TMR TALKS TO...
In this interview feature, we get to know the most radicalist up and coming stars on the planet.
This time we had a chat with FEET, an explosion of noise, psychedelia and humour.
The British band recently dropped their unique debut album What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham through their very own label, Clapped Records. So far, we’ve been treated to tracks like ‘Petty Thieving’ and ‘Outer Rim’ via the band’s trademark self-starring musical videos which have seen them dress up in everything from police uniforms to chainmail. However, with the release of their album, their bouncy, punky, psychedelic, genre-bending compositions are allowed to speak for themselves. Catchy numbers like the latest single ‘Dog Walking’ stand out, but a few hidden gems we hadn’t yet heard really show how these newcomers keep us guessing.
We’ve grabbed the band for a chat before they zip off on a headline tour around the UK this October and November, where they play everywhere from Cardiff to Dublin, touching at exciting venues such as the Camden Assembly in London.
TMR: How does it feel to have dropped your debut album?
Exciting times, buzzing to play to an audience that’s familiar with all our songs.
TMR: What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham isn’t a typical album title. Where did it come from?
It’s a line from the song about Hot Dogs. That song seemed to perfectly combine the tone and direction of the album and our future musical output to come.
TMR: Your music has a real sense of humour about it, why is this important to you?
Humour is the currency now a days. I think our position as a band is of the entertainer. We want people to have a good time, social media seems to be overwhelming platform for opinion. Listening to our music and coming to our shows should be a release from that.
TMR: Speaking of humour, where do the inspirations for your music videos come from?
Jeep writes the videos with input from the other members. We are fortunate enough to have a small budget for these things and with a combined love of film and television, it’s more about what we can get away with than anything else.
TMR: Which track from the album has had the best reaction so far?
‘Ad Blue’ is always a good crack in getting the people moving. Dancing is the best medicine and in the words of the Beastie Boys, it’s time to get ill.
TMR: If you had to choose just one track to introduce someone to your music, which would you choose?
‘Good Richard’s Crash Landing’. We’ve always had a shared love of songs in a song. Like Mccartney’s ‘Uncle Albert’. I think that song is a good showcase of FEET’s intent.
TMR: What were your first experiences actually making music as a band?
We’ve definitely come along way with writing material. When you start out it’s a case of getting comfortable with each other, and now half of us share a bed you can hopefully hear that progression in the music
TMR: You aren’t afraid to blur the lines between genres, but are there any you haven’t explored yet that you’d eventually like to?
We have a new song currently doing the rounds called ‘Bull of Love’. It’s what we would call sexy music. Crease pop is maybe the umbrella term for our musical ambitions and it still needs some defining, so the door is very much open.
TMR: Do your live shows take on similar theatrics and sense of humour as your studio releases?
Its entertainment, People pay us their hard earned pennies so we’re gonna do our best to make it worthwhile. The album isn’t crazy long so you can expect some detours of the theatrical kind.
TMR: Do you get more satisfaction from the response to your studio releases or the reactions of fans at live shows?
We’re just glad people have the time to listen and support it. I guess the live show is paying back that gratitude. We get to do this as a job which is nuts, I’d say satisfaction isn’t really a problem.
By Dan Peeke
Photo credit: Dave Willis