EMQ’s with BRANDY AND THE BUTCHER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Columbia, South Carolina based Punk/Sleaze Rock band, Brandy And The Butcher. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Brandy and the Butcher. We’re made up of some Columbia, SC scene veterans- Kevin Brewer and Jay Matheson, and two relative newbies, Liz Hale and Roger Shattuck.
How did you come up with your band name?
Liz gets the best ideas when she’s getting pedicures- also, once upon a time, she wanted to be a butcher.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Columbia, SC. We have a LOT of really great heavy bands here in town. Abacus, Garrow, Space Coke, Boo Hag, Skullduggery, Deviate and Decadence are just a few.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
A full length 12″ LP called “Dick Circus” is up for presale on Bandcamp.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Iggy, Joan, Suzie, Debbie and our moms.
What first got you into music?
American Bandstand. I watched it every Saturday and danced my lil 6-year-old tushy off.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We did collaborate with Saul Seibert from Boo Hag on a song called ‘Flim Flam Man’ and are pleased with it.
Liz has a soft spot for Rod Stewart, and she says, “Rod Stewart!!!”
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Rebellion Festival. All the old school punk bands are there!!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Liz has a stalker, he sent her a weird German Christmas bread (called a Stollen) last December.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
DON’T STALK LIZ, IT MAKES HER CRANKY. (even if you send yummy German pastries).
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Does Liberace count as a rock star? If not, then definitely Lemmy. He was a cool cat.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I LOVE the work hours. I really dislike the road food.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Make the physical product an important option again. It will probably never happen, but bands used to sell tons of records, CDs and tapes at shows and in stores. Now with downloads and streaming being the norm musicians actually getting paid is an anomaly.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Mott the Hoople – “Live”, Iggy and the Stooges – “Raw Power”. Yeah, I gave you two!!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We just keep getting better, I think the best is yet to come.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Riding a bike all over! Recording bands.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Living or dead? I guess the dead don’t eat much. Friends of ours and Willie Nelson.
What’s next for the band?
Hopefully back to live gigs in a few months and promoting our new LP!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Beats me. We put gravy on our biscuits down here. Cakes are better with coconut.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Wash your hands and listen to your rock.
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