EMQ’s with FOOTPRINTS IN THE CUSTARD

EMQ’s with FOOTPRINTS IN THE CUSTARD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, UK based Tutu/Mankini wearing Party Metal weirdos Footprints In The Custard. Huge thanks to vocalist Russ Custard 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?

My name’s Russ Custard, I’m currently playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but have taken a quick break to poop but as it’s 11pm I’m worried about my bowel clock.

Uhm. Footprints In The Custard have been a band for a long ass while. We play Party Metal, which in our instance is kinda thrashy catchy metal. If you were to imagine a beast that had hundreds and hundreds of cheeks and Geralt of Rivia turned up and pierced its heart with his silver sword, claimed that it was Footprints In The Custard, and left… Upon inspecting the beast’s bloated corpse, you would discover that in each of the many cheeks there was a tongue.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the punchline of a shit joke, which we think sums us up pretty well. How do you know when an elephant has been in your fridge?

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from the North West and based in Manchester. I honestly think we have the strongest metal scene in the UK. You might think I’m biased but I’ve not seen a better one!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest album is “A New Low”, which came out last year. We’ve recently released a new video for the song Space Force! from that album, where we completely ripped off Feeder and had our fans submit videos of themselves along to the tune. And then I edited it together. It’s really cool actually, and it didn’t cost us anything. Feeder are on to something.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a weird one for us because we’ve all got separate influences and we’ve tried to cross all different aspects of metal sub-genres where we can. We started off being influenced by CKY, The Wildhearts, Lamb of God and In Flames. We draw from all sorts of things really, everything and anything we’re in to can be an influence. I’m not sure who we sound like though, that’s a question for someone else.

What first got you into music?

My Dad I suppose. We used to listen to his vinyl on his sound system set up. He first got me into metal with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, but he was more into classic rock stuff. I remember Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds having a massive impact on me as a kid.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I’m struggling to say anything but Devin Townsend. Who wouldn’t want to collaborate with Dev?

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

There are so many! Like Hellfest, Metal Days, Wacken etc etc. But I guess 70000 Tons of Metal would have to top it because it’s a cruise to the Caribbean with metal on the cruise ship. It sounds mental!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Syphilis? Oh! No one gave me this weird little fleshy penis thing with eyes that they’d made.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stop worrying about everything so much and let yourself have a good time.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I could absolutely overthink this question. Like, would they even want to be brought back? Should I just pick people that I know personally that we’ve lost? But…without overthinking it, I’d have loved to hang out with Freddy Mercury I reckon. Bet he was a card.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Playing live, travelling, meeting people, that feeling you get when you’ve made something that people enjoy, meeting fans. It’s all pretty amazing! What do I hate? It’s very time-consuming. It’s a full time job but doesn’t pay like one, we’ve got to do another full time job alongside it so we can pay the bills.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Probably the balance of it all. I’ve seen so many talented musicians that will never get the chance at being big, so many great venues closed, successful promoters give up… It’s just really difficult sometimes and I think if more people (up top) recognised the importance of the music industry beyond the big pop stars then we could make this underground scene boom.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Opeth – “Blackwater Park”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl’s obviously the best for the art. Whoever says cassettes are best are wrong. CD’s are nice for collecting physical and easily utilisable media. Downloads are fine. I think realistically streaming will be the future though and the industry needs to look at how to adapt to that without the streaming services taking all the money from the artists.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Another difficult question! Bloodstock 2019 was the biggest gig we’ve done so I’ll probably go with that. It was unreal!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d probably have more time to sleep. Oh, I seem to have given up reading books at some point as well? I’d probably write a novel.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Right now, the other four guys in Footprints (I miss them) and Devin Townsend. Devin would be so uncomfortable though.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got a few gigs lined up which we’re hoping will go ahead this year! I think we’re announcing something soon or maybe we already have (depending on when this goes out). We’re supporting Lawnmower Deth with our buddies Raised By Owls in December. Hoping to get a couple new songs out at some point over the next year too.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.footprintsinthecustard.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/footprintsinthecustard

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Blatantly a cake. It’s in the name, stupid.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

No, I need to get back to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Got a cheeky beast to slay.

