How did you get into music?
F: I grew up with my Auntie and there was always a good record on in the house, loads of post-punk, funk, disco, Motown and a lot of Bowie, who we all love. My arl fella got me into the Bunnymen and Radiohead pretty young, two bands who’ve had a massive influence on my guitar playing.
B: Growing up my next-door neighbour was a huge muso who’d lend me his CDs, and I got into a lot of 60s pop and 90s American bands, particularly the Elephant 6 stuff, through him. Revolver was the first LP I inherited and I can still remember how much my head was blown.
What’s the latest song you have – and what does it say about you?
B: We’ve just been in Parr Street Studios recording our next release, it’s called I Run On Rain and we’re very anxious to unleash it. It’s probably the most conventionally-structured tune we’ve written, but the one with the most bite. Lyrically it’s quite erratic, much like our other songs, and doesn’t stay on one thought for too long. It’s an observation on how well some people get away with making little sense.
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?
B: We started out around last summer when I moved into Fran’s for a bit and our record collections met. Fun House and Kings Of The Wild Frontier were on a heavy rotation, the frenetic energy of the music we wanted to make was definitely inspired by those two records at the beginning.
F: Those and Goat’s first album World Music definitely, among others. I brought Louis in a bit later when our original bassist moved to Manchester, and knew he’d make a good fit on account of his love of The Black Angels and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Do you feel a responsibility to respond to current affairs or contemporary situations through your music?
B: I wouldn’t say so, lyrically at least. I never address things too directly and tend to focus on surreal imagery centred by emotion, frustrations and shame [laughs].
F: We’re all pretty much on the same page politically but we aren’t gonna write any songs about how much we hate the Tories, it’s just not what we’re doing.
How does where you are from affect your writing (if at all)?
B: I moved here a few years ago from Carlisle, and no I wouldn’t say that my hometown has affected my writing noticeably. I was drawn to Liverpool for its wealth of culture and wouldn’t wanna live anywhere else in England.
F: I don’t think so, we’d probably all be space cadets no matter where we were from. We don’t have a particularly Scouse sound.
Would you say there’s a distinction between yourself as a songwriter and as a musician?
B: Absolutely, in that I’m much more of a writer than a guitarist. The rest of the band are all very skilled in what they do, so I can get away with doing very little to my instrument which allows me to put most of my energy into getting the songs across. I write the songs and they write the tunes, which works dead well for us artistically in terms of playing to our strengths.
How do you see your career progressing from where you are now (in an ideal situation)?
B: We just want to be listened to and talked about passionately by people that know their stuff, as far afield as possible.
F: We’re picking up a bit of pace now, so we just wanna keep that momentum. Keep the buzz going as long as possible. Hopefully people telling us they’re into what we’re doing after gigs continues.
Why is music important to you?
F: It’s just pure escapism isn’t it? Whenever work or whatever else is wrecking my head I just think about getting in the room and writing and playing. It’s the only thing that keeps me sane!
B: It allows you to take off for a bit, yeh it’s an escape from the mundane.