Interview with Mammal Club

By Anna Sampson

Hey guys, so,
How did Mammal Club form?
It kind of started about a year and a half to two years ago, a friend mentioned that he knew a band looking for a guitarist, I tried out and got the role. We then spent a large amount of time under a bridge in Byker working on our sound and plans before we did anything, including thinking of a name so we were already quite a way along before Mammal Club 'formed'.

If there was any artist you could collaborate with, who would it be?

I'm not sure, there's plenty of producers that we could list but in terms of artists there's no one band that we all have in common as a dream collaborator. Three of us would love to work with any member ABBA, three of us would create something interesting with Four Tet, two of us would love to do something with anyone who used to be in Pantera. Actually we all really like Steve Riech. Yeah, ignore everything else I just said, Steve Riech would be a good one. Everyone should go and listen to Music for 18 Musicians right now.

You're playing at Evolution Festival and Great Escape. Do you feel pressure as you're playing against bands like Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines?
No, never, none what so ever. There's got to be a certain amount of confidence/arrogance being in a band, expecting other people to give you attention and your assumption that you know and do what they'll enjoy but cannot think up for themselves. It also never really feels like you're 'against' another band, anybody else playing just adds to the excitement and atmosphere. Then there's the notion that you're in the best band, you have to think that to keep going, if I was stood watching another band and thought "I wish I was in that band" then my time would be better spent trying to join said band.

What current bands are you feeling at the moment?

It's all about Manchester at the moment isn't it? We've known Everything Everything for a while so it was great hearing their album and seeing their success. There's also a group call Christian AIDS from Manchester who are putting out some really interesting and enjoyable stuff. Also looking forward to the new Wild Beasts and Burial stuff.

Are the gals lining up since you've started the band?

The saying goes 'manners maketh the man' but in answer to your question, yes, our female fans are also very polite.

Is there a certain goal you'd like to achieve in your musical career?
No fixed one, I think all artists have a kind of immediate plan then rough ones for the mid to far future, but mainly we're just looking to do the next thing and better ourselves and our position. The current state of the industry it an achievement to dediciate your life to making music full time at the moment, as soon as you've got that all you can think of is recording your first album, then all you can think of is making it successful, then all you can think of is touring it etc.

When you travel as a band, what's your essential item to bring?

Our muical equipment. Otherwise it's pretty shambolic if I'm honest.

Alexa Chung or Lily Allen?
I'm guessing that this on some kind of "would'ya" style tip? How come I get the power to choose? What if I choose one and then she rejects me? Is it straight choice or are there other criteria I'd need to consider? Am I under any pressure to choose the correct one? What are the consequences of my actions? They are both also in quite serious relationships according to the press so there are other people's feelings to consider. This now feels like at the end Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when our hero has to choose the cup of Christ in order to save his otherwise terminally injured father. If I had to choose between two human beings' professionally managed public personas for a non specified reason then I'd say Alexa Chung. I really hate Keith Allen. Can you imagine ging out for a meal with him? If things went well with Lily (and who says they wouldn't?) then having to meet him would be inevitable at some point and I'm not prepared to risk that. I will not meet Keith Allen under any terms.

These guys are AMAZING!
check them out on :
http://www.myspace.com/mammalclub
Anna x

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