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The Hate Brigade
Jason Sweeney from Glasgow's Irn Bru fuelled punk-posters The Hate Brigade waxes lyrical about death, despair, neo-plastics and Jocky Wilson...
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Emmmm, this is always a tough one which we get asked a lot. There's three of us in the band, and we pretty much have everything split equally - writing, singing, playing, performing, - so what you end up with is not a bunch of songs that are totally different, but you definitely get different energies in each song, which is great as it keeps everything fresh. The only real common factor is that we're all a bit disturbed, and this darker side definitely shows in our music, and the themes of the songs. Most of our songs seem to deal with death, despair or torture of some sort, which also might explain our name, but it's only the positive, more embracing side of these issues that comes out in our music. If I had to categorise our style i'd put it somewhere in the midst of The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Patti Smith, Joy Division, Elvis Costello and New York Dolls. (if that's possible) I'm sorry it's not in a nutshell, or a bushel for that matter.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
To be recognised for my talents and opinions (which could also be considered talent). Isn't that what everyone does it for?
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
NICE QUESTION. Emmmm...i don't know......Jeremy Beadle and Kylie Minogue. You could call it "Neoplastics at War" and raise lots of money for the associated charities.
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
If the hall's empty then I don't know 'cos I wasn't there, unless it's was my band, but we've got no intention of going near Stoke, although I do like a nice piece of Spode Cornucopia. They could be a band of mime artists.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
I was told by a kid recently that I look like Jack Black, which I found terribly insulting, and since he probably won't be able to do a Scottish accent, i'd go for Jocky Wilson.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
I've always though Supergrass have been immensely underrated and have never fully gotten the plaudits they deserve. I think it's because of the whole 'britpop' thing, they seemed to be overshadowed by most of the bands at that time, and that seems to have stuck with them. Their last album Life On Other Planets was astounding, and yet it gets nowhere near as much hype that Oasis' next album is getting, yet Oasis are the ones who have been consistently underachieving since Morning Glory. I think it's more of a reflection on the way publicity and hype seems to produce more reaction than substance nowadays. There's not a lot of new stuff out there that I like.

In terms of other stuff, there's a lot of bands up here in Glasgow that are laden with innovation and talent (Mother and the Addicts, The Owsley Sunshine and Dead Fly Buchowski to name but a few) but seem to lose exposure in favour of the new 'in' thing.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?
Difficult, but i'll have a go. Here I go, subjecting myself to scrutiny as one always does in these kind of things. In no particular order:
1) This Year's Model - Elvis Costello
2) Abbey Road - The Beatles
3) Radiator - Super Furry Animals
4) Ogden's Nut Gone Flake - Small Faces
...and one for the moment
5) The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
There was a bit of fighting, but.....

1) It's Not Too Beautiful - The Beta Band
2) Seven & Seven Is - Love
3) Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
4) Breaking The Rules - Ludus
5) Expressway to Yr. Skull - Sonic Youth

9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Obviously MP3, and the technology that progresses from that, is the way forward, but I'd never get rid of my CD's or vinyl. So where does that leave us?
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I dunno, but if it was this country i'd firstly cancel the £1.5 billion Olympic games bid. I'd take whatever money was left from it's fund to buy and convert unused office space into affordable housing, implementing a re-housing scheme for the homeless. I reckon it would solve not all, but a lot of the homelessness problem in the country. How great am I? Doubt it would be effective in just a day though.

Daniel Fell
www.danielfell.com
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
I guess it’s guitar based pop with bits of Rock & Roll, Country, Folk, Bossa and whatever else I feel like. If you would like to investigate further, you good always visit www.danielfell.com. There, got the plug out of the way in the first question.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
I blame The Beatles really. I saw Help and thought it would be all screaming girls, Egyptians and skiing but sadly that’s not the case.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
John Prescot would make a great wrestler and Billie Piper, because she’s Billy Piper.
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
They do, and it’s usually a better sound than they’d make at a packed out show. I pity the people of Stoke for not going to see them.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
A younger, hairier Mark Williams.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Well Jen and Jon from Stuffy / The Fuses have a new band called Maersk who are sounding good. It’s just the two of them playing guitar and cello at the moment but they’re going to get some more people in soon. Other than that, Michaelmas, Anechoic and Lin Sangster with her Bad Anorak 404 stuff. She has a new album called All In Miniature out soon on Snowstorm which is a must for anyone into twee kind of sounds.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
That’s one of those things that changes for me every day. Today I’d say Mutations by Beck, Lazy Ways by The Marine Girls, Forever Changes by Love, Friends by The Beach Boys and I know it’s cheating but I’d have to have Motown Chartbusters Volume 3.
Who are your heroes and villains?
My heroes are Muhammad Ali, William Blake and Patrick Viera. My villains are any religious fundamentalists who kill for what they believe in.
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Well, I don’t have a computer and my record deck is broken so I reckon that makes it CD by default.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I like those really old laws like you can shoot a Scot on a hill on a Sunday afternoon with a crossbow. I’d add some more like that.

