Hollow Mask: 10 question interview

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Hollow Mask are duo Rachel and Ollie, a lo-fi noise-pop two-piece from Bristol, "fuelled by half-broken fuzz pedals, scratchy drum machines and cut-price energy drinks". And they're coming to play our St Patricia's Day Fest this Saturday 17 March at DIY Space for London! We asked them 10 questions ...

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Rachel: Thurston Moore or PJ Harvey. It would be the most wonderful thing and at the same time soul-destroying to hear how well it could have been done.

Ollie: Taylor Swift or Atari Teenage Riot.

2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

Rachel: Well, drummers are out! Jimi Hendrix…

Ollie: Brian Eno – but for the sole purpose of pressing play on the drum machine.

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?

Rachel: Teleportation or telepathy. Something beginning with T, definitely.

Ollie: Invisibility.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends?

Ollie: A big venue full of strangers. I’d imagine.

Rachel: Strangers are just friends you haven’t made yet.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Ollie: Book – Things Look Different in the Light by Medardo Fraile. It’s an exquisitely written collection of short stories in which everything and nothing happens. Record – Chat and Business by Ikara Colt. Think minimal art-punk with enigmatic lyrics and machine-gun drums. A total inspiration.

Rachel: Viv Albertine’s Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys. Heart-warming, funny, reassuring.

6. One for the guitarists… bore us with the details of your set-up please.

Rachel: I use a Squire Jazzmaster, through a Fender Deluxe amp. Are you still listening? Boss Overdrive, Big Muff, Fab Fuzz and Boss Delay pedal.

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band?

Rachel: The postcards from Ollie or the private jokes that we run and run with until they can give no more.

8. What are your band goals?

Rachel: To release an album on vinyl.

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

Rachel: You don’t need to know anything but if you want to then there’s a lot to give.

Ollie: Our new single Vultures is out on 16 March.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Rachel: Alvvays, Rome is Not a Town, A Place to Bury Strangers, Madonnatron, Drahla. All bands that have very strong female members and I believe are the bands to watch out for. Great guitar sounds and songwriting skills.


Catch Hollow Mask live at our St Patricia's Day Fest this Saturday 17 March at DIY Space for London

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