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The Importance Of Cross Country Running

The Maitlands are brewing sweaty, full bodied guitar tunes that embody Northern guitar music. Colourhorizon caught up with ol’ school chum and Maitlands front man Carl Ingram to ask a few pointed, chummy questions about the band…

Colourhorizon: Who are you, exactly?

Carl Ingram: Carl Ingram of The Maitlands fame.

Tell us about the members of The Maitlands…

There are 4 of them, not including myself; Huw, Jonty, Martin & Ste and they are generally a good bunch. We get the job done.

How did you recruit the band?

I was going for an audition to join another band. The car never turned up. I knew Ste (Francis) lived near by, so I knocked on his door, he answered and we started writing songs. We then had most of the musicians under the sun turn up and jam with us, but they never made a return journey. Anyway, we ended up finding Jonty ( drums) on the Internet and he knew a fella who played guitar, and so on. Martin jumped in on bass just before a gig about 6 months ago and he’s stuck it out.

Which member of the band would you trust with dynamite?

Give it Jonty.

What is so important about cross-country running?

I’ve mentioned this before [in a pub conversation], I think you can tell a lot about somebody’s personality by how much effort they put into a cross-country. Sets you up for life.

If The Maitlands were doing a cross-country run, who’d be first and who’d be last?

I’ve never thought about it before, but if our drummer [Jonty] bothered to put his shorts on, I’d be last to finish. Don’t know what that says about me. You decide…. and Huw would be first, his Welsh legs would see him through.

I hear you have an EP out! Why not tell us all why we should buy it!

It’s soon to be out. Within the month. You should buy it because you’re a fan of the Maitlands and if you are not a fan then it would make a nice present for someone who is.

How is discipline maintained within the ranks?

2 weeks bread and water.

What would The Maitlands do for fame?

Not much, sounds a bit daunting that fame business. Hide under a rock.

What wouldn’t The Maitlands do for fame?

I wouldn’t live in the same country.

If Mark E Smith decided to steal one of your band, how would you repel the incursion?

Out of us lot I think he’d want me, I’m sure the band I’m sure would sacrifice me without argument. I better dust off the old bass just in case, eh?

Finally, on a self-indulgent note, we went to school together… How did we survive Royton & Crompton School?

We did. At the back. Slow and steady.

Yeah, but I was the fat one.

You heard the man, The Maitlands EP is out soon.

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Nice Legs: “They were freaks too…”

Nice Legs are a sunny, effervescent bedroom pop band operating from South Korea. Here at colourhorizon we’re heartily keen on their EP Lullaby Land (listen and buy here!) We were lucky to catch up with Lew (vocals) and Henry (guitars and biz). Without further ado, watch a video and read the interview!

Colourhorizon: How did you guys come to work together?
Lew: We were born in the same hospital about a month apart, and it just kind of started from there. When we were sweet little babies.

Henry: LIES. Okay, only one part of that is a lie. We were totally born in the same hospital a month apart. We started by improv busking actually. And our first actual gig was at a funeral.

A FUNERAL.

A funeral?

H: Yeah, it was a friend of friend’s wake actually. We didn’t know the guy but apparently he was a fun wierdo and would have loved it. The crowd definitely did not know how to react. Luckily, they were freaks too. We all watched Rocky Horror afterwards. It was silly.

Why ‘Nice Legs’?
L: It was between that and “Food Groups” and “Food Groups” was taken.
H: I liked “Good Froups” but it didn’t make sense.

How long have you been in South Korea and how is life over there?
L: Life is great in South Korea. We have been here for several years and cordially invite you to come.
H: Safe. Great. Fun. Lots of good bands too.

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Who are Nice Legs reaching out to?
L: Senators, lawyers, judges, and criminals.
H: And nerdy kids that like great lyrics. Lew is my favorite lyricist which sounds dorky but I’m serious, her lyrics rule so fucking hard. So yeah nerdy kids who like great lyrics.

Why don’t the songs on the EP have names?
L: Contrary to popular belief that we were trying to be cool, we just couldn’t come up with names and barely even had a band name at that point and just put those up there. You had some pretty good ideas for what we should call them, didn’t you?

