A - Z Interviews: Strange Planes

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A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Ellis: Everclear - 'So Much For The Afterglow'. Man, when that kicked in for the first time...

Max: Aerosmith - 'Eat the rich' was the first song I heard which made me grip my fists while listening... at the tender age of 13. Joe Perry was the reason I wanted to play guitar. I now play bass... go figure skating.

Simon: Alanis Morisette - 'JLP' for making music. FF 'Self Titled' for drumming 

Best Album Ever Written: 

Probably something shit like 'The Best Of The Beatles'. However we all know, deep down, that it's 'Hefty Fine' by The Bloodhound Gang.

Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Running into Steve Albini whilst recording our Album at Electrical Audio.

"Hi, I'm Steve"

"Yeah, we know"

Or 

Sharing the Stage with Chesney Hawkes and stealing his guitar case.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Ellis: 'Darkness Here & Nothing more'.... profound, I know. Oh hang on, I didn't even write that, some guy called Edgar did. 

Ok, I'll go with
'A childhood lost
as an adult felt sick
sung in the choir
and forced to suck dick;' 

That song is about select members of the Catholic Church.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

They're all easy to write.... just hard to play (for some of us).

Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

Max: We played a fun show in a small toy store with Meat Wave in Illinois - we were simultaneously hungover, jet lagged and drunk.... was fair to say we weren't at our best.... somehow it's up there as our favourite still...

Ellis: Yeah, that was fun. Max said his bass frets were jumping around - so we let him off.

Simon: Majority rule

Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your Record: 

Max: Wouldn't mind having Luke Dirty Nil to lay some licks down.

Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: 

Max: Probably getting our album back mixed and mastered and hearing it back for the first time. We're soon to get the vinyl pressings back too - that's gunna be up there!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: 

Max: Ellis likes to stick roast dinners up his arse hole.

Ellis: Max likes to eat roast dinners from arse holes.

Jokes You Have In The Band: 

Jokes & Laughter are discouraged.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: 

Ellis: Harness - coz it rocks!

Max: Harness, it's quick, simple and catchy. It opens up our album too.

Simon: Majority rule.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: 

New Cross - although it's in south London and we're north London (10 miles away), it takes 5 days by horseback

Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced: 

Jimmy Pop - Bloodhound Gang

New Band You’d Recommend: 

Max: Decent Criminal are pretty awesome. Their new album is very slick.

Ellis: What is 'New Band'? Is it Offspring?

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: 

Ellis: Green Day, Duh! But we'd take The Dirty Nil - you reading this guys?

Max: KISS. But I'd settle for Dirty Nil I guess.

Simon: Da Fooo Fyters - Turning up late to answer these questions again means a majority win, we're devout Politicians like that - The Dirty Nils

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: 

Ellis: Japan - we did it with our old band, but really want to go back! It's an amazing place. Max didn't go, so would be great to go with that idiot.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: 

Don't use 'awareness' as an excuse to be the loudest arsehole in the room

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: 

'South Of OK' is actually a quote from Vince Vaughan's attempt at a B Movie: 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'. We were going to call it the full quote, 'South Of OK, North Of Cancer', but it's not as catchy.... and cancer sucks. 

See Us Live At: 

27/10 - Brighton - The Quadrant (w/ Dowzer & Harker)
02/11 - London (release party) - Muswell Hillbilly Brewers 
03/11 - Newbury - Corn Exchange
07/11 - London (south) - New Cross Inn (w/ Mantra / MUMMY)
15/11 - London (north) - The Monarch (Oxygen Thief)
17/11 - Leeds - Bad Apples Leeds (w/ Adore//repel )
21/11 - Portsmouth - Edge Of The Wedge (The Stayawakes)
23/11 - Salisbury - The Winchester Gate (The Stayawakes)
24/11 - Preston - The Ferret (The Capital & The Stayawakes)
08/12 - Whitchurch (Shropshire) - Percy's Cafe Bar

The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree:
 
Ellis: No

Max: Yes

Simon: Fuck yes. In 50 years kids will just be listening to white noise

Ellis: what? That shit living end album, ‘white noise’?

Unusual Merchandise: 

Ellis: Vinyl?! It crackles and not as convenient as a CD or an MP3. Sounds good and looks fucking cool though, so if you're reading this, buy one!

Max: We have our first EP on Cassette. Not many people actually own a cassette player anymore so it's more of a (light) paperweight than listenable music.

Simon: Im thinking an Egg should be on the roster

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: 

Max: I'm sure we could spend weeks changing and varying all of our latest stuff - not sure if it would be any better though.... Sometimes we go down a rabbit hole with a song, rip out a chorus, add 12 verses, stick in an 8 minute instrumental bridge in..... only to return it to it's original 3 minute form.

Ellis: hahaha - is that a dig? 

What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted: 

Ellis: I didn't watch it, but I think Max & Simon saw Brody Dalle at the QOTSA show in Finsbury Park. Apparently she sucked.

Max: Yeah, dating Josh Homme has ruined her. She was playing some avant-garde industrial shoe gaze or something....

Simon: Wow. For popularity reasons she was brilliant

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related in juries: 

Ellis: Simon recently had an operation on his neck - his head is so big, his neck struggled to hold it in place. Yeah, a fuckin' massive head.

Simon: You'd think having to have broad shoulders in this band would be enough carry it, but sadly not...

You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: 

Ellis: Anything on 'Hefty Fine'

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: 

Ellis: We're not to be kept in cages.

Max: Wow, profound question.... Can we rephrase 'Zoo' to 'Animal Sanctuary'? If so, I'd say a spent Dairy Cow. Washed up and through the ringer..... but still standing.... just.

Ellis: OK, can I be a Cash Cow.. or a Gift Horse?

Simon: This a soap box moment??? I love the rhetoric of stating how much better life choices I made. Therefore a Mongoose, they are right cocky bastards

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