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Dog is Dead

Frontman Rob Milton takes issue with Isaac Newton and shows how dealing with lanky trannies is just another day at the office for Dog Is Dead.
http://www.myspace.com/dogisdeadband

Why are you called Dog Is Dead?
It was a name we thought of when we were 15. It's in Shakespeare's Richard III a lot of times.

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Complicated-pop for Jazz-Junkies and Choir-Folk.

What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
To prove to my mum that becoming a plumber is too hard.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Jeremy Paxman and David Dimbleby. I think they have some sort of secret grudge which could be resolved.

Best and worst gig experiences?
Best; We played on the same stage as Madness, The Pogues and Fun Lovin' Criminals at a Festival in Nottingham. There must have been 4000 or so people so it was pretty cool.

Weirdest; We played a show in Brixton, we didn't realise it was a gay bar until a 7 foot transvestite in hot pants burst into our dressing room and introduced us at the show with a particularly crude statement...

Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
That bloke from Twilight.

Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Hot Horizons are a band from Nottingham in the same position as us, they make brilliant pop music, people should check them out.
As for criminally underrated - We played a show with Local Natives recently and I haven't heard anything like it. They deserve a lot more attention

What are your top five favourite albums?
Dire Straits - Making Movies
Paul Simon - Graceland
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
The Police - Regatta de Blanc

Who are your heroes and villains?
Heroes; Mark Knopfler, Louis Armstrong, Tom Hanks
Villains; Matt Damon, Miley Cyrus

If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Gravity


Mike Doughty

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty limbers up for his They Might Be Giants support slot (Royal Festival Hall, June 26th) by sparring with our Tasty Ten. Ker-pow!!

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Mostly acousticky, very rhythmic, lyrically enigmatic.

What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
At some point I realized I was incompetent at everything else.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
I'm drawing a blank for names, but I'd choose a short one and a big fat one. Because I want to see a short man crushed under a fat-a-lanche.

If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Alas, yes. No offense to the Stoke-ese.

What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
"Down the Line" Jose Gonzales,
"Cosmia" Joanna Newsome,
"Rattlesnake Charm" Sean Hayes,
"The Wizard" Black Sabbath,
"You Must Be Out of Your Mind" Magnetic Fields

Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Meryl Streep

Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Sean Hayes, a fantastic singer-songwriter from San Francisco, who unfortunately shares a name with that terrible actor from "Will & Grace," and a Japanese loops/raps band called Uhnellys.

What are your top five favourite albums?
Magnetic Fields, "69 Love Songs,"
Jose Gonzales, "In Our Nature,"
Toots and the Maytals, "Funky Kingston,"
James Brown, "Love Power Peace: Live in Paris 1971,"
Dan Wilson, "Free Life."

CD, MP3 or vinyl?
Vinyl is fantastic but, alas, almost always MP3 these days.

If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
I would strictly enforce a universal law to Be Groovy.

 

The Boy Who Trapped The Sun

"We trapped The Boy Who Trapped The Sun (aka Colin MacLeod) and forced him to answer our Tasty Ten. The economical results can be viewed below".

Why are you called The Boy Who Trapped The Sun?
Just because.

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Have you ever seen a bald eagle protect its young? No? Well when you do, just listen...yeah...just listen *sighs heavily*

What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
Laziness.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Bear Grylls and Ray Mears, because it has to end sooner or later.

Best and worst gig experiences?
(I shrugged my shoulders in answer to this)

Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Miley Cyrus for her obvious talent and seemingly unlimited acting ability

Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Can't Swim. Before I heard those guys I was like "Why?" and then once I heard them I was like "YES!". Then I wept uncontrollably

What are your top five favourite albums?
1. Fugazi 'The Argument'
2. Rival Schools 'United by Fate'
3. Pearl Jam 'Ten'
4. The Acorn 'Glory Hope Mountain'
5. Wilco 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'

Who are your heroes and villains?
The guys surfing Ireland at the moment. Ali and Cotty. They're pretty impressive characters. Villains...I couldn't possibly say.

If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Well, I have always wanted to hunt people...

 

Superfantastics

Matt from The Superfantastics tells us how he'd quite like to be a sexy vampire prior to his band's appearance at Tasty Sunday.


