Bath’s The Hysterical Injury have been on our gig wishlist for a while now, and they’re coming to play with us on 9 Feb, along with Ill, I, Doris and Gender Chores. We got to know them a bit better in the meantime by asking them 10 questions.

The Hysterical Injury – photo by Graeme Maguire

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


What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?

Thee last song we wrote is the one we are just finishing – we were in Bristol at Pirate studios practising for a gig and it came out from a ‘warm up’ improv session. It sounds to me in my mind a little like Metric meets Radiohead but its really just a fat riff and harmonic rhythms.

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?

A very hard question… Sister Rosetta, though she probably would hate us.

Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

Favourite gig Ive played with HI is when we supported Lightning Bolt in 2009. But there are alot of favourites so its hard to choose, maybe also supporting Mike Watt in London – that was a hero moment. My most favourite gig I have watched recently is EP64 at Crofters Rights, Bristol.

Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.

MARE EP. It is a short 20ish minute EP by this band MARE who only made this recording. It an absolute feat of musical composition in rock music – full of surprises!

What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?

The music is what matters most.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Bjork – Post, Laurie Anderson – Talk Normal, The Knife – Silent Shout

What are your musical goals?

To never stop discovering and evolving.

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

Hysterical Injury are present and about the moment the music hits your ears, we aren’t interested in anything else.

Give your top 3 contemporary bands/musicians.

Bellies!, EP64, MXLX

Find The Hysterical Injury on Facebook, and catch them live on 9 Feb at the Hope & Anchor, London, when they play for LOUD WOMEN along with Ill, I, Doris and Gender Chores.