The Maddocks – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

The Maddocks: We are a 4-piece Indie post-punk band from Stockport, just outside of Manchester.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

The Maddocks: We all met at school back in 2012 and have played in various bands, before deciding to start a project together in March of last year. We’ve been writing and playing as The Maddocks ever since.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

The Maddocks: We all listen to a wide variety of different music, so our influences are quite eclectic. Some of our biggest inspirations are artists such as Bloc Party, Yard Act and Fontaines DC. Our main non-musical icon is Ronnie O’Sullivan; he’s always onto something magical.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

The Maddocks: To make people feel something when they hear our songs and produce music we are proud of. Also sell out massive venues and be chart-topping millionaires because why not.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

The Maddocks: We write our songs collaboratively; often someone will come to rehearsal with an idea, whether that be lyrics, a guitar riff or a general topic, and we’ll work with it. We name most of our songs after random things we overhear in the pub.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

The Maddocks: To be honest we just go on a lot of nights out and tell people about the band and convince them that following us on social media is worth their while. To promote our first headline gig in Stockport, we went round the town centre, where many shop-owners and pubs kindly let us put up posters in their establishments. While the internet is a crucial tool in promoting these days, we also find that a grassroots, personal approach is important.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

The Maddocks: As long as the artist gets a fair cut, it’s fine, but sadly that’s not usually the case (especially with streaming services). It’s easier than ever to get music out there which is great, but equally the drop in physical sales since the birth of streaming makes it very difficult to make a living from music.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Ed: Fall Into Place by Apartment, because the riff is ridiculously good.

George: God Only Knows by The Beach Boys, because it’s probably my favourite lyrics ever written, and the orchestration is masterful. It stands up so well after 60 odd years.

Toller: Kids by MGMT. The hook is just a joke, and so instantly recognisable.

Siobhán: The Chemistry Between Us by Suede. It’s an incredible song, the music matches the topic so perfectly and the guitar riff is sublime.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

Ed: People who don’t know how to coil cables, and people who give you a wet fish handshake.

George: When someone invites you to the pub “for one”, because it’s never just one.

Toller: Unprepared musicians are infuriating. If you want to borrow my amp, that’s fine, but at least turn up with your own jack cable.

Siobhán: When you put a bit too much filling in your fajita so when you try to wrap it up it just bursts open and you can’t hold it.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

The Maddocks: Selling out our first headline show at Syndikat in Stockport was incredible, it was wonderful to feel so much support from our local area. Having our first ever radio play on John Kennedy’s Radio X show comes a close second!


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

The Maddocks: After our debut single, we plan to release more throughout the year, as well as having a few exciting gigs up our sleeves, so keep your ears to the ground!


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

The Maddocks: Our debut single “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” will be available to purchase and stream on all digital platforms from 20th January, with hopefully some physical copies coming soon!

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