Starting the week off with – The Media Whores. This interview was made possible by our friends at Twenty Stone Blatt Records. Good old punk rock and get this, lyrics that make you want to take some action. Guitars are screaming, no doubt they made for a great opening act for The Dictators . Listen to The Media Whores, especially all you old school punk kids who think punk died in 79.
“Brilliant thought provoking politically observed songs…all ten deserve headline
“Guitar slashes, pop melody in a musical maelstrom – punk is back,
“Inspired by classic writers like Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello and Ian Hunter the t comes on
“If Cheap Trick wore kilts, ate haggis and were hard to understand after ten pints, they’d be
treatment” – 9/10 Vive Le Rock
and you can quote me on that”
– Daily Record Album of the Week
– 8/10 The Ox (Germany)
like a fusion of the Dead Boys and Gold Blade”
The Media Whores… these lads cram more hooks and spiky riffs
into this album than a dozen bands half their age”
Hi our name is…. The Media Whores
our sound is…… Alternative Rock and Roll
pre-punk, post-punk, new wave, ecstatic, sonic, alternative, uplifting, punk rock and roll, an emotive journey through current issues and a compassionate nod to the under classes
Craig A – vocals , lyrics and rhythm guitar
Doog G Mack V Bass guitar & backing vocal
Jimbo MacKellar Lead guitar & backing vocals
Andy Russell – the drums
We are from…….
Central Scotland – Falkirk & Glasgow
Scotland (the land of the free) and when we get the chance again we will take it!
Who are some that have an influence on you
Craig – Iggy Pop, Cramps, Nick Cave, Jello Biafra, early Bowie, those that control and seek to remove the civil liberties of the common people, the war mongers, the filthy rich, the liars, the cheats and the egocentric The things that you see and hear everyday around you influence what you write, when you write and how you write it.
Doogie – Punk Rock, Post Punk Rock, New Wave, Nugetts/60’s Garage, Damned, Clash, Costello, Stranglers, Dr Feelgood, Eddie and the Hotrods, New York Dolls, Ian Dury & Blockheads, Devo, B 52s, The Pretenders, Squeeze, Sonics, Cramps.
Jimbo – Bowie, Devo, Eno, Mick Ronson and Brian May.
Andy – All those artists/acts/bands who keep music real.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
Craig – Vocals & rhythm guitar – age is an elephant (but I was a very young tuning in to John Peels festive fifty under the covers on the transistor radio )
Doogie – the Bass Guitar, got my first bass guitar at age 14.
Jimbo – Lead guitar. Started playing at age 6.
Andy – I play drums and started when I was 15.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
Craig – Bass pattern leads to rhythm, leads to a spark on an intuitive lyrical consciousness; and then the guitar scatters the gold dust and the glitter on the cherry of the cake.
Doogie – I go to the guys with the structure of a song on the bass – intro, verse, chorus, middle 8 and ending, they then have a free role to add their own ideas and instrument parts, Craig the singer will put together the lyrics and melody to the tune and structure. I may have an idea of guitar sounds and drum styles to try at the beginning then once we have an idea of what’s going on and a little fine tuning if required the song is as good as complete, it’s then rehearsed regular and introduced into the set and recorded later for album, Ep.
Jimbo – Doogie brings us a bassline. I arrange chords around it. We discuss an atmosphere. Andy adds rhythm and Craig writes lyrics.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Craig – Many mainstream radio stations refuse to play the band because of the name “whores”, yet they will hypocritically and happily peddle their misogynistic twaddle with soft porn videos from pretty boys/and girls with nothing to say – as protest singers we are often (but not always) forced into the underground (which is no bad place to be) – internet radio stations, college radio stations, the web, social media (the dark places where real music throbs and glistens). If your face don’t fit forget it. Ageism.
Doogie – Getting seen and heard to raise the profile, some promoters and bookers don’t really care or are even interested, we have arranged our own shows to build up awareness and the crowds.
