London’s Flesh Tetris are the latest to have a crack at our 13 Questions. Read on for fave swear words and how they like their eggs.
We caught Flesh Tetris as one of a number of bands at an all dayer show in the Black Heart in Camden. It was a bit of a flier as we had never heard any of the bands on the bill. All of them turned out to be ace, but Flesh Tetris’ anarchic B52’s style of irreverent pop / punk caught our ears straight away.
We decided they needed to explain themselves, so we fired off the usual 13 Questions.
P3dro: Where are you and what are you doing?
Heintz: At home in London, high, drinking gin, watching Dario Argento movies and looking after a sick cat. And by sick cat, I don’t mean a wicked hipster, I mean an actual feline cat, with an abscess.
Menon: In what timeline?
Dukey: I am in our nation’s capital. In a kitchen. Brewing tea while Heintz looks after his cat and Menon contemplates timelines. How do you take your tea?
P3dro: What is your favourite view?
Menon: Down from on top of a stage.
Heintz: The look of shock as someone slowly realises what I just said and their jaw hangs open and eyes widen.
Dukey: The red ‘power on’ indicator from my amp just after I’ve turned it on. It means that good times are ahead.
P3dro: What is your favourite swear word and why?
Heintz: Cunt is quite nice.
Menon: Fuck, obviously. So versatile.
Dukey: It’s all about the ‘S-Word’ for me. I’ve recently noticed that I turn ‘shit’ into a two-syllable concern when I’m really riled up about something. For that reason alone, it deserves ‘fave swear word’ status.
P3dro: What was the first record/cd you bought with your own money?
Heintz: It was a Tyrannosaurus Rex compilation on a cheapo reissues label.
Dukey: Bach: Complete Organ Works. As I kid, my room looked and sounded like the reception area of a funeral home. I’ve cheered up considerably since then.
P3dro: Marmite. Yes, or no?
Heintz: Might? if Ma doesn’t, she definitely should
Menon: Absolutely. No butter either.
Dukey: I prefer it to Vegemite.
P3dro: If you could go to a gig right now, anywhere in the world, which band would you see? And in which venue?
Heintz: Rammstein in my front lounge as our heating isn’t working and Till is kinda hot.
Menon: Daft Punk, in my house. So that I can finally play that LCD Soundsystem classic without feeling like a fraud.
Dukey: David Byrne and his entire American Utopia tour band. In my garden. They WILL fit. I just hope David and his musical partners in crime like dogs.
P3dro: Who are your musical influences?
Heintz: B-52s Sparks and Dee-lite – bands with a sense of groove and fun.
Dukey: Yes, they are. How did you know? John Entwistle was a force of nature.
P3dro: How do you like your eggs?
Heintz: Surrounded by chocolate and containing a surprise and something to play with.
Dukey: By the dozen.
P3dro: Tell us something we don’t know.
Menon: You are going to have to narrow this down for me a little. There is a lot you don’t know.
Dukey: Marmite is suitable for vegetarians whereas Vegemite, despite its name, is not.
Heintz: When we were first contacted by you I misread your web address as ‘Paedo.net’ and nearly spat out my drink.
P3dro: Which city do you recommend we visit – and why?
Menon: London. Because we are playing there this January.
Heintz: Tallinn in Estonia is a gorgeous medieval walled city and it has a bar dedicated to Depeche Mode hidden in a backstreet off the main square. What’s not to like.
Dukey: London. My house. I’ve just put the kettle on. How do you take your tea?
P3dro: What’s your drink of choice?
Menon: I’ll have a double vodka and soda. Easy on the soda. Cheers pal!
Heintz: The Kool-Aid from the Man.
Dukey: I adore the fine work of the Belgian Trappist Monks. I’ll have a Maredsous, please. Thanks in advance.
P3dro: What band or album do you think we should check out right now?
Heintz: Tilly Electronics a synth electro duo from Leipzig are phenomenal and great fun live. Check out Damien Smiler and his band The Smilers – no releases as yet but awesome live. I am very partial to pop stuff like Girli, Ashnikko or Poppy and I’m a sucker for a techno event.
Dukey: Liv Mair. She has a sublime track called Wildflower which has been doing the rounds on the BBC. It’ll make you feel summery. Immediately.
P3dro: Do you have anything else to declare?
Heintz: No, officer. And I honestly don’t know who put those bags of blow in the hollowed-out chassis.
Dukey: I declare Oscar Wilde.