WOMPS show that the 2 minute punk song is one of the fuzziest and brightest noises to come out of Glasgow in 2015. Ben John caught up with Ewan and Owen to find out more...
3rd: Hello WOMPS, how's the glasgow summer going?
Ewan Grant: Bored, oh so bored. We go from living out our dreams recording and playing music across the world with our heroes and come home to real life and avoiding those pesky TV License people. We're about to get super busy in the next month towards our first release though.
3rd: Could you describe WOMPS sound in one sentence?
Owen Wicksted: We write songs inspired by punk sensibilities that are generally three minutes long and contain plenty of the following; melody, noise, energy and hooks.
3rd: I've heard your former bassist left the band a few months ago. Why did Wull leave?
Ewan: There's definitely some ambiguity there but this is a totally new band. Everything is 50/50 with myself and OJ.
3rd: We saw you play under Algernon Doll in Edinburgh. Is the new name a fresh start?
Owen: The main reason behind the name change was that the whole dynamic in the band had started to change. Algernon Doll for the most part, was all Ewan. WOMPS is a completely different band in terms of creativity, collaboration and how everything is handled/approached within the band.
3rd: You guys played a few shows in Canada and America recently. How was it?
Ewan: It was a dream for me. It's very different but great in different ways. People over there definitely like to dance a lot more which we encourage and there's a lot of female representation in bands and every aspect which is fantastic. Men were a minority in some of the shows which is almost unheard of over here. Got to mention TYCI in Glasgow and all the great work they do though.
3rd: How did you get in touch with Steve Albini? How big is his influence on your upcoming EP?
Owen: The last Algernon Doll LP Omphalic was mastered by Bob Weston, who plays in Shellac alongside Mr Albini. Before the release of Omphalic, we had briefly discussed the possibility of working with Steve with new material and how it would be a complete dream come true. After emailing, phoning and sending Steve a bunch of tracks, to our surprise he was completely up for working together.
His influence on our new material is definitely apparent in terms of sound. Our time in the studio was incredibly inspiring and pain free, in the sense that we knew what we wanted to achieve, Steve understood what we wanted to achieve and he completely facilitated it. Steve is an incredible engineer and he has a very infectious ‘can-do, will-do’ attitude that makes being in a band a lot more reassuring and positive than it can be at times.
3rd: Glasgow is still buzzing! Loads of new good bands with different sounds. How does the city influence your music?
Ewan: Glasgow is definitely a great city for music. I've never felt like we fit in to a particular scene here which has it's good and it's bad. As far as influence, I think the city and the people themselves are a big influence on me. I love this place . Great coffee too.
3rd: What's the other half of 2015 going to be like for WOMPS?
Owen: Besides the double A side coming out in September, we will just be continuing to play shows around the UK. If an opportunity arises for us to go overseas then great, but if not that’s no big deal. We’ll be writing a bunch and planning some more in terms of what our creative output will be during 2016.