The Muffin Heads
Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Essex band The Muffin Heads to find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
On bass and vocals we have Bex, guitar and vocals is Pete and last but not least we have Nick on the pots and pans. Bex and Nick are both Essex girls and Pete is from a rock in the English Channel. We first got together whilst rehearsing our Eagles of Death Metal “I Love You All The Time” cover – Bex and Nick know each other from Nursery (our love of sand pits brought us together) and Pete and Bex met through their love of live music. The band name came to us on hearing the term ‘muffining’ which is used to describe the alleviation of brain swelling by drilling a hole into the skull. Nice right?!
We love Queen Bitch, what was the influence behind it?
Bex wanted to write a song about someone/something you hate to love. They are everything you hate but you can’t help but want a piece of it. Pete and Matt Flack (director/producer of our Queen Bitch music video) worked together to create the story board for the music video. Most of the inspiration came from a dream had by Pete.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Bex – Growing up I massively loved David Bowie, Queen, Nirvana. Smells Like Teen Spirit was the first song I wanted to learn to play on the guitar. Now I take a lot of inspiration from Queens Of The Stone Age, David Bowie (still), Peaches and The Distillers.
Pete – Nirvana, The Offspring, Motorhead and Sex Pistols when I was growing up. Now, Kyuss, Mondo Generator, Mojave Lords and Iggy Pop.
Nick – Growing up I was into pop punk – mainly American bands. Then I got into metal with bands like Iron Maiden and Stone Sour. I have always been a fan of Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl is my biggest influence from his earlier days in Nirvana and side projects like Probot.
How would you describe your sound?
Punk rock with dirty grungey undertones.
What’s your local music scene like?
Currently it’s revived. Our biggest local venue, The Square, briefly closed at the beginning of this year as the land it’s on has been bought by developers. Fortunately it has since reopened but we aren’t sure for how long, both Nick and Bex have played there together and with other bands. We’ve found our local scene to be really supportive (promoters, venues and other bands included) and it’s as important for us to play locally as it is to venture into London or further afield. There are loads of local bands around Essex/Hertfordshire who are doing great things.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We will look to record an EP or another single and continue to gig everywhere we can. We’ve got a couple of gigs lined up at the moment – The Fiddlers Elbow in Camden on September 26th, Zigfrid von Underbelly in Hoxton on October 19th. We’ll look to go further across the country and hopefully start on the festival scene. We’d love to play Rebellion Festival if we get the chance.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Bex – Peaches
Pete – Mojave Lords
Nick – Dave Grohl or Slaves
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
On Nick’s first gig with us we were interrupted half way through our set as someone had parked their car illegally at the venue. It was Nick’s car.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We were included in round 3 of the #PlayItForward campaign launched by Eagles of Death Metal. Our cover of “I Love You All The Time” is available to download with all proceeds going to the families affected by the Paris attacks in November last year.