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If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
Jay (guitar/voice): Scouse surf-rock/garage noir.
Chris (Organ): With added cinematic feel. A mix of grandiose Echo And The Bunnymen and the dirt-surf garage from The Cramps and the Dead Kennedys.
Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
C: I started mostly by getting few instrument lessons in school. As soon as I was shown a power chord or a Nirvana song on drums I never looked back. We’ve always been in some sort of band, from the cover groups we started at school, to our three-chord punk bands we were in as teenagers.
What drew you towards the lo-fi garage sound in particular?
C: We feel like with new recording and production methods the surf sound can get over-produced.
J: It’s important we have some grit.
C: We want our music to sound like it’s been buried in a damp basement for decades.
You’ve just released a series of three EPs. How does each release connect with each other, and how do they differ?
C: Each EP is distinct, while all staying true to our sound. The first, That’s Trash, showcases how diverse our songs are. We picked one of our grand cinematic tracks with Running Scared, a fast garage track with 86’d and slow surf track with One Eyed Jacques.
J: More Trash has three darker tracks both in feel and lyrical content.
C: And Pure Trash has tracks you can dance to, with songs like Tear It Up.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
J: It stems from wanting to do something artistic. You know, just to leave something here for when you’re gone, to prove you existed. I quite like thinking about the future and someone saying, “Here’s my uncle’s old band.”
C: Or, “My granddad was in a band, you know, on this old website called Spotify.”
It’s a break from your working life. I like thinking art, old horror films, John Waters films, B-movies and Twilight Zone episodes inspire us.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
J: We only had the chance to play about three venues before the pandemic, but Drop The Dumbulls sticks out. It’s DIY to its core.
Why is music important to you?
J: It’s everything.
C: It’s something that’s always there. Music is the perfect tonic. It’s the principal thing.
Photography: Mat Colfar
That’s Trash, More Trash and Pure Trash are available now.