Uprising Festival – Interview with Lawnmower Deth

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Uprising 2017

Lawnmower Deth Interview 27/05/2017

Interview by Beth Jones with pointless comments, introduction and summing up from Rick Tilley

For those of you that read interviews in the hope of gaining meaningful insight into the thought processes of a band have, obviously, never had the absolute pleasure of meeting and talking to the guys from Lawnmower Deth. I’ve done some mad interviews in the past but nothing quite prepared me for how much fun this next 30 minutes was. For those of you who don’t know, although there cannot be many out there that haven’t heard the name Lawnmower Deth, they might be considered the illegitimate, bastard step-fathers of Evil Scarecrow. I still remember going to buy their first release, the incredible ‘Mower Liberation Front / Quack ‘Em All split album with Metal Duck, back in 1989. Back then, listening to such hallowed tracks as ‘Thermo-Nuclear War Is Good For Your Complexion’, ‘Seventh Church Of The Apocalyptic Lawnmower’, ‘I Got The Clap And My Knob Fell Off’ and ‘Fuck Off’ (I also have to mention the classic Metal Duck track ‘March Of The Metal Duck To The Duck Ponds Of Hell’) was a breath of fresh air. Metal can be very serious and it needs a light hearted and humorous side. Not only did Lawnmower Deth provide humour but they also provided it at the more extreme end of the Metal music spectrum! Over the years they have provided me with countless hours of fun and laughter so to finally meet them, in person, at Uprising really was the highlight of my day! I also thought it was perfect timing to let Beth off the leash and let her do her first interview. My thinking was if she could get through this then she would be able to deal with anyone

NB. Laughing and chuckling was continuous throughout the entire interview – it is amazing we got anything done we were falling about that much!!!!

Beth: Right well apparently I am taking the lead on this one. So this is my proper first interview! You are breaking my duck! Popping my cherry!!

Lawnmower Deth: We’re breaking your duck! (Laughing and chuckling from all around) This is going to be great!

Rick: It is lovely to meet you guys, a pleasure to meet you.

Beth: Question 1

Lawnmower Deth: Question 1 – Let’s have it!

Beth: What do you find is the best way to make an egg sandwich? (Pause for laughter and general chundering)!

Lawnmower Deth: Well its easy innit? – It’s all in the instructions there.

Beth: Yeah but is that the best way that you find?

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah it is yeah!

Rick: Its 2017 now – you do have haute cuisine as well don’t you?

Lawnmower Deth:  No, No, No, the easiest way is do a gig and somebody brings you egg sandwiches! And that’s it!

Beth: What sort though?

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Well it’s egg mayo innit?

Beth: Is it?

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: Nah, Nah, Nah! None of that shit in it!

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: Nah! Two slices of bread right. Butter…Lots of butter. Big fat egg, Its got to be a big fat egg. Yeah, yeah, yeah and what is it?

Beth & Rick: Egg sandwich!!

Beth: Double Yolk – what about a double yolk– does that make it better?

Rick: Boiled or fried? (Laughing and chundering)

Lawnmower Deth: Nowhere in the song does it say, boiled egg sandwich! No, no it doesn’t! It’s got to be fried. To be fair it doesn’t say fried egg sandwich either though!

Rick: No it doesn’t that’s why we asked you!

Lawnmower Deth: Double yolk now! Hmmmm.

Beth: What about bacon?

Lawnmower Deth: Well yeah bacon’s good see but that’s a bacon and egg sandwich!

Beth: Ah is it, or is it an egg and bacon sandwich!?

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Ah you’re into semantics now. Ah an egg sandwich is just pure classic innit? Some people might say that the pan that you fry the egg in shouldn’t be too hot, but I personally like the crispiness of like, you know, the skin on an egg.

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: You’ve really over thought that!!! You’ve really overthought your answer!

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: It’s not Subway. Like that time you went to Subway and said ‘I’ll have one of them’…..

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: Fucking Subway!!!

Beth: Is egg sandwich on your rider then?

Lawnmower Deth: It fucking should be. Ey it should be actually.

Beth: Do you eat them in rehearsals?

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: No! They Smell! I’ve never eaten an egg sandwich! I would rather have a bacon butty.

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: To be honest I would rather have a sausage butty. (Nods and ‘yeah’s of agreement)

Rick: I’m with you on that.

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: With Brown Sauce!

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: And you don’t want the egg in there cos it makes a mess and goes down your shirt and that!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Brown Sauce is the food of Satan.

Beth: I’m with you there!!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Mustard and ketchup is where it is. Mustard and ketchup together!

Beth: I’m with you there too – it’s like an exciting Marie Rose sauce innit!!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: ‘Bout time they… Actually I’m gonna do it – I’m gonna start making it and selling it. Yeah Mustup or Ketchard!!

(This caused lots of laughing and chundering again!)

Beth: Well that’s like the first three questions answered in one there so we’ll…

Lawnmower Deth: Great!!! Oh is that it?? Are we done then?!!

Beth: No, not quite!!! Right… Qualcast, Flymo…or the good old fashioned Rotary? (More laughing)

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: I actually bought a Flymo the other week from Asda…£57…it’s a rotary one, and you get a mini strimmer as well…absolute bargain! It takes half the time of what me other one did, but me other one were a Flymo too, but that one were rubbish!! (More laughter)

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: What about you Qualcast? (Referring to Pete’s stage name of old)

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: Errr. I’m a middle class wanker…I pay somebody to come round and cut my grass.

