Friday 6th July 2018

Photo by Debbie Ellis

Name, where are you from?
We are Proletariat, hailing from the magical land that is Mossley in Greater Manchester.

Describe your style in three words?
Boundless. Evolving. Conscious.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
This was a tough one. I narrowed it down to Pearl Jam, Prince, Kasabian and Reverend and The Makers - but I had to go with Kasabian at the Manchester Arena in 2014 for their '48:13' tour. I don't think I've ever jumped that much in my whole life, I was knackered. The thing is with Kasabian is you know exactly what you're getting every time you see them, I've seen them five times now, and they're always on top form, and the strength of their arsenal of tracks is undeniable.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Oasis would be first on the list for me, I never even got to see them live, never mind play with them. I just want to taste what it was like to be in their presence one way or another, I think as a band to stand at the side of the stage and watch them play would put a fire in your belly like no other band could. Secondly, I'd probably go for Iggy Pop, someone that pretty much was punk before people even knew what it was to be punk. The energy he's had over the years has been spectacular and he still has it now.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The obvious choice is gonna be punks init? They change everything, it was the perfect example of self-expression, of a carelessness and a commitment against conformity, and a marriage of the unexpected when it came to fashion. I think it's something we try and put our own spin on as a band. I really respect the subculture (or counterculture) of the Black Panther Party in the late 60s and 70s in New York too and admire the way they used music a lot to communicate their message.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I'd probably say Jim Morrison, there's something about him that just fascinates me, as I know is the case with thousands of others out there. He was just one of a kind, and I reckon I could just sit and listen to him talk for hours, a truly unique mind.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
It has to be the Deaf Institute in Manchester. Not only does it hold great memories as it was the biggest sold-out headline show we've done to date, but it's just a majestic room to be in - playing or watching. There are the pews at the back, the balcony to the left, and this gigantic disco ball hanging from the ceiling in the centre of the room. The stage is raised well above the crowd, so you can really soak in the environment and everything that's going on around an in front of you, and then you've got all the great bands and artists that have graced the stage there over the years. So yeah I'd have to go with that.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
I'd probably go with Jack Jones of Trampolene, someone I'm thankful to call a good friend. He's one of the hardest working people I know, and even though he's faced a few hurdles in regards to his health, he's never let anything stand in his way. Creatively he's brilliant and can cover all the bases, from pure gritty rock n' roll to the realest of poems.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Mossley disruptors, Cabbage, Proletariat make culturally charged songs, described by Louder Than War as "No ordinary punk band".

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