EMQ’s with DISPOSABLE
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based Thrash band Disposable! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Bassist Billy Robertson 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?
I’m Billy, the bass player and lead vocalist for Disposable. We’re a “hybrid” thrash band from Edinburgh. I’m not sure what that actually means but someone used the phrase once and I thought it was neat. We started in 2009 as children, and have since released two albums and an EP. We’ve only really been gigging properly and taking this “seriously” since our debut album “At The Foot Of The World” came out in 2014. We’ve done a whole bunch of cool tours in the UK and we’ve just finished our first European Tour, so things are going well at the moment!
How did you come up with your band name?
We used to be called “Disposable Heroes”, after the Metallica song. I think a lot of people were turning up to shows expecting a Metallica cover band and being disappointed when we played original stuff. Plus at the time we were little kids and my wardrobe was entirely Metallica Tshirts. We knocked off the ‘heroes’ and stuck with Disposable, which actually kind of works now as a lot of our lyrical content is about the fragility of self. Maybe I’m just clutching at straws there though.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Scotland. At the moment the scene up here is actually pretty good, especially in Edinburgh which is where we are from. There are a lot of like-minded people up here at the moment who are trying to create something from nothing, and A LOT of great bands. So aye, it’s pretty healthy. Shout out to the C.S.T Elite Union Squad – never change.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is “Suffocator”, which is our second full length album. We’re really proud of it. It is definitely our best material so far and the feedback has been great! It’s a bit of a sub-genre mash up with the roots mainly in thrash. We think it’s pretty cool.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Our greatest influences at the moment are each other, our friends, and the other amazing, hardworking bands in the underground scene right now. Anyone that puts passion into their own creativity or encourages you to put it into yours is an inspiration. Just nice, supportive people really.
What first got you into music?
“Ride The Lightning” was my first metal album. A member of staff at an after school club I went to as a child noticed I was growing my hair and told me I should listen to it. I did, and here we are.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Kingpin from Glasgow! Ideally without us, though. And it’d be a full album. Just release a full album, Kingpin.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I found out there is a festival in Kenya called Nairobi Metal Festival, which looks cool. I don’t think there is a lot of metal happening over there (maybe that is ignorance, though), but it just seems like it’d be a blast and a culture shock, while still just being a bunch of lads hanging out to listen to riffs.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not really weird, but my friend Hannah just straight up gave us 40 euros for the Euro Tour and we took 10 euros each and put it towards entry to a Theme Park in Germany. I thought it was funny to not buy merch, just give over cash. We also got a drawing of a pig in a Disposable Tshirt one time. I can’t really think of many more gifts we’ve received.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you! Keep supporting underground bands!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Coco from Defacer!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy pretty much everything about it. Gigging, writing, recording, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, going to new places, arguing about lyrics, using Ikea bags as pillows on tour. The only thing I really hate about it is when someone comes up to the merch stand and says £15 is too expensive for a T-shirt.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
People wouldn’t look at me like I’m a spoilt brat when I ask for a £100 guarantee.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I’ve got so many, but I’ll go for something different than my usual response. “Dead Set” by King Parrot is probably my favourite release in the last 5 years. It’s pretty much perfect for me.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
They’ve all got their place, I suppose. I pretty much listen to music exclusively online now, so downloads, it’s just so easy. I think as a product, vinyl is the best, just because you can hold it in your hands and be like “this exists, it’s not a shitty plastic case and it looks beautiful”.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
There have been a lot that are really, really good. My personal favourite has to be one of our album launch shows in Edinburgh probably, just because of the sentimental value. We recently played a sold out show in Switzerland which was also amazing for obvious reasons – our first sold out show in mainland Europe!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I feel quite comfortable as a performer, so probably still something in that kind of area. I would love to be an actor, but fuck that. I also enjoy painting and stuff, so something creative-arty for sure. I’d quite like to be that bloke that goes on tours with bands and organises social media and merch and stuff, that’d be cool. It seems like I’m pretty much hardwired to want to do something that takes a lot of work but pays fuck all for some reason.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The Disposable boys Jack, Oliver and Liam, obviously! Doesn’t really matter who else!
What’s next for the band?
We just finished our Euro Tour and have a fairly quiet summer. Then as of August through to October we have about 13 or 14 shows in the UK and Ireland which is our “UK Tour” for the new album. We’re also looking into Europe again next year and laying the foundations for that. Plus we just started writing album 3 and also have plans for another release, possibly this year, too. So pretty busy!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bandcamp. Search Disposable on Facebook or go to www.facebook.com/DisposableThrash. Instagram is @disposablethrash, Twitter is @Dispo_Thrash and the bandcamp link is www.disposablethrash.bandcamp.com. We also have a merch store which is www.disposablethrash.bigcartel.com
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re wee cakes. Otherwise they’d be called Jaffa Biscuits. They’re just biscuit sized, which adds a bit of a question mark for some reason. But you wouldn’t just start calling a biscuit that is the size of a cake a cake just because it’s big. You’d be like, “look at that big biscuit!” Here how fucking nuts is it that Americans call scones “biscuits”. That is fucking mental. That is the real question.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you Ever Metal for the interview! I really appreciate it. Thanks to all the Disposable followers out there. Long live the CST! Be kind to people!
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