(At this admission there were huge groans of horror and amazement)

Everyone Together: Nooooooo!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Unbelievable!! That’s just incredible! I never thought I would hear you say that!!

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: I keep it cool…and I pay some fucker to come and cut the grass…£20!!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Why?? £20!! Do you not think of all the beer you could buy for £20?

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: You’ve seen the size of my back garden! (Much laughing and chundering again)

Lawnmower Deth: It’s good this…It’s like Parkinson.

Beth: Anyway, on a more serious note

Lawnmower Deth: A more serious note… F# Oohh F# (Lots of laughing)

Beth: On a more serious note…GENTLEMEN! Are we ever going to see new material or are you just happy with your three and a half albums.

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: How long was it since we did the last one?

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: The last one was 1993

Lawnmower Deth: Well, it has only been 23-24 years since the last one so give it time! We class ourselves as prolific!

Beth: Do you know how old I was in 1993? I was 13 then!

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: I was only 14! (Many laughs and groans)

Lawnmower Deth: To do two tracks in about twenty four years… is… is… not bad… It isn’t… We may or may not have something in the pipeline for you. But we can’t talk about that!!

(NB whilst I was taking this question seriously, Mr Tilley had gone off on a tangent talking to Chris and Steve and potentially missed the biggest revelation of the whole interview!!!)

Beth: So something might happen?! RICHARD! RICHARD! Something might happen!! Say it again!!

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: No… No you missed it now!

Rick: Oohhh Damn!

Beth: I heard him say it so it’s true! (More laughing and jeering!)

Ok. What was it like to have Kim Wilde on stage with you?

RICK HERE: In case you don’t know, last year at Download Festival, 80’s Pop Goddess, Kim Wilde got up on stage with Lawnmower Deth to perform ‘Kids In America’ and a couple of their own songs! ‘Kids’ was the song that originally made Kim really famous and Lawnmower Deth famously ruined it brilliantly when they covered it and released it as their only ever single in 1991 To say that it was more than a little surreal is an understatement!

Lawnmower Deth: Brilliant, Unbelievable! She was so good. Were you there?

Rick: No, no we weren’t there! Unfortunately we don’t get to Download, but we have watched the YouTube video. You have done Download five times now haven’t you?

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah, Yeah! It’s incredible. It’s. I mean, you can’t say it is a boyhood dream cos you’re never gonna have thought that would happen, you know, who would’ve thought that would happen? But, you know, it did!

Rick: How did it happen? How?

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: We just asked her! It was kind of as simple as that. I will tell you how it happened.

When we had done that stuff for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, again nothing to do with us but our lovely fan-base, they decided they were all going to go and by the ‘Kids’ single again and we were like, well if you want to get it in the charts or whatever then you go and do that, but we’re not going to do it as a release. So they all went and downloaded it, so we went fine – everything generated from the downloads, we will give to the Sophie Foundation. And somebody had sort of messaged her (Kim) about that and said ‘If it gets to number one, will you play Download?’ and she’d said yes. So off the back of that, I messaged her and said, look, people are pulling your leg, but actually, do you fancy doing it anyway? And she did!! So…It was just as simple as that!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: We had one rehearsal with her which was really surreal anyway! We were all sitting waiting and this Range Rover turns up.

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: Yeah, where we normally rehearse is a bit of a shit hole so we thought we can’t take her there, so cos we knew Andy Sneap, we went to Andy Sneap’s studio.

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah, we thought we had better treat her right, so she turned up and we were like ooooooh! And she says ‘Can you play it acoustically first please?’ So we were like. NO! Sorry we can only play it one way love! (Loads of laughing)

So we did that and then when we did Download she turned up and she was brilliant! She was talking to all the wives and girlfriends and stuff like that…just generally hanging out! But still, that feeling when I turned to the left and saw her walking on stage and just realised… fucking hell, THAT’S KIM WILDE!

You Know, she’s everything you want her to be! You have to remember she was the biggest selling female artist of the 1980’s…that’s big deal stuff. She is a proper pop princess. And…, she has got a proper potty mouth on her!

Beth: Watching the videos, you looked like you just belonged together on the stage?

Lawnmower Deth: Genuinely we get on really well! She’s just lovely. She was dead honest about it, she just wanted to do it for fun and she came and did it for fun and had a great time!

Rick: And she did some of your songs!

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah, it was all her idea to do some of ours…We just thought we’d get her to do ‘Kids’, but she said ‘Can we do some of yours too?’ We said yeah, what do you want to do and she said Errr ‘Watch Out Grandma’. We were like Oooh bloody hell we hate playing that one we always have to do that one. So we says to her you must have songs that you hate that you do at every gig? She said ‘ Yeah…’Kids In America’!! (Lots of laughing here)

Yeah it was an awesome experience, you know. Download loved it. I mean the response was unbelievable. I think she was a bit worried about it…we all were! She was like ‘Am I going to go down ok?’ And we said ‘Of course you are’! You could tell that half the crowd didn’t really register at first who it was they were like ‘Is it? Is it?’ and then when they realised it was… the roars got louder and louder. The fact she got up and did a ten second Grindcore song! And it was like right ok she’s in for the whole ten yards here!! Bless her; she was more worried about ‘Egg Sandwich’ than any of the others! (Lots of laughing)

Beth: So you mentioned Sophie Lancaster in that? You’ve worked closely with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation quite a bit! Are there any plans for anything coming up with them?

