Malady

Musicians — London

Name, where are you from?
Malady - PJ, Ertan, Charlie, & Lucy (2 x London, 1 x Essex, 1 x Worcestershire).

Describe your style in three words?
Making do atm.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
King Krule @ Montague Arms (RIP) in 2016, came at the tail-end of summer, came as a complete surprise on the day, pulled a sicky from my job at Old Blue Last, was the first time seeing him live for two of us, all-round 10/10.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Nirvana, have been watching videos from their 'Live at the Paramount' gig for years. Such a high octane set.

Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Ian Dury struck gold by having The Blockheads around him - tighter than a …, Dury was a true entertainer.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Personally, don’t feel like a particular subculture has influenced me but the cultural hotbed of '70s New York seemed like a good place to be. Can new subcultures successfully exist in today’s age or are they all rehashes of subcultures from the past... *thinking face emoji*

CC: Had a Mod phase when I was 15 and some traces of that are still ingrained in me.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Mark Fisher, wish I had the opportunity to go to a lecture of his or just have a cuppa while he was alive - he was actually a lecturer at Goldsmiths as well, I remember someone I lived with in 2016-17 bursting into my room saying that one of her lecturers had died but I had no clue who he was at the time. Recently become clued up to his ideas and what he has to say regarding the commodification and privatisation of mental health in tandem with neoliberalism, cancel culture (in bits) and the lack of a clearly identifiable culture this century is worth a lot. Would also ask for guidance on how to avoid sounding "retro" while still harnessing guitars.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
The Windmill, Brixton. It’s definitely the venue that we’ve felt most welcomed in since entering the live sphere. Always full of people who actually want to hear new music, one of the few pure yet reputable venues left in London.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
CC: Arthur Russell. Just one of the most fascinating and unusual musician I’ve ever discovered who made such unique music, of various fusions of genres. This track, in particular, is an all-round tune which I feel could only exist in the sound world he created.

The first track you played on repeat?
'Lovely Day' by Bill Withers. First proper "Oh sh*t" experience with music as a yute, cheers mum and/or dad.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' by The Smiths. Beam me up softboi.

One record you would keep forever?
Probably 'Back to Black' by Amy Winehouse, picked it up relatively cheap on Portobello Road and it’s too all-purpose to not be indispensable.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“New York, I Love You,
But you're bringing me down,
Like a death of the heart,
Jesus, where do I start?
But you're still the one pool,
Where I'd happily drown.”

From 'New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down' by LCD Soundsystem. Don’t particularly have much time for anything else by LCD Soundsystem but this song hits home. Inspired me to write a London-centric edition, cheers Mr Murphy.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Lamborghini (Petrol 1982)' by Severed Heads.

A song you wished you had written?
'Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale' by Love. The lyrical structure!!! The way the last word of some of the verses segues to become the starting point of the next, fairly simple idea but also effective and haven’t heard anything else that uses that thus far...

Best song to turn up loud?
'Noid' by Yves Tumor.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)' by Deftones. I remember being in a gaff at stupid o’clock and was baffled when I heard this coming from the kitchen - lo and behold, it was Ertan that put it on.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Spanish Castles In Space' by The Orb. Home sweet home, back on terra firma.

Any new music you are listening to right now?
'Home to You' by Cate Le Bon.
'Ti-de' by KOKOROKO.
'Small Mercies' by Pixx.
'No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish' by Skinny Pelembe.

Name, where are you from?
Malady - PJ, Ertan, Charlie, & Lucy (2 x London, 1 x Essex, 1 x Worcestershire).

Describe your style in three words?
Making do atm.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
King Krule @ Montague Arms (RIP) in 2016, came at the tail-end of summer, came as a complete surprise on the day, pulled a sicky from my job at Old Blue Last, was the first time seeing him live for two of us, all-round 10/10.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
Nirvana, have been watching videos from their 'Live at the Paramount' gig for years. Such a high octane set.

Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Ian Dury struck gold by having The Blockheads around him - tighter than a …, Dury was a true entertainer.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Personally, don’t feel like a particular subculture has influenced me but the cultural hotbed of '70s New York seemed like a good place to be. Can new subcultures successfully exist in today’s age or are they all rehashes of subcultures from the past... *thinking face emoji*

CC: Had a Mod phase when I was 15 and some traces of that are still ingrained in me.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Mark Fisher, wish I had the opportunity to go to a lecture of his or just have a cuppa while he was alive - he was actually a lecturer at Goldsmiths as well, I remember someone I lived with in 2016-17 bursting into my room saying that one of her lecturers had died but I had no clue who he was at the time. Recently become clued up to his ideas and what he has to say regarding the commodification and privatisation of mental health in tandem with neoliberalism, cancel culture (in bits) and the lack of a clearly identifiable culture this century is worth a lot. Would also ask for guidance on how to avoid sounding "retro" while still harnessing guitars.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
The Windmill, Brixton. It’s definitely the venue that we’ve felt most welcomed in since entering the live sphere. Always full of people who actually want to hear new music, one of the few pure yet reputable venues left in London.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
CC: Arthur Russell. Just one of the most fascinating and unusual musician I’ve ever discovered who made such unique music, of various fusions of genres. This track, in particular, is an all-round tune which I feel could only exist in the sound world he created.

The first track you played on repeat?
'Lovely Day' by Bill Withers. First proper "Oh sh*t" experience with music as a yute, cheers mum and/or dad.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' by The Smiths. Beam me up softboi.

One record you would keep forever?
Probably 'Back to Black' by Amy Winehouse, picked it up relatively cheap on Portobello Road and it’s too all-purpose to not be indispensable.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“New York, I Love You,
But you're bringing me down,
Like a death of the heart,
Jesus, where do I start?
But you're still the one pool,
Where I'd happily drown.”

From 'New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down' by LCD Soundsystem. Don’t particularly have much time for anything else by LCD Soundsystem but this song hits home. Inspired me to write a London-centric edition, cheers Mr Murphy.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Lamborghini (Petrol 1982)' by Severed Heads.

A song you wished you had written?
'Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale' by Love. The lyrical structure!!! The way the last word of some of the verses segues to become the starting point of the next, fairly simple idea but also effective and haven’t heard anything else that uses that thus far...

Best song to turn up loud?
'Noid' by Yves Tumor.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)' by Deftones. I remember being in a gaff at stupid o’clock and was baffled when I heard this coming from the kitchen - lo and behold, it was Ertan that put it on.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Spanish Castles In Space' by The Orb. Home sweet home, back on terra firma.

Any new music you are listening to right now?
'Home to You' by Cate Le Bon.
'Ti-de' by KOKOROKO.
'Small Mercies' by Pixx.
'No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish' by Skinny Pelembe.

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