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?
We were disgusted with the way the government has behaved over the past few years. They’ve demonized everyone from human rights lawyers to refugees to doctors. They’ve created a culture war in which they want the masses to turn on one another.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“Does this look infected?”
As an experienced group/collective, drawing on your experiences, how does the industry feel today compared to 5 or 10 years ago?
Pre-streaming, it felt like being a musician was a viable career option, and that you could perhaps one day make a living if your music was good enough. Nowadays, it’s apparent that most of the music industry is based on a Ponzi scheme. Twenty years ago, you had to make music with the understanding that you probably wouldn’t be the next Nirvana, but at least you could make rent. These days, you have to make music with the understanding that you probably won’t be the next Nirvana, but there’s also going to be an autotuned rich kid in a Clash T-Shirt who does make it.
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?
Akira by Count Paris. It’s a great tune from a young band in Watford – huge things to come from them.
I know you worked on the front line during covid, how would you put that into words to help us understand the challenge of that?
It wasn’t fun. I was perennially exhausted even before the pandemic, and my sleep pattern was all over the place. Add in the moral distress that all healthcare workers faced, the mental anguish of seeing your colleagues fall ill, and sprinkle in some gaslighting from your leaders. In the end, it was astonishing that we were able to help as many people as we did, under such oppressive circumstances.
You took a stand and took the government to court over the lack of ppe, talk me through the process you went through and how it ended?
It was a really desperate time, and as it’s become abundantly clear since March 2020, the current government think nothing of corruption. I could see that my colleagues were falling ill, I could see that the families of NHS workers were grieving. Someone had to take action. In the end, our legal action made huge changes in mandating that healthcare workers would be better protected – not just now, but in the future, too.
Brilliant work, What do you look forward to the most now restrictions have eased?
A public inquiry.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
A few years back, Iggy and The Stooges played some reunion shows, and they invited the crowd onto the stage at lots of their shows. Iggy passed me the mic, and he let me sing the whole of “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. He then invited me to be a touring roadie with The Stooges. Part of this story may be apocryphal.
What was the worst experience on stage?
There was a time that I played my bass guitar so hard that I broke my finger. I carried on playing. I got fixed in A&E in the morning, and then I played a gig again the next evening.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Who needs conspiracy theories? We have the Panama Papers and Pandora Papers showing that there’s enough conspiracy in broad daylight. They know they’re lying, they know that we know they’re lying.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Get a day job that pays well.
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Florin played drums for David Icke at Wembley Stadium, so there’s that.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most in the industry?
Inhaler, and anyone else who gets by on nepotism.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called Buddhist Monk, and it’s about Thich Quang Duc, the Vietnamese monk who burned himself alive while protesting an oppressive regime. We wanted to write a song that remembered him as an icon.
What was the recording process like?
One day of furious takes. We recorded it at Unwound Studios in Hackney. A beautiful, open, calming space where we had about eight pints of black coffee between us.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We’ve got another single ready to go – it’s about Anthony Bourdain. And then we’ll be off on a mini-tour with lots of dates up and down the country.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?