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah, Christmas Show! We got asked last year to do the Manchester show, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it, and I said at the time, come back to us when you know about this year’s show. And in the meantime, I think Chris (Bass Player), Chris bumped into Sylvia (Sophie’s Mum) and she had said you really should get on the show if you can for us. When the phone call came to say ‘do you want to do the Manchester show’ it was perfect! We said yeah we’ll do it. We need a Christmas show; we always do a Christmas show! It’s perfect, just perfect. So that’s the next one!

Beth: So when is that?

Lawnmower Deth: 26thMarch I think!! (Lots of mumbles and shouts of MARCH!!

It should be the Easter show. Eastmass!! (Laughing)

It’s the 26th November. Yeah it’s not too tight to Christmas so people are worried about Christmas, but it is close enough to Christmas to call it the Christmas Show! It’s going to be great. Evil Scarecrow are headlining the Saturday, We’re going to be headlining the Sunday!

Just so you all get the details correctly, it’s the S.O.P.H.I.E Festival 2017 at the Rebellion, Manchester on 25th and 26th November. It’s a fabulous line-up and of course the Sophie Lancaster Foundation is such an important part of us all! The poster is at the bottom of this interview!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Can I just add in here…Evil Scarecrow …!!

Lawnmower Deth: We hate them!!(Tongue in cheek) Yeah, they are the younger version of us. They can play a lot better than us though… they are better musicians!! They play their instruments properly, we just wing it!

Beth: Yeah my daughter is 15 and she absolutely adores Evil Scarecrow!

Lawnmower Deth: Why wouldn’t she?

Beth: I suppose if she had have been 15 when you guys were coming up she would have been the same with you!

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah, Yeah, although it was different then! Girls like Evil Scarecrow. We never had that! It was just a room full of sweaty teenage lads wasn’t it!! They’ve got these two guys who do all their special effects for them. We’ve managed to nick them and they’ve done all the like – you know the thing that we have, the Deth shed – the gunge tank thing– they’ve done all that too! And they’ve done it for like 5 pence!! (Lots of laughing and cheers!)

Beth: On that note, do you think metal music is too serious now?

Lawnmower Deth: It’s always been too serious! Well it’s a funny one cos there was a serious edge to some of the lyrics and things but you used to go to like, Monsters of Rock and it was always a friendly atmosphere. Now people pretend it is, but if you look at Facebook everyone’s always bloody arguing!! It is so tiresome. Just people throwing their toys out of the pram! Like, ‘Urgh I don’t like that band, why are they on’. Just go and get pissed!!(Laughing and muttering). Absolutely right that. Bang on!

Rick: I was watching one of your interviews at Download 2014 I think it was, when Rick Parfitt walked past.

Lawnmower Deth: Aaahh yeah, Rick Parfitt! Well it was the interview that fell apart that one wasn’t it? Yeah, yeah (Lots of laughing)

Rick: But you all said 1984 was your first Donnington and that was my first one too! I remember that day so well!

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah incredible it was! And you know, Quo were my first band. You know, ‘On The Level’ was the first album that I bought so, you know, I’ve always been a Quo fan…that was absolutely the band that got me through to where we are now. You know. I still love Quo now, early Quo is just amazing. So when Parfitt and Rossi walk past within ten yards!! You know we are dead fortunate cos all these shows, but Download in particular cos it’s more mainstream! I remember a couple of years ago at Download I turned round and Dave Grohl was stood next to us, so you know, it’s amazing! And the one that made me get giddy was Parfitt walking past, in Double Denim!! Triple Denim!! It was utter fan boy stuff! It was just Aaaahhhhh! It was Quo!! It was my band you know!! It was the same day when Dee Snider came past as well. We were just like wow! Yeah the reason any of us, I suspect, is in a band, is you want to be in a band in the first place because you are into music in the first place, you are a fan…of whatever! We all were…all different bands! We were all proper, proper fan boys, there’s no reason why that should change and when one of your boyhood heroes walks past it’s like… It’s like playing here though isn’t it? I’ve seen so many here, you know Motörhead, Judas Priest, Hawkwind and I mean it’s a fantastic venue isn’t it?

Beth: Well that was actually my next question! What does playing this venue mean to you?

Lawnmower Deth: Yeah, its great innit…its lovely inside, well it’s a nice building on the outside too but I haven’t been here for years, I must admit, cos I used to come when I was a teenager! Motörhead on the ‘Another Perfect Day’ tour was the last time I was here!

Rick: That was my first Motörhead tour…I saw them at Hammersmith!

Lawnmower Deth: Like anything it’s probably smaller than when you were that age, everywhere gets smaller! If someone had said to me one day you’ll be playing here, I would have said ‘fuck off, probably the local pub if I’m lucky’. This is one of those definitive ticks isn’t it? If you look at the classic venues of this size, then it’s Manchester Apollo, Hammy Odeon and here, so it’s a classic tick box gig. We’ve always said this since we started doing this again… it’s got to be interesting if we’re gonna do it, but it has got to be fun otherwise we’re not bothered about doing it. So to get these…we’re just really lucky to come and play these kind of places. This is bucket list. This is absolutely one of them! Wembley’s still on there. (laughter). And Hammy Odeon. We were so close, we nearly had it, and we were added to the bill…Motörhead, Saxon and us many years ago!

Rick: My favourite band are Saxon

Lawnmower Deth: Saxon don’t like us! We’ll tell you a great story. We were on that bill. We were added to it, but Pete pissed Biff off many years ago, and he told Lemmy and Lemmy chucked us off! He’s still never forgiven us. He holds a grudge!