Kenton Hall (Ist)
Following possibly the worst savaging ever by tasty hack Millward (until his recent weezer review) Ist have been away and are about to release a new album, 'King Martha'. here Kenton Hall answers the tasty 10...
www.myspace.com/ist
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
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2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Low self-esteem, a tremendous need for validation and the desire to convince other misfits that they are not alone.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Mickey Mouse and the Incredible Hulk. My money's on the rodent.
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
If they're doing it right, yes.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
John Cusack. (To play all three of us. It would be a challenge).
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
The Falling Leaves
The Have-Nots
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
King of America - Elvis Costello
Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight - Richard and Linda Thompson
Talking with the Taxman about Poetry - Billy Bragg
Liberation - The Divine Comedy
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
King Horse - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Gin Soaked Boy - The Divine Comedy
The Ghost of You Walks - Richard Thompson
Clap Hands - Tom Waits
Rodeo - The Swinging Laurels
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Vinyl.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Gay marriage - legal. Cannabis - legal. Boy Bands - illegal.

The Soho Dolls
Fellow Robbie Williams haters and purveyors of electro goth rock, the Soho Dolls, fit in time between releasing their latest single 'Stripper' and starting a UK tour to answer our very un-gothic questions...
www.thesohodolls.com
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
We’d describe ourselves as electro-rock. But in Italy, France and Germany they call us ‘New Wave Goth’
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Making music and performing is all we want to do. It’s the best job in the world – you get to travel, play and party with people who’re your best friends and you touch people with your work.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
We loathe Robbie Williams. So the other guy will have to be someone who can put him out of his misery. Robbie Williams v Geoffrey Dahmer (America’s notorious serial killer).
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Is this something to do with a tree falling in a forest? If the band plays the empty hall they do make a sound but only if the said musicians aren’t deaf.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Maya: Christina Ricci
Ana: Milla Jovovich
Toni: Shane McGowan if he got some teeth. Otherwise Johnny Depp.
Gavin: the ghost of Carey Grant
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
We’ve played with Selfish Cunt – they’re something special. Swedish band The Knife are bloody brilliant. The Noisettes of London are the most talented musicians and performers. Special Needs are beautifully melodic and romantic.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
Nirvana: Smells like teen spirit, Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The Boatmans Call, Roxy Music : For your Pleasure: Rolling Stones: exile on main street
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
We don’t have such facilities in our band-wagon.. but if we did.. Heaven and Hell: The Who, heartbeats: the knife, what a wonderful world: louis Armstrong, shoot speed kill light: primal scream, die sonne: rammstein
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Vinyl – cos it’s great to have big artwork. And 10 inches are the sweetest things.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Ban smoking in bars, clubs and pubs. All rubbish has to be recycled. Massive fines for littering. Extend pub opening times till very late. Allow bands to fly-post and stick flyers where they used to be able to before the big advertising morons bought public space. ban under 18s from drinking fizzy sugary drinks - have you heard the abusive racket they make on public transport?!! or is just our eyeliner...?

Dan from Deathships
http://www.myspace.com/deathships
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
If I had to describe my music I would say that its a indie/folk/country/pop hybrid that basically sums up my musical taste in general. I love hip hop but I don't think you can hear any hip hop influence in my music, at least not sonically. My music is mostly plaintive yet direct. Sometimes my songs reflect my own life our a fictional life.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
I wanted to be an artist because it was something that I realized I could do. I grew up around music, whether it be my dads beatles and stones record collection or the fact my grandmother taught piano. I had always been musical, it just all started when I asked my parents to buy me a bass for my birthday, which led to several more basses, than guitars. Needless to say music for me became a phase that has yet to have ended. I am a musician because it makes me feel better and in away is a way for me to express myself creatively.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?

