Phlefonyaar – Interview
Interview with Paul March from Phlefonyaar and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PM: Hi Pete, well now there’s a humdinger straight off the bat huh. He he. Guess I’d better put my drink down.
Let’s see, I’m a rogue, scoundrel, vagabond… necromancer, transmuser of base metals into gold… horse thief (long story) Fellow of dubious means? that the kinda thing. guess I see myself as some kind of self styled outsider artist with a grudge against almost everything and taste for the absurd. But that’s probably just vanity. I’m sure to most I’m just another passing raggedy man with delusions of my own grandeur wanting attention. He he.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PM: my early life was spent moving around a lot I still suffer with wanderlust which is why I think I have trouble not being busy. lived in many country’s everywhere from the U.S to the the U.K. to South Africa and back. but currently I’m a U.K. resident and have been now for a long while so something must have stuck. hit low a few times but got back up. Music was always there. Now I’m doing this.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PM: Andy Kaufman. Some may have noticed there’s a pretty wide streak of very black humour that runs through me and phlefonyaar. we (myself and jim the “other guy” and “life partner” in our little musical domestic union) generally do things because we think it’s funny and most of the time a lot of people reeeely don’t get the joke. So if you see two homeless looking dudes sniggering and flapping about in the corner at gigs. It’s probably us.
Although he’s a huge musical influence I’d say Tom waits as person as well. I have a love for the strange and odd, the eccentric and lost. if you gave me to two cats to pick to keep and one was pretty and perfect and the other had, y’know, half an ear and one eye and no right front leg… you can bet your left nut I’m going home with lefty. Everyone deserves a second chance. Or even a third.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PM: ah y’know the usual: have myself declared emperor and god of this world and the next and to accidentally repent my sins and go into the afterlife by screaming “oh god” during relations with my supermodel wife at the age of 127 and dieing with a smile on my face. Pretty standard rely.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PM: Y’sir That would be me. it’s a glorious hobo carnival of degradation that celebrates all the bad things about the world. Depression, madness, anxiety, death cults, things that live behind the corn, the blood on that old axe out in the barn, the homeless guy who thinks he’s a knight and jousts on the street corner or how much antifreeze you’d need to keep a body from decomposing when your making your final road trip together. the lord of rot laughs at us all… we may as well laugh too y’know. 😉
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PM: any way I can, I still hand out flyers locally but that’s cos that dammed judge took my megaphone and gas mask away from me and said that “standing outside the venue and shouting at passers by” wasn’t allowed any more. He he. I Guess f.b. I try to get to shows when I can, spread the news by word of mouth… in short, I buy a lot of drinks.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PM: I’m ok with it. Spotify is a crime against nature and should be destroyed but… hey! What do I know? Rite? Y’know. the guy in the street doesn’t care that the bands are getting raw end. all they know is that they can pay there rent and hear new bands. so I guess for them it’s great. maybe I’m greedy. maybe I’m rite. let’s see shall we. I just hope I’m there to watch it all burn. he he (I chuckle a lot at my own humour.. I’m just vain enough to think my jokes are funny) 😉
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PM: Oof where do I start. ministry’s just one fix. that track resonates with me in many ways. I wasn’t the nicest dude for a long while. but the atmosphere just takes me back. Tom waits murder in the red barn… those lyrics. “The trees are bending over and the cows are lying down
The autumn’s taking over, you can hear the Buckshot hounds
The watchman said to Reba the loon
Was it pale at Manzanita, was it Blind Bob the coon?
Pin it on a drifter they sleep beneath the bridge
One plays the violin and sleeps inside a fridge
There was a murder in the red barn, murder in the red barn
Someone’s crying in the woods, someone’s burying all his clothes
Now Slam the Crank from Wheezer slept outside last night and froze
Roadkill has its seasons just like anything
There’s possums in the autumn and there’s farm cats in the spring
There was a murder in the red barn, a murder in the red barn” you don’t write that stuff it writes you.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PM: We talking toast crumbs in the butter here? cos that’s a no no. Clean your dam knife. Musically? Anything that’s easy. anything that just doesn’t try. anything that just copies because it’s been proven to work and it’s not even trying to be its own animal. And that goes for all music not pop not jazz not just metal. you gotta have your own voice and your own spin and vibe.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PM: I’m not sure I’ve had one. Maybe the few times I’ve tried to do something it knew wasn’t gonna go easy and was gonna be hard for people to swallow only to have people dig it. We toured Europe with nachtmystium and dark fortress.. that was pretty cool. That was a wild one.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PM: Other than my intense and formidable dancing skills you mean? well the next phlefonyaar album is already being written. I’m also in a BM band called zebadiah crowe and that has an album soon too. I’m also working on a book with the guy who does our artwork (maggot meister from all things rotten) so that’s gonna be interesting. An old badger like me with a book under his arm. Who’d have thunk it. Top of the world ma! Top of the world.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
PM: Other than ungraven (Jon from Conan’s new band)? Well it’ll be 30 odd mins of eerie interpretive dance and low heavy sounds mixed with dark smoky tales of lost love and corruption and bird headed monstrosities.. what more could you want? Cats? Yeah we got them too. We got you covered. 😉