One of MIMR most listened to new bands of 2019 are newly extended post punk trio TV Face who are ready to take their sound to the next level.
We spoke to the band ahead of their show for Deco Records next weekend in Manchester.
MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, what’s the latest with the band, can we expect more releases this year?
Steve: We have a brand spanking new drummer: Neil “Jurassick” Parker, who has helped us take things to whole new channel. We’re on with writing new tunes and will be heading into the studio in August. After that we’ll be back out on t’road, making new t-shirts n videos… band stuff, y’know.
MIMR: It’s fantastic to see you playing for our good friends Deco Records, what’s your favourite thing about playing live?
Steve: Seeing other bands, meeting folk, getting out of Lancaster for a bit. Livin’ the dream 😉
Neil: Generally being louder than anyone else, getting to watch other drummers and steal their chops, and it’s a bit of bonus cardio.
Brigit: I love a good audience. I love surprising people. I love the adrenaline. I’m a gig addict.
MIMR: What are the main influences to your music
Steve: I’ve always found the local scene in Lancaster has really influenced me as much as anything else. Being at smaller gigs, in the throng of the action has always moved me. Being part of that local community is really important to me. Besides that I love musicians who push their instruments/craft – Alan Duggan from Girl Band, Mica Levi’s music (esp her soundtrack for Under The Skin), Holly Herndon’s approach to composition is truly groundbreaking. Oh, and the early 80s No Wave stuff is still as amazing today as it was back then – early Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch.
Brigit: Steve and I have played together for a while now, so we’ve got our own sound, but like my beardy band mates I’m inspired by the amazingly talented people on the local scene, plus several bands we met on our travels like The Noise and The Naïve. The people who got me playing were Hole, PJ Harvey, The Breeders, Bjork, Bikini Kill, Nirvana and Sonic Youth. These days I’m digging Janelle Monae, Girl Band and Future of the Left, to name a few.
Neil: My main influences as a drummer are cats like Tod Trainer (Shellac), Guy Davis (Rueben), Dave Grohl (you know who he is), and friends of mine like Lewis O’Neil (Mums), Pauley Heron (Manatees/HealthScare), Tod Staszko (Astral Bodies) and Tom Ashley (Infants, Salt the Snail and about a million other bands). Basically any drummer who hits ‘em like they mean it.
MIMR: what process would a song generally take before it’s ready to be played live?
Brigit: we take a variety of approaches – Steve brings things in, or we just jam stuff until it’s an approximate song shape. The songs change as we gig and then record them.
Neil: As long as I’ve got the parts and changes down, I’m happy to play the new tunes live after about half an hour.
Steve: I’d like to be less precious about it (be more like Neil!), but I like to have a bit more time to bed a song in – although recently we aired a new tune pretty quickly – that was a good way to get know what changes were needed.. so more of that me thinks.. get on with it!!!
MIMR: If you were stuck on a island and could only listen to 3 albums for the rest of your life which ones would they be and why?
Steve: dEUS “Worst Case Scenario”, Girl Band “Holding Hands With Jamie”, Sonic Youth “Daydream Nation”. Aaaaaaargh! three is not enough!!
Neil: “Terraform” by Shellac, “Racecar is Racecar Backwards” by Reuben, and “Whatever and ever, Amen” by Ben Folds Five, they’re all absolutely fantastic records.
Brigit: I just wouldn’t want to ruin three great albums by listening to them over and over again. So, I reckon I’ll pass. All the music’s in my head, anyway.
MIMR: Been great having you on the blog, how can people check you out on social media and check out some music?
Steve: It’s our pleasure.. muchos gracias.
We ‘ave a Facebook: /tvfaceband
We ‘ave a Instagram: /tvfaceband
We ‘ave a Twitter: /tvfaceband
We ‘ave a YouTube: /tvfaceband
We ‘ave a Spotify: TV FACE
Tickets for the Deco double dayer can be found here: