Thursday, 23 August 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Vcheka

Cutting about specialists Vcheka join us this week for some banter.  The four piece band from Glasgow have been featured before in places such as The Skinny, The Fly, and now can add Scottish Fiction to that illustrious list!  Seriously though, these guys made some loud, yet well constructed angular math rock music, and have just released their debut album 'Vcheka' through London based Gamma Proforma.  Check it out!

Hello, how are you?


It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

We've been described before as jaggy, jazzy, mathy post rock.  I think it's just weird pop right enough. Everyone's into different stuff ranging from the Jesus And Mary Chain to Gil Scott Heron to Boards Of Canada to Broadcast.

What's your song writing process like?

Very long.  Usually someone will bring a riff or a beat to the table and we'll hammer it till it becomes some kind of tune.  A track like '1977' was battered out and recorded in SWG3 in about an hour while stuff like 'St. Kilda' took a bit of work.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Stupidly loud guitars and organ, drumming that'll burst you nut, a vocal now and again and some pretty snide bass playing.  No chat about our Facebook page and no foot on the monitors posing carry on.  We've not played in ages cos we've been on hiatus for a while cos nobody in the band actually gets on with each other though.  We've had a few good offers though so something might happen gig wise soon hopefully.

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

Putting our album out and playing at RockNess.  The whole point of this band was to put an put an album out so I'm quite pleased the guys at Gamma Proforma sorted us out and we've had a positive reaction to it so far which is nice.

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

Nothing!  Most of us are concentrating on other bands at the moment but we'll see what happens.

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

I reckon Glasgow has a good 'scene', there's a good handful of quality bands and club nights going on.  There's a lot of pish as well though.  Too many goons concerned with there haircut rather than there tunes and thanks to Frightened Rabbit there's a silly amount of horrendous singer songwriter types cutting about right now.  Guys like Chris Cusack putting on quality bands from all over the world for free in Bloc is something we need more of.

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

Citizens, The Cherry Wave, Birdhead, Fatalists, The Ham, Hey Enemy, Otherpeople, What Blood Revealed, Super Adventure Club, Crusades, Muscles of Joy, Fat Janitor, Clocked Out, No Island, Vukovi, Blue Sky Archives.  You can hear pretty much all the above on Bandcamp for free.

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

Ooft.  What do you call a boxer that farts all the time?  Gasseous Clay.

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