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?
Chris – We’re all good thanks Carl, how are you?
What have you been doing during lock down?
Chris – As a band, throughout the lockdowns this year, we have been trying to keep up our appearances and stay engaged with our fans as much as we possibly can. We’ve done a bunch of live streams partnered with different venues, a bunch of our own Q&A’s and ate a ton of ridiculously hot chicken wings, turkey dinosaursand one Solero live on Instagram. We released our latest single ‘LEAH’ in the middle of the first lockdownand have tried to keep things moving as best we can through the most recent second one, looking for 2021 gigs and stuff. Any promoters hit us up! haha
How has it effected your mental health?
Elliot – Personally, it hasn’t had too much of an effect on mine because not long after lockdown started Ged got in touch with me asking to do a video audition for bass, once I’d joined I felt like I’d made a massive leap forward in my career and as a person, the lads have all made me feel right at home from the very start. We know it has impacted others and some of our fans greatly though; we stayed engaged in the hope of keeping a bit of light shining through our social channels, and some of our partnered live streams were done to raise money for different mental health charities.
So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?
Chris – We’re a hard-hitting indie rock n roll band hailing from Warrington. We like playing and making music, practicing, drinking, gigging, smoking, flirting, and sleeping in Biffa Bins.
How do you think the government have looked after the night time economy / live gig circuit?
Elliot – I think the government have handled the night time economy badly. Yeah, they might be under pressure with numbers constantly changing but they have done so little to keep venues, bars, restaurants, etc afloat during the course of the year. I just don’t think it’s fair that clothing shops and cinemas can be open again with social distancing, but live music can’t go ahead with similar rules?…
What good bands are coming out of Warrington at the minute?
Liam – Warrington has always been a flush with cracking new talent, some of our favourite bands currently are Pray for Mojo and The A.V. Club
What’s your favourite song right now from another band?
Elliot – One of my favourite tunes at the moment from another band is ‘Never Meant to Start A Witch Hunt’ by RAE, it’s a proper hard anthem of a song from a top band.
What support is out there for new artists in Warrington?
Liam – Support for new artists and support from our town is cracking to be honest! If not for this covid bollocks there’s loads of welcoming places to play and as I say,it’s a town that’s bred talent, so there’s always opportunities to get yourself in front of doting people!Lee Harman at WAM Warrington Music champions all up and coming artists, he’s a great musical lifeline in the town, running the local station (with Mike Massey) as well as putting on gigs when possible, running his regional magazine & more.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
Chris – The music hopefully. If not, we’d hope they remember our Halloween costumes from last year.
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
Chris – Erm, Gerard can open bottles with his feet, likean Ape. It makes whatever you’re drinking taste like shit though.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Liam – The most fun I’ve had on stage has got to be playing in front of our home crowd at the Warrington Music festival. We’d just been gigging in Wales the night before with The Stash, which could only be described as “heavy salad”. We turned up rough as sin raring to go and played a blinder in front of loads of our local fans, was just a cracking thing to look out over so many smiling and cheering faces, but it had been a cracking summer all-round and it seemed the perfect way to top it off!
Elliot – The most fun I’ve had on stage with Filthy Tricks has to be the only gig I’ve done since joining which was a socially distanced gig at the snig in Widnes which was absolutely brilliant just because of how special it felt to be playing to an audience after so long!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Liam – My worst experience on stage was playing another festival and the sound for some reason kept going on my mic and I remember not being able to hear anything through any monitor or speaker, I thought the whole thing was a shambles…that was the only time I’ve lived up to being a “Diva of a frontman”. I didn’t even stay for a pint in the venue after we played ha!
Chris – definitely not the only time you’ve been a divamate…
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Chris – Liam is scared of beans, Matty fixes his car with condoms, Gerard hoards Water Bottles, Elliot’s Mum has a horse and I declined the role of being Joseph in my school nativity, preferred to be the donkey, hence now being the drummer.
Best drink to have on stage?
Chris – Black Diamond IPA. Our new beer we’ve done with 4T’s Brewery near us. Buy some.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
Chris – Before Warrington Music festival, after our gig in Wales that Liam just mentioned, Matty went missing. This was underneath the main shopping centre; they use the underground delivery roads for the artists to gear up and jump in a lift right to the back of the stage. We left him in charge of looking after the van as he was in no state to help us lift stuff up after Wales the night before. By the time we got back, he’d managed to fall asleep in a Biffa Bin down there. Elegant. He also thought it would be funny to jump out on us from the bin when he heard us come back, but it’s funnier for us to remind him that he did, in fact, fall asleep in a Biffa Bin.
Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing?
Liam – Best gig I’ve been to has to be BRMC in the Ritz,Manchester with my bestie Gerard! A sin load of snuck in drink, ciggies and arm in arm when ‘Beat the Devils Tattoo’ came on!
Who would you like to work with on the circuit right now?
Chris – Right now, we’d love to work with Tim Burgessor Alan McGee. We love the bands they’re both working with and what they’re doing at the moment with O Genesis and Creation23. As well as the obvious history behind both of them, it would be an honour and we think they’d be right / ‘reyt’ into us.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Liam – My advice to anyone out there trying to get into the music industry, be big, be outlandish, be OTT, be loud, be angry, be scared, be loved and remember its rock n roll so give no f***s!
Unless you wanna be in Take That, in which case ignore everything I’ve just said.
What‘s your biggest achievement as a band?
Liam – I’d say one of our biggest achievements is playing in front of a home crowd on the pitch at Warrington Wolves Stadium before a rugby match, talk about being thrown in at the deep end. We must of done it justice as they wanted to use Walk in Line as the soundtrack to their season 2019/2020, so our affiliation with them you can say was cemented after that live show!
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reytlaugh while you were all together?
Liam –We’re constantly having a “reyt” laugh! Be it Gerard and his weird ape like feet, seriously the guy can pick anything up with his them, to Foxy’s monotone dry sense of humour which is just right up my street! Honestly, if you could put a camera on to record in our practice space and leave it running, it’d be up there with one-liners from Ricky Gervais’s The Office!
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Liam – You hear correctly, Gypsy King is the title of our next release. When it came together at Red City Recordings in Manchester with Dave Rhadad-Jones it was a “sin” moment, just powerful and catchy with a real two fingers to the world vibe about it! Written in the early days of Filthy Tricks by Gerard and myself it was a surreal experience to get to see an old track reignited into what that song has always meant to sound like. All I can say is we can’t wait for you to hear it!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Liam – “Anything else to say”… yeah, listen to us!! Follow us!! And then you’ll fall for us!
It’s been a pleasure RGM, thank you for having us and thank you all for taking the time to give us a chance!
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.