Lawnmower Deth – Chris: At Download though, I saw Biff in the crowd and he was with Toby Jepson. I went up to him and said ‘Do you mind if I have a photo, I saw you at Rock City last year, you were absolutely amazing’…and it was a great photo then these two come up like ‘Oi, Oi…we’re from Lawnmower Deth’!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: No it wasn’t quite like that! I just went up to apologise. He shook my hand and everything and I said ‘I just want to apologise for what happened a long time ago…it’s Steve from Lawnmower Deth’ and he went ‘Who?’ and I said ‘Lawnmower Deth’ and he goes ‘Can you move away’! (Much cheeky laughter and comments of ‘Oooooh Handbags’ from all!)

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: Well I was going to tell a nice story but you lot have gone for the dirty deed one! I will tell you a nice story! I went to see Saxon a few months ago on the last tour and they were unbelievably good as well, unbelievably good. I met up with Toby, cos I have known Toby forever, he’s a really old mate and of course he was singing for Eddie (‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, original Motörhead guitarist) and he said ‘Eddie wants to meet you and say hello’, now I’ve never met Eddie, but fucking hell its Eddie isn’t it! He’s a legend. It’s no surprise that the one band that unifies Lawnmower Deth is probably Motörhead, by the time you take all the personal choice out, everyone would gravitate towards them, so meeting Eddie was big news, I was dead excited to go meet Eddie and all he wanted to do was ask ‘What was it like playing with Kim Wilde?! (Huge amounts of laughter)

You know, no chance of asking him about ‘What was it like to write Ace of Spades?’ or something because he was like ‘What was it like to play with Kim?!!’ It was great! Really top fella! He was lovely, a really nice guy, it was really good to meet him! So there you go that’s a nice story. Not like you lot trashing the dirt!!

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: We supported Saxon many years ago, and Pete being Pete decided to put posters up everywhere, round the Mansfield area, that said ‘Lawnmower Deth supporting some sad old gits!’ (This got the single, biggest laugh of the interview!) At the time they were probably a lot younger than we are now so we’re mega sad old gits!!

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: The funniest thing was, on the night, we had this stuffed duck – this stuffed Mallard that we found in a shop, and we tied some torches to its wings, and we had it on the lighting rig and we were going to lower it down on strings!! “THE MALLARD HAS LANDED”, but they cut the sound off!!! They cut the sound off on us before we could drop it!! Ahhhhh ‘The Mallard has landed’! (By this point we were literally holding our stomachs with the pain from laughing so much)

Rick: I’ll never be able to look at the Saxon Eagle the same way again (More laughter)

Beth: So next question…it’s topical!

Lawnmower Deth: Tropical? Tropical question like how hot is it or something? (laughing)

Beth: TOPICAL..! If you could have any politician on stage singing with you, who would it be?

Lawnmower Deth: (After a slight pause) Ooooh ok, blimey – any… I bet Theresa May could do a right mad death grunt!! That’s a really loaded question that is, cos that is simply ‘Who are you backing at the moment!’

Beth: No, No, literally anyone…it could be someone from the Monster Raving Loony Party if you want!

Lawnmower Deth: Boris!!! Boris would be legendary. He would fall off of the stage and everything!! (Laughing)

At this point there was an interjection from Mark ‘Tosh’ Davies, DJ and Co-host of Lincoln’s excellent show ‘The Rock Train on Siren 107.3 FM’, who was in the background listening to the interview and talking to Lawnmower Deth’s Manager Emma Bardill. If you know ‘Tosh’ then you’ll know that his sense of humour and quick wit is legendary

‘You wouldn’t have to dress him up cos he looks like a twat already! (This caused much laughter)

Lawnmower Deth: I mean Boris can’t even control his own hair, and we haven’t got hair!! (Laughing)

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: God, No, No…you know you’ve stumped me on this one!

Beth: I’VE STUMPED LAWNMOWER DETH!!! YES!!! And on my first interview too! (Laughing)

Lawnmower Deth – Steve: Well I think Boris.

Lawnmower Deth – Pete: Well my heart says Corbyn because anything good is going to come out of him but I don’t know!

At this point someone did what sounds like a pretty good impression of Boris Johnson singing Grindcore! (Much laughter ensues)

Beth: I think you should make it your mission to pick one from each party and get them to do it!

Lawnmower Deth: Absolutely…Absolutely! Let’s just go with Boris, cos we’ve not got a better answer than Boris!!

Rick: And now the Monty Python one!

Beth: Ah yeah the Monty Python one, which I have been asking everyone today…If you were a Monty Python film, what would the title be?

Lawnmower Deth: We are the knights who say Ni. God…the amount of hours we’ve spent quoting that to one another!

Beth: Monty Python mini film…’The Knights Who Say Ni’…It doesn’t have to be one that is already a Monty Python film…just make up a new title for a Monty Python film about your band story.

Lawnmower Deth: These are tough these are!! Can’t you just ask us what our favourite colour is?! (Lots of laughing)

Errr….Monty Python And The Life Of Barry!

You couldn’t really get a much more surreal and funny answer on which to end the interview! We actually carried on talking to the guys and Emma for a further fifteen minutes, as well as getting photos, but we cannot print any of that! Lawnmower Deth’s set later in the day was, as expected, brilliant. They never fail to put on a good show and the screams of ‘more’ when they finally finished were as loud as the howls of laughter. In my live review I said that you cannot have an event like this without Lawnmower Deth on the bill and I stand by that but what made Uprising really special for me was meeting and talking to them. This was one of my bucket list moments! It’s getting on for thirty years since I bought that first split album. I’m going to make damn sure it’s not another thirty before I meet them again…although if I do wait until 2047 they may have released a new song!!!

