28 March 2011

Fresh Meat Monday - Wrongnote

Would you care to introduce yourself?

We equal Wrongnote. There's four of us.

Callum Smith - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Other Noises

Sean Biggerstaff - Guitar, Vocals, Beatbox, Noises, Catering Services

Greig Duncan - Bass, Vocals, Networking, Smiling

Stewart Robison - Drums, Vocals, Realistic Horizons

How would you describe the music you make?

Callum: It's dynamic, expressive, cathartic outsider-rock. There are splashings of extra-dimensional porn soundtrack but, generally, it's very song orientated. Even the words have meaning, sometimes.

Sean: Mean-spirited and without hope.

Callum: Sean misunderstood the question. He's describing himself.

Sean: You fucking crack me up.

How did you start out making music?

Callum: The band in it's current form has existed for two and a half years but, thankfully for the sake of storytelling, three of us have known each other since school. When I was 16, I made a demo of a song called Three Valium Cats and the Dog's Dried Bone. Greig and Sean heard it through a mutual friend and we did a rough demo of four tracks together. It was going well until I decided not to turn up to our biggest gig, drop out of school and get addicted to painkillers instead. Two years later, Greig forgave me and we started to make music again, mostly electronic stuff with a few rock demos. A few years pass and we need a drummer. Enter Wob* about three years ago and then, six months later, Sean is back and we finally equal Wrongnote.

Sean: I was first asked to get involved because I was the only guy around with a decent multi-track recorder at the time. I then insisted on using my otherworldly guitar genius to turn the humble demo into a psychedelic masterpiece and was consequently asked to join the band. Left before we'd really done anything due to events more or less accurately described before. I stayed a fan of the music and was involved from the sidelines in various ways until a few years of anger management and general maturing brought me to the realisation that such interpersonal strife can breed creativity, so I leapt back into the melee.

*Wob is Stewart's nickname. This is because he is from Dumfries - the land of nicknames.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

Callum: I'll come to the rest of the band with the basic ideas, structures, chords and some very basic lyrics then we work on it together. This stage of the process requires us to shout vicious personal insults at each other while making no attempt to explain our musical ideas with any clarity. We abandon more tracks at this stage than any other. The eleven songs on our album represent the ones that made it out of this stage alive. Others may be revisited later but far more will remain dead. This is probably a good thing.

Sean: Yeah, it's a sliding scale between us all thinking of parts to compliment Callum's songs and us building songs together in rehearsal, though still mainly based on Callum's ideas. We have worked on things that have started with other members, but they've never come to fruition. Whether this is due to deliberate subliminal undermining of other people's work on Callum's part remains ambiguous.

Callum: Most of the time it's not even subliminal.

What can people expect from your live shows?

Sean: A slightly punkier band than the one on the record.

Greig: A topless drummer.

Callum: No refunds.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

Callum: Devo, Brainticket and the soundtrack to La Planete Sauvage as well as two tracks called 'I Hear It Now' and 'Blue Rigby' by Wax Audio which are probably the best and most ambitious mashups I've ever heard. Also, a bootleg recording of Sonic the Hedgehog themes by the RSNO. It's got a version of the Star Light Zone theme that gives me as much unadulterated joy as my dog seems to get from farting on the couch.

Wob: This week, I have been mostly listening to Kerbdog. An Irish rock band from the distant 90's.

Sean: The long term passions of Chris Whitley, Man, The Beatles and King Crimson continue. At the moment I'm having sordid affairs with Bobby Conn, Mahler, Richard Thompson, Robert Fripp's 'Soundscapes' and the Prodigy. Also, surprisingly, listening to our own record quite a bit. Not sure if that's healthy.

Greig: Deftones are a daily must. The Mars Volta, Pantera, RX Bandits. I am listening to Elbow a lot too.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2011?

We're hoping to tour the album which we released on 24th December. There's also some new material which we're playing live. We may even get some more recording done but the priority is to get more people to hear the album.

Wrongnote - You've Got Some Optic Nerve

If you that sounds like your cup of tea then you can catch Wrongnote headling Nice & Sleazy on Saturday 16th April.


1 comment:

  1. brilliant band. expecting great things. the album is wonderful and in my "currently listening" list. if i weren't in another country i'd be at that gig in a minute.