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Welcome to FLY53’s 15th bi-annual Fanzine. Whilst

Our musical mantra, like a good woman, has never been easy to

making clothes over the last two decades, we have always had

define or pin down.We just simply say the bands have to be credible.

one eye on the computer and both ears in the music. To say music

In that, we have worked with some of the nicest, most rock and roll,

has been the backbone of everything we do is like saying water is

and quite frankly interesting people mere mortals could want to

wet. Each year we cajole, pester and harass some of the musicians

work with. Planning anything with rock stars and their traits means

we are excited about, enticing them with a trail of sweets and

sometimes we are left at the altar holding nothing but a camera and

promises of free clothing, into a studio to steal their souls and ask

a vacant dumped look, but overall, everyone has a good laugh and the

them (if we’re honest) dumbass questions.

bands we have in these pages all deserve our support, and much more.

Without further a do, the FLY53 Zine #15. Get your snout in the trough and feed yourself.

CIAN CIAR Having a voice is better if you have a bigger platform, so would the ultimate protest song be sung by One Direction?

Tell us about your latest project. I have got an album out called “Nothing without us” which will be out in September, and I am basically trying to sing about issues, global nuclear, renewables, misrepresentation by the politicians, and bankers.Things that we all read about but don’t have a voice, you know there is some heavy shit going on now.We need to unite and not take any more shit. I guess. Writing music is what I do and I figured I would have a better shot at articulating myself through music than like this (in this interview) - a mumbling musician. Laughs. Is it a protest song album? I would say yes there are songs about Trident and anti nuclear power I see them both the same as twins, as being both the same age. Like the proposed Trident programme, they are going to vote on it in 3 years, and propose to spend a £billion over 8 years on a weapon you can’t use. Then they say stuff like we want energy security, we don’t want to be dependent upon Russian natural gas, then they sell off contracts to French companies to build nuclear stations in north Wales ******* to build a local nuclear power stationin North Wales.What is the difference. Its just contradiction after contradiction.

Why not, they have the fame, they have the platform and the stage to do it. It’s up to them if they use it. With fame comes responsibilities.Yes attitudes change but peoples minds are - that one person they do not have to feel hopeless. Did you enjoy th process of making the music? I love making music and being in the studio, but it’s a bit unhealthy because I don’t get out much. I enjoy the process, always have. But I didn’t enjoy the lyrical research, finding out that the horror stories confirmed what you suspected existed.With lyrics I always feel like I am baWck at school or doing homework, whereas writing / producing music is more rewarding. Job satisfaction. I don’t know if enjoyment if the right word for that, but I know I enjoy writing lyrics.Things like going to school or doing homework, but writing and producing music, well it is enjoyable. Job satisfaction, and somebody said that nothing is worth composing unless it becomes a positive. 10th SuperFrurry album on the horizon? Its always been on the cards since we did the last one, which was 2009. I wouldn’t say it was on the horizon at the moment though. I think it would be a shame if we didn’t as there are still a lot of ideas left, and when

So when you’re doing it yourself, who do you argue with? Myself. “You sure”. “Yeah, fucking right!”.Yeah its just a constant second guessing yourself, hitting brick walls, persevering and working through them.The second guessing is a big factor. Is this right? Is this the best it could be? When to stop? have I reached the natural conclusion or should I carry on for another two days? You have got nobody to say no to, or the opposite and really pushing you. Are there Welsh lyrics in the new album? On the new one no. But I have been working on a few projects, sort of leap-frog projects, one cooking while getting the other to be served. My friends in Cardiff will be working on new projects where the Welsh language meets Somalia, like a mish-mash of foreign languages, and that will more of a guest lyricists - just the vocalists, hopefully, if I get on to doing it. I don’t know if it is easier to write in English, lyrically because you have got all the clichés and such and a language which you are use to listening to, growing up in the UK and it being such an influence on the musical world you’re used to hearing English. So when you hear a foreign language song, it’s kind of fresh you heard the tune without knowing what the lyrics are. So that was like a bizarre senariao, cause I met this 80

CIAN IS NEITHER THE EASIEST NAME IN THEyear WORLD TOwhilst PRONOUNCE OR old professor I was over in Tokyo, he THE came MOST over to wales in his 70’s, fell in loveSUCCESS. with the language SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, HE’S HAD COMMERCIAL AND CRITTICAL HE’S BEEN and is teaching Welsh, and he has about 20 students,

it is the weirdest AND thing caus you don’t expect to see HE’S YOU’LL NOTICE SOME THINGS IMMEDIATELY.andHE’S QUIET SHY TO A DEGREE. in Japan,Welsh spoken with a Japanese accent! Off on

TAKES RISKS, LIKE TRYING TO PLAY A GIG ON TOP OF A GIANT WIND TURBINE a bit ofTHE a tangent there!! Is there a message? Well yes there is but its hard to know where to start, because when you delve into it How corrupt are they, it gets really quite depressing. And then at the moment I will do whatever I can to get it out there, and get people to think for themselves and actually get your voice heard. A few years ago, 3 million people voted against the Iraq war but they still did what they wanted.Things like that are a bit grating as well – even if you get a mass collective voice, you know, is that futile as well? But you have to push, you have to carry on, you can’t just give up. Make a stand.

you get 5 creative people in one room theres kind of a buzz. Like when I do this album predominately I am on my own 90% of the time, I might ask the others for a second opinion, but, writing creative stuff, its kind of lonely. But it has its pros and cons. So I would look forward to being in a band again if you like, it would be a good buzz. Having 4 other people and they can influence what you write.You could give the same Furry track to 5 people and you get 5 different versions come back.That’s what makes a band a band for me.The fact that you compromise and bounce off each other makes it a product, regardless of who wrote the cord structure or who had the original idea.

