Made Me Realise” is up there as one of my top gig experiences.

6) A band you would most like to support and why?

CHRIS: Lift To Experience – so I finally get chance to see them. I missed them the first time round.

DANNY: Someone with a nice big audience. I think PJ Harvey or Nick Cave would be a good fit.

ALEX: I would love to support Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes because they give 200% and I feed off that level of energy. It inspires me hugely.

LEE: I’m gonna have to go with Lola Colt for this one. Every time I see them they never fail to blow me away – intense and bewitching from start to finish.

7) A band that you would like to work with?

CHRIS: If we were to work with someone else it’d be good to have a totally different musical perspective, so someone like Danny Brown or Johnny Jewel would be interesting.

DANNY: Well, we’re quite a self-contained unit really so it would have to be someone who could do a kickass remix like Too Many DJs or DJ Shadow.

ALEX: I’ve always liked the idea of working with Mick Harvey as his band – can you imagine? Mick Harvey and the Sly Persuaders?

LEE: It would have to be a band we get on really well with. Someone like Muertos or Broken Soundtracks. Having said that, I wouldn’t mind Brian Eno coming on board in some capacity. Recording with Steve Albini would also be a dream come true.

8)Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

 

CHRIS:

Pixies – Surfa Rosa

PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love

Brian Eno & David Byrne – My Life In The Bush of Ghosts

Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

 

DANNY:

Paul Simon – Graceland

Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

Squarepusher – ultravistor

Primal Scream – XTRMNTR

The Smiths – Meat is Murder

 

ALEX:

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Main Source – Breaking Atoms

Gang Starr – Daily Operation

De La Soul – Bulhoone Mind State

MF Doom/ Dangermouse (Dangerdoom) – The Mouse and the Mask

 

LEE:

Sonic Youth – Sister

The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour

Love – Forever Changes

Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights

Pulp – His N Hers

 

9)Biggest accomplishment as a band?

CHRIS: That’s definitely got to be doing the album and getting it out on vinyl. It’s taken a lot of time and work (particularly since I mixed the album myself), but worth every minute. I’m actually really looking forward to doing it all again with the next one!

10)What’s next in the pipeline?

CHRIS: Well, we’ve been working on some new material since recording the album, so we’re looking forward to getting cracking with that. We’ve got some gigs outside of London coming up in the summer, and most likely a spell in the studio. We’ve got some exciting ideas for later in the year, but they’re all currently at the written-on-the-back-of-a-beer-mat stage. We also have a podcast over on Mixcloud, so we’ll be doing some more episodes of that over the coming months. Between all that we’re going to try and fit in a well-earned rest.

Thanks for taking on the ten questions guys, you done a splendid job!