Yep! ‘Break Your Own Damn Heart’, ‘What Can I Do?’ and ‘This Good’…

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Nice Legs have a garish fashion style that borders on the antagonistic, where does this come from?
H: This is the best question ever. I’m just going to bask in the glory of that shit.

Does the internet help or hinder a band?
L: It has definitely helped us. Anything outside of Korea that has happened for us has happened because of the internet. We have buddies all over the world helping us with write-ups, tapes, and tours, all because of the webs, and Henry’s oppressive and aggressive style of communication.
Although we do collectively waste a shit-load of time on the internet, so, shit, yeah I guess it is a mix of hinder-help.

H: Yeah definitely helped us. Until we started Nice Legs, I had no idea how great the internet actually was. If you want something why the fuck not ask for it? I always felt that shit would happen in time like tours or record deals or some other shit. That is absolutely incorrect. Everybody has an email and the worst they will say is nothing at all.

There are tons of cool as people across the globe just waiting for a pleasant email about something. I could rant but the internet is great. Fuck, you contacted us via email!

I certainly did! Where are Nice Legs going?

H: We have a few festivals coming up. Going to Japan soon too! That is pretty exciting. Lew is playing some European solo dates too. I’m totally jealous.
L: We’re just hustling everyday, man. We got so many hands in so many jars, just waiting for whatever pans out.
H: Can we go to your house?

Of course 🙂 I’ll get biscuits and everything…

Neat-o pix taken by Douglas Vautour!

P.S. This is very nice too…

Interview – Hey Bulldog

Hey Bulldog, the saviours of Mancunian rock ‘n’ roll are causing a stir with their rough and tumble sound and cavaliering live show…

colourhorizon was lucky enough to catch up with the band…

Hey Bulldog! Where are you from and where are you going?

We’re a Psychedelic Blues Rock three-piece from Manchester… Rob is originally from Stockport, I’m from Kent, and Ben’s from Wigan, We’ve been playing together for almost three years now and have had some great support slots and played a couple of festivals, we’ve played a lot locally working our way around Manchester, as well as spreading our wings to other Cities and venues from London to Liverpool.

Currently our new single ‘Under my spell’ has just come out, it’s had a great response so far being the Xposure Hot One on Radio X and making the shortlist for Amazing Radio playlist, it’s good to see that with each release it is getting us more and more attention.

We’d like to get onto the bigger festival scene next year, play a few more of those and see where that takes us… European tour… breaking America…

Hey Bulldog! When’s the album?

We would love to do an album, at the moment we’re still very much an independent DIY band, with some Management or Label support in place in the future it would make releasing an album a lot more achievable for us.

We have some new songs that we’d like to get down, and we’re always creating so their will definitely be more releases in the near future, whether it’s an album or not we’ll have to see.

Hey Bulldog- Pic By Trust A Fox Photography

Hey Bulldog! Describe your music!

Our music has been likened to Jimi Hendrix, The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Led Zeppelin among others however I would describe us as a bluesy psychedelic garage band. There may only be three of us but we make a lot of raw noise with melodic undertones and heavy riffs. We like our songs to have drive and energy, and we try to show that in our performance when we play live. We are constantly evolving though so this time next year you never know what we will have developed into…

Hey Bulldog! What makes you dance?

A lot of things make me dance, I am not afraid to bust a move out every now and again. The Libertines always get me bouncing off the ceiling, Arcade Fire too.

Hey Bulldog! Rob’s boots are way cool!

Yes Rob’s shoes are amazing… however Ben has some lovely suede desert boots, and myself [Matt], some classic brown pointy brogues… We have to take it in turns wearing our posh shoes, but Rob always seems to win…

Hey Bulldog are coming to tear you apart…

Watch Hey Bulldog at The Eagle Inn

https://heybulldog.bandcamp.com

Interview – Radar Men From The Moon

Dutch masters of space rock Radar Men From The Moon have just released their new album, Subversive I, in which they infuse their sound with glorious swathes of dance music. In September they wowed the Liverpool Psych Fest. In short, they are flying high…

Colourhorizon was lucky to catch up with RMFTM to pose them a few questions. Here is what we learnt…

