MX Tyrants – 10 Question Interview

13698114_628507453992536_1646049510563313346_oLOUD WOMEN loves MX Tyrants! They played one of our first ever shows, so we’re chuffed that they’re coming back to play our 2nd Birthday Party this Friday 13 October at the Fiddler’s Elbow. We also asked them 10 questions …

Who would you most like to cover your songs?
Jo: Early Elvis.

Lolo: Duran Duran, of course, seeing as three of us have spent so long learning theirs for Joanne Joanne! I’d like Marc Almond to have a bash at ‘Rats in the Rain’ too.

Catherine: Queen, original line-up (although I wouldn’t want any Brian May guitar-wank nonsense): I’d quite like to hear Mr Mercury going full Freddie on ‘The City Knows’.

Charley: No one. Other musicians would not do them justice. I’m only being honest.

Choose: Madonna or Beyonce? 
Lolo: Madonna, not because I think she’s any better (certainly not in the last ten years), but because I have an emotional connection with her early singles due to adolescence and hormones and stuff. Especially ‘Borderline’.

Catherine: Madonna, but only in the 1980s (when she had her original face).

Choose one of your songs to be on a movie soundtrack. What kind of film is it?
Lolo: All of our songs are well cinematic, but Mutual Lucid is about creating a film within a lucid dream, so it could be in a feminist take on the new Bladerunner film that actually passes the Bechdel test

Choose: the 80s or the 90s?
Lolo: The 80s, purely because it was the decade I grew up in. If I was older and fought in the punk wars I’d probably think it was the decade from hell.

Jo: The 80s because that’s when my young heart beat fiercely along to the likes of The Fall and Duran Duran. By the 90s it was a more lacklustre nod along to Soundgarden, The Sundays and the likes of Fresh 4 featuring Lizz E.

Charley: The 80s had the best music (early 80s pop / late 80s indie), whereas the 90s gave us Britpop which was an utter abomination, although admittedly provided a more enjoyable standard of living for some of these Viewers.

Catherine: The 1990s. Because of the Spice Girls, obvs.

doiRecommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Lolo: A record – “Until the Hunter” by Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – yer wumman from Mazzy Star collaborating with yer man from My Bloody Valentine, recorded in a Martello Tower (look it up) on the Dublin coast, absolutely gorgeous and I don’t know why it wasn’t huge. A book – Caroline Criado Perez “Do it Like a Woman”, inspiring (true) stories about women who’ve done stuff they’re told they can’t do, everything from crossing the South Pole to standing up for sex workers in India.

Catherine: The Thurston Moore group’s new record has some excellent bass lines. And Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie is a beautiful book written by a brilliant woman who is feminist in her fiction and in her actions.

Charley: ‘Juniverbrecher’ by The Indelicates is a Brechtian concept album where everything English is disgusting and Nigel Farage is a Victorian con-man spirit medium and the spirit of Mr Punch aka Jimmy Savile has infected everything and this is what caused Brexit, you see.  It’s probably got a book to go with it as well, that’s usually the kind of thing they do.

Jo: “Oh the places you’ll go” by Dr Seuss, because it’s the ultimate guidebook for little dreamers and big dreamers alike

One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up.
Catherine: this is exclusionist

Jo: ….can I bore you with details of my bass guitar kit? I have a very lovely old Fender Jazz bass (which I can’t be separated from), a Cort Fretless for dreamy 80’s sound; a Japanese Squier Precision (in case the main bass malfunctions); a half size double bass; a dusty old Takamine Jasmine acoustic bass; and, lastly, the reason I need no pedals is the Gallien Krueger 700 RB2 bass amp and Neocab 2×12; oh and if I get another piece of kit, I have been told I have to move out….

Charley: I don’t want to bore you but since you ask: I generally play a Squier Super-Sonic, which everyone thinks is left-handed, but it’s not. And my amp is a Fender Deluxe. But I can make anything sound good, let’s be honest.

What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Lolo:Getting to create new songs and hang out with very talented and lovely people.

Catherine: My band! Charley and Lolo and Jo-Jo.

Charley: My favourite thing about it is that we all write together, as a band. It’s not one of those bands where someone comes in with a song and we all work on it – we just start playing and when we find a riff we like we develop a song from it. I love this way of working, it’s collaboration in its most democratic form and it means that the songs we come up with are entirely unlike anything any of us could have come up with on our own.

What are your band goals?
Lolo:To keep doing the answer to question 7 with more people hearing and seeing us.

Catherine: To sound like early Elvis. And early Stones. And early Beatles. And to be early, sometimes. 

Charley: To play some slightly bigger stages with slightly better PA systems. I think anything from The Lexington up to The Forum would work best for this particular band, if anyone’s offering.

What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

Lolo: That we’re playing the Loud Women birthday gig in the Fiddler’s Elbow on Friday 13th – if you’re reading this after that date, that our new EP “Many” will be out soon and is ace.

Catherine: We have a new video, and a new EP. And that our designer is a legendary shoegazer (which makes her output a little slow…)

Give your top 5 contemporary bands 

Lolo: Ye Nuns, because Charley Stone and I are in them

Joanne Joanne, because Charley Stone and Jo Gate-Eastley and I are in them

The Fallen Women, because Charley Stone and I are in them

W*llstonekraft, because Charley Stone is in them

The Wargs, because Jo Gate-Eastley is in them

Charley: What Lolo said. Plus The Indelicates because they created David Koresh Superstar, aka the greatest rock opera of all-time.


Find MX Tyrants on Facebook, and see them live at our birthday party this Friday!


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