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INTERVIEW WITH… ALTERNATIVE POP DUO MISERY KIDS

INTERVIEW WITH… ALTERNATIVE POP DUO MISERY KIDS


New Emo Alt-Pop duo Misery Kids are a band on the rise, taking key elements from synth-pop, arena rock, and alternative bands from the mid-2000s. As they prepare for an opening tour slot in 2022 with Paradise Now, I chat with Misery Kids about that tour, their new single “Turn Of The Lights”, its music video, and more below.


THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: So, Hi guys! How did you each get your start in music? How did Misery Kids come to fruition? 

MISERY KIDS: Hi! We both started getting heavily into music in our early teens. The alternative lifestyle and community was really taking off then and it’s where we found our sense of belonging. We went on to form local bands and play at nearby function rooms, pubs, house shows and anywhere that would have us. After years cutting our teeth in the local scene, we both took a step forward in touring bands, Alex with ‘Rumours’ / ‘Show It Off’ and I played in ‘The Afterparty’.

We met back in 2011 when our previous bands were booked to play the same stage at Hevy Festival. Since then, we crossed paths a bunch of times on the road and at parties. We would talk about our influences, writing styles and bonded over the bands Artist Vs Poet and Marianas Trench. Inevitably we would make music together one day and in the year 2017 MK was born.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Talk us through a typical songwriting process? Was writing for ‘Turn Off The Lights’ any different? I that the track has a fresh summery sound.

MISERY KIDS: We tend to approach songwriting with a stripped back mentality. We believe that if you have an idea that sounds like a hit in acoustic form, the chances are you’re on to a winner – especially when you start adding the supporting layers. TOTL was slightly different, we had the verse ideas for a while but the chorus didn’t 100% click until we took it into the practice room and started experimenting. I remember the feeling when we finally cracked it, it was definitely one of those eureka moments!

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let’s talk about “Turn Off The Lights” music video, the inspiration behind it, and it came together?

MISERY KIDS: Our friend in Italy created the video for us. The brief was to capture mixed emotions of an unstable relationship in order to tell the story of TOTL. The video incorporates some of the good memories interspersed with the cracks that ultimately appear. The signs are there, the couple are in love turmoil, the balance tips as they reach breaking point.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: In 2022 you will share the stage with Paradise Now. What are most looking forward to? What are top three tour must-haves?

MISERY KIDS: We’re really looking forward to the Paradise Now dates in February! We are playing Norwich on the 4th and Cardiff on the 5th. Last time we played Cardiff was in 2019 and it’s still one of our favourite shows to date. The crowd really brought the energy that night, so hopefully it’ll go off again! This will be our first time performing in Norwich, I heard it was the home mustard… I don’t really like mustard though. But seriously, we’re always excited to visit new places and meet new people.

Touring is easily our favourite part of being in a band. For us, nothing beats the adrenaline of playing live.

Our top three tour must haves:-

1. The ultimate playlist. This is a necessity for us to get ourselves pumped for the shows when warming up backstage. We also like to give the front of house a specific playlist just before we go on – this is usually filled with 80’s bangers. It always gets the crowd going.

2. A good sound engineer is an absolute must. They can make or break a show so it’s worth having them on your side (if they’ll let you).

3. A bed for after the show. Sounds obvious, right? In reality, a lot of upcoming bands are crashing on friends’ floors, in their vans or wherever it is free or cheap, because there’s often a limited budget. We’ve slept on plenty of floors over the years but in truth it really takes its toll and it becomes harder to keep up performance levels. Sometimes you have to roll with it but these days we try to get our beauty sleep.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What does music and the craft of songwriting mean to you?  

MISERY KIDS: Everything. It’s our passion and we would be completely lost without it.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What is your earliest music-related memory?    

MISERY KIDS: Music for me started at playgroup. I can still remember there was a box of instruments and I think I might have been the annoying kit that always wanted to bang the drum.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Recommend a playlist or a podcast that you can’t get enough of lately?  

MISERY KIDS: We love the Sappenin’ Podcast with Sean Smith. Honestly, it’s really entertaining and there’s no holds barred. Always great guests too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was the last text that made you laugh?

MISERY KIDS: My Dad text me this on the weekend which cracked me up. Knowing him, I can fully picture this:-

“Hi Nic, just had a senior moment at the footie. Went to get a pasty but the queue way too long. Had to rush back for second half but went up the wrong set of steps and couldn’t find my seat. Then heard my name being chanted by a few of the lads but still couldn’t work out where they were. Then the whole bloody row joined in waving their arms about calling out Gary, Gary lol. Quite embarrassing. Especially when I got an extra big cheer when I sat down.”

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What is your pick for album of the year for 2021? 

