Wednesday, 16 October 2013

We're Only Here For The Banter - John Knox Sex Club

Back with a new track on a Gerry Loves Records split 7", and continuing to blitz audiences with their live shows, it's John Knox Sex Club.  Ever wondered what the political landscape would look like under the leadership of the band?  Well read our chat with guitarist Rory to find out more.

Hello, how are you?

Very well thank you, and how are you?

Not too shabby thanks!  It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

A balance of egos trying to fit in as many riffs as possible, then stripped back to one and played pretty well.  I like to think of our music as discourse between instruments and voice.  All the obvious ones, Oxbow, Constantines, The Blue Nile, Crass and of course OMD.

What's your song-writing / creative process like?

Varies an awful lot, depends on the song really.  Some things may come from a jam in the studio then fleshed out.  Some of the more chord based stuff gets written or slightly written before hand then fleshed out.  But most of the time we actually write everyone else's parts by swapping instruments, it's more diplomatic that way.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

We're pretty infamous for our live shows.  The songs we play are intense so it's name a good love show.  There has been many crazy nights on stage here are my top three:
1. Iain climbing a PA in Manchester, falling off, landing on a monitor, getting back up on that PA again
2. Sean and I double crowd surfing at Sleazys.
3. Playing Witness

What would you say has been your greatest achievement so far?

I'm particularly chuffed with music we write and the gigs we've played, that's all we can ask for.

Your name fell foul of my works email filters. Have there ever been any 'unfortunate' misunderstandings regarding the band name?

We've had a few right-wing religious grounds protest at our gigs before.  I guess they don't appreciate our lynching of the John Knox name.

What have you got planned next?

We've started our own political party for the Republic is Scotland, that's our primary focus at the moment, we're just formulating the manifesto and deciding if we would have tartan money or trade with chips.

What other artists (Scottish or not) would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

We are playing an America band in November who are easily one of the most devastating bands ever.  They're call Enablers.

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