Death Of Guitar Pop

Essex

Name?
Death of Guitar Pop (Silky & Top Kat).

Where are you from?
Essex.

What do you do?
2-Tone influenced Ska.

Describe your style in three words?
Skinhead Mod Fusion.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?

Silky: Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium. Dave Grohl is a living rock icon and I felt like the lucky 90 thousand of us that crammed into Wembley that day, got to share his career-defining moment with him. I was young, dumb and E'd up to my eyeballs, totally caught up in the euphoria of it all.

Top Kat: Stone Roses at Heaton Park. It was a coming of age for me in so many ways, many of which you can imagine when spending a sunny day in a field with some of Manchester's finest ravers! I don't remember many details of the actual gig except for the overwhelming euphoria of dancing to the jam that closes 'I Am The Resurrection' with about 4 generations of Roses fans. Some who'd waited since the mid 90's to hear it again and some (like me) who'd waited their whole lives!

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Madness & The Specials. Imagine that, Madness, The Specials & Death of Guitar Pop on the same bill! The pair of us watch "Dance Craze - The Best of British Ska Live!" all the time and fantasise about DOG-P being part of that iconic 2 Tone Tour.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Definitely the skinhead and mod subcultures. The music, the image, the community. The scenes have merged somewhat nowadays and it's a great time to be part of it all.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?

Silky: I'm gonna go with Suggs. He was my first idol and the reason I became a musician in the first place. I'd like to buy him a few Guinness's to say thank you for inspiring me.

Top Kat: I'd have to say Stanley Kubrick, so I could discuss the ending of 2001 with him. To be fair, I'd probably need more than an hour though!

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite? 

Silky: We played our debut full band headline show at The Oslo Venue in Hackney a couple of weeks ago. That's a great gaff! Although we've only just started gigging with DOG-P, we have both gigged extensively in our previous band's and would have to say Camden Underworld has always been a personal favourite, it's Camden's version of CBGB's! 

Who is your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?

Silky: The Rifles. They've got a huge mod following on the underground and are one of the few bands from their era that survived the "indie landfill" but they deserve much more recognition. Joel & Luke are super talented, quintessentially British songwriters and their live show's are always a cracking night out. Long live The Rifles!

Top Kat: Paul Heaton for sure, one of the great lyricists of the last 30 years. He deals with the same theme's as great's like Jarvis & Turner and does it just as well! He get's nowhere near the amount of credit his talent deserves.


Death Of Guitar Pop released their fan-funded debut album '69 Candy Street' in November 2017.

Bad Manners horn section The Mafia feature on the record throughout and two-tone icon Neville Staple on the single 'Suburban Ska Club'.

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