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Robbie & Mona

Musicians — Bristol

Photo by Arthur Cross

Name, where are you from?
W: Will, a mixture of Devon/Isle of Wight/Portsmouth.
E: Ellie, London/Devon.
We both live in Bristol at present.

Describe your style in three words?
W: Black ironed trousers.
E: Loose but leggy.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
W: Bristol Symphony Orchestra: Heartbeat at St George’s Bristol.
E: Pixies back in 2005! I was 15 in Paris sober but high couldn't stop laughing and weeping.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
E: Barbra Streisand because she is a golden pop star and knows Barry Gibb alongside The Vaselines because it would be jolly.
W: Elvis Costello and Al Green because of the Notting Hill soundtrack.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
E: Theosophical mysticism. A sort of religious subculture that teaches about the world based on mystical insight and intuition. It feeds into areas of thought that guide how I think and feel and therefore what I write and make.
W: Casuals. I don’t follow football or support the art of kicking another human beings head in because they support a rival football team to you, but that being said you have to admire a casuals devotion to their favoured football team. Maybe if we all felt as strongly as causals did towards their team in other things in life, maybe we’d all get a lot more meaningful things done.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
W: Michael Palin because he's seen the world.
E: Hilma af Klint. She was an artist and mystic from the early 1900s... she seems like she was a very intelligent woman.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
W: Le Botanique in Brussels is pretty amazing! It's a beautiful old orangery and the grounds are botanical gardens.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
E: Robbie Basho because he was so special.
W: David Gray cos he makes me happy.


Robbie & Mona released their debut album 'EW' in January 2021 via Spinny Nights. Listen, purchase or stream it via backl.ink/143953644.

The first track you played on repeat?
E: 'Smurfs Are Back' from 'The Smurfs Go Pop!' by The Smurfs.
W: 'Live Forever' by Oasis.

A song that defines the teenage you?
E: 'Hot Pink' by Meat Puppets.
W: 'Someday' by The Strokes.

One record you would keep forever?
E: 'Floating Into The Night' by Julee Cruise.
W: 'The Shadow Of Heaven' by Money.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
E: "It go, right foot up, left foot slide / Left foot up, right foot slide / Basically, I'm saying either way, we 'bout to slide, ayy / Can't let this one slide, ayy"

From 'Tootsie Slide' by Drake.

W: "Curl my hair and eyelash, pinch my cheeks and do my lips, swing my hips just like you, smile and behave, a circle of perfection is what you gave, then one day I met a guy, he stole my heart no alibi, he said 'Romance is a ticket to paradise'."

'Little Trouble Girl' by Sonic Youth.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
E: 'Move Closer' by Phyllis Nelson.
W: 'The Logical Song' by Scooter.

A song you wished you had written?
E: 'Eau D'Bedroom Dancing' by Le Tigre.
W: 'Coney Island Baby' by Lou Reed.

Best song to turn up loud?
E: 'Philosophers Calling' by Crack Cloud.
W: 'Life Is A Rollercoaster' by Ronan Keating.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
E: 'U Got It Bad' by Usher.
W: 'Better Together' by Jack Johnson.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Spinning Away' by Brian Eno, John Cale.

Any new music you are listening to right now?
'I Want To Go Out Tonight' by Wicca Phase Springs Eternal.
'Octagonal Room' by Salami Rose Joe Louis.

 

Photo by Arthur Cross

Name, where are you from?
W: Will, a mixture of Devon/Isle of Wight/Portsmouth.
E: Ellie, London/Devon.
We both live in Bristol at present.

Describe your style in three words?
W: Black ironed trousers.
E: Loose but leggy.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
W: Bristol Symphony Orchestra: Heartbeat at St George’s Bristol.
E: Pixies back in 2005! I was 15 in Paris sober but high couldn't stop laughing and weeping.

If you could be on the line up with any two artists in history?
E: Barbra Streisand because she is a golden pop star and knows Barry Gibb alongside The Vaselines because it would be jolly.
W: Elvis Costello and Al Green because of the Notting Hill soundtrack.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
E: Theosophical mysticism. A sort of religious subculture that teaches about the world based on mystical insight and intuition. It feeds into areas of thought that guide how I think and feel and therefore what I write and make.
W: Casuals. I don’t follow football or support the art of kicking another human beings head in because they support a rival football team to you, but that being said you have to admire a casuals devotion to their favoured football team. Maybe if we all felt as strongly as causals did towards their team in other things in life, maybe we’d all get a lot more meaningful things done.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
W: Michael Palin because he's seen the world.
E: Hilma af Klint. She was an artist and mystic from the early 1900s... she seems like she was a very intelligent woman.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
W: Le Botanique in Brussels is pretty amazing! It's a beautiful old orangery and the grounds are botanical gardens.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
E: Robbie Basho because he was so special.
W: David Gray cos he makes me happy.


Robbie & Mona released their debut album 'EW' in January 2021 via Spinny Nights. Listen, purchase or stream it via backl.ink/143953644.

The first track you played on repeat?
E: 'Smurfs Are Back' from 'The Smurfs Go Pop!' by The Smurfs.
W: 'Live Forever' by Oasis.

A song that defines the teenage you?
E: 'Hot Pink' by Meat Puppets.
W: 'Someday' by The Strokes.

One record you would keep forever?
E: 'Floating Into The Night' by Julee Cruise.
W: 'The Shadow Of Heaven' by Money.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
E: "It go, right foot up, left foot slide / Left foot up, right foot slide / Basically, I'm saying either way, we 'bout to slide, ayy / Can't let this one slide, ayy"

From 'Tootsie Slide' by Drake.

W: "Curl my hair and eyelash, pinch my cheeks and do my lips, swing my hips just like you, smile and behave, a circle of perfection is what you gave, then one day I met a guy, he stole my heart no alibi, he said 'Romance is a ticket to paradise'."

'Little Trouble Girl' by Sonic Youth.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
E: 'Move Closer' by Phyllis Nelson.
W: 'The Logical Song' by Scooter.

A song you wished you had written?
E: 'Eau D'Bedroom Dancing' by Le Tigre.
W: 'Coney Island Baby' by Lou Reed.

Best song to turn up loud?
E: 'Philosophers Calling' by Crack Cloud.
W: 'Life Is A Rollercoaster' by Ronan Keating.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
E: 'U Got It Bad' by Usher.
W: 'Better Together' by Jack Johnson.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Spinning Away' by Brian Eno, John Cale.

Any new music you are listening to right now?
'I Want To Go Out Tonight' by Wicca Phase Springs Eternal.
'Octagonal Room' by Salami Rose Joe Louis.

 

Robbie & Mona | Queen Celine (2021)

Robbie & Mona | Wallpaper (2020)