Rick

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Uprising Festival – Interview with Pelugion

06 Pelugion

Uprising 2017

Pelugion Interview 27/05/2017

Interview by Richard Tilley

When you are covering an Event such as Uprising, one of the things you’ll invariably be asked to do is interview a band you really aren’t familiar with and that is what happened to me with regards to Pelugion. Luckily we had a couple of weeks beforehand to have a listen to some of their music. This day was to be a very different day for this three piece Heavy Metal / Heavy Rock band from Coventry though, because they were due to play their first ever acoustic gig. This was, to my way of thinking, either a very gutsy thing to do or a very silly thing! What you couldn’t argue with was that all three guys were great fun and, as the weather was so lovely, we sat outside to get their thoughts!

EVER METAL: We are fairly new converts to your music and, I personally, haven’t heard a lot before, so when Angel (Angel Merry of Fat Angel Management, who look after Pelugion, and who was also running the Uprising Press Office with her other half Chris Sams, and might I add they were both superb) got in touch with me and said would you like to do an interview, I had to get up to speed with what you were all about and honestly, I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve heard so far so to those people out there who may not have heard of you tell us about the band and about the name Pelugion as well?

PELUGION: Well, it all started back in College where we all met. We were all sort of shoved together. Originally there were five or six of us in the college band and everyone slowly left and that’s how Pelugion was formed, with just the three of us. As for the name its two Greek words put together but we do not remember what the Greek words are! (As you can imagine there was lots of groaning and laughter at this admission)

EVER METAL: (Still laughing) You can’t say that! I’ve been looking forward to a really deep and meaningful explanation about a great name and it turns out to be two Greek words you can’t remember!

PELUGION: Well we aren’t going to lie to lie to you. It’s really good though because when you Google it we are the only band that comes up

EVER METAL: Okay, so you’ve also got Nicknames/Stage names in the band, which are ‘The Goat’, ‘The Vulture’ and ‘The Quatch’ so what’s this all about?

PELUGION – ‘Andy Sweeney’ (Bass/Vocals): We’ll start with my nickname. I was given the nickname ‘Sasquatch’ and he (Brandon Balou – Drums) always did this weird face which kind of looked like a vulture! (laughs)

‘Brandon’: Yeah, I’ve been known to pull really seedy faces (lots of laughter)

‘Andy’:  And he (John Pittaway – Guitars) just loves goats, and that’s it! (More laughter)

EVER METAL: This is not going well! (Loads of laughter)

PELUGION – ‘Brandon’: It basically all came about because Andy was big and hairy and looked like a Sasquatch and it’s just escalated from there!

EVER METAL: So this is your first ever acoustic set .You’re playing somewhere as iconic as this venue and at a large event put together by Simon Yarwood. Why did you choose to do that and how nervous are you to be doing an acoustic set somewhere like this?

PELUGION: Well we were pretty nervous before but now we’ve got here and seen the turnout, I mean there are a lot of people! We are pretty confident it’s going to sound okay, but it’s just different because we are used to the ‘big sound’ and now we are going to be stripped back. It’s going to be strange but hopefully people will like it so go easy on us!

EVER METAL: So is it something you thought about for a while or did you just, off the bat, say we’ll do an acoustic set for this particular gig?

PELUGION: It was offered to us, so we weren’t going to turn something like this down and it was a challenge so we thought we might as well go for it and see what happens! We’ve got one or two surprise covers in the set and some of our own stuff as well so it will hopefully keep people happy and entertained!

EVER METAL: Up to now you’ve released an EP and a single, so is there an album in the works?

PELUGION: Yeah, we’re writing and recording at the moment and have been for the last few months so we should have a release towards the end of this year so keep your eyes peeled! We’ve got four songs recorded for it so far and we aren’t recording all in one go, it’s song by song. We don’t have a title yet, we are going to wait till it’s all done, listen to it and then come up with something!

EVER METAL: So how did the partnership with FATangel Management come about?

PELUGION: We were part of a competition at The Arches in Coventry. Through playing that we gained quite a decent fan-base, that’s how it sort of started for us in Coventry and off the back of that Chris and Angel attended all of the shows and they basically approached us and said “we like what you’re doing and we’d like to help out”. We were only like 17-18 years old at the time and we had never properly played to large audiences and through competing in this competition it gave us the chance to play to more people and from that gained a bit of a following and that’s where Chris and Angel first saw us!

EVER METAL: We’ve mentioned it’s pretty amazing to come somewhere like this and play so after your set who are you going to be interested in watching?

PELUGION: We’ve been listening to a lot of Hærken so will definitely be watching them, Resin and Lawnmower Deth as well and we’ve got a lot of mingling to do!

EVER METAL: We always try and come up with a silly question because what we don’t want is to ask questions you keep getting asked all the time, so if you were a Monty Python film what would the title of that film be?

There was a long pause!

PELUGION: We always come out with random shit so this SHOULD be really easy! (Lots of laughter)

After another pause a light bulb seemed to go off and we got this reply which we really liked!

PELUGION: ‘Monty Python And The Shortest Long Lasting Moment’

EVER METAL: You’re on stage at 5.45pm and we’re going to be coming over and are looking forward to watching you. Is there anything else you want to talk about before we finish?