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He’s a well-respected DJ and someone who works hard at whatever he does. Amazingly enough there’s still people that think DJ’s just play other music and it’s all school disco time with birthday shout-outs, Plastician is proof that DJing is an art in itself.

I think when I wrote most of the tracks on the Beg To Differ album it would have been anywhere from 2004 up to release about 2007. But it was probably finished mid 2005 so A LOT of things have changed. I think back them it was predominantly about 140 BPM that I was dealing with and Grime and Dubstep, I used to dabble in Hip Hop, but I never released anything like that. But now I have broadened my horizon a bit so that I am not specifically paying at 140 BPM, it’s more about the vibe for me now. I am still playing dark bassy music, but that can vary from 80-90 BPM all the way up to 160. So that’s the main change. Still making you smile? Yeah still smiling! There’s lots of good music out there it’s just difficult to find it because there’s so much out there. I used to go to the record store and pick up a vinyl, and it was difficult for people to release music because of that expensive process, but now with Soundcloud,Youtube… the only way of finding it is how many hits it’s got or through social media people that I respect musically retweeting it. So it’s harder but it brings good music to the forefront quicker.





How have things changed from the ‘Beg to differ’ (first album) days?

I read that you say your starting over, or it feel like that. As much as it’s exciting, isn’t it deflecting your core followers? I think I definitely would have thrown a few of the followers off with some of the stuff. I think some of the stuff is too out there for some people, at least that’s the feedback I have had.The majority of the feedback has been good, and there’s a load of people that wouldn’t have been into the things I was doing a while back and finding they have more in common with what I am playing now rather that at the height of the harder Dubstep stuff. So I think it feels, to me, like it’s a bit

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more similar to where I started out. A little more electronic beats lead as opposed to big room bassy sounds. As much as I think it can be difficult for some to get their heads around, I think people that have been following my progress from the very beginning will probably find a lot in common with what I am doing now. Is it more of a grown up sound? Yeah I think you could put it that way. I think a lot of the music is what people would refer to as like intelligent dance music. Some of the stuff is not quite as straight and obvious sounding as some of the big room dubstep and grime stuff that I have been known to play over the years so I think, yeah it takes a bit more of a head to get around it and more open to experimental sounds. Someone like Ben Drew (Plan B) has done a genre change with a great response? Yeah I think Ben was known for rapping and when he came with the big band album it did surprise a lot of his fans, but I think a lot of people that followed him knew he had it in him. And I hope that’s similar to what I am doing. You have said previously that you incorporate sounds into your sets, and it doesn’t matter where it comes from. It just has to be interesting. Yeah definitely.The main thing for me is just that it’s more like a vibe than a BPM or a genre. I’ll listen to any type of music and if there’s anything that I like, I’ll find a way of putting that in my set, or using that as an influence when I get into the studio. And I think that’s been the most exciting thing about this year for me because it’s made my own sets a lot more challenging to put together. I can’t just throw tunes on. I have to think, how can I get from playing this 90 bpm hip hop track up to something that 130 bpm and housey. It’s much more of a transitional thought because I still like to mix, I’m a DJ, I don’t want to just select tracks and play them. I want the set to have some kind of flow and keeping it all seamless has made it quite interesting.

How do you tailor your sets to the venues / places you play to? Is there a plan a, b, c then you have to be fluid on the night? A little bit. I look at the line-ups and who’s before and after so I can get a rough idea of what the music might be.The time of my set will have an effect on how I think about the set going into the gig. If I see that there might be more Grime, then I’ll be prepared to incorporate that into the set. I don’t ever have a plan a, b, c, as such, I always know the core of my sets, the stuff I am using currently and the stuff I want to play. But I know looking at the line up that people will enjoy a bit of this type that I can do, so I incorporate that and if it’s going well then I’ll run with it for a while longer than perhaps originally planned.That’s the main thing, finding the groove when playing. It’s always a challenge but when you’re there, you get it.

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Have you ever been passed the baton as a DJ that’s hard work? I always think of the DJ after me and I am at the gig a good 30 mins before to hear what’s playing and how the DJ before me has played the back end of his set. A lot of it is timing, if I am on early then there’s no need to play big crowd pleasers.You need to be building the vibe for what comes after. Knowing what’s before and after and your status on the line up is key.

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Have you ever left anyone with a stinker? I did the Skream and Benga tour in America and I was on after Jackmaster, which was good as I could play whatever I wanted, but towards the back end of the set I had to really pick it up for Skream and Benga who were playing really hard Dubstep at the time. I do remember I had this one hard dubstep track that I used to save for the right gigs on the tour. I knew how their set started because they had an intro track, but I felt like I had to go out with a bang a couple of times, and I think they felt a bit daunted coming off the back of this ridiculously hard Dubstep track. I usually ease it off though (Laughs). 53




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L O N E LY T H Names?

Did you watch him play?

I’m Mo from Lonely the Brave I’m Mark also from Lonely the Brave I’m John, also from Lonely the Brave

Yes. He was great, something else. 3500 people, 3 hrs and 45 minutes and he did not stop once.You look at this screen and you see this dude about 60 years old, then you look at the stage and see this little man running about that looks about 20 years old, its just a weird juxtaposition as to how much energy he has got, it’s the energy – yes, amazing.

