With B. Spanks
B. Spanks will make you feel very happy you've ended up on Third Outing today. We're always looking for those who fly below-the-radar to jump up and knock us out with their music. You! Random stranger! Are you churning out homemade songs far better than the ones you can find on established channels? Get in touch! B. Spanks' self-titled record is out via Fuzzkill Records.
The elements here are fairly limited; spidery electric guitars, shambling acoustic guitars, a smattering of watery keys and rudimentary bass/drums. But sometimes, you really don't need more. It's jammy.
"There's definitely something about that pristine mega stadium rock sound which I can't be arsed with" - B. Spanks
Impressive is the array of styles B. Spanks AKA Ben manages to cover. Multiple directions exploring multiple melodic possibilities. His aim isn't to master one style, but to play with many. You want examples ? Mist and Mary is freak folk music with a bit of indie, a bit of garage rock and a bit folk. It's called fucking with genres and Ben seems to have mastered that.
What's great (or bad, your call) with this record, is that you have no idea which direction it's taking you. And it's humorous! Yes, it has its ups and downs, clearly. Moments of misconception, but moments of magic too. Here's what he said...
B.Spanks, who are you?
My name is Ben, I'm from Cornwall, UK and live in Falmouth. Its a harbour town so naturally the sea and beach life is an inspiration but I try to find subject material elsewhere too. It's tough to grow where we live, being so isolated from the rest of the UK, but we've had some of the best English bands in recent years in my opinion.
All songs started as a riff or tiny bit of chord progression, so I was writing as I recorded really, using whatever I could get my hands on. More like chucking paint on a canvas than sculpting a stone. I think the songs all fit well together but are quite different stylistically. In future hopefully it'll be more of a live band sound.
A lot of my favourite music could probably be filed under Lo-Fi, so it's as a result of that and the way I made the album. It's fun to have a bit of bleed or noise or room sound when you make a track. There's definitely something about that pristine mega stadium rock sound which I can't be arsed with.
3 records you'll offer someone who wants to get your music and style? // American Specialities - Parquet Courts // Holiday Ghosts - Holiday Ghosts // Pink Flag - Wire
Are instrumental songs underrated these days? // I do quite like the idea of instrumentals being used as an intermission or segway between songs. For the sake of the LP as a format, maybe they are underrated but I think in general people want to listen to something they can sing along to.
Whisky, Gin or Vodka? // Sausage Roll, bacon roll or egg roll? // Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi or the sea? // Lately it's been gin. Bacon. And the sea.