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Hailing from Glasgow, The Animal Mothers surf on the fuzz wave, but the question begs do they completely convince? This is the Third Feeling on the band which might still make fuzzy heads somewhat clearer...
You know the feeling. When you hear one good tune like A Rain Will Come and it leaves you wanting more. But then the album drops and the others songs never quite reach the same level. The first listen is the best. Sadly, that's the feeling we've got in the 3rd Outing office listening to The Animal Mothers Must Be Destroyed.
But the following question applies to all artists playing fuzzy rock music, including The Animal Mothers. What can you do to keep people listening? They give us the the answer: "This record is definitely influenced by the desire to move away from a typical garage sound". The answer is correct. And you can see it in action; that's why there's a nod to some golden old chaotic British punk on the record. It's also why the record isn't your typical garage rock record, that you've heard a million times. It's definitely not a "rock" record. But it definitely worth a listen. Donovan's Reefer in particular.
So, did the band get lost trying to move away from the garage sound? Did they find an old copy of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2? It doesn't really matter. What does matter, is their desire to create something new, whether or not they've succeeded. The band's spirit to innovate is what we'll retain here. Overall, there's improvement to be made from The Animal Mothers, but it's still a thumbs up from us. Interview away...
"If we ever make a fucking "rock" record then it's time for a one way ticket to Switzerland if you know I mean".
Why should we buy The Animal Mothers Must be Destroyed? // Wallace: The same reason you would buy anything. The satisfaction of accumulating possessions which has been created by living in a materialistic, capitalist society. It's music so you might dig that but if you're looking for a DIY manual or a recipe book then you should give it a miss. // Richard: I think its got some of the best songs the band has ever written on it, also after recording at the Green Door studio in Glasgow this is the most polished record we've done yet.
Is genre something you think about when making music? // Wallace: In a way yes. It's important to grow and develop as a band. We started off as a run of the mill garage rock/punk band which was fun but that's been done to death so it's nice to broaden our horizons. Plus if we ever make a fucking "rock" record then it's time for a one way ticket to Switzerland if you know I mean. // Richard: I think subconsciously yes, but really you just play what you have in you - I think this record was definitely influenced by the desire to move away from a typical garage sound.
Is there a story which epitomises the band's spirit? // Richard: We were playing a gig in Dundee recently and the drum kit at the venue was a piece of shit, the front of the base drum kept falling off, so midway through the set the sound guy jumped on stage and put this object in front of it to keep it in place, we really couldn't tell what was happening , next thing we know there's a sea of spilt white paint spreading across the stage coming at us, he used a goddamn paint pot. We carried on playing and used it as war paint - basically embrace the chaos and play through the pain(t).
Last two questions! A good title for a book about your life story so far would be...
Wallace: One Last Warning to Those Who Would Stand in Our Way