Interview with

Punch & the Apostles

Utilising traditional styles of music while subverting their pre-determined, anachronistic associations Punch & the Apostles display obscurely the luminescent, deathless forms of a time-drowned epoch through a cross-pollination of jazz, blues and classical punk. The songs are brilliantly rousing and gloriously anarchic. Having already not so much scraped as scooped, blasted, gouged and gashed a niche for themselves in the virulent accumulation of puss and egotism that passes for a music scene these days, their outstand ing live performances, are totally absorbing, egregiously exciting and fastidiously provocative.

Facts

1:  Justin Bieber’s favourite colours are blue and purple.

2:  Upon his death Oliver Cromwell’s brain was twice the size of an average human.

3:  Punch and the Apostles released 2 records on the 30th of August, one being a normal(ish) album, their second in fact, called Meat in Summerlnad, and the other being Hymn to Death, a 35 minute piece of continuous music.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Syphilis and astronomy no doubt play a part, though an inclination towards filling the gap between primitive feeding and the actual realisation of culinary excellence, can be considered as the greater.

How and when did you get into making music?
We all have been playing music since a very young age and had been creating music in our own individual ways for many a year before we, through a series of relatively unexceptional events combined with chance and a little good fortune, over which we, ourselves, had very little control, came together in Glasgow about 3 years ago, and decided to make music together.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Ehrlich gesagt, keine Ahnung, obwohl ich lügen konnte, und sagen, dass Cliff Richards ‘The Whole Story’ einfach die beste Album jemals ist.

What do you associate with Berlin?
Currywurst, although in the heat of the moment we usually go for the Roast Bratwurst in Brötchen.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
In our town, as in Glasgow?  That would have to be Kelvin Grove Park at night, where all the fun happens after dark.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
A mixture of carpentry, amateur jewellery design and the writing of short crime / thriller novels.

What was the last record you bought?
Can’t remember, though downloaded some Conlon Nancarrow recently.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Without a doubt The Shaggs.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
We had a really great gig in Box in Glasgow.

How important is technology to your creative process?
The amplifiers and the microphones definitely make it possible to play louder, and that helps.  We also use a pedal with the guitar to make it change from clean to overdriven. Beyond that, not so much.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I think we conjure feelings more akin to slight confusion and a mild will towards disassociation.

Our Favourites:  I’m a hobo   Beyond the bed |  The school 

Links: Soundcloud 

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