Click to listen to Subversive I

So, tell us abut the new album!
(Glenn) Subversive 1 is the first installment of a triptych of albums. With these releases we try to explore the boundaries within our own RMFTM context in all it’s abstract generality. We named it Subversive because we intend to subvert an established order, the RMFTM order, the RMFTM context. Questioning ourselves as a group is a part of our practice. This first one is played and recorded by the RMFTM core members, but to open up our process we’d like to invite different musicians and artists to contribute to the second and third part of the Subversive triptych, and even to our live-sets. It keeps us fresh. We are very interested and focused on ideas of rhythm, repetition and minimalism. You will hear it on this first part of Subversive and it will evolve in the two parts to come.

Are you fans of 1950s sci-fi B movies or is Radar Men From The Moon just a name? Also, will you start using the vocal samples again?
(Glenn) We’re not specifically fans of sci-fi B Movies per se. We just took the name out of a big list that sounded kinda absurd. Nowadays we like to pronounce the band as RMFTM. Because we think the group/music is more of an entity on its own. We want to refer and relate to ourselves, not to something outside. That’s also why we don’t use samples from movies anymore. Sure you get influenced by the things you see or hear but we try to keep some autonomous space within the band.

How have RMFTM progressed?
(Glenn) In the beginning especially our first releases were more riff-based. But we started to experiment more with sounds and ideas, and now with our recent album Subversive 1 we have a more minimalist approach and definitely more of a noisy/industrial sound.

With so much psych around nowadays, how difficult is it to stand out?
(Glenn) We really don’t think too much about that, we rather focus on our own music or visual aesthetic. We have a DIY-mindset since the beginning of the band, so we always work on our own network. that’s something to us that makes it more personal and sincere.

All your albums are available for free – can you tell us about the reasons behind this and how it affects running the band…
(Tony) Quite frankly, most music is available for free on the internet. Personally I listen to a lot of music on youtube or spotify for instance. Bandcamp specifically is just a great way for us to have a channel that supports free donations really, and we see many people actually paying for our albums via the pay what you want system. You see, it’s all about the perceptional value of music, which can be different per individual. This doesn’t affect us running the band as a company, because we never had the illusion of actually making a living off this. The internet is a great way to get our music out there, and if people like it they will buy it somehow anyway, be it digital or physical.

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How do you maintain an album a year release rate?
(Tony) We’d like to do more per year actually, being all prolific and that. We just love to produce new music, that’s our thing. I mean theoretically we could start all kinds of different side projects to cover that up, which would be kind off silly I guess. Anyway, once we’ve released something we get bored with it quite fast. We usually start working on new stuff right after something is released, or even before that. Subversive II is already finished in our minds!

For those interested in the technical side of things; what guitars and pedals do you use?
(Glenn) I use some different Fenders in the studio. Live mostly a Fender Jazzmaster or a Mustang and lot’s of different pedals. I have more of an interest in sounds then playing the guitar very technical. My guitar playing is very much influenced by bands like: Sonic Youth, (early) Swans, Glenn Branca, Killing Joke, Cocteau twins and Throbbing Gristle

Did you enjoy the Liverpool Psych Fest?
(Tony) Yes! We’ve never been there before and we had a blast. Enjoyed some great bands and had a great time hanging out with old and new friends.

Which bands would you recommend to people?
(Tony) Oh man I don’t know, there are a lot of great bands out there. Depends on the mood I guess. Right now I’m listening to ‘Bitchin Bajas’, tomorrow I could be listening to ‘Wolf Eyes’.

A friend of mine caught your set with The Cosmic Dead in Eindhoven. She claimed it was mind-blowing! How did that come about?
(Tony) Well we help curate Eindhoven psych lab every year, and last year we were asked to do something special at the festival. So we invited our friends from The Cosmic Dead over to our studio for a couple of days and worked on a collaborative set; hit,quit,rave,repeat. We ended up creating one ‘song’ of about 40 mins that followed the context of the title, it was a really great time and we had so much fun creating and performing it with TCD. We might just do something like this again in the future 😉

So… what next?
Well, as I said, work has begun on part two of Subversive. I’m going to finish my coffee and head over to RMFTM headquarters with Glenn. We’ll be over in the UK again in a few weeks for two shows. Nov 12th with CAMERA at the Golden Lion in Todmorden and Nov 14th at Fuzz Club festival at London fields brewery.