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Footprints In The Custard – A New Low

A New Low Cover

Footprints In The Custard – A New Low
Self Released
Release date: 01/06/2019
Running time: 49:34
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

Do you like metal? Do you like comedy? Do you like newly discovered levels of depravity? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, well done, you qualify for this exclusive offer of entertainment PLUS FOR ONE TIME ONLY you get a badge and certificate of membership into the elite ‘Custard Willy Gang’!! Ok I lied about that bit. There is no offer, no badge and no Custard Willy Gang, but if you listen to this album, you are going to laugh, even though your morals tell you not to!

Since the release of their last album, ‘The Decent Of Decency’ in 2016, Footprints In The Custard have been gathering a healthy collection of new fans, storming the stages at Bloodstock, Download, Hammerfest, Amplified and HRH Ibiza with their unique brand of catchy party metal, and it is easy to see why they endear themselves to so many of us slightly off the wall types! Their latest release is a masterstroke of genius, very definitely sinking to ‘A New Low’ of naughtiness, which will have you outwardly raising an eyebrow and wincing and chuckling demonically, whilst inwardly bursting with so much pride, you will feel like their mum watching them win the egg and spoon race at sports day!

It is a collection of 13 lively upbeat tracks, giving us lessons in such things as morals (“Don’t Be A C***”), and in the stages of drinking (“Beer Goggles” and “Motherfucking Hangover”) and way, way too much information about Granny (I’m not even going to write the title of this one – you’ll have to go look for yourself [or you could just look at the track list at the end of this review. Damn]).

The whole album is not just brilliantly funny, and full of incredibly dark, tongue in cheek wit, but it is also superbly executed from a musical point of view, and the mixing and mastering is top quality, but being mastered by Chris Edkins, who has previously worked with the legend that is Devin Townsend, you can easily fathom why the production is so good. FITC have hit a high point with this album in my opinion. They have moved on musically such a long way from the early days and have matured and rounded who they are in their sound, whilst still keeping the same joy and absurdity from their beginnings that makes them so unique. Everything, from the production, through to the songs with added instruments you wouldn’t expect, their sordid undercurrents of dark humour, and all the way to John Pedley’s album art is done beautifully, and in the minutest of detail. So cleverly done is all of this, that you don’t even notice the detail and thought that has gone into it unless you concentrate really hard on it, you just sit back and enjoy the ride.
They do have a slight foray into big slowed down anthem metal towards the end of the album, with “The Bar At The End Of The World”, which is slightly more serious than the rest of the ditties on offer, and is probably my favourite track, (although it is hard to pick a favourite). It is full of big crunchy chords, and huge widdly diddly guitar solos (yes, that is a technical term) and is a brief moment of semi clarity amongst the madness.

I am seriously finding it impossible to criticise anything about this album, but it is losing a point from me as I hate, loath and detest the C word, as Matt Jones (Twisted Illusion) knows, and I’m sorry boys, but you are not going to escape my inner prude either – you naughty bunch of rapscallions – you are getting the same treatment as Matt did – so there!

Go buy the album though – absolute belter!

TRACKLISTING:
01. A New Low
02. Beer Goggles
03. Ride, My Little Pony, Ride!
04. Tequila Nips
05. Motherfucking Hangover
06. Don’t Be A Cunt
07. My Granny’s A Gusher
08. Space Force!
09. CLIT Commander
10. Bums
11. The Horn
12. The Bar At The End Of The World
13. Love Custard II – The Second Coming

LINKS:
http://www.footprintsinthecustard.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Footprintsinthecustard/

https://www.instagram.com/fitc_band/
https://footprintsinthecustard.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVMVw8NsHKyAaWqtBhAvjeg

 

FITC Pic

 

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Pentre Fest 2019 Day One – Mcleans, Pentre, North Wales – 22/02/2019

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Pentre Fest 2019 Day One
Mcleans, Pentre, North Wales
22/02/2019
Review by Beth Jones & Rick Tilley
Pictures by Beth Jones

Live music in this area has suffered somewhat of a hammer blow recently, with the closure of yet another venue – The Live Rooms, Wrexham – so it is more important than ever that we as music fans keep supporting our local scene, and vehemently refuse to let live music be taken from our area. Two of the local area’s biggest metalheads, Ian ‘Fozzy’ Forrester and Ian ‘Beany’ North, are great supporters of the local scene, organising a great events diary wherever they can, with Pentre Fest being their annual main event.

