RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DERBY ARTIST MUDDIBROOKE
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?
I’ve been in gigging in the music industry for just over ten years as a gigging musician, but that was mainly just me and an acoustic guitar playing pubs and the occasional festival. I loved doing that but it got to a point where I was playing my acoustic guitar so hard, it made my fingers bleed and it made me realise I needed a louder sound. So, I formed an all-girl band and called it MuddiBrooke.
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history?
I’m Brooke, I’m the singer and guitarist of the band.
Anna Melidone is the bassist and backing vocalist.
We’re both based in Derby, UK.
Unfortunately, our drummer Mary has recently left us (for personal reasons), so we’re currently holding auditions for a new female drummer to join our line up.
Since forming in January 2020, we have released four singles and our debut EP, ‘Lunacy’ – all of which have achieved airplay all around the world, including airplay on Kerrang! Radio, Planet Rock and BBC Radio.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Usually in face-to-face interviews I get asked “What’s with the black lines on your face, have you been crying?”
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Trump is an alien, the queen is an alien, they’re all aliens! They have the same eyes.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Another monopoly board, when I’ve already got ten! Oh and alcohol-free gin.. what a waste of time.
What useless party trick do you have?
I’ve got a monkey puppet that comes out at parties and it sings duets with me
What was the most memorable time you have had on stage?
There was one time, a drunk guy somehow made his way up on stage and started singing down my microphone. I couldn’t do anything as my hands were tied with playing guitar. He then pulled his own pants down and showed his willy to everyone.
He’s a local guy, I still see him on the bus.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Typical girly problem; I broke a nail!
But seriously, it got caught on my strings and pulled the entire thing off just leaving the nail bed and it was bleeding. A lot. But at the time it didn’t hurt because of the stage adrenaline. It was so cool.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Anna will tell you she fancies Dave Grohl but she really just wants to sleep with Mick Hucknall.
As for me, I’m secretly Maid Marian at Nottingham Castle.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe it?
“Twangy, bangy and ARRRRR!”
But I don’t think I’d get chance to speak to Donald Trump anyway.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Having to keep up with social media, Tik Tok videos, etc. I’m struggling to find time to write songs anymore. Social media has become a full-time, unpaid job.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
‘Devil’, because out of all our songs, I’m am most proud of our songwriting in this one; and when we play it live, we play it loud, with all the anger that went into it when we wrote it.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
It’s a cover of the late Lesley Gore’s ‘You Don’t Own Me’, but as you can imagine, ours is slightly different! It was so much fun to record and the video was too!
I think I first heard the original track on a TV advert and straight away the lyrics captured me; “Don’t tell me what to do, don’t tell me what to say.. you don’t own me”, this was a woman having a go back at a controlling man. Straight away, I thought of our own original track, ‘Devil’, as it echoes a very similar story.
Even though I absolutely love Lesley Gore’s version of this song, something always seemed missing to me. To me, because it was first released in the 1960s, it was sung and performed with that old-fashioned vibe that a woman should not be angry, they should be polite and pretty at all times, even though the lyrics are going against that. It was almost like she was holding back, through gritted teeth. We wanted to bring back this fantastic song in our own way; with heart-pounding, distorted grunge guitars and the lyrics seemingly spat in anger; in response to the old, kept-woman attitudes.
What was the recording process like?
It was really fun. We tried to keep it classy and quiet-ish in the verses and then the choruses just burst out at you.
When singing this sort of vocal, I start out drinking special vocal tea with honey which made my vocals really clear for the verses but then when it came to recording the choruses I had a bottle of Corona and that really helps with the growls and gravelliness. I know that’s not the proper technique, but it works for me.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Well, we didn’t write it as it’s a cover, but we did put our own grungey twist on it, which we had to put past Warner Chappell, who own the rights to the original song.
It took many costly phones calls to America, but they gave us permission in the end and they said they really like our take on it!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, it turned out better than we’d imagined.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We’re doing a UK tour, which will be announced very soon. We’re also planning another special release this year, but it’s top-secret at the moment.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
‘You Don’t Own Me’ is out on Friday 3rd June and it’s available to pre-save HERE