If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
A collection of maudlin odes to the world’s impending annihilation.
How did you get into music?
I was raised by West Derby’s very own Von Trapp family where being a musician wasn’t a choice. As for the band, I started rehearsing with a short-lived boy band some years ago and Liam just started showing up and honestly just hasn’t left since. As for Eoghan, we were looking for a drummer who could play for longer than four bars without doing some ridiculous, Spinal Tap fill and he was the only one we could find.
What’s the latest song/EP/album you have you – and what does it say about you?
We haven’t released any music as yet and it says that we’re not very organised.
Did you have any particular artists in mind as an influence when you started out? What about them do you think you’ve taken into your music?
The Fall, The Birthday Party and The Gun Club have been mainstays of the Jinxy jukebox since we started. From them we’ve taken countless riffs, the odd bass line and probably a few lyrics here and there. So, cheers fellas – see you in court.
Do you feel a responsibility to respond to current affairs or contemporary situations through your music?
The current political climate being the shitshow that it is, I think it’s impossible to ignore. Taking into account the mutants that are the running the show, I don’t think any of our music is political out of responsibility, it’s more a case of shooting fish in a barrel. When the world inevitably reverts back to less tiny-handed, lizard-in-human-costume politicians, then our music may in turn become less political.
How does where you are from affect your writing (if at all)?
I don’t feel our music is particularly indebted to Liverpool past or present. I’d like to think we could have come from anywhere and we would still have made the same music and that’s definitely a good thing. I think the same thing can be said for a lot of the bands kicking around the city at the minute – and that’s probably why Liverpool’s music scene is as healthy as it is.
Would you say there’s a distinction between yourself as a songwriter and as a musician?
Not really, I’m limited with regards to both. The rest of the band are competent musicians, and following our demise have lengthy careers ahead of them backing Jools Holland on the Hootenanny. I, on the other hand, am a fraud, with a knack for telling people what to do.
How do you see your career progressing from where you are now (in an ideal situation)?
At the minute, we haven’t done anything, except for a few local shows, so I’d use the term career lightly. That said, we’re going to release our first track at the beginning of 2018. If people buy it, we might release a few more.
What do you like doing away from music?
I spend an inordinate amount of time in the bath. I take them twice a day, schedule pending.
Why is music important to you?
A philosophical one this, and one which I’m nowhere near intelligent enough to give an answer that can do it any justice. Given we’ve recently started playing shows though, music now provides me with the opportunity to scream all kinds of shite down a microphone without being escorted from the premises.
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Triflin’ by Brown Brogues. Best thing to happen to Manchester since The Fall.