If I had to watch to celebrities wrestle it would be tom waits and iggy pop. for those of you who saw the documentary coffee and cigarettes you would know the tension between the two in their scene together. I think it would be an interesting fight. waits has the size on iggy, but iggy is one wiry dude. also this would be an awesome fight!

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
gee I suppose I dont fully understand this question, but hey if your playing in front of no one you are still playing, so yes?
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
I look like a lumberjack who'd check your oil so I'd say either mickey rourke or ewan mcreggor if he gained some weight.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?

I work at record shop so I come across tons of artists that I think people should check out. I really think people should check out dungen from sweden as well as local artist william elliott whitmore. Dungen play amazing psych rock and folk that just blew my mind. will is a friend of mine with a voice that stirs like an old bluesman yet he's in his mid twenties. both his albums are hauntingly beautiful and plain spoken, something I suppose influences me on many levels.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?
geez this is a tough one but here are 5 I absolutely love in no particular order
1.) Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

2.) Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
3.) my bloody valentine - loveless
4.) Tom Waits - Bone Machine
5.) Velvet Underground & Nico
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
1.)Ugly Casanova - hotcha girls
2.) Wilco/billy bragg - mermaid ave 1 and 2
3.) erik b and rakim - paid in full
4.) tribe called quest - award tour
5.) neil young - everybody knows this is nowhere
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
I use all mediums, I typically buy more cds than vinyl these days, but I always have to say vinyl especially the older stuff.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?

I would change the whole power of our government and downsize our large corporations that seem to have the most power in our country.


Daniel Patrick Quinn of Suilven Recordings
Suilven Recordings' owner and alt-folk artist Daniel Patrick Quinn waxes lyrical about northern moors, speed bumps and banning guitar music...

http://www.suilvenrecordings.com
 

1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Flawed, rustic, non-urban. A hybrid of various unfashionable genres.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
So I could raise the profile of various neglected Northern localities and try and counter-balance all the dross obviously.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?

Grandad and Uncle Albert from Only Fools And Horses because it would make good television.

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
None of it really matters, even Shakespeare and Jesus will be entirely forgotten about eventually. So let them get on with their gig.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Brian Blessed, handsome enough and right sort of physique.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?

David Thomas and Two Pale Boys are really good, especially live. Jon Hassell has always been terribly underrated. I don’t like that many contemporary bands, but around Scotland the most interesting things I’ve heard/seen are Pinkie Maclure & John Wills and Lucky Luke.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?
At the moment:
Brian Eno – Thursday Afternoon
Jon Hassell – Magic Realism: Aka/Darbari/Java
Electric Light Orchestra – On The Third Day
Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge
Nico – The Marble Index
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
I don’t have a van or a band yet. But in the car it would be something off Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew”, the last track off a David Sylvian/Robert Fripp LP, “The Wild Ones” by Suede, a Can bootleg tape of “Chain Reaction” from Colchester 1975 and “Transmission” by Joy Division.
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Definitely not MP3. Either of the others have their merits but cd cases have that rather atrociously throwaway/product/transitory aspect to them.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?

Get rid of all speed bumps. Improve the Right To Roam legislation in England and Wales. Try and stop idiots from dragging the rest of society down. Outlaw guitars and computers for a couple of years and see if anything improves.


David 'Dee' Kesler of Thee More Shallows
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
A worried mole's heart accompanied by toy bells and storm cloud orchestra.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
To escape death.  but it's not working.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?

Steve Guttenberg and his dolphin costar from Zeus and Roxanne.  It would be an interesting low-end test of the postulation that dolphins are smarter than us.

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
you'd have to ask the band, you dorks.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Chavo - Gregory Peck
Jason - Gary Coleman
Odessa - Whitney Houston
Dee - Dana Carvy
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?

Minmae is an amazing, prolific band from Portland that has written and released more great and varied songs than almost anyone else on the planet.

Most bands that people trash a bunch are well-known enough that people can trash them with a common point of reference.  Therefore I don't feel like they need any big defense.  That said, I like Bob Seger a lot.

