60 Seconds With… The Fearless Vampire Killers

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60 Seconds With… The Fearless Vampire Killers


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?

We’re called The Fearless Vampire Killers and I play the bass, sing some harmonies and am in charge of band morale on tour.

What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Four dudes who are pretty well versed in The Beatles back catalogue having a ball strumming guitars and hitting drums.

What do you love about making music?
Hearing a sound in your head and then making it come to fruition in front of an audience via the instrumentation at hand. When it makes people dance, that’s the best.

What do you hate about the music industry?
People in bands that take themselves too seriously. Playing music is a privilege, it’s not your right, lighten up.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Igor Stravinsky. I’d like to give him an electric guitar and see what he would compose for it, I’m sure whatever he came up with would be seriously brutal.

If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it be and why?
Jason Derulo. I don’t necessarily want him dead, I just want him to stop singing his own name, it’s really annoying. I already know it’s you, Mr Derulo. I can tell by how rubbish the song is.

What can a punter expect from your live show?
On this tour we’ll be breaking up our set with handy tips on recycling that you can put in place at home. Our guitarist, Al, is currently preparing a very detailed power point presentation on what is and isn’t recyclable.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
We’ve got our new LP Batmania that is available in all good stores, online and at shows and a 7” double A side vinyl that is only available at gigs.

When’s the gig and with who?
We’re playing The Toff in Town on Saturday March 17 with Major Tom and the Atoms and Wolfy and the Bat Cubs.

Anything else to add?
The space saving front wheel drive layout of the Mini allowed 80% of the area of the car’s floorplan to be used for passengers and luggage. They don’t make them like that anymore.