Interview :: Dave Hause

“I’m feeling tired, but blessed…” – Dave Hause

After an awesome run of shows in the UK last year on The Revival Tour, Dave Hause has been back in the UK with Dear & Departed and Alkaline Trio. I met with the singer/songwriter/Loved Ones frontman in London during the Trio’s set at their, sold out, Camden Barfly show to talk about everything from a new record, to his 7″ record project, to Laura Jane Grace. There’s also a number of cameos from the people of London, some of whom were apologetic for their interview interruptions.

Anyway, check out this interview and expect Dave to be back before 2012 is out. He seems to like it here.

Interview :: Apologies, I Have None

“Socks and showering, that’s all secondary, because no one cares what you smell like…” – Dan Bond (Apologies, I Have None)

After their awesome show with Touche Amore and Pianos Become The Teeth in Manchester, I chatted to Dan and Josh from Apologies, I Have None. The guys are currently riding a wave of critical praise following the release of their debut record London, and the band’s fan-base is growing with every show. Regardless of their successes, they still stood out in the cold and talked about things like re-recording old songs, the possibility of them playing acoustic again and they even managed to throw out some tour/life tips thanks to a well placed question from Moving North’s Kieran Kelly.

Interview :: Throwing Stuff

Throwing Stuff At ManchFESTer II - © 2012 J-Clique Photography

“Throwing Stuff is a collective of people who party hard and don’t learn how to play songs” – Alun Matthews (Throwing Stuff)

Ahead of their show in support of Sharks (yeah…we know), I interviewed Throwing Stuff. The band have gained a loyal fan-base and much notoriety for their high energy, erratically entertaining performances, and kept that up during our little chat outside of The Star & Garter in Manchester. We talked about falling down stairs, possible recordings and what Throwing Stuff actually is.

Interview :: Henry Rollins

“Western solutions to non Western places, that’s a big fail.”

Henry Rollins is one of the hardest working guys out there. The former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman now spends his time touring the world, performing spoken word shows to packed crowds and writing the occasional book (amongst other things). Thankfully he took some time out to answer some questions of ours, covering everything from Black Flag, to politics, to Green Lantern.

We saw you in Manchester in January, and you described, in part, the route you had taken across the world to get to your recent run of UK shows. It’s pretty intense. Do you think you’ll ever slow down?

That’s a good question. I guess I will have to at some point. Honestly, I don’t really think about the future, past the work I have to get done and perhaps the year ahead so I can plan it in advance. I guess I will go as I do until I go a different way.

You seem to be have a huge backing for the current revolutionary activities (and rightly so) in areas such as Egypt, et al. That being said, do you think there could be more done by countries in the west to help relieve the political vacuum that is often left after revolutions of this nature?

I think more pre-emptive action could be taken as in not setting up bad governments in countries you wish to dominate, not destroy their economy, etc. These ideas sadly go against the party line of American foreign policy. We want the vacuum. That’s when we come in and do our work. The disaster is what we’re after. If you really wanted to help, you would get in and get out and leave behind sustainability. To do that, you would have to understand the culture and care about the history of a country so you don’t wreck it. Western solutions to non Western places, that’s a big fail.

During 2010-11 a project was started by a woman named Angela Bennett called “Thanks to Hank” which featured contributions by various people who feel they had been helped immensely in their lives by yourself and your work (we both contributed, so thank you!) This must have been a very humbling gift to receive but do you find it hard to not let it go to your head? In your shows and books you never seem to really give yourself credit as being such an inspiration, why is that?

I don’t think it a good idea for me to think about any of that too much. I truly appreciate anyone paying attention to what I do, of course and am very grateful that someone gets something useful out of what I am trying to do. However, I don’t know what else to do about that past being thankful and keep working on things. I am humbled nightly by an audience being there, people out by the bus, the letters, etc. That’s all it is to me–humbling. It doesn’t cause me to swell up as much as it urges me to do as good as I can. My overall feeling, besides gratitude, is one of caution to be clear and patient.

Could you tell us a little about the voice acting you did on the Green Lantern animated film you did last year? How did it come about and are you a big fan of graphic novels? (if so, the next question is, DC or Marvel?)

I work with the producer Andrea Romano now and then. She called me in to do the voice work on that character. I don’t know much about the graphic novel world.

