EMQ’s with UGLY CLINIC

EMQ’s with UGLY CLINIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Aberdeen, Scotland based Rock/Punk band Ugly Clinic. Huge thanks to guitarist Pete 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 Pete the Riff, I play guitar in Ugly Clinic, and we are a rock and roll band. I already knew Bass player Davie X previously; we were both in a punk rock covers band. Richard (lead Guitar), Jed (drums) and Chloe (vocals) were recruited specially for Ugly Clinic because they are great musicians and they have the required rock n’ roll attitude!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Ugly Clinic comes from an old Judge Dredd story in 2000AD comic. It’s the opposite of a beauty parlour, people go there to deliberately get ugly! As we generally despise all forms of bland, manufactured pretty-boy pop music, the name resonated with us.

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

We come from Aberdeenshire in the North of Scotland, which is quite a remote area, far away from London. Aberdeen is a college town with two universities, so there are a lot of young, creative people around. It’s a lovely place in the summer, but it’s cold and gloomy in the winter. I think because we are so far away from everywhere else, we aren’t so influenced by whatever the music industry decides to push as the latest trend, and people tend to pick their own style and stick with it. There’s a long Heavy Metal and Rock tradition in this part of the world, and a few decent bars and clubs to play in. In a lot of respects, it’s a bit like Seattle, but with less people!

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

Our new single is called ‘Hot Knife’ and is available on all major download platforms now. We will be releasing more tunes from our debut album throughout the rest of this year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We don’t copy anybody, or any specific era or genre. As a group of individuals, our personal tastes tend towards the Punk/Metal/Classic Rock/Goth. Our biggest influences are bands like The Damned, The Clash, Motorhead, AC/DC, Blondie, Pink, Buzzcocks, Hanoi Rocks.

What first got you into music?

At around age 15, it was listening to two albums that a friend of mine’s older brother had in his collection. The Ramones ‘’It’s Alive’’ and The Damned ‘’Machine Gun Etiquette’’. One live album, one studio. Both brilliant in their own way. We played them to death, and formed our own band soon after.

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

Captain Sensible from The Damned. Brilliant songwriter and a criminally under-rated guitar player.

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

For me, it has to be Glastonbury. I’ve been before as a fan, and just loved it. The atmosphere is truly unique, and the line-ups are so eclectic there’s something for everyone.

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

A broken wah-wah pedal. I have no idea why.

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

Don’t be a cynic – join the Ugly Clinic!

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

I wouldn’t do that. Coronavirus is bad enough; we don’t want a zombie outbreak on top of it.

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

I enjoy recording in the studio, I find it very rewarding building tracks up from nothing into the finished article. The worst thing is hanging around waiting to play before gigs.

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

I would make boy bands illegal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Television – “Marquee Moon”. I love the way Tom Verlaine plays guitar.

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

Vinyl without a doubt. Best sound reproduction and best format for artwork too. I love the smell of fresh vinyl in the morning!

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

The Market Bar in Inverness. It’s tiny, like playing in someone’s front room. But the crowd are usually well up for it.

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

Prime Minister. I could probably manage that. Boris can do it, so how hard can it be?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Churchill, Keith Moon, Harry Flashman, Socrates (the Brazilian footballer, not the philosopher) and Alexander the Great.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve already started making demos for Album number 2, and hopefully a whole lot of gigs once we are allowed to venture outside again.

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

We are on Facebook and Instagram, and our music is available on all major download and streaming platforms.
www.facebook.com/uglyclinic/
www.instagram.com/ugly_clinic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a cake. The manufacturers went to a tax tribunal in 1991 to prove it. Also, the word biscuit comes from the Italian ‘’biscotti’, which in English means ‘’twice-cooked’’. Biscotti are supposed to be hard, and Jaffa cakes aren’t.

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

Beware of false biscuits passing themselves off as cakes!

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EMQs with Attrition

EMQ’s with ATTRITION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Coventry, UK based Industrial Post Punk outfit, Attrition. Huge thanks to founder and synth wizard, Martin Bowes, 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?