This year, as ever, saw a great crowd of likeminded folk from the local area, and further afield, descend upon Mclean’s Bar in Pentre for the third year running, to see what Rick and I personally thought was their strongest line-up to date, strutting their stuff!

Over the course of the Friday night and all-day Saturday, we were treated to some fabulous performances, both on the main stage, and on the outdoor acoustic stage.Friday night was very definitely crazy night, with all the bands on the bill having a zany edge. We were really looking forward to the madness, a perfect way to wind down after a hard week at work!

Mucus
Opening the show in one of their exclusive performances, Mucus did not disappoint. Guitarist, Dan Alexander, also of Lullaby For A Unicorn, had told us that they very rarely gig so this was a real treat, and they were actually very good too! Really tight and well-rehearsed, Mucus played good, solid, no-nonsense Thrash! I would really like to see them gigging more often as they got the crowd going and had a really pleasing sound. They were a fantastic way to start the night!

01 Mucushttps://www.facebook.com/MucusBand/

Thrashatouille
We had heard a lot about this band from our learned friend Dani Maguire at Powerzone, so we were looking forward to finally seeing them – I mean what’s not to like – they combine Thrash Metal and food, so its two thumbs good in my book! All dressed in chef’s whites, and with kitchen implements and giant inflatable food dotted round the stage, they were quite a sight to behold. It was obvious from the start that they didn’t take themselves too seriously, but their music was excellent! All themed around culinary delights, and fast paced and zany, they had the crowd really going for it, and even had a crowd surfer, surfing on an inflatable doughnut! With track titles such as ‘Shepherds Pie Squared, Chilli Con-Carnage, Deep Fried Mars Bar and the very non PC ‘Soggy Bottom’ much fun was had. They are definitely good drinking music too, and the beer swilling was kicked up a gear at this point by quite a few people! Unfortunately they couldn’t play their full set because of a small delay, but other than that, this was shaping up to be a pretty crazy evening!

02 Thrashatouillehttps://www.facebook.com/Thrashatouille/

Lullaby For A Unicorn
Just when you thought a peak of nuttiness had been reached with Thrashatouille, up pops our favourite mythical creature based metal band, Lullaby For A Unicorn! With Steven and Eddie the Seagulls both now retired, we were intrigued to see what inflatable creature would join this merry bunch of nutters next. Pretty soon, our questions were answered when the very lovely ‘Tiffany’ the three foot high inflatable unicorn was introduced to us! This along with a bubble machine, crazy lazers and smoke, confetti cannons, party poppers, Dan Alexander’s light up shoes, lead singer Justin Williams’ light up jacket, and the now synonymous unicorn onesie of Bass player Anthony Baxter, made for a spectacularly hallucinogenic experience! And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more bonkers – they introduced the heavy metal colouring competition! The image we will never forget is a room full of slightly sweaty, slightly drunk metalheads all furiously colouring pictures of unicorns like their entire credibility depended on it, accompanied by the madcap sounds of Lullaby! Absolute genius! And musically, these guys get better every time we see them. They have also just secured a massive gig at next year’s HRH Metal weekender in Birmingham – be ready Birmingham, and potentially be a little afraid too!!