Why are you called The Superfantastics?
After slashing through a list of bad band names such "lush", "Impossible Pineapple" and "Face Missile",Stephanie suggested we call the band "Fantastics". I thought it sounded too much like The Fantastics Four, but liked where she was going with the super hero theme. I suggested the prefix of "Super" and adding "The" and we had a winner.

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter)how would you describe your music?
If this were 1993, we would be considered "grunge alternative", but it is 2009 and so we are considered "indie-pop/rock" by some. I guess "candy-coated poprocks" works. At least it's not Emo(shudder)?

What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?

Teenage boredom.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
I think I would like to see Nickelback's Chad Kroeger duke it out with former WWF superstar Hulk Hogan. Why? Seeing the hulkster back in action would be worth ticket price alone, but watching Chad Kroeger getting served would be priceless.

Best and worst gig experiences?
Last Halloween(2008) we played at a saloon in rural New Brunswick. It was the saloon's first time having a live band perform, so the regulars were taken by surprise. After about 45 minutes of being harassed by a drunken "Brittany and K-Fed" to play some "DC" or "Skynard" I finally broke down and went into the opening riff of "Thunderstruck". For that 30 seconds we were a big hit... Bit of a two-in-one there depending upon how you look at things.

Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Maybe the guy from the Twilight movies? He could make my life seem a lot more intense and inexplicably sexy. Also, his celebrity would ensure that it does quite well at the box office.

Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Dog Day is great. So is York Redoubt. And Share, Sleepless Nights, Shotgun Jimmie, Julie Doiron and Smothered in Hugs. I could go on and on for days.

What are your top five favourite albums?
Tough question! At the moment I'd say:
Odessey and Oracle - The Zombies
Chutes too Narrow - The Shins
Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers
One Chord to Another - Sloan
Pinkerton - Weezer

Who are your heroes and villains?
George Harrison and my parents are my heroes. I don't have any villains. Maybe just the voices inside my head.

If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I would try and get the Kyoto thing back on track. That would require plenty of changes to federal law.

 

Cuddly Shark

Elgin's finest inform us about Justine Frischman's fringe, the BAttle of the Brows and the execution of Piers Morgan.


CR = COLIN REID (Vox/Guitar)
RF = RUTH FORSYTH (Vox/Bass)
JS = JASON SINCLAIR (Vox/Drums)

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
CR: Musicky.
JS: Bitchy!
RF: No mucking about.

What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
RF: Karen Carpenter's skinny forearms and Justine Frischmann's swinging fringe.
CR: Free beer and the love of music! Smoking a big fat one in the back of the tour bus!! J knows what i'm talkin about, don't you big man?!
JS: I was one of those goons at school that didn't like playing football all lunch time so i would hide out in the music room. Pretty much snowballed from there.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
RF: Susan Boyle and Rowan Williams: Battle of the brows!
JS: June Sarpong with her arms taped to her sides but she gets to have razors on her shoes vs Ray Quinn with his legs tied together but he gets a small hammer. That way he'll take her face out and she'll stop him dancing about like a twonk!
CR: Beyonce Knowles and Megan Fox, need i say more (I need to get laid, quick!)

If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
CR: Only if the sound guy's a midget

What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
JS: I like driving round the winding roads to Race:In by Battles- you feel like Knight Rider! In fact, that whole album is ace to drive to. Iím ignoring your 5 song rule (and being lazy) and saying that whole album!
RF: We had a super time listening to early Tina Turner once.

Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
RF: Sandra Bernhardt.
CR: Well I think Christian Bale's probably the best candidate for that one don't you think? His batman is pretty much me.
JS: Well I'm a big un and I mutter a lot so it would have to be Dolph Lundgren!

Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
CR: Indafusion - Dunfermline based outfit, really enjoyed their set when we played with them. Been around for a while i believe, i think it's their time to shine!
JS: Elvis Suicide are a damn fine rock and roll band from Glasgow. Cottonmouth Rocks from Devon are a brilliant noisy two piece. Kill the Captains from Sheffield are amazing.
RF: Kill the Captains! Vivian Girls, Eric Euan, Le Reno Amps, Super Adventure Club.

