If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
Viscous globules of garage-fuzz/stoner-rock made with fizzy pop.
Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
Always. Creating music feels like an instinct, something that I have to do every day in order to keep going. I think I was drawn to the tactile nature of playing an instrument as a child, so at school I would always try and play the piano or the drums whenever I could. I was hooked on the realisation that I could make the sounds I imagined in my head manifest through playing an instrument.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
We used to listen to a lot of music in the car as kids, often on drives to places like Anglesey for holidays. Things like Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, ELO stood out, but I remember hearing New Kid In Town by The Eagles on those drives and always just being absorbed in the feel and sounds of that song.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
We have an instrumental track called Gorpgoyle that I love playing live. I wanted the guitars and bass to have a kind of Sugar/Bob Mould feel to them. It’s dorky and punchy and as it’s an instrumental I can just enjoy playing the guitar for 110 seconds.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
I’m often influenced by forms of storytelling – films, video games, books – particularly things like Akira (both the film and the manga) and Charles Burns’ Black Hole. I like songwriting as a form of personal, emotional expression and as a form of storytelling; it can be such a powerful, therapeutic process.
What was the first gig you attended?
Yourcodenameis:Milo and Fightstar at Central Station, Wrexham with my Mum, 2005. It was great. She was very excited about seeing Charlie from Busted.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Not quite a venue, but Green Man Festival. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to play at Green Man three times, on three different stages with two different bands. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes Green Man so special; it just feels like paradise.
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Pontvane by Eugene Capper & Rhodri Brooks. It was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize and it’s a beautiful, dreamy, wild ride.