Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Thanks for having us, mines a strong black coffee.
What made you decide to start a band / become an artist?
I think that’s a slightly different answer for all of us but the recurring theme is “otherwise we’d get bored”.
Certainly for some – if not all – of us, making music provides a healthy creative outlet for the emotional rollercoaster that is life in general, and there’s a sense of escapism there too. Particularly getting up on a stage and giving it some welly. Great stress reliever, that one.
Introduce us all to the members?
Oh well, we have Scar on vocals, Hades on drums, Maleficent on keys and vocals and Ursula on bass. It’s a real rogues gallery, heavily queercoded. You’ll love it.
So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?
Not gonna lie there’s a lot of music, we do listen to music for fun obviously so there’s a lot of conversations about that, and then we get together and make our own. Aside from that there’s a whole host of fairly pedestrian pursuits and a few niche ones. David loves art, history and Doctor Who, Ashleigh’s into baking, gaming and witchcraft, Alice likes <REDACTED DUE TO OBSCENITY> and Amy loves her music tech and her kittens. Usual stuff.
How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit?
Well, they haven’t really done a great job of looking after the industries that they *can* easily make money from, so the short answer is; they haven’t. I’m not sure I’ve seen a government so callous, if not utterly hostile, towards the arts. I suppose it’s not their bag, a lot of music explores big ideas and encourages people to think and they don’t want that.
We don’t have a particularly high opinion on the present government. As you may gather 😉
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“What made you decide to start a band/become an artist?”
We jest, of course. It’s just that none of us can remember much about what we did last Thursday, let alone why we started making a raucous noise in public.
Which one is the biggest pain in the arse? (Lateness, forgets stuff etc.)
I mean it depends on whose arse the pain is directed at. Ashleigh is a massive pain in the arse but only for authority figures and rich people. David and Amy are a massive pain in the arse for each other <retracted due to obscenity>. Alice is fine though, we love her. Hang on – who wrote this bit?
What is the unsigned scene in Manchester like at the minute?
“At the minute” has a strange meaning when all the days feel the time here in Coronaworld. Obviously there aren’t many gigs happening, some venues are struggling to stay afloat. And the Government’s total abandonment of not only the arts in general but now the whole North of England too. So I’d say the scene at the moment is exhausted, bruised but not done yet.
Outside of the Apocalypse, it’s got a lot going for it. There’s a pretty friendly circuit of venues, and you tend to get to know faces and make connections. Analogue Trash is like a big extended weird family, and there’s events like EMOM (electronic open mic) nights which have become popular and are brilliant for more avant garde stuff. There’s a place for everything, from landfill indie right through to Throbbing Gristle style art noise, and sometimes all on the same bill. Amy moved 100 miles for the music scene here, so that speaks volumes. We just hope there’s going to be venues to return to once things settle.
What good bands are coming out of Manchester at the minute?
Well, us – although we all came out a while ago. Seriously though there’s a few of our labelmates we’d suggest you check out, and not just the ones from our fair city. Locally, off the top of my head, there’s Trianglecuts, 243 Ida, Factory Acts, Valentich, Amy’s solo project Still Forever – god, there’s got to be 100 more, it’s just been so bloody long since I saw any live music my brain’s gone rusty.
Who is inspiring you at the minute?
Andy Burnham, King in the North, mostly.
Musically speaking of course, we all bring quite a mix of influences and favourites to the table, and it’s really quite difficult to pinpoint any specific names. There’s obviously things that do influence the music more than others, but it’s often not a conscious thing.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
Our drink orders, pls.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
With this particular line-up – it’s arguably our first gig – where for reasons unknown – although possibly because David’s a massive sadist) we performed a set entirely comprising of b-sides that, in some cases had never been performed live before.
In fairness, this was because we were about to release an album of b-sides/remixes and rarities – but it was certainly a baptism of fire for Ashleigh (who had to learn about 15 songs in as many days)
Needless to say she absolutely smashed it.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Ashleigh – I did actually partially dislocate my shoulder one time onstage, but it was during a play which isn’t very rock & roll. Got through the rest of the performance trying not to move my arm and then went to the hospital.
David – Being on stage with this lot. Not really, they’re lovely and we’re having great fun playing gigs. We even hope to play some next year outside of the confines of our studio/living room again….
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
We’re actually even more pretentious than you think we are. Like however pretentious you think we are reading literally these words that I am placing into your eyes and brain, whatever level of pretentious, arty nonsense you think we’re on; trust me we’re way further.
What advise would you give your younger self
Ashleigh – Be gay, do crime. And for goodness sake start on the HRT early.
David – Never join a band with Alice (not really/love you)
Amy – Never join a band with David OR Alice (not joking)
Alice – What’s a band?
Whats your biggest achievement as a band?
Keeping it together long enough to get to this point, we might say. It’s been a journey to say the least. I think without wanting to downplay the severity of the circumstances we were all forced into during the pandemic, or to suggest that we are in some way superior for having been able to use the time to record, but the way we’ve all kind of pulled together and recorded an album from several different rooms in Greater Manchester has been a pleasure to be involved with. During the breaks in lockdown restrictions we’ve even been ‘on the road’ so to speak and been able to get together enough to have streamed a few live performances online.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
Yeah it’s got to be Wharf Chambers. Earlier this year, towards the end of January, we wound up with a gig at Wharf Chambers in Leeds at short-ish notice. It was an overtly queer punk night organised by a friend of Ashleigh’s. Just something about the aesthetics of the place, the people we were there with and the silly conversations we had all formed this lovely warm – or I guess pink and sparkly- glow over the whole evening. Then we got up to headline and, not to put too fine a point on it, absolutely smashed it. And obviously since then it’s got this bittersweet element too, because this was our last ‘out of town’ gig before the pandemic really hit us.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
Just one? Heck. I think it’s different for each of us but I can safely say we all love Raise the Dead and Trashorama.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
CSNVA? Well, some St Lucifer songs are synth focused and some are more guitar focused, and some, like Casanova, walk the fine line between and use both of them.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Our souls – but we’ve already done that – and if you wait for the forthcoming album you’ll hear exactly how!
Thanks for joining us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.