Photography: D. Allen

If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
A dodgy attempt at being Scott Walker.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
First time I heard The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen when I was 16, I fell in love with the romantic dark lyrics. Will Sargent’s guitar makes the hairs on my neck stand up. My songwriting definitely took a turn after listening to that whole album.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
I really enjoy performing a song of ours called To Whom It May Concern. I have to contort my body like Joe Cocker to squeeze the fucking melody out.

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What was the first gig you attended?
The first gig I ever went to was Pixies at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which sounds like a really cool first gig, but the Stereophonics were also on the bill…

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
We recently played a venue called Claptrap in Stourbridge, that was an incredible place. It’s run by people who genuinely love what they’re doing and care about the acts coming through there, that’s what makes a venue really special.

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Sex, religion, fear and self-doubt.

"Life without music would be hell." Bobby West

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
There was a lad at school about two years older than me called Ryan Lloyd. He had long hair and wore a denim jacket. In the early 2000’s at a Catholic school in Everton you needed to have serious bollocks to do that, absolute James Dean character. He was cool as fuck. I found out that he was a drummer, so I decided to have a go at learning guitar. Me auld fella bought me a Beatles songbook and I learned a few chords, eventually I started ripping the chords off and writing my own melodies…essentially I’m still doing that now.

Why is music important to you?
That’s so unbelievably complicated, but without it, life would be hell.

Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Alex and The Boss Jockeys are essential listening, Sunglasses for Jaws and also Vincent E Davies, he’s a good friend, he plays in a band called Yak. He hasn’t released any solo material just yet but it’s coming, I’d keep an eye out for that.

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