OK, well give us a run down, its been a busy year for you already, coming off the back of Reading and Leeds and also there was Red Bull music, you did something for them? Yes we did a Download and played the Red Bull stage at the festival. Download was our first big festival, that was great fun.We’ve been really busy, really excited, and a good reaction. And after that we did HardrockCalling with Springstien, which was opening up the day, and that was something else. Did you get to meet him? No, no, he had quite a security crowd. Did you try? No, I think we would have needed another 15 passes to get anywhere near, maybe his toilet, I don’t know maybe

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Do you look at these guys playing on stage and do you take elements out of it for your own shows, when you watch them? I would like to, if we could get away with it. But just to play 3 hours and 40 minutes, and just to keep on going and just do it as opposed to just doing like 30 and 40 minute sets, I am exhausted at the end of it! Then there he is doing 3 hours and 40 minutes, you know. He is just a legend. He cannot be followed in any way.

HE BRAVE So you are on tour at the moment, you have released an EP, you’ve got an album coming out...

Doing a bit of research, you say were you are now a five-piece. I read that in 2010 you were a 4-piece.What happened?

We have got an EP coming out on the 7th October, and we are on tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club which we are really privileged to do.Then we have a couple more festivals then we are off to do Paris for Deftones.Which we are really looking forward to, then we are out 20th September, to mid October around the UK. Then hopefully the Album will be out sometime next year.

Yes we started putting bits and pieces down for our album, and the guitar work required lots of guitar tracks. A lot of the tracks were written for two guitars, and only having one live it’s hard to play. I think it just warrants it, it is trying to get the biggest sound possible.We struggled with one guitar, but with two guitars it’s easier.

So you are already “ticking boxes” that you have in your head.What other boxes there are to tick? Yes well we just want to play.We are really, really lucky to be able to do what we do.We know that and we are grateful. If you had spoken with us a year ago and said that this stuff would be happening, then it would have been completely different, I don’t know that I would have believed you! We are not taking it for granted at all – it is amazing.

What were the auditions, were they with Satriani… ? No it was Johnny Marr, Jay Mascis, Slash (twice) he kept coming back. No we didn’t really audition.We had a few guys in but I have known John for a long time and knew how good he was and just asked if he would be up for it. Luckily he said yes. Amazing. So have you got any of the tour bus stories since you have been around Europe? Not ones that we can legally tell you? No. Apart from that and the 80’s hour.We have an 80’s hour which

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consists of Mo singing the most incredibly high pitched version of 80’s songs for an hour.Yesterday it was Eurasia, John Farnum, Meatloaf, you know all the classics. Classic cuts of Meatloaf. (break down laughing)

So if you had a line up for a New Years eve party, this is the end of your gig and you have got the chance to put whoever you want in? We all have a massive diverse spectrum of music we listen to, but there is bound to be groups we all love, the National, Deftones,This will destroy you, Pearl Jam. Put all those bands on the bill and I’m there. I’d like to know who’s paying them though, because we can’t. 53


MARLEY WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET TOO FAR INTO THE WHOLE BOB MARLEY AS A DAD THING AS IT’S BEEN DONE TO DEATH, IF WE’RE SICK OF IT IMAGINE HOW HIS KIDS FEEL. SO WHEN GRANTED AN AUDIENCE WITH ZIGGY MARLEY, WE’RE IN A BOUNCY MOOD, CHANGING IT UP BETWEEN A BIT OF FUN AND SOME MORE SERIOUS TOPICS, ALL OF WHICH ARE DEALT WITH INTERESTINGLY. WE IMAGINED A BROAD JAMAICAN ACCENT IN THE ANSWERS, JUST FOR FUN. ZIGGY HAS BEEN ROCKING OUR CLOTHING FOR A WHILE NOW, AND WE’RE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO TIE HIM DOWN AS HE’S ONE OF THE BUSIEST PEOPLE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. HIS BOOKS, MUSIC AND RUNNING (YES, RUNNING, GOOGLE IT) ARE AN INSPIRATION. 1.Tell us a bit about what you have been up to this summer. I did a little touring in Canada & USA, took my family with me. I’ve also been in the studio working on my next album. 2. Collaborations:You have collaborated with a host of people from day one, who has been the most interesting or intimidating to work with. Most interesting collaboration was with Willie Neslon we recorded the song “this train” in a hotel room.

3.Who shocked you the most with their musical skills, was there anyone that you saw at work and though – DAMN they’re shit hot!?

6. How do you explain another intrinsic part of your lifestyle – marijuana – to your children as it’s traditionally a taboo subject?

Woody Harrelson.Woody is an old friend of the family so we hang out when he is in LA or I’m in Hawaii.While I was recording wild and free he came for a vist and I said “ Woody you want to sing on this track” and he said ok. that is when I realized, “Wow” Woody can sing!

If it comes up i tell them it’s a plant that has many uses.

4. Kids… you got a lot of them… you write books for them, sing for them, it’s obvious they are important to you, is being a strong father figure sometimes at odds with your travelling lifestyle? Yeah it can be tough, but I call them and skype them a lot from the road and when they are not in school I take them with me on tour. 5. Old and new Reggae, do you think much has changed? Old reggae had a struggle, that is different today.

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7. A Jamaican musician calling for legalization is hardly a new thing, and they haven’t listened before, so why do you think they will listen now? Or does it feel like you’re just going through the motions? Well it’s not a matter of legalization it’s a matter of getting the truth out and letting things take its natural course. 8.What are your thoughts on Snoop Lion? If it’s true and if it’s sincere then it could be good… only time will tell.



9.You have a true Jamaican trait for being relaxed, what other than Usain’s performances get you riled up? Watching a soccer match! 10.There is also lots of politics and critics in the music industry, how do you deal with them? I am chill, I don’t deal with them. 11. How involved with Tuff Gong are you? Very. 12.You have a blank invitation list in your hand for a table at a local bar, 5 seats booked from 9pm – 3am. Who do you ask to the table and would you smoke with them or drink with them? Or both.



