Tuesday, 31 July 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Drunk Mule

Drunk Mule are somewhat of an enigma.  Prolific song makers, they churn out track after track, all of which are up on their Bandcamp page for free, and the quality never drops, yet the band have lingered in the recording studio and remain without a live show to date.  If they keep producing music as good as they do, then there's really no need to argue!  We caught up with the duo to ask some questions.

Hello, how are you?

Hello! We’re good thanks, how’s yersel?

Very well thanks for asking!  It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

I think mainly, we make up tunes that we like playing and listening to, usually wearing our influences firmly on oor sleeve!  We’re both big Roses fans, Primal Scream, The Stones, even a nice wee bit o' Howlin’ Wolf in there.

What's your song writing process like?

Usually Richie comes up with the start of a tune and sends it over, then I’ll normally do the lyrics.  Then we send it back and forward, adding and deleting bits and pieces until we’re happy with it.  Usually it happens pretty quickly.  Richie’s a bit of a machine when he gets goin’

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Would you believe we’ve still not played live, we’ve been solely a recording band up 'til now.  If we did though you could probably expect dancers , pyrotechnics and possibly us flying out over the audience on crotch wire harness type things.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

It’s always cool hearing yer tunes on the radio and quite a few people seem to have liked oor stuff enough to kindly give us a blast, but I think having Ally McCrae and Tom Robinson play us a few times on BBC Introducing has been amazing.

What have you got planned for the second half of 2012?

We’re trying to finish oor 2nd album “I Built A Death Ray” at the moment, trying to whittle 20 odd tunes down to 12.  Maybe try and work out how to do it all live too.

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'community'?

We speak to a few Scottish bands through Twitter etc and there is definitely a whole lot of great stuff going on here at the moment.

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

Not just cos we’re good mates wi them but Ambulances are a great band who’ve just released there 2nd album “Flying Simply Explained” which is a cracker.  Another couple neeburs of ours definitely worth givin’ a blast are Davie Saus, a singer songwriter and Homesick Aldo, a one man moothie machine.  All top stuff.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

My wife said she was going to leave me cos of my obsession with The Monkees.
At first I thought she was kidding... But then I saw her face… (copyright Oz fae Ambulances)


Did ye hear about the constipated mathematician?  He worked it out wi a pencil.

We’re here all week, try the veal, etc…

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