What are your top five favourite albums?
RF:
Electrelane - No Shouts No Calls
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Elastica Ė Elastica
Lemonheads - Car button Cloth
Gillian Welch - Revival

CR:
Faith No More - King for a Day Fool for a Lifetime
Weezer - Blue album (I know Pinkerton's darker and sounds better but the Blue album is just full of singles! What happened Rivers?!)
Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World
Pearl Jam Ė Vs
Pixies Ė Surfer Rosa

JS:
Weezer - Blue Album
Cake - Fashion Nugget
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Brakes - Give Blood
Faith No More - Angel Dust

CD, MP3 or vinyl?
RF: Cassette?
JS: I bloody love the sound of vinyl! Öbut alas we all just move on to easier options don't we?
CR: I donít have a turntable but I do like my artwork so CD.

If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
RF: Iím too pathetic to answer that.
CR: Oh MPs expences, look how topical i am! Öand the immediate execution of Piers Morgan!
JS: Everyone has to give me 10p. i'm not a greedy man. It wouldn't ruin anyone and i would be pretty cumfy for the rest of my days!

 

 

Small Gang

Having played our gig night in April and escaped with only minor bruises, Small Gang prove that they have the answers to all the big questions.


Why are you called small gang?
It's the only name we came up with that didn't make one of us cringe when we said it. Also we're all quite short.

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter)how would you describe your music?
Our music began as four people struggling to be heard over each other, and we've been turning each other down ever since.

What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
Because guitars are cool.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
I would like to see Neil Young wrestling with his quality control.

Best and worst gig experiences?
Best gig - supporting Shonen Knife at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes this July, but honestly most gigs this year have been the best we've played in our haphazard career. We've reached the point now where we argue heatedly about the setlist because we have too many songs for a usual half hour set - I take that as a good sign!
Worst gig - Playing at Lark in the Park where we had to pay to use the house 'drumkit' - and then one person came to see us. There wasn't even one man and his dog, they were out walking in the actual park.

Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Arthur Bostrom (the guy who played Crabtree in 'Allo Allo, as long as he did the same accent - 'Good Moaning' etc...).

Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
There are plenty of great bands around that are criminally under-appreciated, to name but a few - Something Beginning With L (super-cool electronic indie, with the guitar goddess that is Jen Macro at the forefront), The Argument and how it started (pop-tastic raucousness), and Alto 45 (Norwich-based melancholic scientists whose second album should be out this year), Crumbling Ghost (Folk-Doom - does exactly what it says on the tin). And in terms of 'known' bands who are criminally under-rated - Steely Dan.

What are your top five favourite albums?
Radioactivity - Kraftwerk, A Ghost is Born - Wilco, Red Apple Falls - Smog, You in Reverse - Built to Spill, The Ruby Sea - Thin White Rope N.B. This is a constantly changing chart, and this is only my (Simon's(singer)) chart, to try and agree on this with all four of us would mean that this question would never be answered.

Who are your heroes and villains?

Heroes - Kurt Vonnegut, Klaus Kinski, Richard Yates, Townes Van Zandt, Jeff Tweedy, Charles Burns, Nico, Grace Jones (too many to mention) Villains - We villainise nobody. Except rude people.

If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
We would change nothing, everything is perfect the way it is. Well, except for all the people who would love us but haven't heard us to hear us and then to love us, not a change so much as a speeding up of the process.

 

The Twisted Wheel

http://www.myspace.com/thetwistedwheel


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Our music is magnificent

2. What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
The reason we wanted to be in a band was to be rock and roll stars

3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Ashley off Coronation Street fighting Graham Norton, I'd like to know how long it would be before they gave up and started snogging each other

4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
There will be nobody there to soak the noise up so it will be even louder than ever.

5. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
Kid British - Sunny Days
Johnny Cash - Big Bad John
Sex Pistols - Bodies
The Good The Bad & The Ugly tune
Beethovens 5th Symphony (whilst naked, holding hands)

6. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Tom out of Kid British

7. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Kid British

8. What are your top five favourite albums?
Sex Pistols - Nevermind The Bollocks
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Happy Mondays - Pills & Thrills
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Stiff Little Fingers - Infammable Material

9. CD, MP3 or vinyl?
Vinyl but its a pain in the arse to keep changing over

10. If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
Free smoothies for everyone, national ban of One Night Only, Fridays off work


Loyal Trooper

www.loyaltrooper.co.uk


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you
describe your music?

