Photography: Broadie / @shotbybrodie

Fin Power wades in on the post-punk band’s relentless drive to share their message at full volume.

If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say? 
Knowledge, anger and tales of drunken mishaps straight from the bottom of the bottle.

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?  
For me it was watching videos of David Bowie as a kid and knowing there and then that it was what I wanted to do. I would just think in my childhood brain, ‘I wanna do that’. When I was younger, I drew a lot and wrote comics. This all then led to turning 15 and starting The Bohos. Suppose looking back we may as well have been an Oasis cover band.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you? 
Leave It Out is when I realised why I loved to write. I realised that I wanted my message to be heard. I wanted people to listen to everything I said and feel exactly what I am going through.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
Again, Leave it Out. The track is a genuine wall of sound and it was the first track I wrote with a spoken word flow. It’s an authentic snapshot of what I was thinking and feeling at that point in my life.

"I wanted people to listen to everything I said and feel exactly what I am going through"

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
The band’s influence comes from a need to be heard. Music-wise we are heavily inspired by old school hip hop and post-punk. We tend to blend aspects of both to create our own thing. Ideology-wise I guess I’m inspired by the 21st century, you know, social media and all that.

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
The band might disagree, but I would probably want to support an early 2000s powerhouse, like Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes.

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Me and the band love The Zanzibar, it’s a venue we have all came through and all owe a lot to. Playing the Zanzi was a rite of passage for any Liverpool band and we are truly sad to see it closing.

Why is music important to you?
I’m often asked, ‘Why are you in a band? Is it to play music or for people to hear my message?’ I think it must be a mixture, because I thrive off of both. The band and I love to perform and that’s the main thing. A big thing for me is hearing everything come together and knowing that it’s 100 per cent doing our message justice.

Stay Silent is available now.

@stoneliverpool

Issue 111 of Bido Lito! is out now in print. Sign up as a member to get the next issue delivered to your door or become a subscriber to our weekly newsletter.

RELATED
CURRENT ISSUE Bido Lito! Issue bulletin PLAYLIST
Bido Lito Liverpool GUEST MIX