Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Hiya lads, how are you doing today?
Been doing well and thanks for asking,
What have you been doing during lock down?
We did manage to play a gig in August, at cheetham hill Irish centre, covid secure for 400 people in a 1200 outdoor venue, it’s a cracking little setup. We have a few teachers NHS workers a chemist an electrician a builder and a mechanic amongst us so everyone has been busy in work for a lot of the lockdown, between us we have took up beekeeping, got a few chickens and had a new baby, so we’ve made the most of it, including putting two music videos together and a bit of jamming.
How has it affected your mental health?
We have all been keeping each others spirits up, most of the band have known each other for over 20 years, and after virtually living together over the last three years on three UK tours we have a lot of love for each other, having a great support network like that really helps
So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?
We have our own recording studio and jam room (Black Triangle) so we spend a lot of time up there, I don’t think a day goes by where we have not got a musical mission to complete, so we are consumed by what we do. We have all been known to go camping together with all our families, so the great outdoors makes us happy.
How do you think the government have looked after the night time economy / live gig circuit?
We have lots of words to describe the total lack of support from the Gov, but you won’t want to print them.
What good bands are coming out of Manchester at the minute?
Fought process And Aintiblowback technology. We’ve had them both recording in our studio recently.
What’s your favourite song right now from another band?
I’ve been loving dutty moonshine big band at the moment, we first heard them when they played lindisfarne festival with us, they have a high energy presence on stage. ones to watch live.
What support is out there for new artists in Manchester ?
With XS Manchester and BBC introducing you can get some decent radio airplay, also blogs and online magazines like yourself put a lot of effort to getting bands out there, Manchester has a great DIY mentality when it comes to music, Which everyone needs in their armour.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
That we educated as well as entertained
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
Putting a condom on my head and blowing it up with my nose until it bursts. (Dont try this at home)
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
A few years back with the release of the missing peace album we played the O2 Ritz Manchester with a 3 piece strings section and extra brass, the sound was massive and amazing, we had such a good time
What was the worst experience on stage?
We have played a few dodgy festivals where the drummer has been on a few pallets and the rest of us in a mud bath but we always try to have fun.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Phil can do a ten move combo on Tekken. Baz is not baz’s real name. Holmsey is a chemist. Dave keeps bees. Alice is the best singer in the band. Charlie can tell you every fomula1 winner from every race since the 90’s to present day. John did a 100 chicken nugget challenge but stopped at 76. Kolega is a teacher. Mark has a collection of antique butt plugs.
Best drink to have on stage?
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
We played university college London two nights to over a thousand people both nights, it’s right beside the Royal Albert hall, from our dressing room, you could see a massive picture of Adel in the window, Dave decided to climb out of the window into the ledge to get a selfie with her and fell into the grounds of the Royal Albert Hall, he was unscathed and climbed out to roars of laughter. We intend to go back and play it one day and invite Adel for a proper photo.
Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing?
One if the best gigs i went to and didn’t play was radiohead at v-fest 2005, most of the moods were there, having been a fan for a while it was good to finally see them and they didn’t disappoint
Who would you like to work with on the circuit right now?
If we had tue chance to work with another band right now, it would be Rudamental or chase and status, i think we’d make some magic.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Work hard and then work some more.
Whats your biggest achievement as a band?
A big achievement for the band was playing the m.e.n. arena Manchester, for the closing ceremony of the World taekwondo championships. Playing the biggest venue in your home city to thousands is a buzz
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
Going back to playing 2 nights at the UCL, we pitched a few tents in the promoters garden near white Hart lane, we had a mini festival of our own and one of the band, I will leave anonymous, thought he was a horse for the evening, we make some great memories for ourselves
We always appreciate people who take time to review our music, but we think you missed the point, the music was so in your face and gritty to go with the lyrics, we were dealing with some weighty shit in that songs.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called Blessings, taken from our next album, somebody’s hero nobodies soldier. We asked Lissa from Yoko Pwno to sing the hook as we thought it needed a female touch, Yoko Pwno are one of the best live bands we met on all of our UK tours.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?