Name, where are you from?
The Queen’s Head. The local.
Describe your style in three words?
J: Masculinity in compensation.
T: Depressed, smart, sentimental.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
T: Grizzly Bear on their Shields tour in 2012. The first time I really understood the practical, abstract relationship between musicianship and emotion.
J: Hamilton. F*ck off.
If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Abba and Elton John. They’d shift tickets.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
J: British comic books from the '80s through to the end of the millennium. Worried about the end of the world, dabbles with the supernatural and every now and then, a bit soul-destroying.
T: The '70s pub rock scene preceding punk. The sound which eventually expressed itself in early incarnations of The Blockheads and Dr Feelgood possesses that wonderful confusion between the paisley comedown of '60s prosperity and the amphetamine rage of punk. They just hadn't quite realised it themselves yet, ultimately creating a rhythm and blues sound drenched in the unrelenting rain of austerity.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
J: HAL, from 2001: A Space Oddysey.
T: Judith Butler. Instrumental in my modernising as a bloke.
Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
The Sugarmill in Stoke. Big and horrible and sticky but a good sound system and a staple in the circuit.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
J: Wagner. Highly questionable views. Unquestionable mastery of emotion and its mathematical equivalency.
T: Michael Stipe. Everyone is always banging on about that bequiffed racist Morrissey challenging gender norms by waving flowers on Top of the Pops - and fair enough. Michael Stipe did it better, though, as he performed in abstraction from gendered performance and didn’t have the girthy chest of Moz. Stipe was an amorphous, a-sexual blob with no genitals and a blue face. That’s cool.
The Queen's Head recently released their debut single 'Rudetoy' (listen below), to celebrate its release, they will headline a show at The Lexington, London on 9th August 2019, details and ticket info can be found here.