I choose a seashell. Erm...I find it really hard to answer this question. I think whenever people say things like "It's like So-and-so with some R&B and Gregorian chants thrown in for good measure" they sound like idiots and invariably what you think you sound like, others would probably disagree. I make music in my bedroom that is honest and heartfelt. I record everything myself and I make my artwork with my girlfriend. I probably sound like an indie kid who got into some folk music and can't sing particularly well. Ultimately, it's up to other people as to what they think I sound like. Sorry, I can't do much better than that I'm afraid!

2.What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
I think it became something that I found difficult not to end up doing. When I got into music aged eleven I was swept away by the power and passion of certain lyrics, melodies and beats. I became infatuated with how music can transport you to different places, different conceptual states of mind or provide comfort in times of need. It wasn't like anything else in my life back then and it isn't now. I found it difficult not to want to be part of that world day in, day out. Either that or it's because I didn't want to get a real job.
3.If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
I'd like Johnny Borrell and SuperTed to wrestle. In the match, SuperTed gives Borrell a particularly nasty Chinese burn. Borrell, intoxicated by his own self-importance, thinks this is the much acclaimed 'golden touch' and surrenders. SuperTed takes him prisoner and Borrell see's out his days wearing a pink tutu, being forced to grow his chest hair and working as a servant to Texas Pete and Skeleton.

I've obviously bent the rules slightly on this...can be cartoons be regarded as 'celebrities'?!

4.If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
It depends really. If they were a barber shop quartet, the mics weren't plugged in to the PA, the room was particularly well soundproofed and...erm...they all had laryngitis then I'd say no. Either way, I wish more interviews posed philosophical questions!
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour?
Collectively....no fighting!

I've been travelling on National Express coaches and I've been reading the whole time as I don't have an MP3's player, iPod or a band serenading me from city to city. Picture how bad National Express coaches are and then imagine having no music to drown out kids crying, the people being sick in the loo or the guy next to you listening to Sean Paul at deafening volume. One day, when some label gives me billions to spend on whatever I want I'm gonna get a magic carpet fitted with a stereo, mini bar and gold plated Loyal Trooper logoed seat belts to travel on. Anyway, in the jukebox that is my head I had:

Savory - Deftones
All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
On & On - Longpigs
This Place Is A Prison - Postal Service
New York New York New York - Tellison

6.Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
At the moment it would have to be Kyle MacLachlan who played Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks as that program is at present my new obsession. He's also been in Sex and the City but I try to blank that out of my mind. He'd have to try and put on a decent Sheffield accent though, which I'm hopeful he'd be able to do. It'd take a bit of work though, I guess he didn't have to say "I'll go to t'foot of our stairs" too much in any of his other roles.
7.Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that
Duke Raoul. Rotary Ten. Godwits. Saint Jude's Infirmary.
8.What are your top five favourite albums?
This week:

Elliott Smith - XO
Longpigs - The Sun Is Often Out
Depeche Mode - Violator
Idlewild - 100 Broken Windows
The Smiths - Meat Is Murder

9.CD, MP3 or vinyl?
Can I throw tape in there too? I loved tapes when I was younger. I don't really download music, it's not really my thing. I prefer to have the album/EP/single in a physical format. I like being able to scroll through all the credits, look at the artwork and generally have something to put on the shelf that I have to dust periodically. Vinyl is great: it just looks and sounds better than CD/MP3's. When I lived at home my brother had a load of vinyl and pretty much made it his mission not to buy CD's. So bands like Sugar, the Wedding Present and Beastie Boys which I wouldn't have heard in my early teens had he not had them on vinyl. I've never had a proper record player though. I had some piece of crap I picked up from a mate when I was at school but it basically didn't work. Bum. CD's are okay I guess but I don't like the plastic packaging, it always looks tacky regardless of what album sleeve is inside. The EP I did I had made in digipaks so there's no plastic on there anywhere and the CD fits into a little slot inside. They're also matt finished and hopefully about as good looking as you can get CD's. The only thing I can think of that I'd prefer about CDs' and MP3's is that you don't have to turn them over halfway through, I'm lazy like that. I'm going to vote for tape because I like my 4-track and tape is the only way to listen to 'How To Make Friends And Influence People' by Terrorvision when you're twelve years old.
10.If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
I'd probably introduce a law where I couldn't do interviews because I'm not very good at them.