PELUGION: Yeah, we’ve got Pentre Fest coming up in June (Pentre Fest is at the Mcleans Pentre, Queensferry, Deeside CH5 2DA and is on between 23rd-25th June. Pelugion are playing a full electric set on Saturday 24th June), we’ll probably be a lot better there (lots of laughs)

Mainly we just want everyone to bear with us because we will have new material by the end of the year so keep an eye out and keep listening. We played a new song for the first time last week at Scruffy Murphy’s and the plan is to introduce new songs into the set over the next few months and see what the response to them is like!

With that, ‘The Goat’, ‘The Vulture’ and ‘The Quatch’ were on their way to mingle! These guys are so young, about 21 years old (I’m old enough to, at least, be their Dad) and I can see the wide eyed enthusiasm in them that I had at their age. They’ve done really well for themselves though, their acoustic set was excellent and they got a great response from a good sized crowd. In other words, and to answer my thought in the introduction to this piece, it was a very gutsy thing of them to do and they pulled it off! Their EP “Serpent’s Mistress” is a great listen and I’m very much looking forward to getting the album when it’s completed!

As you can tell from the interview they aren’t a band of many words and revealing answers, they let the music do the talking and when the music is good why shouldn’t they do that? I’d really love to know what those two Greek words are though!

I’d like to thank them for taking the time to chat with Ever Metal and also thank Angel for setting up the interview!

Check out Pelugion at the following link:

Rick

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Uprising Festival – Interview with Resin

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Uprising 2017

Resin Interview 27/05/2017

Interview by Richard Tilley with added help and insults from Beth Jones!

A wonderfully hot and sunny day at Bloodstock 2014 was the last time I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Resin and it’s hard to believe that is nearly three years ago. Much has changed in my life since then and the same can also definitely be said of Resin so it was great to sit down near the acoustic stage at Uprising 2017, on another lovely day, with Vocalist/Guitarist Dave Gandon and Guitarist Mark ‘Chez’ Roseby to catch up on what has been happening. After the usual array of laughs we got straight down to business!

EVER METAL: So I last interviewed you in 2014. Can you try and bring the readers up to date with everything that has happened to Resin since then?

RESIN ‘Chez’: Well we basically disbanded and we all went our separate ways for a little while. At the same time Dave’s band ‘Twisted Species’ had also disbanded. We had done a couple of mini tours with Twisted Species, so we knew the guys pretty well from gigging and we all appreciated each other’s material and stuff. Simon (guitarist and Uprising main man Simon Yarwood) and I put a thing out saying we wanted to keep Resin going so we were going to audition for a new Bassist, Drummer and Singer.

I think we spoke to Drask (bassist Drask George) first. We’ve known Drask for a long time, he’s done engineering for us and he used to be sound guy at the Queens Hall and we’ve always got on well with him. He’s a hell of a bass player as well so we basically had a bit of a chat with him and the job was his. Then Dave and Stu came down, Stu was the drummer from Twisted Species and they basically filled the next two slots without us even trying. We had some vocal auditions, there are some good singers out there, but to be honest we had had our eye on Dave for quite a while for the job so the fact that he came down and came with a drummer as well was an added bonus and we went from there (cue a few giggles and the comment “that was the only reason he got the job”)

Since then Stu has parted ways with us, for his own reasons – he has quite a busy home life, he’s a family man, so we parted ways…on I think good terms and then we started looking round for a new drummer again. Again we had a couple of video auditions that we got sent from some very talented people and then Ryan (current drummer Ryan ‘Sticks’ Hextall) who had been following the band for some years got in touch. Apparently, he had already sent us an audition years ago when we were looking for drummers, but he was a bit young at the time. He was about 19 and we were all mid to late 30’s and late 40’s and I think there might have been a bit of a clash of personalities. Anyway, we gave him a go this time, now in his early 20’s, still following the band and still working on his game and he just Wowed us really, after that we didn’t bother auditioning anybody else …and that’s pretty much where we are at now!

EVER METAL: So about nine months after you got back together you brought out your EP ‘Persecution Complex’. I have to be honest, leading up to this interview, I sat down and listened to a couple of tracks off of it for the first time and I was blown away. You’ve always had a slightly more 90’s sound to me, which isn’t the sort of thing I usually listen too but, even though I did like you before, I thought this was fantastic. I mean ‘Angel’ is an incredible song, it really is, so are you approaching the writing differently now?

RESIN ‘Chez’: Well I suppose we do but actually ‘Angel’ is a very old song of mine from years and years ago but we’ve never had the correct musicians to put it down on CD before, I mean obviously it’s not Ryan on the drums for that EP, It’s Stu but that will be getting redone with Ryan’s interpretation which is mindblowing. ‘Persecution Complex’ was a chance to get something out there and say “these are our new members; if you liked us before then hopefully you’ll stick with us. Myself and Simon (the two main members) have managed to keep it going, tell us what you think! We love how it sounds, it’s spot on now!

‘Dave’: Considering how quickly it came together, I mean we had pretty much recorded everything at the same time as going out live for the first time. Then you look at the body of work and think ‘I would have done that differently’, you’re naturally going to do that! Some of the songs now are performed slightly different, they’ve naturally evolved. That’s not to dismiss it as a body of work, it’s very good and we are very proud of how it sounded, but it just makes you more confident for the album that’s coming out because it’s going to be so different!

‘Chez’: I think it would be fair to say we rushed it a little bit!

‘Dave’: Oh yeah, out of necessity, we needed people to hear what we sounded like as soon as we possibly could!

EVER METAL: It’s a constantly evolving thing isn’t it?

