Working Men's Club


Monday 20th May 2019

Photo by Rosie Ann Butcher

Name, where are you from?
S: Syd Minsky, Todmorden.
G: Giulia, Italy.
J: Jake Bogacki and I'm from Hebden Bridge.
L: Liam, from Widnes, Cheshire.

Describe your style in three words?
S: Bionic Seven, Steezy.
G: '90s, Normcore, leather.
J: Charity shop deals and vintage trainers.
L: Denim, baggy, shirts.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
S: Fat White Family at Brudenell Social Club.
G: Patti Smith.
J: Me and Syd when to see DUDS at The White Hotel last year, their energy is powerful and their sound is intense. The wall of sound, trumpets, angular guitars - breathtaking. One of the best bands to come out of Manchester in the past 10 years.
L: Ulrika Spacek at Soup Kitchen, one of the best live bands around right now. Amazing tones, live visuals and arrangements.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
S: The Velvet Underground and New Order.
G: Sonic Youth and Talking Heads.
J: The Stooges and The Stranglers would be an interesting mash-up; the proto-punks and the post-punks. See how that sound evolved over 20 years, and of course the performances.
L: LCD Soundsystem and My Bloody Valentine. They're two massive influences on me, and incredible live bands, although I've not seen My Bloody Valentine, how could they not be good...

Which subcultures have influenced you?
S: Hip Hop - every good Hip Hop record has a great drum machine in it.
G: Rap and Mods.
J: The New Wave music and art scene in New York in the mid-'70s, the DIY vibe from venues like CBGB's spawning some of the most influential bands of the century. Everyone starting bands and playing, being given the platform to express themselves and creating a scene around them.
L: Shoegaze and New Wave.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
S: David Bowie. He’s gone through every formula of music and the industry, so it would be cool to hear his stories.
G: Eleanor Roosevelt.
J: Probably Iggy Pop, I mean why not? Would be a quick lunch.
L: Leo Fender, because his instruments changed a generation, including us.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
S: The Trades Club, I’ve wanted to play there since I was 10 and it’s about 4 miles from where I live so it felt big when we played there for the first time
G: Moth Club 'cause it was my dream since I was 18.
J: Either The Trades Club or The Golden Lion, both located in Yorkshire. You will never be looked after better as an artist and the vibe in both those places is very special. You couldn't replicate it anywhere else.
L: The 100 Club, because it's legendary. Every great band has played there.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?

S: Lou Reed.
G: Kim Gordon, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry.
J: I wouldn't say she was unsung but Cate Le Bon is one of the greatest songwriters I've ever heard, she's had massive influence in my own and in what I listen too she's always been two steps ahead of what's going on.
L: Debbie Googe, because she's such an underrated bassist, working with MBV, Primal Scream, Thurston Moore and many more. that's what I want to achieve as a bassist.

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