Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
I really admire how hard you lads work, there is always something going on online, who drives that?
Hey RGM, cheers for the support on the new tune, and pleased you’ve noticed our online work! I think since the lockdowns and not being able to play shows we’ve just channeled our creativity in other ways and wanted to keep things busy and moving to stay motivated and try and have some sort of presence for our followers. It’s been fun actually all having different roles in terms of putting the content together.
You are producing some really nice professional-looking graphics and and videos, what’s your secret?
Thank you! Secret’s aren’t meant to be shared, but as you asked… our graphics and videos come in the form of one French guitarist, Marc, and one angry bassist, Jonny. Everyone needs a Marc and Jonny. The ultimate double act. The chuckle brothers, Laurel & Hardy, Ant & Dec…
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed? How did you come up with your band name? That’s a classic.
Which one is the biggest pain in the arse? (Lateness, forgets stuff etc.) Lateness is a pain, forgetting things is also annoying. I suppose if you forget something, you’re going to have to go back and get it, which most likely leads to you being late. Therefore, if you’re just late, then you’d hope you’d have everything you need with you. A combination of the two would be the worst.
How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit? BoJo and the gang have made an incredible fist of completely destroying the live music industry.
What is the unsigned scene in Lingfield like at the minute? This minute- not amazing to be honest; Corona’s put a stop to all the fun.
What good bands are coming out of Lingfield at the minute? Some great local bands we can’t get enough of are Napia and Catching Mangos. Both are electric on stage, and doing big things in their scenes.
Who is inspiring you at the minute? Mandela’s autobiography has a permanent space on my bedside table. Musically I worship Keith Richards and personally I worship Nick Knowles. After all, Knowles knows best.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be? Maybe you can polish a turd?
What useless talent do you have / party trick? Ian can drink a pint, Jonny eats chicken bones, Marc can recite the French National Anthem with his eyes closed and Billy can do all three things in quick succession.
What was the most fun you have had on stage? I think I answer for us all when I say that Camden Assembly at the end of 2019 was the most fun on stage. Jonny stage dived and Ian sunk a few pints mid show. A sold out show with friends and family also in the crowd makes for a mental time on stage! The buzz and atmosphere was great in the venue that night.
What was the worst experience on stage? As a band the worst experience on stage would have to be playing to a man and his dog at a festival in the South. I think you have to play a few of those though, keeps you grounded and makes you hungry for more! …I’m sure there’ll be a few more to come as well!
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? Well my hidden talent is to juggle pineapples, Jonny and Ian both have professional culinary qualifications and Marc was a child actor back in France, you can see him in later episodes of Oggy et les Cafards.
Tell us a funny story from backstage? Before Jonny was toilet trained, he got caught short and had to do a shit in our old guitarists cowboy hat. He left not long after.
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc) Keith Moon on drums, John Frusciante on guitar, Andy Fraser on bass and Michael Hutchence on vocals. That is an elite group right there. Not only great on stage, but epic at the afterparty.
What goes into your favourite sandwich? As long as it’s made with love, then it’s going to be a great sandwich. It’s the thought and effort that counts. Although if you’re offering; always tuna and cucumber and definitely no cheese.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry? You’re never going to please everyone. I know that’s a cliche, however it’s never more clear than after you release a song. All that matters is how you feel about it. Everything else is irrelevant.
What’s your biggest achievement as a band? Living together in a flat over lockdown, and not seriously injuring each other. We still have the mental scars, but you wouldn’t be able to tell just by looking at us. And that’s something we are definitely proud of.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together? We used to have a right laugh pranking each other, but lately it has been spiralling out of control. Johnson escalated the situation with a fire extinguisher. It has reached breaking point after Marc broke a peace treaty with a bucket of hot tomatoes and kidney beans at 3 in the morning. Currently we are in talks with mediators to resolve the situation.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why? That’s a tough one, but would have to say that the latest single ‘Homeward Bound’ is up there. We usually close the show with it and get such a positive feeling and buzz playing that one live. It just seems to bring people together in the moment. It’s a good feeling. Just need some shows to experience it some more!
I hear you have a new album brewing, what can you tell us about it? Yes we do indeed! It’s been brewing for a while now and we can’t wait to get it out into the world. It was recorded in Nashville last year and it’s called, ‘Paper Planes and Razor Blades’. Iyt was heavily influenced by the time we spent there. We’re hoping it brings some hope and positivity to people! I think everyone needs some positivity at the moment.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world? It is possible to hypnotise a frog by placing it on its back and gently stroking its stomach. Cheers for the chat and all the best, Billy x