Building their sound around the dull fuzz of an unearthed £50 1960s Tiesco guitar, MINCEMEAT come out all guns blazing with pummelling, bone-shaking controlled chaos.
If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
Fast/slow garage punk rock clatter with a bit of motorik and some other oddities thrown in.
How did you get into music?
We’ve all played in bands for a while, but MINCEMEAT happened after coming across a terrible cheap guitar with a fantastically nasty sound. It became an interesting project to try to write songs around its sound.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
Probably one of the ones we’ve played least. Suck In from the new EP is a good, screamy glam guy which isn’t too exhausting to play, so possibly that one. What does that one say about us? That we get bored easily and we’re out of shape.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Our first show was supporting Detroit garage gods The Gories. It was so much fun and really exciting to be playing on the same stage. Their stripped-down, ‘just smash through it’ approach to rock ’n’ roll informed the way we created songs. They’ve done loads of more ‘complex’ music in different outfits since their first recordings. We asked Danny the guitarist if it was hard to forget how to play the guitar for The Gories shows and he just acted like he had no idea what we were on about. It was kind of great that he didn’t understand how he was channelling all this primitivist noise.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Drop The Dumbulls Gallery. It’s got a great atmosphere and the shows are usually carnage. Plus, Jake and the staff are all sweethearts.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Our lyrics tend to sound like blurred string of undiscernible barks, but there are actual words. They often materialise from a variety of different areas. Sometimes the visual arts, literature, cinema, experiences, mental health, politics and the general flotsam and jetsam of the human condition.
Mincemeat’s EP Aroma is out now.