Listen – and buy! – all 4 RMFTM albums right here…

https://radarmenfromthemoon.bandcamp.com

Interview: TVAM

TVAM: a guitar and electro hatchling from the age of junk culture saturation. A child of the flickering screen.

Ahead of the release of his second single, ‘Porsche Majeure’, released October 16th, colourhorizon caught up with TVAM to ask pose a few questions:

1. What does the name TVAM refer to?
– It’s straight from the breakfast TV show of the 80’s/90’s. It just fits.

2. Which came first – the desire to make music or the interest in cut up junk culture vids?
– I’ve been in bands and around music for quite a while. I suppose I came to making videos later. The two came together when I knew I wanted to play shows.

3. How long does it take to bring a video together?
– It’s hard to say, really. Some are much quicker than others. A lot of time is spent sourcing the stuff in the first place; the analogue manipulation stuff comes quite naturally.

4. Not that I’ve managed to read it, but J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition seems like an influence…?
– Yeah, J.G. Ballard is in a lot of stuff I do. He really understood how popular culture works and how people’s roles in society are often determined by it. ‘Porsche Majeure’ has some Crash in it, certainly, same as John Foxx, The Normal and Gary Numan have in the past.

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5. How much of a nuisance is working with a Cathode Ray TV and VHS on stage?
– Well, it’s bulky… I don’t think Sanyo anticipated this kind of usage. All old equipment can be temperamental and you have to accept that. It’s worth it though.

6. For an artist immersed in the enormity of media, how hard is it to stand out?
– I’ve been fortunate to get attention pretty quickly but it can often feel quite daunting. I think it’s best to just stick to what you do and see who takes to it.

7. Who has influenced you musically?
– Bands like Thee Oh Sees, Man or Astro-man and Boards of Canada.

8. How did you find it to get started playing live?
– My first gig was in a tiny studio in Wigan. I liked how everyone responded differently to it. People just didn’t know what to expect. I think the hardest thing has been describing my set up to promoters over email. Some get it instantly and some think you’re taking the piss.

9. I remember you were due to be supporting at a gig or all dayer I was attending. You pulled out due to ‘technical difficulties’. Did this refer to the TV / video setup? If so, do you think this puts you at risk of a being a ‘gimmick’ act?
– Yeah, it did. It was really disappointing and I’ve learned to have a backup plan. I made the decision to use this equipment early on and I stand by it. I don’t want to cheat audiences out of seeing it as its intended. No one is in control of how other people view them – people will make their own minds up.

10. What are the plans going forward? Are there plans to make multi-media releases i.e. an album / short film piece?
– ‘Porsche Majeure’ comes out on Oct 16. After this, I’ll see what seems most appropriate. I’d love to do an album as there’s plenty of material to pick from but it’s a case of putting it together in the right way.

11. Finally, what are you viewing tastes?
– Cartoons. That and Panorama.

Click to watch ‘Porsche Majeure’

Interview with Mike Kiker from St James & The Apostles

St James & The Apostles are a garage blues band that veers from giddy, stomping rock n roll numbers to bruised ballads. Instead of a lengthy description, here is the video for the resolutely filthy ‘Rent Boy Blues’:

and, freshly released, the brand new video for an extended and thoroughly bad-ass ‘Shavonne’:

In September they released their second album, Via Dolorosa:

Via Dolorosa cover art

Which is available for streaming and download right here, along with other goodies…

http://stjamestheapostles.bandcamp.com/album/via-dolorosa

Without further ado, I caught up with organist (and much more) Mike Kiker to pose him a few questions:

How would you describe the music of St James & The Apostles?

Loud! And quiet.

What’s your music background and how did you come to be involved with Jamie Mahon?

Well, I did the typical music geek thing in school. Marching band, jazz band, etc. I started just picking up whatever I could by ear on whatever instrument I could get my hands on, but I’m glad I eventually picked up what music theory my brain could handle.

