Tuesday, 15 May 2012
We're Only Here For The Banter - Aggi Doom
Aggi Doom are that rare entity that crop up every now and again, a band that don't come with a whole heap of hype and press, but sneak into your subconscious. The band have their single 'Bring The Head' out on 21st May, on independent label Soft Power Recordings which is like the piped piper leading you down an addictive path. We caught up with the band for some quick questions.
Hello, how are you?
It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?
At the very beginning we bonded over a lot of post punk and '60s garage. A lot of the bands that people have compared us to like The Raincoats, Grass Widow and The Delmontes are bands we listen to, but we never made a concerted effort to sound like them or even really discussed it. They're great bands but they're also all female fronted and we feel music shouldn't be judged solely in terms of gender because it's never the whole story. We're always sharing new and old musical finds with each other and so our influences are probably changing quite a lot. Some people have commented on how different the A and B sides of our single are and maybe that's a reflection of that; we wouldn't want every song we made to sound like it came from exactly the same place.
What's your song writing process like?
We're all pretty fidgity and antsy so usually someone's messing around with something and then the other of us will just join in and we build it up from there. Generally then Claudia will go away and write some lyrics, and on occasion someone else will pull some out that they've been working on. It means that we have tonnes of scraps of songs laying around, but also that we're all doing it together which is important.
What could we expect to see from a live show?
We can sound pretty shambolic sounding cos we're new, but we don't mind. The look of a show differs quite a lot depending on the occasion, we could be under acid clouds by volcanos in Ancient Aliens-style get-up or relaxing in our day clothes.
If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?
It's great to us that we're actually able to play together and make songs because you always want to play music with your best pals but it rarely works quite so fluidly and happily as this has, famous last words. Putting out the single with Soft Power is obviously a major achievement for us, they're such good people.
What have you got planned for the rest of 2012?
We have a 7" single (Bring Me The Head/Cakewalk) coming out on Soft Power Records on the 28th of May, followed by a split cassette release with our friends Palms. We're planning to do a small UK tour with Palms in August, so hopefully we'll be doing that this summer!
At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'scene'?
It's extremely varied at the moment in Glasgow. There's obviously loads of bands here, but right now it's incredibly eclectic and people are really doing their own thing. It's more about having a similar ethos to each other than having a similar sound, the result is shows tend to lose their pretensions and they're rarely dull.
What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?
The best place to find out who's good here is probably the Winning Sperm Party website, they have so much up and it's a true reflection of who you'll see playing a lot if you're here. Notable ones for us are probably Palms, North American War, Neighbourhood Gout, Rosy Crucifixion, Fem Bitch Nation, Organs of Love, Happy Particles, Wild Pegasus and the list goes on forever. We're not going to go on because the more we list the more we'll feel we've missed folk out.
Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?
You'd really rather we didn't.
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