I don’t drink so I don’t go to bars but…..5 people I would like to sit a table and smoke with would be….my Mother, Father,Yeshua, Fela Kuti and Bruce Lee. 13. And what’s on the jukebox? I shot the sheriff.

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We caught up with them at the biggest Christian Festival in Europe, meaning no alcohol on the grounds and no usual festival weed smells wafting through the crowd.Whilst spending a few hours with them, it was mentioned that this was a weird place for them to be playing. Peter’s answer was that it’s easy for bands to say they want to bring music to the masses, but selling tickets and rocking shows to their own crowds is what’s supposed to happen. If, however they put their music where their mouth is, then they should be able to gamble and work a different crowd. Doing this show would simultaniously challenge and sharpen their skills.This speaks volumes of a band that’s comfortable with who they are, yet not worried about pushing themselves into an awrkward situation.

Interviewing them was like a mexican standoff at the beginning, quiet and expectant, but after the first shots were finally fired, they were one of the more interesting bands we have inerviewed. Spectre at the feast (new album): you have been playing it around Europe, have you been having fun with it? Robert:Yes its been a good tour, a really good tour, weve been to more places and festivals around Europe than we thought we would ever get a chance to. So that’s cool.We said no for quite a few summers though, so we got backed up.We had to say yeas at some point. You guys tour a lot anyway it must be tiring? Robert: Club shows though yeah. Peter: Its not that tiring, no more than anything else, a little bit. Once your body gets used to it. Leah: Yeah, as long as you are not sick or something like that its alright. So have you aired all the songs off the ablum on this tour? Peter: Oh no. No we have played them all. One way or another we have played them all, acoustic or electric. So has it been good? (Collective laugh)

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Peter: We are not playing anything from the new record any more – none of it works!Yeah I guess so. Nobody has thrown shit at us so far, but I shouldn’t say that. Leah: We haven’t been booed off stage yet so I guess that’s all good signs. Montreaux Jazz Festival is a place where we have always had aspirations to go to and you guys went there; how was that, was it as good as we imagine it would be to play? Leah: It was really cool, and you went to see Leonard Cohen at that show (to Peter). Peter:Yes there was a big space, there were a couple of rooms inside the big theatre area and so we were playing at the same time as Leanord Coehen was playing. But he did two sets so when he took a 30 minute breather between the two, I had time after our show to run around the complex and get to see the last half of his show. Robert: It was great, we played there a few years ago with PJ Harvey and yes, it was a good one, a lot of good music there. Did you manage to meet Cohen? Robert: I tried, but security wrestled me to the ground. I almost got there. I tried to walk through doing that trick like, I pretend Iwas supposed to be there – it usually works.

So have you met any other bands on this tour, any other guys that you have thought were good?




Leah: Well we saw Nine Inch Nails last night and that was really good. But we haven’t hung out with anyone. But seeing them play was really cool.We saw some of the Queens of the Stoneage which was cool. Robert:Yes, it was broken up into two halves, and we can’t remember what happened in the first half. Peter: Dinosaur Junior was at Montreaux too. Robert: Sigur Ros, Black Angels, it was cool that we managed to cross paths with some other bands, but it’s a quick hang out or a drink than you are onto the next thing. It makes it feel like it is a small world for a little while. There is a romantic notion how life in a tour bus writing songs and playing guitars and back stage events being great, drinking out of champagne glasses and seeing friends you havnt seen for years – is that what its like, or is that not the reality of it all? Robert: No there is just naked girls and heroin. No champagne though. You have built a great rock and roll sound and yet you release an acoustic album? Peter: There is always the thought, I think, at the end of the day that is you can’t play on acoustic then there is

probably something wrong – you know. And there’s a bunch that we can’t play, well we haven’t figued out how to play on accoustic so there’s couple of songs wrong (collective laugh) But I think that’s one of the truths. If you are just relying on level and trickery then I don’t think it is a good thing. Yes, acoustic is the equalizer, I think. That’s where you cant hide? Peter:Yes, yes yes.We have had plenty of times when the power goes out on a festival stage, left with nothing but the acoustic guitar and you better be able to do something. Leah: It sure can expose bands.You can’t really hide bad playing in accoustic.

So are you happy with your sound now or is there a reggae or a punk or is it something you have ever explored? Leah: We talked about it.That came up a while ago. It hasn’t happened this time, maybe next time.

Peter: Yeah.Wow. Leah: That’s nice.

Peter: Comedy album.. No, not a full album, but maybe one song. Maybe if one song somehow magically appeared and happened to be in that realm. Maybe something more like The Clash, you know they dealt in a version.

Peter: are you going to steal that and re-write it for yourself? (laughs) Am I right is saying that you all actually ride motor bikes?

Robert: Yeah but they did that the punk rock band does reggae, they nailed that so it would be hard to do that better then they did.

Yes. What motorbikes do you ride? Peter: I’ve got a 75 Honda 550 Leah: Honda Shadow Robert: Triumph and a Honda, but I am trying to get rid of the Honda, it’s more reliable and easier to keep alive.The Triumph, even though it’s half way to breaking down when driving it, it’s still more fun. The next question if for you Leah since I saw an interview online and you said you were a (horsey?) girl, was it these guys that inducted you to the bikes? Leah: (laughing) I was a horsey girl. How did you get into bikes then, was it these guys that inducted you? Leah: I had given up the horsey stuff for a while before I met them, and yes, that was when I was younger. I had two. Robert: It’s not a big leap from horses to motorcycles, just some basics. Peter: Here’s a little know fact. I had a pony too.