MISERY KIDS: The Band Camino (Self Titled)

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: To end, what is next on the horizon for Misery Kids?

MISERY KIDS: We plan to release some more music next year. We are currently in the studio mixing our next single. We are planning to pick up more live dates throughout the year, culminating in our headline tour towards the end of 2022.


You can stream the new Misery Kids single “Turn Off The Lightshere.


INTERVIEW WITH… DEAN RICHARDSON GUITARIST + CO-FOUNDER OF FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES

INTERVIEW WITH… DEAN RICHARDSON GUITARIST + CO-FOUNDER OF FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES


Incendiary English punk rock duo Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are back with a new record titled ‘Sticky’. The band comprised of Frontman Frank Carter and co-founder and guitarist Dean Richardson have captivated audiences with their brand of spitfire hardcore rock since 2015. I interviewed the other half of the band Dean Richardson as he was prepping for his albums release. You can read my interview with him below…


THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Hi, Dean! How are you doing? Can How is life been treating you these days?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Life is treating me much better lately than it did for the past year or two. Same for us all. I feel incredibly grateful to have gotten through the pandemic relatively unscathed, and to be in a position where touring and releasing music is happening again.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you talk about your childhood and upbringing? How pivotal was music to you then? What were the artists/bands that shaped those early years?

DEAN RICHARDSON: My childhood was soundtracked by music. My Dad is an amazing guitarist and the biggest music fan I know. Everything we did had music on in the background, and we would spend most of our weekends asleep in the corner of pubs and bars whilst my Dad played shows in his band. As we got older, we’d go to those shows and watch them and I think that started shaping me as a musician.

(cont.): The stuff I connected too early was quite proggy, I loved Tubular Bells, War of The Worlds – things like that. Eventually that gave way to punk rock in my teens and I immersed myself in Green Day, Sum 41, The Offspring, NOFX. I’m lucky enough to have played shows with most of those punk heroes at this point!

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: In terms of the music that shaped your life. What was the first band or that you first became obsessed with? The one made you want to be a musician yourself.

DEAN RICHARDSON: Obsessed is hard to say, I was just into so much music. I’d go to multiple gigs a week and just wanted to be a part of it in any way. I drummed in bands, played guitars in others and made as much music at home as I could.

(cont.): I remember falling hard for My Chemical Romance though. I joined The Black Parade proper and seeing the world they had built both musically and creatively just drew me in. I love it when a record and a period of time in a band feels like a whole world, not just a set of songs.

Sticky’ album cover.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let’s talk about ‘Sticky’. What was the recording and writing process like for this new record? Did you have a certain sound or concept going into the album sessions?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Before we make a record we just get together and write, without an agenda as such, then in time, usually a few songs in a sound or song will appear that will really get us excited. After that, we just relentlessly chase songs that feel right. So it kinda goes from 0 – 100.

(cont.): I produced this record which was a big shift in the process. It was partly because we had the time but also we knew exactly how we wanted it to sound. Capturing our live energy and putting it down on record can be tough, but doing it ourselves allowed us to keep adjusting our process to get that feel as close as we could.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You guys have a lot of tattoos. Taking inspiration from ‘Sticky’ What lyric from the record do you think is most tattoo worthy?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Just get “STICKY”. Me and Frank are going to get it in Brighton in a couple of days.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What are most excited about for fans to hear on this record?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Bobby Gillespie’s vocals on “Original Sin”. That moment will stay with me as one of my favourite recording experiences, I feel so lucky to have had that and can’t wait for the world to hear it.


THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What does music and the craft of songwriting mean to you?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Music is the most incredible form of art to me. I think especially when made by a group of people, as is often the way, it leaves technicality and becomes a pure form of expression.

(cont.): I remember the first time I wrote a song, and the disbelief in me that I could, that having never been taught a thing about it, and I have never looked back since.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: This record features a lot of collaborations including some that are unexpected. Is there an artist you would love to still collaborate with that fans would be shocked to learn about?

DEAN RICHARDSON: I would love to get in the studio with Warren Ellis. When he is at his loudest and noisiest, he manages to retain a beauty that I am desperate to find in my own music.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What fictional character do you think would most identify with ‘Sticky’?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Deadpool.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I would to end with a few lasts… Last thing I discovered about myself?

DEAN RICHARDSON: That I love playing shows more than I realized.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Last artist that blew my mind?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Lynks. Listen to the lyrics.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Last time I felt like a kid?

DEAN RICHARDSON: On stage at Leeds, and on stage most nights.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And, the thing I do before I go on stage?

DEAN RICHARDSON: Pour water on my head. Gotta go out feeling mid-show.

 

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Thanks for taking the time out! You can stream “Sticky” out now on all DSPs by clicking here or listening below!



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