The band was kickstarted into action after watching Melt-Banana perform at Cardiff in Clwb Ifor Bach. I was always into guitar pedals and what different sounds and sonic landscapes could be created and to see Agata (guitarist) live and do what the band does with what is essentially a guitar, bass and drums set-up was an epiphany. I realised the possibilities are endless and I’m endeavouring to take that tired old formula to a new place.
Introduce us to the members of the band.
The band consists of myself on guitar and vocals, Daf on bass and Chich on drums. I’m from more of a punk rock background whereas the other two have more of a metal background which has been helpful as speed is an important factor in the music.
What’s one question you are sick of being asked about the band?
I haven’t got tired of being asked anything at the moment and hope I never will.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I don’t sign up to any conspiracy theories. I’ve got much more important things to do with my time. The great thing about the internet is that anyone can go on it and express their views and the worst thing about the internet is that anyone can go on it and express their views. I understand it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole and convince yourself that something’s real but I prefer to stand back and take a more logical and reasoned approach.
What was the most fun you’ve had on stage?
We started gigging about a week before Covid happened and then everything was put on hold so we’ve only actually done one gig. It was very enjoyable though. The promoter was hilarious and came onstage directly after we played and started interviewing me in front of the audience and asking what we thought of it. We need more of that I think.
Tell us something about each member that people may be surprised about?
People might be surprised to learn that I’ve got an African land snail as a pet, Daf’s favourite guitarist is Allan Holdsworth and Chich is a distant relative of Mussolini.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
We regularly have aliens visit us in the Rhondda Valley. They totally get us. No explanation needed. We’ve had to decline tours in The Pleiades though. It’s too far and too expensive to recoup.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Our sonic capabilities make us stand out. We sound like no one and no one sounds like us. A wall of sound is an often overused phrase, but with us it’s actually true.
Right now what’s pissing you off?
What’s pissing me off at the moment is our obsession with music from a bygone era. I’m looking at you The Beatles! I think it actually hinders new music coming through with constant reissues, remixes, rehashes and remasters. You cannot compare music that has been out in the world for decades and seeped into the national consciousness with a track that’s been recently released, it’s just not fair.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My favourite track to play live at the moment is our new track ICE-TV.
What can you tell us about the new single?
It’s a song that has been around for a while in our canon but I’ve completely re-lyricised (is that a word?) it and it’s taken on a new life force that is compelling and fresh as you can hear. It’s a dark but exciting journey into the netherworld of street sub-culture and the more darker unlit corners of our psyche. There’s a hallucinatory quality to it with different voices appearing and disappearing like a sort of 21st century Greek chorus.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process is incredibly difficult and fraught with tension created by the producers Set Phasers to Scunge and their studio in Tonypandy. OCD fruitcakes is one way of describing them. Everything’s covered in cling film, you can’t use the toilet, they disappear for days on end. Is the result worth it? I don’t know. It certainly takes a toll on your mental health.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new single?
What I’ve learned to do with regard to song writing is find a place where instead of sitting there and thinking ‘I’ve got to write lyrics to this song,’ you sit there and kind of put your mind into neutral and allow it to receive ideas without directly thinking about the topic in hand. It’s kind of difficult to explain but there’s a Zen aspect to it where it comes to you rather than you come to it if that makes sense. It doesn’t always happen but I do believe in the idea that songwriting is a ‘muscle’ that needs to be exercised and the more you do it the better you get at it. No, I’m not a hippy. But I’m not far off. It works for me anyway. It’s the most accurate representation of our sound that we’ve done so far. Our debut album Shock Wave Gang Bang which was released last year was a good indicator of what we sound like but we’re getting better at what we do and this new release reinforces that.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, we’re really happy with the way it’s turned out.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We’ve started recording our next track which will be ready in a month or so and as soon as the festive season is over we will be ready to gig. Rehearsals have been going fantastically well and WE ARE FUCKING READY FOR IT!