03 Lullaby For A Unicornhttps://www.facebook.com/rockmyunicorn/

Mad Spanner
After a short delay for emergency cleaning works following the Lullaby boys, last year’s Metal 2 The Masses North Wales finalists, Mad Spanner, took to the stage. Like Lullaby, we have seen these guys quite a few times now, and have become friends with them off stage too. They are as equally as bonkers as our previous outfit, but in a far more reserved way in terms of costumes and shiny things! Their madcap humour comes through in their song lyrics, their insane speed, and the fact that frontman Michael Randall seems to have springs in his feet and be constantly wired up to the mains, with the amount of bouncing and slightly unhinged facial expressions he delivers in their live performances. This performance was no exception, and we were really surprised to find out after the show that he was actually ill, with suspected Glandular Fever (which thankfully it turned out not to be a few days later). This has to be given some kudos, as most would not have even played, let alone with that amount of energy, if they were that poorly – what a trooper he is! It was really great to watch them perform, as we have watched them grow over the last few months, and the improvement in their stagecraft is immense. They are so much tighter now than when we first saw them and they give a great show. They did a very impressive cover of Sepultura’s ‘Roots’, which always goes down well, and they also had Keiran Scott (Ashen Crown) join them on stage to do guest vocals! Their debut album is out soon and we cannot wait to hear what they have done!

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Footprints In The Custard
Bringing the Friday proceedings to a close where Manchester’s favourite comedy metal heads, Footprints In The Custard. These guys bring a slightly more refined version of random to the plate, but are still completely bonkers, and hilariously funny to watch. They play a whole range of catchy, funny songs, and do love a bit of audience participation, especially during their last song of the night, a great metal version of The Weathergirls, ‘It’s Raining Men’, when a wall of death style mass humping is strongly encouraged for those brave enough to participate, it always cracks us up! As usual, their performance here was on point, and the crowd lapped it up. The ever loved ‘Willies Are For Weeing’ song got a great reception, and with Tiffany The Unicorn and a fair few other inflatables coming out to play in the crowd, along with an impressive heavy metal conga going on, the place had a proper party atmosphere, which made everyone smile and be very happy. As a front man, Russ Custard has the brilliant ability to grab a crowd and make them have a good time, and this combined with the whole band’s excellent musicianship means that their performances are always well received, plus no-one can resist seeing guitarist, Ross Vickers, in a mankini, and drummer, Sladen, twerking in some very fetching short short shorts! All in all a great set, expertly executed, to finish off a properly good night of metal madness!

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And so it was time to head off home for the night, and we left the venue with a smile on our face, and a warmth in our hearts that you can only get from a crazy metal party like this. We were pretty knackered, but were both really looking forward to Saturday’s show…

…To Be Continued!

Links
https://www.facebook.com/pentrefest/
https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions/
https://www.facebook.com/GoodforaudioEntertainment/
https://www.facebook.com/McleansPubLive/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/TheImpactZoneOnRadioDeeside/
https://www.facebook.com/evermetal2017/

 

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Evil Scarecrow, Ten Foot Wizard & Footprints In The Custard – The Tivoli, Buckley – 31.01.19

Evil Scarecrow - Tivoli, Buckley 31-01-2019 Poster

Evil Scarecrow, Ten Foot Wizard & Footprints In The Custard
The Tivoli, Buckley
31.01.19
Review and Pictures by Beth Jones

Ah the Tiv, my spirit home! I had a certain amount of de-ja-vu going to the Tiv for this gig, as once again the weather forecast was pants, and the roads were all snowy and icy! Our last trip to this venue had been the same, in December 2017 to see Mason Hill! Coincidence or are we Jinxed? Only time will tell.

For this gig my partner in crime was not our Ever Metal head honcho, Rick, but instead our trainee and my daughter, Sian, and she was very much looking forward to it!

Thankfully, a good number of people had braved the weather in order to support all the bands on the bill, and as a thanks for that, we were treated to a cracking show. Complete with much silliness, a Mankini, fruit costumes and spontaneous baa-ing from the audience!