You were quoted in a 2011 edition of Trebuchet magaizine as saying “… and I must say that I miss it [music] every day. I just don’t know honestly what I could do with it that’s different.” Is there a possibility of you collaborating with other artists in the future as oppose to writing your own material, and does include production of other artists? (from what we’ve read the last production project you did was the 1995 Mark of Cain album, Ill at Ease).

I am really not interested in doing music at this point. I did a lot of it and don’t know what else to do with it and production doesn’t really interest me all that much. It’s a lot of sitting still.

Recently Keith Morris, Bill Stevenson, Steven Eggerton and Chuck Dukowski ‘reformed’ Black Flag at GV30. You must be sick of questions like this, but would you ever be a part of something like that?

No. It’s not of my interest.

Finally, as a guy who always appears pretty clued in on good music, could you recommend some artists/bands you’ve been enjoying recently?

Electric Wizard, High On Fire, Boris, Bong, Ashtray Navigations, a lot of old German space music.

Interview :: Andrew Seward (Against Me!)

“…This band has been criticised for everything” – Andrew Seward (Against Me!)

Against Me! have been one of the most successful and revered punk bands in recent years. Having just come off a UK headline tour, the band took to the road with Frank Turner. Before the show we chatted to, bass player, Andrew Seward about the band’s transition from major label to self distribution, how the band had taken to Turner’s crowds and the possibility of re-recording Vivida Vis.

Interview :: The Sleeping Souls

“…Does Frank consider himself the English Springsteen?” – Ben Lloyd (The Sleeping Souls/Dive Dive)

You might know them better as ‘Frank’s Band’, but those four guys bringing that extra bit of umph to every Frank Turner show are The Sleeping Souls. Nigel, Matt, Tarrant and Ben have been touring and recording with England’s favourite singer/songwriter for years. We sat down with them to chat about the ever lasting tour, playing bigger venues and firework displays.

Interview :: Frank Turner

© 2011 Greg Nolan

“…he’d stand stock still, with a single tear rolling down his face, as all these eight year olds punched him, repeatedly, in the balls.” – Frank Turner

Ahead of his sold out show at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, we had another chat with Frank Turner. It’s been quite the year for the singer/songwriter: He and The Sleeping Souls completed their first headline tour of America, he’s scored a show at Wembley Arena and his latest album, England Keep My Bones, is bound to be cracking a few ‘Album Of The Year’ lists.

We talked to Frank about what it’s like taking to the road with a folk band and a punk band, who’s going to support him at the Wembley show, and he reveals a few details about his forthcoming hardcore band.

Moon & Back Session :: Emma Hallows

Ladies and gentlemen… Emma Hallows!

Emma Hallows is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Manchester. She’s created quite a stir in the UK acoustic scene, so it was great to get Emma in session like this. On top of a Manchester car park, Emma performed the title track from her debut solo EP ‘Anchors Up!’ and a cover of The Gaslight Anthem’s ‘Great Expectations’.

‘Anchors Up!’

‘Great Expectations’ (Gaslight Anthem cover)

I hope you enjoyed that. Come back next week for another Moon & Back Session!

Interview :: Chuck Ragan

“…Sometimes it feels like I’m about to fall over.”

It’s fair to say that, for us, Chuck Ragan is somewhat of an inspiration, so we’re always honored to sit and chat with him about…pretty much anything. After six years of trying, he finally managed to bring his, highly successful, Revival Tour across the pond and was loving it, taking everything in his stride. When you consider that the man has released a two new records, worked on new material with Hot Water Music and toured the world extensively in 2011, it’s hard to see how he can cope. That’s what we were there to find out.

Interview :: Dave Hause

“I feel like a kid at Christmas or something…” – Dave Hause

Though he might be best known to some as frontman of The Loved Ones, Dave Hause has recently been carving out a career for himself as a solo artist. His debut long player Resolutions was released to wide acclaim, causing it to be picked up by Xtra Mile Recordings in the UK, but that hasn’t left him resting on his laurels. We chatted to him before the Manchester leg of the, first ever, European Revival Tour – where he’s appearing alongside Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano and Brian Fallon – about his signing to one of the UK’s most exciting labels, his forthcoming 7″ record releases and his plan for the next Loved Ones record.