7. What are your top five favourite albums?
blonde redhead - anything!
wire - chairs missing
low - songs for a dead pilot (EP)
neu! - anything!
aspera - birds fly (EP)
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
we don't listen to music in the van.  unless it's Christian talk radio or ACDC
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
CD
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?

What laws wouldn't we?


The Bad Machines
The currently touring loveliness that is The Bad Machines take time out to answer our questions. This is what they thought...
1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
M: Everyone always says they don't know how to answer this question, but here it is - we sound exactly like Shonen Knife meets Har Mar Superstar as produced by Martin Hannett.

P: It smells of squirrel. Seriously though, it's the sound of a G3 going through a Boss foot pedal.

2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
P: Making music was the first thing we did, then putting the live show together was the result of cabin fever.

M: Yeah, his hair was too big to stay in the bedroom.

3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
M + P: CC Allen and Wendy O Williams - you know why.
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
M: Where's that?

P: Is that near Brixton?

5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
P: Roadrunner.

M: Whil-e Coyote.

6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
P: Starcasm - great band, great name.

M: Dolly Parton - people need to look beyond the boobs (which are magnificent, of course).

7. What are your top five favourite albums?
BM: Right now, we'd have to say Beatles - White Album, MBV - Glider, JAMC - Psycho Candy, The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow, Bright Eyes - Lifted, but it changes all the time (if you asked us last week, Def Leppard, Gaye Bykers on Acid and Joy Division would be in there.)

P: But suffice to say, Nu Rock is so fucking yawn.

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
BM: Only five? That's a short tour! Prince - If I was Your Grilfriend, Ace Frehley - Back In The New York Groove, Bright Eyes - Bowl of Oranges, Grandaddy

- Now It's On, Human League - Fascination

9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
BM: Vinyl, recorded onto MP3 burnt onto a CD.

P: I'd like to bring back wax cylinders - now there was a format!

10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
P: Dunno, I don't pay much attention to the law.

M: I'd legislate for world peace and free waterskiing. But if that didn't happen, I'd change the law protecting Paris Hilton from public vivisection.


Mike Robinson of Sedona (ImMichaelAaron@AOL.com)
Chapel Hill/Raleigh North Carolina, United States
www.SedonaRock.com

1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Ambitious
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
None of us really knew what we wanted until about 5 years ago when myself, Kenny, and Adam played our first show together (at the ripe ages of 13/14/ and 15 mind you). Then it just became very clear.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?

Olympic Wrestling Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle- and George W. Bush.

Because ol' Dubya would get his ass kicked.

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Well, if they don't. Then are they really a band?
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Billy Crudup
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands that you feel are criminally underrated?
Aria Decline, the Books, the Notwist...this isn't the kind of thing you can effectively make a short list of.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?

Jeff Buckley- Grace
The Smashing Pumpkins- Adore
Hey Mercedes- Everynight Fireworks
Radiohead- OK Computer

Danny Elfman- Music for a Darkened Theatre

8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
This would be a tough one to work out... a really tough one. But we all love Bjork, that's for damn sure.
9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
CD
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?

I'd abolish the electoral college. I'd also make it illegal for Texans to run for President.


Shea from Detwiije
London based Detwiije make a loud beautiful noise. But all their songs are instrumentals. Can they write words at all? Here the band's drummer Shea answers our questions
1 1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Loud and creamy.
2 2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
I like to hit stuff and sweat while I drink soda pop………and whiskey.
3 3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
I want to see REM and U2 beat the fuck out of each other because they make shitty music.
4 4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
No, but they make a vibration so if there is a receptor to translate the vibration to sound then, yes it would make a sound.
5 5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
David Hasselhoff
6 6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
We played with the Dragon Rapide and they kick ass. Every one should go buy a Pinback album right now, and the new Life and Times album.
7 7. What are your top five favourite albums?
1.Pinback-Summer in Abaddon. 2. +/- (plus minus) you are here 3. John Zorns Massada disc 2. 4. Shiner- The Egg 5. Hey Mercedes-Every night Fire works.  This list changes every day.
8 8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
Motley Crue- Live Wire, Slayer Raining blood, Madonna like a virgin, Frank Sinatra- I licked your moms booty…I think that’s what its called and Hanson umm bop.
9 9. CD, vinyl or MP3?
Mp3
10 10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
All of them.