Birmingham rockers The Twang have recently returned with a great new album 10.20 and are about to embark on a joint headline tour with Cast. We caught up with lead singer Phil Etheridge to find out whats been going on in The Twang camp….
GS: Hi Phil, how are you doing?
PE: Very well, thanks
GS: Are you all set to get out on the road with Cast? We’ve had it in the diary for ages and can’t wait for this one to come around…
PE: Yeah we’re all real excited about going out with Cast. They’re a great band with some classic tunes.
GS: So what is the set list looking like? Is it a mixture of the 3 albums, any surprises in there?
PE: Yeah the set list will mainly consist of tunes from the three records. We might throw a couple of b-sides in to the mix though. To keep the hardcore happy like!
GS: How does a joint headline tour work then? Do you just play alternate nights?
PE: I think it’s two on, two off. I know we’re heading Brum and they’re doing Liverpool, obviously.
GS: So if you could pick any 2 bands to go and see doing a joint headline gig who would it be?
PE: Bob Marley and the Wailers and The Beatles. I know that’s a bit of a cliché answer but to see Bob Marley and John Lennon on the same bill……
GS: That’s fair enough! The album cover was brilliant with the note from a neighbour. Was this a real note and if so are they now aware they have made it onto an album cover?!
PE: Yeah the note is real. The girl that left it had pinned it on the door one night so we took a photo of it. I’m not sure she knows we used it as the album cover. She still complains about the noise though. She’s ok…
GS: There is quite a big scene developing in your neck of the woods with Swim Deep and Peace et al. Are you digging the new scene and are there similarities to when you were starting out alongside The Enemy and Ripcord etc…?
PE: I don’t think there are many similarities really. The bands breaking in Brum now do all know each other so it is genuinely a little scene. All those bands we got thrown in with we didn’t even like. It was the press trying to force a scene and we all know the best scenes, just happen.
GS: Is there any other new, or not so new bands about who you are excited about?
PE: We’re all looking forward to the new National record.
GS: What is the most ‘rock n roll’ experience of The Twang?
PE: Back in the day we were always playing up but the truth is when it’s happening everyone hates it and tells ya how “you’re gonna wreck your career” but then they go and talk about it for the next year “aint they nuts like!!” There ‘s far too many tarquins in bands at the minute filling there wiskey bottles with tea.
GS: Agree there mate. So what is your guilty pleasure in your record collection?
PE: Billy Joel. My dad’s a huge fan.
GS: Nothing wrong with a bit Billy Joel every now and again. Ok, we have a radio show which we do would you like to pick 3 songs as a mini play list to be played on our show?
PE: Yeah ok, cool. I’ll go Wu Lyf, ‘Lyf’, Toy ‘My Heart Skips a Beat’ and The national ‘Lemon World’
GS: Top choices. Have you ever had the ‘pleasure’ of listening to the German band with the same name as yours?!
PE: Yeah we met them in Germany as they were trying to sue us. They cover Robbie Williams in a folk style. Say no more
GS: Sounds fucking awful! So, what is next for The Twang. A new album in the pipeline maybe?
PE: Yeah we’re working on a new album as we speak. It’s sounding great. We’re also doing a few festivals in the summer so exciting times.
GS: Top stuff, looking forward to that. Before you go, anything else you would like to add?
PE: Never trust a man in Ugg boots.
GS: Never a truer word said. Thanks for your time
10.20 is out now via the usual out lets and you can catch The Twang, along with Cast in the following cities
Thursday 16 May – Glasgow, O2 ABC
Friday 17 May – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Saturday 18 May – Leeds, O2 Academy
Thursday 23 May – Oxford, O2 Academy
Friday 24 May – Sheffield, O2 Academy
Saturday 25 May – Liverpool, O2 Academy
Tickets £16.00 – £18.50 adv nationwide + STBF from 0844 477 2000 or ticketweb.co.uk