The Muffin Heads are coming to play on 11 August at the Hope & Anchor, so we asked them some questions to find out more ...
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Peaches. I love her electro punk style and I would love to hear her re-imagine one of our songs
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?
Lemmy, so he could play bass and I could jump around the stage.
3. 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?
The most recent song we wrote together is called ‘Cheap Meat’. It was born from a jam one band practice where I thought of a bass line and we just ran with it. Nick jumped in with some heavy floor tom beats and Pete pulled some creepy riff out of his guitar and that was that!
The lyrics are inspired by the mainstream media that put emphasis on how people look over and above anything else. I have a great vision for a music video but we need to record the song first!
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
a) We supported Svetlanas this year at New Cross Inn with our friends Yur Mum and Werecats. It was an awesome night, the venue was packed and it was an honour to share the stage with so many talented musicians. I think it’s the first gig we’ve played where the amount of women on stage outnumbered the men…
b) Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression at The Albert Hall. I was right at the front. It was incredible.
5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.
Sun Trash by Sun Trash. Desert punk at it’s finest, written and recorded by a whole host of talented musicians over 9 years. They’ve never toured it (to my knowledge!) and so far the only release. I love it’s craziness, I’ve never heard anything quite like it before.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
1) Set yourself mini goals to achieve. Being a musician or performer can be overwhelming at times and a lot of stress can come from doing things by yourself and/or being the main point of contact in a band. If you break up your main aim(s) into smaller pieces you can get mini wins that will give you a little boost when things get a bit too much.
2) Support your fellow musicians! Like/share their stuff on social media, take your friends to their gigs, buy their merch. Arrive early and watch the supports or stay late and watch the headliners. I think you can learn so much by watching others perform.
7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
3 is too much of a challenge for me so here are some of my favourites:
- Transformer – Lou Reed
- Bubblegum – Mark Lanegan
- Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
- Coral Fang – The Distillers
- Fever to Tell – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
8. What are your musical goals?
Play cool venues, work and play with cool people but most of all inspire people to pick up an instrument or use their voice.
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?
We love playing live and pride ourselves for giving 110% in our performances, our artwork and our music videos.
We will be releasing a new music video before the end of the year and it will be something completely different to the two before.
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
Peaches – I love her no nonsense, don’t give a fuck attitude to her style and music. She’s released a tonne of great albums and moves between genres so well.
Dave Catching – He’s co-wrote and produced some of my favourite music of all time and runs one of the best recording studios in the world. He takes the title of the nicest man in rock and roll for sure.
Deap Vally – I absolutely love these two. They are incredible live! I was blown away by Julie’s drumming the first time I saw them in Islington.
Kim Gordon – Legend. When she came on stage a while back with the surviving members of Nirvana to perform Aneurysm… Wow.
Frank Carter – Proof that hard work and dedication to your art pays off. He is an unbelievable performer and truly gives his all to the crowd. I love Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes album Blossom; raw, powerful, rage. Perfect.