Footprints In The Custard where given the job of opening the night and warming up the crowd, which given the sub-zero temperatures, was no mean feat! But as usual they tackled it with ease, pleasing us with such jaunty little ditties as ‘Willies Are For Weeing’, ‘Gail Platter’ and their awesome cover of The Weather Girls, ‘It’s Raining Men’! As usual, they were on top form, and as usual, got semi naked half way through, with guitarist, Ross, sporting a very fetching shiny blue Mankini, and frontman Russ donning his trademark luminous green Tutu! These guys are always a great laugh, with bags of crowd participation, and they did a grand job considering the stage was pretty cramped with the amount of gubbins Evil Scarecrow had ready for their performance! If you haven’t yet experience Footprints, you really need to – there style of crazy metal, mixed with their childlike, ‘naughty school boy’ humour is a must see. Their onstage energy and charisma are impossible not to get hooked on.

01 Footprints In The Custardhttps://www.facebook.com/Footprintsinthecustard

Next up were Ten Foot Wizard. These chaps were a new name to me, but you could tell it was going to be interesting, when they had a microphone lodged in a Heron donned with Hawaiian lei, and a mic stand covered in Ivy! They have somewhat, a penchant for cow bell, oddness, and bright colours, and play a kind of stoner/doom/rock style which comes together to make a pretty hallucinogenic performance. Whilst I’m not a massive fan of that type of music, I have to give it to them – what they do, they do incredibly well. The Bassist was having a few issues with a dodgy lead, but he hid this really well, and managed to get it sorted, whilst the rest of the band played some very nice elevator music, which kept us all entertained! They brought out the big guns for their final song, ‘Covered In Tits’! The Heron microphone, loads of cow bell and a Theremin. I have never seen one of these played live before, so this made me happy!

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The main event of the evening was Evil Scarecrow. Now reaching the business end of their Lost In Antartarctica tour, it was great to have them play a venue so close to us! The stage was packed to the rafters with gadgets and gizmos and we spent a good few minutes guessing at what songs would be included in the set by which gizmos we could see – we guessed some, but not all! The show started at a rip-roaring pace and the crowd went to the next level. Everyone got a bit over excited when Dr Hell was teaching us the moves for ‘End Level Boss’ and broke out into spontaneous Baa-ing, much to the amusement of the band! Well, when in Wales and all that!

They also had a new member joining them, as Princess Luxury had not been available for part of the tour. Playing a mean Keytar, he was introduced to us all as Chucky The Bastard, and he was indeed a naughty little bastard! At one point he hijacked the drumstick of a rogue Ten Foot Wizard member, who had infiltrated the stage with a cowbell, and beat the poor cowbell within an inch of its life!

The performance included some of their classics; ‘Robototron’, ‘Crabulon’, and ‘Blacken The Everything’ being my favourites, and new songs from their latest album, “Chapter IV: Antartarctica”. You can tell the calibre of a band when the new songs already feel like classics – ‘Hurricanado’, ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Polterghost’ already seeming like mainstays in their show. I particularly like ‘The Ballad Of Brother Pain’ as it is a total departure from what they normally do, and it is a really great song. The audience participation for ‘Cosmic Goth Moth Gong’ was also quite amusing. The stage props where as nuts as ever throughout – with the good old anti-gravity machine (powered by a 13 amp plug), the Robots, UFO’s and Crabulon, as well as some new additions – a giant slug, a severed head with glowing eyes, and one of those inflatable wavy things that you get outside car showrooms!

The night finished with the Ten Foot Wizard boys, donned in oversized fruit costumes and armed with cowbells, joining the Scarecrow gang on stage for a rumpus! How things didn’t get severely broken, including band members, is beyond me!

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You can’t help but smile when you come out of a gig like that – what a top evening! The sound was great, the crowd were great, the bands were all epic, and the venue was brilliant. This was a proper party!! It is such a friendly atmosphere there, which takes me right back to the 90’s and my miss-spent youth. It makes me really happy to see this venue thriving again, and I would recommend anyone who has not been to seriously consider a trip there for one of their upcoming shows.

PS Sian loved it too!

The Tivoli:
https://www.facebook.com/The-Tivoli-Venue-111869355544823

 

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