I am just going to read a little of the paragraph – Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club, a notoriously mysterious trio. BRMC have never abandoned their unique sonic template, fuzzy guitars, blues licks and atmospheric feedback. Did they nail it?

Leah: What?

Peter: Uh, they nailed what they wanted to say.Why not yeah.

Do you go on rides together, do you ride your bikes together?

Are you notoriously mysterious??

Peter: Yes, we rented bikes in Japan, South Africa, and these guys went to Cambodia on bikes. Portugal, New Zealand…

Peter: That’s a kind way of putting it, that’s a real kind way. It’s another way of saying that we are assholes! Assholes in interviews.Yeah we got a reputation for that a little bit.Why not. Leah: It’s a nice way of saying arkward. Peter: It’s all fair, that’s what we’re here for once you put the ideas on paper. It’s a good thing and a nice way. And the last bit says that the BRMC are a band at the top of their game. After 15 years they are one of the best garage rock bands in the world now. Feel the pain and beauty in their songs. Let them wash over you, and drink in the sonic healing. Pretty good I thought!

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Robert. No. Peter: He was called Thunder. Leah: It’s all coming out. Awww. My pony was called Joey. He didn’t like people.

Robert: Whenever we are touring and we have got a week off somewhere, rather than flying home which is far too expensive. It gives us a chance to see the place, explore what it is really like you know.We are just killing time and just driving without actually knowing your destination. It is a good way to see a country, and meet people, and figure out what the place is about. That’s it really, we usually wait for those little pockets of time, usually we’ll see one and they get narrower as shows get booked around it. But that’s the best thing we have come up with doing in our spare time.

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“CALL THE CORONER” AND PRIASED THEM TO THE ROOF BEFORE THEIR DOUBLE STAGE TIME AT THE FESTIVAL. WE WERE HOOKED. NOW WE SOMETIMES LISTEN TO OUR SALES MANAGER, BUT ONLY SOMETIMES, HOWEVER WE LISTEN TO TSPSI REGULARLY. GOOGLE THEIR NAME AS IT’S A TRAGIC STORY ABOUT SNAKES, WILD CATS AND VOLCANOS. Then just before Arctangent festival, one of the organisers sent a mail about their new single “Call the coroner” and priased them to the roof before their double stage time at the festival.We were hooked. Now we sometimes listen to our sales manager, but only sometimes, however we listen to TSPSI regularly. Google their name as it’s a great story and one Damien used to name the band after when things were almost as disasterous in his life.

If you guys would like to introduce yourselves. Hi, I’m Szach, I come from Taunton and I am in The St Pierre Snake Invasion. I’m Damien, I am from Merthyr Tydville, and I am the singer of TSPSI. When did you guys start up, when was your “birth”? Damien: Well I started the band, I wrote all the songs in 2008/9 in North Wales and I decided I wanted to start the band and take it to Bristol. So I moved to Bristol in 2010 and met Szach & Forbes through a mutual friend (Carl came with me as well) and these guys used to be in a band called Thick Black Theory so they brought Mark in.The first day I met Mark was the day of our first gig, because I had to work and they were practicing and we had basically 2 weeks to learn the songs. I turned up at the Hen and Chicken in Bedminster and I said glad to meet you. (Laughs) We have been together about 3 years.

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Bristol has got quite a rich scene too – do you think it is the cider that does it? Damien: HA HA HA – the cider and the plimsoles – yes. It’s such a bohemian place, like it’s really chilled. Its like the city Welsh people go to because its not so busy as London, and you can actually walk from one side to the other!Yes – you know, it was a choice of Manchester or Bristol, and I visited and it like everywhere there is music, that’s the city really, it just thrives on music. Szach: You can go almost anywhere you like and there will be live music, no matter what your taste in music, it is there – every night too. Damien: It’s plug in and play every night of the week. Its like everybody who plays there is awesome, its like the standard of musicianship is unbelievable – everybody there is like fucking maestros – its crazy.

You guys are starting to break down doors now. Damien: Yes hopefully Szach: Yes it has been a bit weird, like this last year has sort of all of a sudden kick off a little bit. What was the tipping point? Szach: We have had some good gigs in Bristol, and word of mouth has got round, it has just sort of snowballed from there really. Damien: When we started I wrote loads of songs in North Wales and I must have had about 200 songs when we moved and basically I didn’t have a rule, the sound that we have now was not the sound that I intended. I wrote whatever was in my head – it was like hardcore or garage songs, so when we first started it was like a mix of hard-core and garage, and then we sort of started putting nicer songs in a set, a bit more melodic.We had a sit down and when we all heard the demos it was the in your face energetic that were chosen because we loved them.We decided that’s what we should be doing.

V IN E K A N S E R R IE P . TS. PIOIENRRTHEESSNTA KE INVASION THE S Do you think that you on stage performances – there is persona there definitely – do you think that that is why you started to make things happen.

Szach: I think so, being on the stage and seeing Damien out there. People when they see it, they are like glued on him because hes got the feeling for the, Pierre and so the charisma is there and so they’ve just got to watch him.The music is good, don’t get me wrong, but the front man is the big deal. And you’ve got it mate. Damien: Yep! I’ve got it mate (Laughs) Like people say “did you see St Pierre, its like that guy was being sick on stage or walking on the ceiling or – I don’t know doing stuff that you don’t see. You go and see bands and the music is good but they just don’t do anything, but when we are together we are we sync up like, and I think the vibe just comes off of us into the audience – you know.

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Damien: That’s the most sense I have ever heard you talk. (Laughing) Personally, you know I think it is the songs more than me, more than what I do on stage, and its is a result of all the music that we are playing, and so its like I think there is not one shit song in our set. You can go and see a band and there is no interaction with anyone. Damien: Yeah its not like having a message – that old cliché. It’s like actually giving a fuck about what you are doing, not looking bored. Like there is nothing worse than looking up on stage and seeing five guys and they would just as well be anywhere else.


