One of the louder members of Society Of Losers records, this trio of outsider “filth” makers formed in 2015 to “fight the bourgeoisie with hot noise”. Guitarist and vocalist Jake Davies reveals that there’s more to the racket than you might assume.
If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
It’s scuzzy and awkward sometimes, but it’s genuine above all else. Getting rid of your ego is the best thing you can do when you’re writing music.
Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
We started writing just for something to do, but I suppose we have to now. Writing is therapeutic and as soon as you realise that you depend on it, in a way.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
I remember us hearing The Wytches’ first album and that had a big impact on our earliest songs. We’ve tried to move away from influences and make something unique, but that album was pretty important for getting us started with our songwriting.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
We all love playing our newest stuff live. We started writing a new song Cash Prize not long ago and I think we’re all hoping to get that ready to play live soon. If that says anything about us it’s probably that we’re never happy with what we’ve got; we’re constantly scrapping ideas because they’re not good enough, so I suppose that’s a good thing. Not many of the old songs are still getting played live anymore.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
You probably hear someone say ‘the world’s on its arse’ everyday, but it feels like that’s the reality. Preaching politics to everyone doesn’t do anything for us, but it’d be hard to say it doesn’t affect the sound of the band. We can’t seriously stand on a stage and romanticise day-to-day life because it’s really grim and that’s just it. That being said, the music we make doesn’t really address any kind of politics, so I suppose it’s an escape from that, too.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Thee Oh Sees’ work ethic is mad and I think you’d take a lot away from supporting them. We saw them play in Manchester this year and it just made us want to get working on something straight away.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Drop The Dumbulls is our favourite venue, easily. We recorded our EP in the basement so it gets us a bit emotional whenever we go back. Everyone who works there is lovely. It’s just a treat to play, really, and it sounds great – you can’t really go wrong.
Why is music important to you?
A sound is there and then it disappears and I think that’s beautiful. Recording in a studio has always felt bizarre because you’re dragging the sound out of the air and making it permanent; I think we prefer it to be a one-time thing, that’s why we keep songs from being written for a while – you come up with your best ideas on the spot. That kind of unpredictability is what makes it important to us; you don’t know what’s gonna happen and that keeps you grounded. Everyone’s obsessed with knowing what will happen next in their lives, so it feels good to enjoy that feeling instead of being scared of it.
And finally, what can we expect from you in the upcoming months?
Writing is all we’re really interested in right now, so we’ll probably be a bit quiet for a while. No doubt we’ll be recording again soon and getting something new out there as soon as we can.