Martin Bowes… I use electronics, synths and samplers and computers…whatever I need to make those sounds in ATTRITION!
We started in late 1980 as a post punk band of guitar bass and drums but soon changed to a more electronic sound, and since then have recorded and released a lot of albums and toured in a lot of the world. It’s been a wonderful ride…

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was taken from “War of ATTRITION” a description of the first world war…a gradual wearing down of sides. My Grandad was wounded at Ypres on the western front in 1917, and I always had a strange fascination with that war. I even created an album of War poetry (from all sides) which I released in 2015 – “Millions of The Mouthless Dead” and was pleased to have a guest reading from Wolfgang Flur (Ex Kraftwerk) on that.

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

England! And it’s always been very big here. Even if I started in the punk scene, it’s crossed over now into so many genres.

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

We released our new single ‘The Great Derailer’, at the end of January 2020. It’s available on CD single, streaming or download and the video has just been released. I’m pleased, it’s been a little while since the last release!
Listen to it here!
https://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/album/the-great-derailer
The album it is taken from, “The Black Maria”, will be out later this year, with another single around the same time.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically a mix of Punk, Electronics (the pioneers like Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire but even later bands like Prodigy) and post punk – bands like Joy Division. I also compose soundtrack music (mostly for horror films), so I do like dark ambient and Neo-classical music as well, but I’m also influenced by art and film – usually surreal and emotional!

What first got you into music?

I always loved it as I grew up, in the 70’s, but hearing the Sex Pistols in 1977 was the time I knew I had to make music as well!

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

I never feel like that. I’ve worked with people in the past. I loved re-recording a version of the Adverts punk classic “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” with lead singer TV Smith in 2000 (It finally came out in 2015), but on the whole, I work by myself with various guest musicians. It keeps it flexible.

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

I prefer clubs. Festivals can be fun – great parties, and great networking for a band, but in the end the best shows I’ve ever seen or played have been in small or medium size clubs – the atmosphere is so much more intense.

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

I had a painting sent from a fan in Texas once – a really big one! I eventually used it as an album cover. (For “Wrapped in the Guise of my Friend”, the 2009 album of ATTRITION covers by other bands).

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

Thank you. I really appreciate anyone taking the time to listen and do drop me a line and let me know how the music makes you feel.

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

Oh, I was about to say someone, but that question reminds me of Stephen Kings “Pet Sematary”….I think it could go horribly wrong!

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

I love the adventures it has led me on. The travel, the experiences, the people I have met… all my friends are through music. But it’s a hard road to take and that can take its toll at times. Having to get through disappointments or just plain disasters, especially when on the road! But I’ve learned so much from it all. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Roxy Music – “For Your Pleasure” (1973). I heard it as a young teenager and fell in love with it (and Bowie at the time). I still play it now “In every dream home a heartache” is incredible.

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

Haha! They are all useful, and streaming is too! Any way of listening to music is fine with me. the more the better!

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

Lots of reasons why gigs are best. Been some amazing shows in out of the way places like a small bar in Indianapolis in 1999 – it was small but rammed! When we played Hawaii in 2017, I couldn’t believe they had flown us out there for 5 days for that! Amazing! Playing a converted Chinese restaurant in Siberia after 3 days getting there on the Trans-Siberian express was surreal. We played CBGB’s in 1999 but it was such a terrible place by then. I could go on….

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

I started out as an art student. I did go back to painting for a few months in 1990, but I chose music. There’s nothing better I can think of. I actually run my own studio here in Coventry, The Cage, and work a lot on mastering and production for other bands and labels – my “day job” if you like to call it that – but still music.

What’s next for the band?

Well the album, next single… and I am setting up shows for the rest of 2020!
so far confirmed are:
April 3rd- The Tin, Coventry, UK
June 13th: Woodgothic Festival, Sao Thome Das Letras, Brazil
June 17th – Gothic Ba, Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 19th – Producciones Mortem Collections, Santiago de Chile
June 20th – Tumbas Eternas Producciones, Lima, Per
u
July – Manchester – tbc
August 20th– Feketa Zaj festival, Hungary
August 30th – Infest festival, UK
November 28th: Winter Ghosts Symposium, Whitby, UK
December 5th – Face Bar, Reading, UK

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

These will work!
www.attrition.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/ATTRITIONMUSIC
http://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/attrition
https://twitter.com/attritionuk
https://sptfy.com/attrition
www.thecagestudios.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t eat cakes or biscuits, so I have no idea at all!!!

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

Well thank you for the interview! And anyone interested in my work with ATTRITION, do drop me a line – always good to meet and talk with new people, it’s a big part of what it’s all about.#

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