RESIN ‘Chez’: Oh definitely, we play the songs slightly differently, I mean the song ‘Printing Money’ was the first song we wrote as a band and because it’s in a different tuning we don’t play it anymore. It’s not detrimental to the song but it just got thrown together a bit quickly. We can now rework it to fit in with the album!

EVER METAL: So there is an album in the works. Are you looking for a release this year or is it more likely to be 2018?

RESIN ‘Chez’: We are in the studio in August and the mistake we’ve made in the past is rushing things. Our first album ‘Embrace The Fall’ came at a very bad time, in my life particularly, and a lot of the production was on me at the time. When I had finished it I realised it could have been ten times better, it was rushed. We had set ourselves a release date and that was a mistake but you live and learn don’t you? So this time we want to do things right! I would love to get it out for the New Year, Christmas especially, but if it’s not ready then we’ll hold onto it until it is perfect. So now we’ve got the correct members in the band, we all get on, we write better than we’ve ever written, we sound better than we’ve ever sounded and we are tighter than we’ve ever been then the next recording we put out there has got to be representative of that, so we aren’t going to rush anything this time!

EVER METAL: So as your guitarist Simon Yarwood is the man responsible for putting on this event. my next question is what do you think of it so far?

RESIN ‘Chez’:  It’s incredible! I mean how much battery life have you got in that thing (my Dictaphone) because I could talk for hours about it! It’s phenomenal; I’m still as overwhelmed now as I was last year when I walked through looking around. Just over ten years ago a guy approached me at an open mic thing for electric guitars…the electric guitar appreciation society (cue lots of laughs), it was on a Sunday evening and a lot of old boys were getting up, playing Shadows numbers, it was nice for what it was! This guy saw me get up and play ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses and he approached me afterwards and asked if I would give him guitar lessons. I thought ‘well I’ve got nothing better to do on a Sunday evening’ so I said yes! This is the same guy that’s now been in the band with me for ten years and puts this festival on! This was a bloke who could strum, maybe four chords in his bedroom, his Mrs would shout at him “Shut up playing that bloody thing, I’m sick of hearing it” (lots of laughing) and he’s gone from that to this, De Montfort Hall, one of the most prestigious venues there is!

EVER METAL: So, what is it like to play somewhere like this?

RESIN ‘Chez’: There’s nothing like it is there? I mean we played here last year but we were on the Acoustic Stage so I’m yet to answer that question properly. Until we’ve played on the Main Stage later (Resin went on stage at 5.15pm) we won’t be able to give you the full feeling…we’ll e-mail you the answer!

EVER METAL: There is no doubt this is a great event but I can think of at least two other Metal Festivals/Events which are taking place this weekend. This type of thing has grown hugely in the last few years. Do you think we’ve got to the stage where the market is getting over saturated?

RESIN ‘Chez’: Personally I think it’s getting over saturated with badly organised Festivals, but I don’t think you can have too much of a good thing. You can see a good few bands over the course of a weekend; you can see a load of mates that you get on with or have gigged with before, it’s great. I think most of the bands here today we know, or have had something to do with before so it’s fantastic. It’s just the badly organised ones that spoil it. I’m just in a band, I don’t organise events, but you roll up to some places and you haven’t even got a bottle of water. Then you come here and you’ve got a dressing room, your fridge is full of stuff, you’ve got food and you know exactly where you’ve got to be and when, it’s fantastic. I think we should be getting rid of the badly organised ones, or they need to pick up their game!

EVER METAL: So now that you’re happy with the line-up do you see this as a long term thing now? Where would you like to be in five years?

RESIN ‘Chez’: Well, after we’ve buried Simon, we’ll audition a new guitarist and carry on (cue lots of laughter).For me; this is all I want to do

‘Dave’: It’s your career isn’t it, or your ‘want to be career’ I don’t strive to have a yacht in the Bahamas somewhere, although it would be nice wouldn’t it? As long as you are just able to make a living! I work in construction but if I could make the same amount doing this then I would swap it in a heartbeat, doing something that I genuinely love, with people that I genuinely love. It’s not fame and fortune; it’s sustainability to be able to do it for as long as possible

‘Chez’: The effect that music can have on your emotions…there are songs that have me in tears every time I hear them, you know? I’d love to be able to write something that affects people like that

‘Dave’: Well you did! When I was auditioning I had to read the words and they are emotional songs. Obviously I’ve not had a hand in a lot of the writing process; we were going through the back catalogue. I was a fan of the band long before I joined and obviously you hear the songs played live and you love them. Then, when you have to deconstruct them to try and learn them you realise how good they are, I can genuinely say that, they are exceptional!

EVER METAL: It must have been really something for you then, being a fan, to actually end up in the band?

RESIN ‘Dave’:  Well, when I spoke to Simon about it, when I found out I had been successful; I mean I was bouncing off the walls to find out, and for me it was like joining the unsigned Pearl Jam, that’s exactly what it felt like, it was phenomenal. I mean I almost didn’t do it because you’ve got to do it justice and you’ve got to be so respectful so I almost chickened out. I’m glad I didn’t but it took some coaxing really because I looked at it and thought could I do it? I’m the polar opposite, in every sense of the word, to what the band had before and I thought is it going to work? But it does, it’s different enough and the followers of the band like it!

