Writing for The London Music Blog is voluntary but it sure has its perks. Thanks to the introductions I’ve been getting, I was able to get my first ever interview this week, which left me incredibly excited! As you’ll see, I reviewed their new EP Shades yesterday and although I was planning on catching them at their gig with fellow math rockers Tongue Tide in Brick Lane, I was sad to learn that it had been cancelled. However, I sent them an e-mail and they agreed to answer my questions, so I’d love to thank them for that!
The Bath foursome will be back in London this month to rock up Kilburn and I’ll hopefully be able to catch them then. With a touch of wit and bags full of quirky personality, I present to you, Fixtures…
So, tell me about the beginnings of Fixtures.
Ben: Me, Ash and Martin were already great friends and bumbling about creating strange music, when Sam strolled into the picture and told us to not make quite such a mess. We then spent a few weeks playing old school video games and making music and voilà! Fixtures was born.
Who are you all listening to at the moment?
Ash: Well I’ve recently gotten into Thrice in a big way, which is weird because they’ve been around for ages. I feel like I’m late to the party. It’s also summer and I’ve been a massive Pop-Punk fanboy since I was 12, so lots of NOFX and New Found Glory.
Martin: At the moment I’ve been warming up for *shels’ [American post rock band] Kingston show by repeating their discography from dusk till dawn. But I guess I could say I’ve been warming up for the past year. Recently I’ve also been trying to listen to stuff that will influence both my playing and practice, so naturally it’s The Dillinger Escape Plan.
I read that your previous EP Willow was something you released under the pressure to release something. Is the new release Shades a better reflection of who Fixtures really are?
Sam: I’m happy to say that this new release shows us in a better light, and gets the point across.
Ben: Yeah we’ve poured oodles of ourselves into this release; we wanted it to sound like the shapes and colours in our heads.
What’s your favourite track from Shades and why?
Ash: It’s got to be Samson. I love playing the end of that song live ‘cause people don’t tend to see it coming. We also get to make excessive amounts of noise with effects pedals, which is one of my favourite pastimes.
Martin: I’m also gonna have to go with Samson. That song has an ample amount of disco beats, which is probably as detrimental to my diet as water.
Which other new bands should we be looking out for?
Ben: You should definitely check out Flights. They’re from Bristol and are incredible; listen to them if you’re a fan of Oceansize. I’d also recommend Bear Makes Ninja. They’re a cracking math rock band and we’re playing with them in Lincoln on the 22nd.
Sam: There is a lovely band called Crash & The Coots who I am enjoying at the moment. I think they are from around the Bath area too. The Naturals are a hypnotically good band from Bristol. Our friends Peyote are also worth going to see.
How does the music scene in Bath compare to that in London?
Martin: Given the size it’s actually quite impressive. Some of the bands that find their way to Bath could easily sell out a decent London gig. That with the scarcity of full time venues, it really adds to the proximity when you’re at a show in Bath. And So I Watch You From Afar [Irish math rockers] was the best thing, since that other thing that was the best thing since sliced bread.
Ash: The scene in Bath is great. Obviously, it’s tiny compared to the London scene, but that kind of concentrates it a lot more. The size of the scene here tends to allow promoters to take a lot more risks on smaller bands, which is really cool. It’s given us a chance to support bands like And So I Watch You From Afar and The Xcerts, which is something a band as small as we are would never be able to do in London.
So sad that the Brick Lane gig was cancelled. When are you next playing in London?
Ben: Yeah it really sucks, but if you wanted to catch us we’ll be at The Good Ship in Kilburn on the 17th. I can’t wait to dance around up in London.
Sam: I think this will be our first London show together, it should be lots of fun.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in Fixtures?
Martin: This is actually a harder question than expected, I’d say somewhere between expanding to other forms of percussion and something completely different from music; science, poetry or probably studying the art of procrastination.
Ash: I love recording, mixing and all that geeky shit, so I’d probably be recording other bands. Lately I’ve started looking into making my own effects pedals as well, so if I wasn’t in Fixtures, I’d probably have the time to make some.
Shades is out today, so make sure you give it a listen. Fixtures’ music can be found at fixturesbsp.bandcamp.com. If you want to find out more about the boys and keep up with what they’re doing, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fixturesofficial.