We caught Museum of Backward Hats playing a gig in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago. Seemed like a perfect excuse to fire off some questions.
The band to see before they die, suggests their website. Unapologetically starting out in their (mostly) fifties, Museum of Backward Hats do noise, punk, blues and, well just rock. Proving age doesn’t matter, they are a class act and we love what they do.
They don’t like being labelled, though, so we thought this was an ideal time to find out what does make them excited, apart from walking the dog in a pandemic.
You should check them out. They will not let you down.
And, if anything else, they have a superb name for a band.
So, off to 13 Questions, we trot. Richie and Brian were up for the task.
Where are you and what are you doing?
Brian: In work fighting a losing battle with a vinyl cutter.
Richie: Editing 600 photos from Heavy Salads’ gig at Carnival Liverpool.
What is your favourite view?
Brian: Left of centre.
Richie: Snowdonia Mountains from Anglesey.
What is your favourite swear word and why?
Brian: Pisswobblefuckwit my one word answer to anything Boris Johnson related.
Richie: Fuck, adaptable to any situation.
What was the first record / cd you bought with your own money?
Brian: Rolling Stones… Sticky Fingers.
Richie: Sandinista by The Clash and at the same time Holst’s Planet Suite.
Marmite. Yes, or no?
Brian: Most definitely yes.
If you could go to a gig right now, anywhere in the world, which band would you see? And in which venue?
Brian: Thee Oh Sees, Red Rocks.
Richie: Motörhead at Hammersmith for the No Sleep Tour, Hawkwind at the Liverpool Stadium on the Space Ritual Tour, The Stooges at Ann Arbour… and so many more.
Who are your musical influences?
Brian: Ian Hunter, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed
Richie: Any Stooges lineup but, Ron Asheton. Black Sabbath, Gang of Four, Daevid Allen, oh and er Motörhead .
How do you like your eggs?
Brian: There’s no bad way to serve an egg.
Richie: Fried, really fucking fried, fried to death then put in between two slices of toast and covered in brown sauce. The only way to make an egg palatable.
Tell us something we don’t know.
Brian: My next door neighbour is an ok guy.
Richie: If I haven’t told you already, I probably don’t want you to know it.
Which city do you recommend we visit – and why?
Brian: Widnes it could do with the economic upturn.
What’s your drink of choice?
Brian: Gordons 0% alcohol gin.
Richie: Beer, sometimes red wine, not shorts, really don’t like cocktails.
What band or album do you think we should check out right now?
Brian: Big Dopes, Crimes Against Gratitude
Richie: Rations by Zen Baseball Bat. Its awesome, a great band meets great record production, from Widnes, which apparently could do with an economic upturn.
Do you have anything else to declare?
Brian: I can safely declare I have never voted for a Fuckin’ Tory.
Richie: I play chess. I’m not very good. Do you want to play?