Jimbo – Main challenge is not repeating ourselves but not being so esoteric that the audience can’t identify with us.
Andy – Getting all the gear in the car! Bought a bigger van!
1st rock concert you went to and age….
Craig – New Order at Stirling University aged 15
Doogie – Curious Reign at The Mayfield Centre in Stirling, supported by Esprit De Corps, then SLF at Glasgow Apollo, supported by The Wall in the same month, May 1981, age 14.
Jimbo – Rolling Stones at Hyde Park age 8.
Andy – the Wedding Present. 15 or 16 years old.
coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
Craig – unknown pleasures (the sound waves of a dying star)
Doogie – Don’t really do band t-shirts but maybe The Sonics – Boom
Jimbo – “Media Whores GTR” short sleeve work shirt.
Andy – the DictatorsNYC. Also the most recent! (We supported them last week!)
the most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
Craig – Cramps/ King Kurt – Glasgow Barrowland (free haircut on entry!)
Doogie – The Damned at The Martell in Falkirk 1998 when the small wall separating the crowd from the stage was knocked down!
Jimbo – Devo at the Rainbow or Man Or Astronauts at King Tuts.
I supported Robyn Hitchcock on a boat (the Ferry in Glasgow) in the 90s. Totally unhinged raconteur but a lovely man. Saw him last year and he remembered me!
Andy – Each one becomes more insane than the last.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Craig – The Damned, because they are magic (and we are opening for them in Edinburgh in September 2015)
Doogie – Ian Dury and the Blockheads – great songs with great musicianship..!!
Jimbo – Foo Fighters. Seem like good guys and apparently bring a crowd with them…
Andy – I would like to be the opening band for ourselves just to see how good we really are!
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Craig – Question everything and accept nothing and never take no for an answer, believe in yourself and keep on rocking – music is for life, not just for Xmas!
Doogie – Stick at it, keep rehearsing and playing, stay cool, not all gigs are big gigs so you still need to play them to be seen and heard, that could then lead to bigger and better shows.
Jimbo – Read The Art Of Zen Guitar. Do what you do but do it right. Don’t involve yourself with middlemen – except our man Ally – a real UN peacekeeper!
Andy – Learn it. Live it. Love it.
your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Craig – The vast majority of available air space and air time is strangled by insipid money making mannequins. Long live real music, real anger, real passion, coloured vinyl, the independent music store and long live the live music scene – get up and get out to your local venue( get it together to get it together). Feed the music not the corporations; and DIY – our current album ‘pornophonica’ is available throughout the world and that is something we are immensely proud of. Big up to Ally our management , twenty stone blatt (the coolest garage punk rock and roll label on the planet) and Proper distribution. There is a growing army of discontented music journalists, music makers and music lovers (the sugar coated bubble of mainstream hip pop and indie will burst) and the revolution will be televised.
Doogie – It’s difficult getting anywhere, very underground but in a good decent way, we need to keep writing and playing as much as we can to help keep it going, too many covers and tribute bands..!!
Jimbo – Real rock and roll is alive and well and functioning below radar.
a transfusion of cash and excision of extraneous “promoters” and other leeches would help.
if you’re not playing you’re lifting. If you’re not playing or lifting you have no legitimate reason for taking money from unsigned bands.
Andy – It’s a year older than it was in 2014.
Our plans for the rest of 2015…..
Craig – Our plans for the rest of 2015….. Festivals throughout the summer, Third album written ( *assumption on working title) – antisocialmedia (maybe to be recorded in New York) and UK and European promotional tour – keep on keeping it on and keeping it real.
Doogie – Keep writing new songs, playing gigs and recording our 3rd album.
Andy – To keep busy and building on each new success.
Jimbo – Same as every night Pinky…TO TAKE OVER THE WORRRRLDDDD!!!
Ally (Manager) To come to NY and tour East Coast & West Coast and mid- USA!!!