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Gruesome history lessons ; INTERVIEW Joanna GruesomeBefore their gig in Nottingham, Owen from Joanna Gruesome answered all EG's questions

September 6, 2013


Where are you from? Cardiff via London via Canada.

How did music start for you? Apparently as a kid I liked jumping around to my parent's records. Stuff like The Vulgar Boatmen and Mark Olsen. But otherwise probably R&B channels like The Box or whatever Trevor Nelson did. I think Max bought a skate punk CD when he was a kid. I know that Alanna was into musical theatre.

Who were you listening to when you were growing up? Exclusively industrial noise/power violence/minimalist black metal/maximalist black metal/ambient noise/beat down hardcore/indiepop.

What was the first album or single you ever bought? I dunno what the first record I bought was. I have a feeling it was some lowest common denominator R&B. And yeah, previously mentioned skate punk CD.

Where and when was your first gig and how did it go? First real show was at Buffalo Bar in Cardiff supporting a band called Zoe Van Goey from Glasgow. Went pretty well.

How would you describe your music? Dissonant C86-type music with shouting and frustrated hardcore punk band bits.

Who or what have been your biggest musical inspirations? I dunno how to answer that but right now I'm feeling pretty influenced by a band called Etai Keshiki.

Tell us about your latest album.

It was recorded by MJ from Hookworms at Suburban Home Studio, it's being put out by Fortuna Pop! and Slumberland Records and it's a pretty good indicator of us as a band right now.

What experiences have you had of Nottingham in the past? We played indietracks festival last year and stayed in a travel lodge in Nottingham for a few days. We drank a lot, played a show with Orca Team and I used Oreos from the vending machine as currency.

What can we expect at your Nottingham gig? It will be pretty loud and Golden Grrrls and Trust Fund will be playing too. They both rule.

Joanna Gruesome play the Chameleon on September 18 with Golden Grrrls.

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