RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DURHAM BAND – FLY TRAP HONEY
Hi folks, thanks for joining us today. What made you decide to start the band?
Alex: Hendo and I had been in a band together at school, when we started uni I met Etienne and got him involved, and Hendo met Max and that was it. We all just enjoy playing and performing and making music.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Alex: I’m the singer, shit bleached hair and that’s about all you need to know.
Max: I’m the hippie lead guitarist. Been a musician my entire life.
Hendo: I’m the drummer, and I play the drums
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Alex: None yet, just love talking about ourselves
Max: We don’t get interviewed.
Hendo: ‘What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?’
Etienne: If you found yourself opposite two doors, one leading to heaven and the other to hell, and both doors were guarded by a nondescript agent, and the only way to differentiate them was to ask a single question, in the knowledge that the one guarding heaven must tell you the truth and the one guarding hell must lie, how quickly would you sell your soul to commercial radio?
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?
Alex: Birds are government surveillance drones.
Max: Paul McCartney died in 1969…
Hendo: Our lead guitarist is a massive nickelback fan…
Etienne: The owls are not what they seem.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Alex: Didn’t do much apart from grow potatoes in first lock down tbh.
Max: I bought a smoking pipe and some nice liquorice flavoured pipe tobacco, used it twice, it’s sat in a draw for the last year and a half.
Hendo: Basketball vests, no need
Etienne: Alex paying for instagram to promote our posts ‘to over 5000 people’.
What useless party trick do you have?
Alex: I can make a drivers license disappear.
Max: I have a severe case of hitchhiker’s thumb.
Hendo: I help alex with his party trick
Etienne: Tax avoidance.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Alex: Probably the first headline show we did at Bobiks in Newcastle, everything just came together and it was a riot.
Max: The first set at Durham fashion show was fucking huge.
Hendo: Winding up Alex at any given opportunity.
Etienne: Fabs in Durham… There was something in the air that night.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Alex: Playing a function and having to explain politely numerous times to the three people in the room that we didn’t know Valerie whilst tables and chairs were cleared away with the lights on in the back of the room. Weird gig.
Max: Money for nothing during another Durham fashion show gig was probably one of the most embarrassing because everyone forgot the parts and the structure. Sounded like we were making it up.
Hendo: Being voted the second most attractive member of the band (behind Etienne, but still above Alex).
Etienne: The fifth stick click count in of a 4/4 song.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Alex: My hair isn’t naturally blonde…
Max: I’m not a fan of the chilli peppers. I apologise.
Hendo: Max loves nickelback, Alex has a thing for strawberries and whipped cream….
Etienne: Alex acc wrote ‘Run’ in a moment of divine inspiration seconds before being rumbled by a police officer after swerving across busy bypass.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Alex: Tricky, don’t think it would be like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but hopefully they’d be too busy enjoying it to start probing.
Max: Not sure I’ll be meeting any aliens any time soon because the American government won’t let us into Area 51.
Hendo: Sad boi cries aout his Ex’s
Etienne: Jus ET phoning home on repeat. But home is a spurned ex and he’s on giff-gaff pay as you go.
What makes you stand out as a band?
Alex: Right now everyone seems to be honed in on TiK Tok and Instagram and social media, the music seems to take a back seat to content – we don’t do that, we like to let our shows do the talking, we’re not really social media people.
Max: I think there are a lot of bands out there that forget that being on stage is a lot of fun and take it way too seriously. We like to have fun when we’re on stage and I think people get that feeling when they come and watch.
Hendo: Not one of us has a decent haircut, but we’re lots of fun to see live.
Etienne: Our frontman is 5’9.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Alex: Is it cliche to say the government? It’s either that or the hole in my favourite sock.
Max: The music industry.
Hendo: The fact that Alex stole the love of my life.
Etienne: That if i had to ask one question to determine which door was heaven or hell, I’d ask something I knew was true and so would be able to immediately know which one was lying but apparently that answer’s not allowed??? Shambolic.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Alex: Away – from the first time we played it it’s been a live favourite; we meant it to have this catchy singalong bit that we could teach new audiences and they seem to enjoy it! Also it just rockets along and then we get to watch Max strut his stuff at the end of it.
Max: Run is a tune.
Hendo: Run, is in fact, a tune. So is Away to be fair.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Alex: The new single is called Run, and it’s out everywhere on the 20th of May. It’s a song about communication, or a lack of it and how all the noise can make you want to get away from it all. I wrote it after a party in London when I was about 19, so it’s a couple of years old. We’ve been playing it live and people love it so we figured it was about time to get it out in the world.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Alex: The song was written and arranged to build, like running faster and faster. It also needed a bit of bite in it so we gave it a big old bass riff and purposeful drums.
What was the recording process like?
Alex: Recording was done mostly in my bedroom, Etienne and I put it together a few months ago and we’ve been tweaking the production since.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Alex: Wasn’t really much of a learning curve, but I suppose we’ve figured out that a song can shift and change as you play it live and record it; the live version is a bit different and I think that’s kind of nice.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Alex: Ask us in a while…
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Big London gig at the Camden Assembly on 30th of July – very excited about that. Also some more music to come, fingers crossed for an EP and hopefully more gigs!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
If you’re London based, come and see us in July, or find us on Instagram (@flytraphoney) and check out our other tunes on Spotify or Apple Music or any other streaming service.