As for getting together with Jamie and Jeff, we’re all actually cousins. We’re similar to the Wu-Tang Clan in that respect (If I have to compare, I think I’m RZA, Jeff’s GZA, and Jamie is Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but that’s another topic in and of itself). We all came up in different music scenes, but the family connection eventually brought us together, musically and personally.

Is there a conscious effort to not sound like his former band The Three 4 Tens?

Well, the Apostles pretty much picked up where Three 4 Tens left off, it was a slow and steady transition for sure. I played with that band for about a year and a half before we became St. James & The Apostles, even doing some songs at that time that would eventually end up as Apostles material, but we really didn’t “become” St. James & The Apostles until Jeff became the drummer. During my time with T4T, we had a bass player and like 7 or 8 drummers revolving in and out of the line-up (yes, a lot like Spinal Tap, even a spontaneous combustion or 2 was involved). But we did want to be heavier, louder, and dirtier than anything Three 4 Tens ever put out, but I still love the Three 4 Tens music. I pretty much grew up on it.

Which songs are you the most fun to play live? I bet ‘Let The Right One In’ goes down a storm…

I always love playing that song. That one’s been there almost since the beginning, and I never get sick of playing it. As for new songs, I love doing “Via Dolorosa” and “Lazarus”. We’ve got a new song that was written after the record was finished that Jeff affectionately calls “Golden Axe” that I’m quite fond of.

There are religious themes and sounds at work within the band’s music – is there a story / message behind this?

Well, I used to be church organist. While I’m no longer a religious person, I certainly don’t regret that experience. I learned a lot in the way of bass pedal technique, and theory, but I realized that I really only wanted to play “rock keyboards”, and be more daring and experimental than what the Catholic church would allow. I wouldn’t say we have a particular “message”, other than, do what you like, as long as your not hurting anybody else, but there is a lot of love, loss, regret, but also salvation in our music, but not the same kind of salvation that we keep hearing about. More like, salvation by any means necessary.

What is your view on the current psych scene and the plethora of bands around? Any favourites?

There is some great music coming out now that could be considered psychedelic. I’d like to think that tag is very flexible. What I’m not a fan of is genre purists. I love bands that are experimental with their genre and style and are hard to pinpoint. We’re kind of in that same boat, and I always look for that quality in other new music.

As for new bands that inspire me, off the top of my head; 

Black Mountain, I loved Tame Impala’s first album, GOAT, Ty Segall/Fuzz, The Mad Doctors, Electric Citizen’s album is killer, Little Barrie, Wolf People, The Budos Band, and probably my newest favorite is Hedersleben. They tour the States with Nik Turner from Hawkwind as his opening act and backup band. Their new album is stellar and they play the Hawkwind material with such gusto. I absolutely adore their keyboard player, Kephera Moon. We were lucky enough to play with them last year. Hands down, still my favorite gig that we’ve been lucky enough to be apart of.

Does the internet make it easier or harder to find an audience?

Both. There’s too much noise and it’s hard to filter out that noise so you can find the good stuff. I will say it’s helped me discover a lot of my newer favorite bands. We can only hope that it will help people discover us in the same way.

Once you’ve toured Via Dolorosa, what next?

We’ve already got maybe 4 or 5 new songs that we’re working on already. We never, ever stop creating new material. If we did, it would definitely get boring. We’re going to spend the winter months dialing back the gigs to start work on record #3, but we plan on continuing promotion for VIA DOLOROSA into the spring and summer of 2015, hopefully doing a more full scale tour either relatively close to home or hopefully go out to the west coast or the UK, depending on how things go over the next few months.

On a personal note, I happen to know you’re a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 fan, what are your favourite episodes?

“Pod People”, favorite episode hands down.
The recording studio scenes are near and dear to my heart. “He is really good!” “Good? He’s the best!”
It’s like the filmmakers did absolutely ZERO research into how to make a record, and I love it for that!
The “Idiot Control Now” parody and “New Age Music” sketches get me giggling every time.
“It stinks!”

For anyone bewildered by any of this, this may provide some answers (and possibly more questions). Brace yourself for ‘Idiot Control Now’…

Thanks to Mike for the interview and don’t forget, Via Dolorosa is available now on Bandcamp…

http://stjamestheapostles.bandcamp.com/album/via-dolorosa