RRE SNAKE IN VASION THE S ION THE ST. S A T V . N I P E K A I E N S R E R RE SNAK R E I P . T S E TH You may as well put a CD on.

Boil in the bag music and atrocities…

Damien: Yes, Fuck Off if you cant be bothered, the music that I write, when we try it out if it does not give me a tingle in my stomach like butterflies, then we don’t play it. Every song in our set is a song that we all fucking love.

Damien: Exactly – boil in the bag is the kind of atrocities that pollute the airwaves and minds alike. I mean how many times can you listen to a guy singing about how much he misses his ex girlfriend? I don’t give a fuck about your relationship. I don’t care, there are more pressing issues than that.

Szach: And all the song titles as well, I think that is what kind of stands us out as well. All our song titles they kind of mean something and they are quite funny as well, at the same time.That way people kind of remember it you know and they get on board with it as well. Damian: Yes just a bit of thought, and hopefully that is what people take notice of as well, the lot of thought that goes into the new music.

You are 15, don’t tell me about love. Damien: Exactly you haven’t lived yet.They must be fucking joking! Just quickly – an album! Szach: Yes very soon – uh – in our world,

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Damien: We have started demoing now, demoing for an album which we are going to release the single “If the only way is Essex you can kill me now” NewYear maybe. Is there anybody you would like to give a shout out to, to sign you. Damien: I don’t give a fuck, anybody can sign us – I don’t know Big Scary Monsters they can have us if they want us. Soul can have us, I know Brew have just shut down, EMI,Virgin – anyone, anyone can have us. Szach: Anybody who has got the balls to take us on Brilliant there is a lot of stuff in there. Szach: He likes to talk. He like to talk because he is Welsh man. 53

ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S BBC INTRODUCING SELECTEE’S - MIKE DIGNAM IS A SINGER SONGWRITER WHO’S TRAVELLED THE COUNTRY PERFORMING GIGS TO A GROWING CROWD OF FANS WHO HAVE BEEN WON OVER BY HIS SONGWRITING AND PERFORMING TALENTS. IT’S BEEN 5 YEARS SINCE MIKE HAS WON THE YOUTH MUSIC NATIONAL AWARD AND NOT ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN WASTED. SUPPORTING LEWIS WATSON, CO-WRITING FOR B.G.T.’S THE MEND’S DEBUT SINGLE, TOURING WITH LAWSON AND HEADLINING HIS OWN MULTIPLE TOURS. You’re coming off the back of the Great Escape tour, any funny stories you can share? To be honest, the funny stories could have been from every and any day as the people I had on the tour were wicked and as such, there was such a great atmosphere on the tour bus; love it when that happens! The fact my Manager and Tour Manager had to share a double-bed in a bit of hotel room booking mishap on the first night was comical; comical for everyone but my Manager and Tour Manager. Still, they were both still smiling in the morning… I’m saying nothing! As a singer songwriter do you think you’re missing out on not having a band? It depends on what way you look at it I guess. Being the kind of artist and musician I am, it does mean that I can change my line-up and arrangements to suit all sorts of different styles of gigs, from the big sound of performing with my band, to the more intimate, solo shows I’m doing as part of my Heart to Heart Tour in December. Logistically it’s also much easier to perform solo and to be more flexible as to where and when I can play. On the flip side, if you’re in a band, the fact of the matter is that there often isn’t the expenditure of hiring musicians. Tempted to take the X-Factor route to recognition? In total honesty; not at all. I take nothing away from anyone who sees shows like X-Factor and Britain’s’ Got Talent as a platform to showcase their talent, and it is undeniable that there are some talented people that appear on those shows, however, I have spent a long time crafting my art, from my songwriting, to my performance, to my fan-base. For me, and the type of musician and artist I am, and the artist I work hard to become; recognition comes via my music as opposed to the fame element. I’m not naive, I do realize that ‘fame’ is unavoidable in today’s society as you become more successful, but I try to remember that my songwriting is what makes me who I am in terms of my art. People often talk of a ‘ready-made’ fan-base with X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, but I do think that they tend to be fans of the TV show as opposed to the people who perform on there, in general of course. What’s the end game? In it’s simplest definition; to keep making music that people are emotionally invested in for the rest of my days. I love writing, I love recording and I love touring and playing my music to as many people as I can. If I can make a living out of it and perhaps support my family and close friends in the meantime; fantastic! You have a magic bag of money, what’s first on the shopping list? This sounds good! First off, as above; I’d look after my family and close friends; they’ve supported me so much that I’d love to do the same for them. After that, I would love to own a cool studio and just continue with creating music and playing it to people around the world.

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Below is a conversation about a NMA tee that we had with their long term collaborator Joolz Denby. As anyone FLY53 initiated will know, the humble tee is our canvas, we relish using it to poke fun, raise awareness and stoke a conversation. So this story is one we thought would be worth highlighting. We are reprinting a strictly limited number of the original design tees for the first time since 1985.

