RGM Introducing – Horsemeat

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?
The need for a break from the drudgery of adultness. A drunken conversation that became a reality. 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
On guitar and vocals is US native, Bert Genovese. He’s been in loads of bands, but his main project was Bobbie Peru – a post-punk Manchester trio. 

Bass and the more screamy vocals is Rob Jenkinson. Rob brings the heavier side to the band and used to play in Industrial bands before taking a massive hiatus from music. 

Finally on drums is Lewis Kirk, who was in noughties funk rock band Big Strides amongst others.

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

We’ve ebbed and flowed as the lockdowns, tier systems and everything in-between has let us. This band was unleashed to the public in lockdown, so it hasn’t known any different…  Our first gig was booked at the beginning of April 2020, so that obviously got cancelled. Since then we’ve just been doing whatever we can to get seen – it’s been a challenge. 

In between being able to make and release music we’ve been doing a podcast, Horsemeat’s House Party, where we interview other bands about what music they’d play at our virtual house party. It’s been a good way to chat shit with other bands when we can’t gig with them. 

Other than that, it’s the booze. 

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
Cautiously optimistic. I can’t see a full return to normal this year, but anything a step closer is cause for celebration. Don’t take anything for granted is the lesson we’ve learned. 

The musical landscape has had to be reformulated, changing use of technology, live streams etc., collaborating virtually and there are lots of positives to this that will be carried forwards. The focus has been thrown back to the creation of the music rather than gigging etc. 

How has 2020 affected your mental health?
I think we’re lucky as we’ve not fared too badly, because we all have partners and kids, so we’ve not been alone. The hardest thing was watching the kids struggle with it. 

How ready are you to get back gigging?
Very ready. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No. You have to remember that we naturally look for patterns and we’re wired to try and make sense of chaos, but that’s just what it is… chaos. (Rob)

Rob says no, Bert says yes (the conspiracy theory often morphs into fact over time as truth is uncovered)
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the Manchester circuit?
I love Maggot Line by The Battery Farm. Ben from the band said on our podcast that their drummer hates it, but I think it’s a brilliant slice of miserable sing along punk. Also, Battery Acid by Heavy Salad is a great track with a nod to taking the Kooool Aid.

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 
Lewis used to be a champion yo-yoer when he was a kid and can still do some tricks. There’s nothing more disconcerting than a fully grown man with a yo-yo doing the Around The World.

Bert can snort a pint and a half of vodka.

Rob has some badass BBQ skills.  

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

What was the worst experience on stage?

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 
Lewis once had a returning non-speaking role as a doctor on Hollyoaks. 

Rob once went out with a girl who had a returning non-speaking role as a footballer’s girlfriend on Hollyoaks.

Bert has never watched Hollyoaks. 

Who is the biggest named band you have played with?
In previous bands Bert supported Black Francis, Spear of Destiny and The Fall. Lewissupported the Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party. 

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Jimmy Chamberlain – Drums, Tom Jenkinson / Squarepusher – Bass, Buckethead – Guitar, Beyonce Knowles – Vocals…  Come on, tell me that wouldn’t be a fucking brilliant band?!                                            

But a more fun choice would definitely be…. Keith Moon – Drums, Sid Vicious – Bass, Mark E. Smith – vocals, Keith Richards – guitar

If you could play any music festival which would it be?

Fyre Festival – I think our music would be the perfect soundtrack to the beautiful people going all Lord Of The Flies. Obviously, ATP if it was still in existence 

What makes you stand out as a band?
We were sick of people saying we couldn’t be pigeon holed so we created our own ‘pigeon hole’. It’s a combination of prog, punk and grunge which we’ve dubbed Prunge.

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
When we were filming the Jibber Jabber video we all took it in turns to do a kind of jerky zombie movement. Bert went first and pulled it off pretty well, Rob next and wasn’t so good, finally Lewis did it and looked like he was in a Karen video where he was told that he’d have to wear a mask in Costco. 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
It’s an unreleased song called Darkness – it’s a monster of a song that lasts six and half minutes and has multiple time changes and a lot of parts, so it keeps us on our toes. 

We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?
It was amazing – Lauren said some lovely things about our last single Jibber Jabber. The bribe paid off!

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Rusted is possibly our grungiest song and one of the first songs that really defined us as a band and then mutated with us. It’s very loosely based on a true story from Bert’s home state of Connecticut and squarely frames people who preach charity and unity, but never ever practice it.  

How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?
The last time we recorded was on the fourth of July when the pubs re-opened and for a brief period things felt normal… except we kept our distance. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Rusted is going to be released on the 21st of May on all streaming platforms and the video released on Youtube. Or… you could be a love and buy it on Bandcamp! 

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.