The Auteur

The Auteur are quickly generating a real buzz around their electro-tinged powerpop, creating waves within a scene dominated by American artists. We learn about their sweet tooth and knackered van.

www.myspace.com/theauteuruk


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you
describe your music?

Pop music with guitars. Paints a vivid picture doesn't it!

2.What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
The whole brit-pop thing in the 90's. It was pretty exciting, some amazing, timeless music came out of that era. And while the UK had Oasis and Blur, the US had Green Day, The Smashing Pumkins and Rage Against The Machine who were all relatively new names to the business. Since then there has been very few bands who have come close to being as good as those names .
3.If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Ashley Cole & Robbie Keane. I hate them both so I'd be funny to see them fight. It'd be a bonus if there was a career threatening injury inflicted on either
4.If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Yes they do, because they can witness it all for themselves or even record it to prove they made a sound. It might have been a the best show in the world and no one would know.
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour?
Collectively....no fighting!

We currently don't have anything to play music on in our van, thats how poor we are! We used to have a CD that became the only CD worth listening to. The five favourites were;
Say Anything - "The Writing South"
Joe Esposito - "You're The Best Around" (That awesome song from Karate Kid)
Trey Parker - "Now You're A Man" (Orgasmo theme)
Insane Clown Posse - "Slim Anus"
Weezer - "Say It Ain't So"
6.Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Samuel L Jackson. He's in everything, may as well be in my movie.
7.Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that
Lights & Sounds are going to be huge. There was a band called Fell Before Finished from London who were amazing, but they sadly split up a few years ago. Out Of Sight are ones to watch too.

8.What are your top five favourite albums?
Feeder - "Yesterday Went Too Soon"
The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Miss Machine"
A - "Hi Fi Serious"
The Bronx - "Selftitled"
Hundred Reasons - "Ideas Above Our Station"

9.CD, MP3 or vinyl?
CD & Vinyl. None of us buy vinyl mind you but MP3's cannot replace physical releases. People forget about the artwork and the fact that even though MP3 quality is good, its not quite a CD. And if your computers hard drive or your ipod breaks, you lose all the music along with it. That, I can imagine, would be pretty annoying!
10.If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
Free Haribo and beer for everyone on Friday

The Anomalies

Their eccentric live shows and genre defying tunes, are grabbing the attention from likes of Clash, NME and The Fly. The Anomalies answer the tasty 10.

http://www.the-anomalies.co.uk/


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you
describe your music?

like MGMT getting drunk with The Specials in the basement of The Beastie Boys house.

2.What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
it was never really a conscious decision to start a band. It started off as a few friends sitting round a pc throwing samples together and seeing what happens. We didnít have any musical knowledge at the time we just knew what we liked. It was only when we got up in front of people and started to perform it that we realised we were in a band.
3.If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruize. The image speaks for its self.
4.If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Many philosophers might disagree, but the soundman usually hears it. For the band involved they rarely hear the music, as the rushing sound of their dreams being flushed down the toilet is deafening.
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour?
Collectively....no fighting!

rock the kasbah (the clash)
brimful of asha (fat boy slim extended mix)
saint john (cold war kids)
chick habit (april march)
dj cheeba mix tape (he's a awesome dj from bristol check him out)
6.Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Scarlett Johanson and Penelope Cruize
7.Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that
the mandibles, sketchbeat , the apples
8.What are your top five favourite albums?
is this it (the strokes)
36 chambers (wu tang clan)
revolver (the beatles)
pauls boutique (the beastie boys)
bring it on (gomez)
9.CD, MP3 or vinyl?
vinyl for the club , cd for the car, mp3 for the illegal download
10.If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
complete nuclear disarmament.