MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, tell us about the band and how best would you describe your music?
Yuka Tree: Plant punk
MIMR: Thrilled to see you on Deco Records latest line up this coming Saturday, how do you prepare for gigs and what’s the best thing about playing gigs?
Yuka Tree: We usually drive down with a discussion of which MP hasn’t resigned for the awful things they’ve done that week, intertwined with updates of recent times Joe has wet the bed, plus some frustration at not being able to contact Louis because he’s used up all his data watching The Mummy 2, again. We also put on and discuss songs or albums that we’ve each been listening to. There’s quite a range of musical interests in the band so that keeps things interesting and encourages us to expand our intake. When we get to the venue we’ll nip to the nearest shop for some tinnies and get in the mood.
The best thing about playing gigs is just getting up there and doing our thing, something that we’ve created together. It’s also nice to play in new places, seeing different communities.
MIMR: Looking ahead, what can we expect to see from you guys in the near future, more gigs, releases etc?
Yuka Tree: We’re currently finalising the release of our first single, with an independent label based in Manchester that has recently put out some great songs. We recorded it at The Warren Studios in Sheffield, with some great producers who worked on the recent Fat White Family album that was made there. It’s high energy social criticism and captures a lot of what we’re about. This was recorded back in July, so we’re really looking forward to sharing it now.
MIMR: We don’t like getting polictical on MIMR but it’s hard not to ignore the current shit-show that is going on. If you could write a song about any political subject or person what/who would it be and why?
Yuka Tree: A shit-show indeed. Some of our songs are quite political, with topics such as societal norms and inclusivity. One thing that I’ve been reading about recently, and is really important to refute, is this concept of fatalism. Which is the idea that things just are the way they are, that’s how they have always been, and there’s nothing we can do to change it. You only have to look back through recent history to see that’s clearly not the case, and that social change always comes from the bottom up. But this idea is a real barrier to political engagement, I’ve heard so many people I know talk like this. I think that’s probably a symptom of the interests of working class communities being systematically and repeatedly ignored. Anyway I reckon there’s a decent tune in there somewhere.
MIMR: Thanks for joining us on the blog, look forward to seeing you at the gig on Saturday. How can people follow you on social media?
Yuka Tree: Thanks for having us and taking an interest in new music. It’s encouraging to see new bands like Rodents who are doing something genuinely interesting, so it’s a pleasure to join the line-up for this one.