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THE MARGARET HOOLIGANS

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE MARGARET HOOLIGANS WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya The Margaret Hooligans thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Banging my head into the wall at the state of the world is a less productive and more painful option than picking up an instrument and being loud.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

We are Meg Cratty and Mr. Strontium, a duo who happen to make music in a basement that rarely floods.  Meg sings lead and plays electric ukulele, tenor guitar, guitar, and Irish bouzouki and Mr. Strontium handles the drums and percussion while interjecting non sequitur back up vocals into our music.  Meg has played music for a long time but didn’t spend a lot of time in bands, Mr. Strontium was once asked by Jason Bonham for speed after a concert at the Trocadero in Philadelphia because Bonham thought Mr. Strontium’s furious drumming was drug enhanced.

What’s the live music scene like in Philadelphia right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

The Philly scene is always ready to champion an up-and-coming, sweaty, heartfelt band … until, of course, that band finds a bit of success, and then suddenly they’re considered boring sellouts.

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

It is and has always been a crap sandwich.  The best part about it is that we have met wonderful, supportive like-minded musicians, some of whom we got to meet in person last summer in England.  Back in the days before the internet, we would have met these types of people in person at shows, but now that everything is performed on a tiny camera in the comfort of your own home, we have to make do with making loose connections over social media. The bad part is that we absolutely should not be in charge of promoting our work.  We are really bad at it. I find that making human connections in person is still the best way to share our work with others.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

We are either way ahead of our time or very behind it, but we are infusing an old sound with some new Edward Scissorhands wizardry, which may put us ahead of the times.  

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Catherine O’Hara got upset with me in an elevator because I guessed the wrong age of her baby.  

One of us believes that George Harrison was the weak link in The Beatles, not Ringo!

Meg left a previous relationship because of his taste in music.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

No.  Only people incapable of critical thought would take us the wrong way and if they have that deficiency, there’s nothing I can do to help them.  

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Did the government put you up to this?  Why do you ask this question? I don’t answer questions. Next question.

What was your best experience on stage?

Anytime I am on a stage is a good experience, provided I don’t trip and fall on my face or have all of my equipment short out.

What was your worst experience on stage?

After having the most perfect sound check in history, the sound onstage during the show was inexplicably awful.  

Tell us something about each member of the band that you think people would be surprised about. 

Meg has never played bass on any of our songs but gets credited for being a bassist on many recordings.  She creates all lead lines from either the guitar or the ukulele and nothing is enhanced on the computer with weird plug ins or filters to make it sound like something it isn’t.  She always uses analog pedals during the recording process. Strontium thinks The Grateful Dead were better with just one drummer (Billy K).

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Musically, we’ll continue to play what we feel, jam on things, and record the best bits. Strontium wants to record 10 albums in 10 years – so far we have 5 completed, so we are on our way. Everything else is out of our control.

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I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Our new single, The StoneHengers, is the seventh single we have released from our upcoming 4th album, ThunderHole Rock n’ Roll.  If I may dispense with humility, it’s the song of the summer.  Watch out, Alice Cooper!

What was the recording process like? 

Recording shouldn’t be difficult or stressful. You can play, you know the songs, and that’s that. If you can’t play (or sing), then I guess you have to fake it. I don’t know about faking it.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Teaching Strontium the difference between what a tenor guitar sounds like and an electric ukulele so he would label the tracks correctly.  It took him years to use the word uke instead of guitar, and now I have completely turned the tables on him by playing guitar again.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not a thing.  We are brutal editors of our own work, and I am very proud of the sounds in this one.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Dear World, 

Playing and/or listening to music is one of the great human pleasures on Earth. Please don’t murder these joys with lame sounds on low-volume, tinny little rectangles. Get a boombox or a stereo and crank it up, Jack!

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