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These will be auctioned for a local Derby based Drugs Charity – see FLY53.COM for more details. FLY53: Name, and relationship to NMA? My name is Joolz Denby, though most people just call me Joolz. I am a poet, writer, artist & tattooist and have worked for New Model Army since I helped found the band over thirty years ago. I was their first manager, their kick-arse and I have designed all their album

covers,T-shirts, DVD covers etc etc during that time… except for about two, which were done by the record companies in-house because I was away traveling. I worked on the band’s merchandise stall on the road too, until a couple of years ago when I got my own tattoo studio. I am the person who drives the band in the sense of pushing them on, critiquing what they do, encouraging them, and I work closely with Justin Sullivan, the front man and lyricist. I help edit his lyrics and act as his advisor. I look after things for him when he’s away. And still draw all their stuff, obviously. FLY53:Tell us about the origins of the Heroin design. Joolz: OK.Well. in the 1980’s the band were going up pretty fast.That however didn’t stop them being aware of various things going on in our home town of Bradford, one of which was a sudden escalation of heroin use, mostly amongst young working class teens on the big estates surrounding the city. A lot of mythologies sprang up, such as smoking heroin was no worse for you than smoking dope, just a bit stronger, and the dealers, for whatever reason, encouraged these stories - the result being a lot of sick kids and some OD’s. I tried to get some action from the City council about it, but they refused point blank to address the issue and

to be addicts and worshiping jumped up ‘outrageous’ attention-seeking pop stars and models dressed up as junkies. It was irritating.To me anyway, given what the reality was. Also I had been given heroin aged 14 by a complete twat who thought it was funny to jack up a silly impressionable girl who fancied him, and aside from puking like a fountain for hours, I could see even at that young age, that heroin addiction would be a living suicide. So romanticising it to sell magazines and designer outfits racked me off. Anyhow, the band were offered Top Of The Pops, which was hilarious to us, but we thought it was a great opportunity to make a useful statement. I hand painted four T-shirts with the slogan ‘Only Stupid Bastards Use Heroin’ in a banner design. Because only stupid bastards use heroin, as any long term addict will tell you. It was designed to counteract the Heroin Chic thing, and hopefully put a few 14 year olds off the idea that heroin was a ‘cool rock n’ roll lifestyle choice’, or at least question that. At the same time the band quietly started raising money for rehab charities like The Bridge Project in Bradford. So, we get to TOTP in the shirts and they go mental. Literally shouting at us that the guys can’t wear the shirts because of the word ‘bastard’.


even rubbished me personally at length in the local newspaper. As I found out, they thought talking about this or any other problem would hurt the city’s image and the last thing they wanted was some gobby Punk bird banging on about it. Around the same time, the London media, especially the NME, were in love with ‘Heroin Chic’ which was fairly nauseating - wanky middle class dilettantes pretending

It was bad enough the band had insisted on playing live which the BBC hated - but an ‘offensive’T-shirt! They went nuts and made us put a strip of gaffer tape across the word ‘bastard’. OK, I thought. Right. So as the day went on I gradually snipped away at the tape with some nail scissors until you could perfectly well read it, but the tele-idiots didn’t notice. New Model Army played live

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to the nation wearing the shirt and afterwards the BBC went mad with fury, saying we were banned forever and would never play on TV again in the UK, which is true. However the newspapers picked it up and went at the BBC for being fuddy-duddies trying to stop an important message getting across to the teenagers who needed to hear it as an antidote to the Heroin Chic fashion, and it blew up into a proper scandal. This made the BBC even more furious and it’s been said, was the final nail in any credibility TOTP had as a music program. I was very proud. Shortly afterwards the band played the main stage at Glastonbury and during the set had a good humored exchange with the crowd about the shirt. After the set we got back stage to find all the Glastonbury big wigs, media celebs and BBC DJs gathered in a gang glaring at us and ranting on at length about what horrible Northern barbarians we were for being so ‘unsympathetic’ and ‘unkind’ to people with substance abuse problems by using such an ‘offensive’ statement.They raved on that the band would never play Glastonbury again, or ever be allowed on the BBC. They didn’t ask why we’d made the statement or enquire about the thousands the band had raised for drug charities.They just hated us, and true to their word the band didn’t play Glastonbury for over 25 years and have never been on a BBC music program. All because of a T-shirt and a bunch of stupid peoples’ closed minds. The shirt itself became a legend amongst the band’s following worldwide, the problem of heroin has not gone away and the rehab charities are struggling for cash in a competitive charity market these days, so I’m proud Fly 53 have chosen to reprint this iconic shirt again and raise money for the charities with it. Me, I’m now hand painting some shirts for the young band Monster Jaw with the slogan, ‘Do It Gay, Do It Straight’ on, so what goes around comes around. I’m just an old gobby Punk bird now, instead of a young one! :)












Monster Jaw were formed in February 2013 by charismatic frontman/songwriter Mik Davis and feature bassist Neil Short and drummer John Bradford. Hailing from the gritty Northern cities of Leeds and Bradford UK, this highly creative trio make resonant and atmospheric Garage Grunge rock coupled with tight, electrifying stage shows that have seen them gain respect and admiration throughout the UK.Their latest EP, ‘Get A Tattoo’ with London-based Belgian engineer-producer Wes Maebe whose credits include The Libertines, Roger Waters and Robert Plant is out soon. Monster Jaw also create ingenious lo-fi videos to accompany their tracks.They are currently gigging throughout the UK. All pictures taken by Unholyracket aka Neil Chapman. Website: www.unholyracket.co.uk


Hotly-tipped guitar 4 piece Catfish and The Bottlemen will release their new single ‘Pacifier’ through Communion on December 9.The track, possessed of the ebullient guitar noise we’ve come to expect, follows previous singles ‘Homesick’ and ‘Rango’, which have garnered praise from the NME, Q Magazine and Clash, with radio support from Radio 1 (Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Sara Cox), 6Music and XFM. A typically frenetic summer saw the band play the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival amidst a ceaseless UK tour (which is still going!) which has taken in sold-out London shows at the Sebright Arms and Barfly. www.castfishandthebottlemen.com

