Furrowed Brow – Interview
photo by Natalie Emslie
Interview with Richey (Singer/Song writer) of Furrowed Brow and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of band are you?
R: We’re wilful and candid and we’ve got integrity. Musically up-tempo, punky and glam with lots of keyboards, harmonies and meaningful words about the meaningless shit we’ve all got to put up with everyday till we can finally die. One reviewer called us “the Anti-Sherlocks” which I quite like – bands like that are everything we’re not.
PD: Tell us the brief history of the band.
R: I was trying to put something together after I came out of Uni and I met a vast number of bullshitters and time wasters as well as people who were just musically –and not so musically– boring and awful; it took a long time to find anyone remotely interesting who could play an instrument. Eventually Ryan, Criostoir, Alex and Meg came along and it worked. We spent the next few months playing as many gigs as possible until COVID put a stop to everything. Recently we’ve made do with the odd bit of live-streaming but it’s a really poor substitute. Is there any point saying how frustrating it all is?
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
R: I’m a big fan of droll lyrics. In that respect I’m into stuff like The Smiths, Divine Comedy, The Fall, Julian Cope, Half Man Half Biscuit, Television Personalities, Mansun, Magnetic Fields, Pulp, Jonathan Richman, Dry Cleaning, Robyn Hitchcock, Momus, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – most of whom we sound nothing like. Go-Kart Mozart crack me up but make me sad at the same time which is even better. Same applies to books/films; I like misery with a bit of wry humour. You have to laugh don’t you? Sometimes mocking laughter is all there is.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
R: I’d like to be able to make a living off writing and playing music but my hopes aren’t high. If anything we’ll be the band everybody’ll love when I’m dead… Thanks a lot.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
R: Our songs deal with the whole gamut of human experience: anxiety, disappointment, confusion, poverty, loneliness, dread, despondency, impotent anger, and getting out of it… one way or the other. Hence Furrowed Brow.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
R: Mainly by setting up a Facebook event and hoping for the best. We’ve got all the social media accounts which (let’s face it) are indispensable but we despise the whole racket – we do post but we try to be as genuine as we can and treat people like adults. It’s embarrassing seeing bands’ and promoters’ unctuous attempts to be SUPER friendly and engaging, it’s like a hundred uncool Mums bearing down on you at once. At the end of the day if people want to go and see something they’ll find out for themselves and they don’t have to be called lovely along the way.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
R: Not much.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
R: Killed Myself and the Kids. Hang on… I did write that. It’s a great song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
R: I love my hates. I never sit down to scratch out a load of lyrics having just had a banging burger at Wetherspoons or a win at one of their roulette machines (or both). Current faves: cliques, cronyism, taste-making, art leeches, hypocrites, opinion fascists, relentless humble-bragging, microphone mumbling, brand awareness, pig ignorance, pandering, pop music in all its corporate and Satanic guises, Hipster Glam, the wealth gap and (as always) hair in the plughole. Also civic pride which is just another excuse for mutual brown-nosing bullshit. Judge bands on how good they are, not on where they happen to live.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
R: Someone once called me the biggest twat in Manchester – no mean feat.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
RWe’ve only just started rehearsing again what with lockdown tailing off, we’ve been getting our heads round a couple of new songs – The Narrative of Hugh Gordon Pym and Two Finger Salute. Also we’re sorting a single release for September with a headline show at The Eagle on 18th (fingers crossed).
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
R:We released our first EP Dead Dead Dead Still Digging a couple of months ago, five tracks and it’s only what £4 to download. We’ve got an exclusive bandcamp deal where when you buy the EP you get the otherwise-unreleased home demos for free. No one cares about that now but those demos’ll be gold dust when we’re famous and dead.
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