Some of the feedback that I had when I first joined blew me away and I really wasn’t used to it! I Was expecting eight letters and bricks through the windows, but it worked and there was nothing but support and people were outstanding, they really were. I’ve never had that kind of connection before. My old band was nowhere near like at the heights of what Resin were and are now, I mean we had a decent following and you mixed amongst your fans but it was on a smaller scale compared to this, at times it’s been quite overwhelming with a load of people wanting to speak to you after you’ve played. I mean with my old band, of the ten people in the room two might want to come up and say “that was alright that” so to have this response now means an awful lot to me. You just want to do the best job that the songs that have been written deserve. Sometimes you can put so much pressure on yourself and it’s taken me a while to calm down and actually enjoy it now, whereas before it was like being in a pressure cooker all the time. You’re so frightened of screwing something up, which is why, to be honest, it took such a long time for me to get the songs down. I’d spend a few hours learning something and then I‘d get all jittery!

Simon will tell you; he’s writing a book on how not to learn songs and all I’ve got to do is ghost write for him! (Another bout of laughter).He was spoon feeding me lyrics and he would meet me after a gig and he’d say “are you alright mate? You only screwed up a couple of times; you didn’t do too badly tonight”. I was just forgetting words all the time, it was unbelievable. You read something and all you’ve got to do is remember what you’ve read, that’s literally it and I couldn’t manage it. I used to get so nervous!

EVER METAL: So what’s it like for you now writing new material with the whole band. That’s obviously a different aspect for you?

RESIN ‘Dave’: Well it’s flipped everything on its head, I mean, in my previous band, and I won’t take sole credit for the song writing but lyric wise it pretty much was 99% me, whereas I’ve come into this band and they already have two exceptionally good songwriters, so that in itself made me think well how am I going to fit in with this, but it’s one of those trust things. You tell them if think you’ve got something you can add, if not you just work with what’s being thrown around. It’s a great environment when you’re writing songs, it really is, in every aspect and there’s a bit more guitar work coming my way now because there’s room in the songs to add it in! I’ve got to admit a failing a little bit, I didn’t quite turn into the Mick Jagger frontman I think everyone was hoping for so I got given my guitar back as a bit of a comfort blanket! (lots more laughter) But it works in a natural way now, that’s what I was always born to do. I was guitar playing long before I was ever a singer, the singing came secondary, out of necessity, it’s not something I even strived to do, so my guitar parts have been worked back in now and it works, it’s filled a space that we didn’t necessarily know was empty. Chez could probably describe it better than me!

‘Chez’: Yeah, it adds another layer to it that couldn’t be there unless we did that, it beefs it slightly and everything sounds massive. He’s an amazing guitarist with some really good ideas and it all sort of works!

EVER METAL: Does it put you more at ease when you’ve got your guitar in front of you?

RESIN: Yeah, you can still be mobile, you can obviously still move around but there are a lot of times when I’ve looked at old footage, certainly when Chez is playing his leads where for 50% of it, I was just standing still listening to it and the other 50% thinks ‘right, you better be doing something now’ and it’s quite obvious I’m just stood there doing nothing and that was the constant battle I was having so to have my guitar back a little bit helps. Originally I got to the point where I was quite comfortable without it but not enough to do an entire set, even though I did do it, but after a bit you think ‘it’s becoming quite obvious now that I’ve run out of things to do’ so down goes the hand into the trousers. We made a drinking game out of it ‘How many times I scratched myself or put my hands down my trousers!’ I mean I don’t think you could play that game, watch a whole video and live! It was ‘How many times does Simon look angry’? ‘How many times does Drask look a little bit bored’?, ‘How many times did I scratch or touch myself’? or ‘How many times does Chez look at the floor’?

We had to stop for a bit here for everyone to stop laughing!

EVER METAL: We’ve got pretty much to the last question and this one we are going to be asking everyone today because we always try to come up with a silly one, so;

If you were a Monty Python film what would the title be?

After a fairly long and thoughtful pause we got the following answer and plenty of laughs!

RESIN ‘Chez’: ‘Dirty Resin and the Holy Newquay Brown’

‘Dave’: Can you do us a favour and tell everyone we weren’t really cheerful because it’s going to shatter the image! Just say we were ‘woe is me’!

EVER METAL: No, don’t worry we shall tell everyone you were dull and morose! Is there anything else you would like to add before we wrap it up?

RESIN ‘Chez’: Yeah, thanks for sticking with us, thanks for coming along to watch the shows, keep supporting the band and Resin Events as well, that Simon runs on his own and bollocks to anyone who wants to try and put a stop to gigs like this happening like we had in Manchester (this refers to the disgusting terror attack at the Ariana Grande Concert at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017, five days before Uprising which was obviously still very fresh in everyone’s thoughts)

EVER METAL: It is great to see that people have come out and aren’t letting these ‘people’ win?

RESIN ‘Chez’: Keep going to gigs and keep saying ‘Fuck You’!

‘Dave’: Can we just send a quick shout out to the ladies behind the men please because I’m here thanks to the good grace of my wife who’s given me a two day weekend and Simon’s wife who has obviously lived and breathed every second of this, Chez’s Mrs who has been very supportive…I’m just kissing ass! Without the support off all of them we wouldn’t be able to do it! Family doing little things like that allow you to go and do the things you love and it means we get to actually support the event as well!

With that Dave and Chez went on their merry way to get ready for their gig later in the day. They were both absolute gentleman and a pleasure to talk to.

As for the gig itself, it was a cracker. I was really impressed with the new line-up, which included, recently added Emma Bennett on the violin. This is a subject we hadn’t even touched on so I’ll make sure that’s chatted about next time!

I just want to thank the guys for having a chat with us on what is our first interview for Ever Metal and we look forward to bringing you many more over the coming weeks, months and years!

Rick!

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