BDM: We’ve always struggled to truly describe it, the closest we can probably get is garage rock & roll! We do try to work some psych in there too but I definitely think this album is more straight up rock & roll.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
BDM: All kinds of places really! When we started we were purely influenced by the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, BRMC, The Black Angels, The Rolling Stones and all of that kind of thing but as time has gone on we’ve incorporated the likes of Can, PJ Harvey, The Jesus & Mary Chain and a load of other influences. We try not to pigeonhole ourselves otherwise we’ll end up running on the spot.
CH.89: What made you want to start a band and how did you come up with the band name?
BDM: Dom and I have played in bands since we were young and when our old bands split up, we bumped into each other one night and decided to have a go at something. Music is a huge part of our lives so it feels like second nature to write and perform it! I forget where the band name came from nowadays, it definitely came from a love of long band names though, ha!
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new album?
BDM: A lot of the songs on the album are fairly old songs of ours. We purposely released EP’s when we began so that we could always have the option of re-using songs we felt particularly proud/happy of. Rome and Butterfly were the first songs that we ever wrote at our first rehearsal so it felt right to bookend the album with those. For the last 8 years, while we’ve tried to evolve our sound, we always wanted to keep a consistent “feel”. We mainly aimed for everything to be solid with a big wall of sound.
CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?
BDM: I’ve not really thought too much into it. I’m just grateful for people listening to it, let alone liking it and taking something from it! Music has helped me through a lot of stages of my life so if somebody were to have that with our music it would mean a real lot. Almost like I’m giving something back, you know?
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
BDM: Dom and I both work at a music venue so our lives revolve around live music and such. I DJ a lot too so that’s basically my livelihood. We’re lucky that we do okay for ourselves and touring doesn’t exactly cost us an arm and a leg anymore so we appreciate that a lot. Our boss is really supportive of what we do too and has always encouraged and helped us when it’s come to getting time off and being able to pay our rent.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
BDM: It depends where you’re coming from really, sometimes I’ll turn up to rehearsal with a specific idea in mind and others we’ll just jam something out. We’ve never turned up to practice with a full song written though. It doesn’t work for me whatsoever.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
BDM: It’s very, very important to look after your mental health. Being in a band isn’t all boozing and partying all of the time. It’s a lot of waiting around with a hell of a lot of mixed emotions – it’s hard to adjust at times so you need to really take care of your head for sure.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
BDM: I couldn’t honestly tell you, there are so many things that I adore about being in a band that I couldn’t single out one reason. Being in a band with people is a really tight bond so that’s really nice to have and walking on stage together and playing in front of people is the most electric feeling in the world. I could go on for ages!
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?
BDM: Anton Newcombe from The Brian Jonestown Massacre has always really inspired me, he’s so creative and is constantly pushing himself – I’d certainly want to be like that. Paul Weller has always been a big influence on me too. Basically anybody who works hard and pushes themselves creatively!
BDM: I don’t think there’s any two ways about it now, technology is essential and that’s the way the industry is going. For a lot of years now the money has dried up and everyone’s tried to work out how to make any cash from music – now technology is stepping up and social media is king, you can’t turn your nose up at the fact that it’s absolutely essential to a successful career… Unless you’re Parquet Courts who don’t have any social media at all!
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
BDM: Maybe so, I don’t necessarily think you have to be an artist to view the world differently. A love of music itself can do that – I wouldn’t say I necessarily see things differently because of music any more than I have because of people telling me things or reading things. Music can change the way you act, talk, dress, feel and behave – it’s pretty astounding really!
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
BDM: I absolutely adore Berlin, I’ve been three times now and I feel really comfortable when I’m there. I’ve always loved London too and really feel like I could happily move there. I love seeing new places though, I fell in love with Switzerland when we were there, especially Biel! The promoters we worked with there made us breakfast the morning after the show and took us around town. Absolutely beautiful place!
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
BDM: My favourite book I’ve ever read is Wonderland Avenue by Danny Sugerman. Along with it being a brilliant account of rock & roll history, I really took a lot away from it when it came to drug use. I’m very open about the fact that I don’t touch anything and, along with personal experience, I genuinely consider that book as one of the main reasons I never had any interest in that kind of thing.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?
BDM: As long as we can carry on making music, playing to bigger and bigger audiences and make a living from what we do I’m happy. I’ve never been interested in selling out arenas or anything, I’ve always wanted to be at academy/theatre level. Basically be like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club!
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
BDM: It’s a way of life and a massive part of me. I couldn’t really describe it in any other way. I couldn’t imagine not making or being involved with music now.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?
BDM: When we started as a band we always wanted to keep moving, keep playing and keep pushing the boundaries of what we do – we’ve always been loud and tried to make everything we do have some kind of quality and value to it. We always want to maintain that and keep progressing as a band. It’s easy to get bored or complacent so we’ll always do whatever we can to avoid that.