If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
Ron (Bass, Vocals): An infusion of grunge and psychedelia – not psychedelic, but psychedelia with a hint of DIY… and punk.
Josh (Drums): Nah, it’s all grunge-core-taxi-pop, isn’t it?
Have you always wanted to create music?
Mo (Guitar, Vocals): I’ve never really been into any other celebrity-ism apart from musicians.
Josh: I just like to make noise. The idea of being in a band seemed like the best thing for me to do. With drums I can express myself without actually having to express myself, it’s just the sound of wood hitting skin.
Mo: It’s like a biography… if you know what I mean…?
Ron: Yeh, like a stamp. ‘I was here,’ kinda thing.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Ron: The first gig I ever went to blew my mind. I can’t even remember what it was, but I felt everyone moving at the same time, like a wave, and it was just crazy to me.
Mo: When I was really young – like five or so – my dad used to blast Pink Floyd, probably way too loud. He used to analyse everything as well, and I think that’s probably why I analyse a lot of things now and try to express that in my music. He used to say that you can’t just listen to a song you have to listen to the whole album. It’s a good concept, it proves that it’s a very well thought-out piece of art and not just a catchy tune. It’s more emotive, like when actors do that thing where they pretend to be a certain person for ages, what’s it called…?
Josh: Method acting.
Mo: Yeh, yeh. You feel like you’re put [inside] their piece of art. Not any particular song, just Pink Floyd in general.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Mo: A mixture of it all, really. But I usually write a full song that I give to the band.
Josh: When you do that my job is to just play what I’m feeling based on the vibes you’re giving off.
Mo: Sometimes I write quite politically, but I don’t really know much about politics. I just write about what I feel is going on myself. But it’s also from our own personal lives – interests, habits, analysing my friends’ habits and the people around me generally. And sometimes it’s good to write things that just don’t make sense but sound good.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Ron: Maybe Sound Basement.
Josh: It has to be Studio2, it’s where it all started… well, where it started in Liverpool. And I feel it’s where the crowd has been the best. Everyone in the crowd had the same feeling we did, maybe because Mo was so close to them and was shouting at them to move more.
Mo: Yeh, it’s sentimental as well. When we first played there we were like, ‘Waaa!’ This is where the scene is, rather than in Runcorn or Warrington where it’s all emo bands playing in pubs. Liverpool isn’t really our home ground because we’re all bad wools, but all our mates we’ve met through music are here and we spend most of our time here now. Plus, we’ve all got really Scouse families.
Why is music important to you?
Josh: I like being able to just exclude myself from everything and just put my headphones on.
Ron: It’s a way to get across one way of thinking.
Mo: I always wanted to be a painter, but I’m better at writing songs.
Josh: You can put your opinions across without people just shouting at you. I dunno, like… you can say something and you won’t get shit for it, unlike if you just said it straight up, if that makes sense.
Spilt’s single Lalka b/w Saliva is out now via Anvil Records.