Leeds-based Indie/Rap/Electro outfit Middleman are wowing both critics and the general public with the recent release of their new album ‘Counterstep’. Its been an interesting journey for Middleman. From guerilla gigs in local bars, to support slots with the likes of Ghostpoet and The Streets, the band have toured relentlessly, appearing at South By South West, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling, as well as a whole host of European festivals.The hard work’s starting to pay off, and the band have received airplay on Radio 1, XFM and 6 Music, as well as recording a live session at London’s famous Maida Vale Studios for Radio 1. www.middlemanband.co.uk www.facebook.com/MiddlemanBand twitter.com/#!/middlemanband


Vancouver-dwelling Hannah Georgas is gearing up for the UK release of her new album Hannah Georgas (November 25, Dine Alone Records), following JUNO & Polaris Prize nominations for the record in her native Canada. Previous releases have earned Hannah comparisons to Feist, but with Hannah Georgas (recorded with Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh) -heavy on the electronics, but not the electronica- Georgas has found a new means of re-wiring her essentially singer/ songwriter sensibility into complex studio soundscapes. www.hannahgeorgas.com

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I’ve recently been working with a couple of the other Hadouken boys alongside Stefan from The Midnight Beast and Pat from Limb to create a side-project called ‘Cast of Lions’ (www.castoflions.com). It’s a pretty big departure from all of our respective bands musically, but we’ve been blown away by the responses to the first two songs we’ve put online.The album was fully recorded from start to finish in two weeks in a residential studio in rural Wales, before being mixed by Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner,Tubelord), and mastered by Joe LaPorta (The Killers, Foo Fighters,The Weeknd). Check them out as their new album is out now.


Scrooius Pip VS Dan Le Sac – Repent Replenish Repeat Ok, ok, so this isn’t a new band, but it’s a new album and we’re tipping it to be the one that propels the gents into the next level.They have been tireless in their work ethic, and after heading off to do solo albums, now they’re a cosy unit again and smashing it. DLS vs SP works on so many levels it’s hard to choose just oen, so we won’t try. Lyrical mastery and a big soundbed of beats, intelligently laced together into a CD that’s worth the cash three times over. Oh, and it’s independently produced and distributed, so if you steal it your sex bits will disintegrate.Truth street. Get it on iTunes or through their site (Google it you lazy person)


The Sea & I are an ever changing phalanx of musicians, forming around the central core of Bernie, Naomi, Paul and Irwin, augmented with anything from brass, to strings to choirs depending on availability, venue size and the mood of the moment.The Sea & I do not play gigs in the usual sense, they simply reinterpret songs they’ve recorded according to where they are and who they have with them.The self-titled The Sea & I - EP is out now! www.theseaandi.com www.facebook.com/theseaandi twitter.com/theseaandi soundcloud.com/theseaandi


Influenced by Patti Smith, Amy Winehouse and John Lee Hooker -Young & Lost Club present Annie Eve, a 21 year old Singer/Songwriter from London. Praised for her ability to delicately and respectfully blend the mystical magic of Bon Iver with the raw sensibilities of the likes of Cobain and Regina Spektor, Annie Eve pours sugar and bitter spice into her angelic compositions with disturbing ease and sincerity. 2013 has seen her support Fionn Regan, Bears Den, Daughter andY&L alumni’s Little Green Cars alongside several festival slots.The highly anticipated self-titled Annie Eve EP is available now! www.facebook.com/annieevemusic twitter.com/AnnieEvemusic soundcloud.com/annieeve


The Harrington Blues are a 5 piece band from Stamford/Peterborough that has become known on the live music circuit for their beguiling lyrics and catchy guitar riffs forming stomping dance floor numbers.The 60’s mod revivalists are Josh Goodwin (vox), Jack Green (guitar/vox), Ben Gooch (guitar/vox), Richard Sorbi (Bass/vox) and Tom Andrews (drums).The Harrington Blues’ infectious guitar pop single ‘Al Capone’ was released earlier this year through Manchester label Longevity Records and was received well with them playing support to mod stalwarts ‘Ocean Colour Scene’. www.facebook.com/theharringtonblues longevityrecords.co.uk/bands-artists/the-harrington-blues

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Super73 are a four piece band hailing from the Midlands UK.They’ve been described as “The New Wave of the Post-Punk British Invasion”They have started out life by playing shows like they mean it. Supporting the likes of Arcane Roots, Everclear and Attack!Attack! With their Debut EP “Remember. Bulletproof ” Released in November 2013 on 8BP, they look set to bring their brand of Alternate Rock to the masses, already garnering support from BBC Introducing and with plans in place to embark upon a National Radio Campaign the future is looking rosey for Super73. Live dates across the country to be announced soon. Everyone’s life has a soundtrack.This is Super73.


Firmly rooted in grunge aesthetics, Manchester based Moose Patrol are Adam Bostock (guitar/vocals), Conner Hanmer (Bass/vocals) and Matt Lockett. Their high energy live shows had been earning them praise from all quarters of the city, drawing comparisons with early Nirvana and more contemporary bands like MGMT, they self released their debut E.P. ‘what lies in the dark’ in 2012 and in early 2013 the young lads signed to Longevity Records. Since then, they’ve surprised the locals playing guerrilla gigs and festivals as well as releasing their second E.P. ‘Drowning’ through the label. en-gb.facebook.com/MoosePatrolBand longevityrecords.co.uk/bands-artists/moose-patrol


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FLY53 Fanzine Issue #15  

15th edition of the bi-annual FLY53 clothing Zine where we highlight what's been fuelling our fire. This time around we have exclusive inte...

FLY53 Fanzine Issue #15  

15th edition of the bi-annual FLY53 clothing Zine where we highlight what's been fuelling our fire. This time around we have exclusive inte...