Imperial Wax

Barnoldswick

Thursday 18th April 2019

Name, where are you from?
Pete: Imperial Wax, 1/4 Yorkshire, 1/4 West Midlands, 1/2 Lancashire.
Sam: Barnoldswick, Barlick for short, Shit hole for truth.

Describe your style in three words?
Pete: There or thereabouts
Sam: Post-punk garage

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Pete: Jonathan Richman, some vast ballroom in Coventry late '80s. In no way was he perturbed by the tiny audience of 19 people (I counted). Taking requests all night and didn't let up for a solid two and a half hours.
Sam: When Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster reformed in 2012 they played three gigs before calling it all off again. I was lucky enough to catch them in Manchester. It was unreal, it sounded awful, probably the worst sounding gig ever, but they were just unreal.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Pete: MC5 and the Stooges. It's quite remarkable that the two most rocking bands once shared a bill. I would risk our band being totally blown out of the water to witness this gig.
Sam: The Ventures so I can have my own Mosrite - and the Ramones so I can have my own Mosrite.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Sam: American Garage has had a big influence on me.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Pete: Frank Zappa. Heroes die and don't get replaced. I can spend hours watching his old interviews. A world view that would be very welcome today.
Sam: Robert Catesby or Tolkien.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Pete: The Ferry, Glasgow. Blood, snot and beer and loads of fun. The only time The Fall allowed a bouncer to share our stage.
Sam: I love the Brudenell in Leeds, best place to watch, best place to play and the beer's cheap.

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Pete: Bill Callahan. Since following him as Smog in the mid-'90s, each consecutive LP improves on the last. A remarkable achievement.
Sam: I have loads but I suppose the one I most respect and probably admire the most is John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. I love how he’s just fully dedicated to the cause, works hard, kept it real and plays harder than anyone else. A true hero in modern music.


Imperial Wax are Sam Curran, Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway - a line up that includes three 11 year veterans in the longest serving and last line up of The Fall. The band will release their debut LP 'Gastwerk Saboteurs' on 17th May (2018) with a UK tour in support of the release.

Imperial Wax 2018 UK Tour Dates:
Thursday 30th May - Huddersfield, The Parish
Friday 31st May - Manchester, Night People
Sunday 2nd June - Brighton, Prince Albert
Monday 3rd June - Bristol, Rough Trade
Thursday 6 June - London, The Islington
Friday 7th June - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 13th June - Glasgow, Broadcast
Friday 14th June - Newcastle, Think Tank? Underground

Find out more at imperialwax.co.uk

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