Duncan Reid and the Massive Heads: Don’t Blame Your self
Little Massive Head Information
Duncan Reid (ex The Boys) & his merry band of Massive Heads have simply launched their fourth lengthy participant. One other assortment of outstanding energy punk pop tunes designed to convey pleasure to anybody who listens. Louder Than Struggle caught up with Duncan for just a few phrases.
LTW: You are actually 4 albums down, with the most recent Don’t Blame Your self launched on the 15th of Could. Inform us out of your perspective about your development from the inception of Duncan Reid solo/Duncan Reid & the Massive Heads to the place you are actually.
Duncan Reid: The primary album, Little Massive Head, was a solo album. Having been in a band, The Boys, for ever I’d simply performed bass and sung. The Boys have been an excellent ensemble of singers, so every thing was shared round.
Out of necessity (I had no band) and want, I needed to see if I might do nearly every thing. Bass, guitars, keyboards, lead vocal, backing vocals and so forth I feel it got here off. Each album since has change into increasingly more of a band album and the sound and taking part in has obtained higher for that. The newest, Don’t Blame Your self, is the closest to our dwell sound.
LTW: You’ve a band that from an outsider’s perspective seems to be like you’re a tight unit in additional methods than simply being bandmates. You all exude enjoyable and excessive vitality in your dwell performances. How did your settled line up come about and what’s it like being a part of that gang (now that you’ve your individual theme tune too)?
Duncan Reid: We get on rather well and all like exhibiting off on stage. It’s a virtuous circle the place we egg one another on. We do have a good time on stage. It’s essentially the most enjoyable on the earth. We could possibly be known as Dad and the Youngsters as an alternative of Duncan Reid and the Massive Heads, nevertheless it retains me younger as properly. The road-up got here collectively via 6 levels of separation. So and so knew so and so. It was a mix of luck and holding our eyes peeled.
LTW: I feel you’ve a knack for intelligent witty couplets and storytelling in your songs, I like how all of your songs have a narrative to them. I learn on the sleeve notes for “To Reside or Reside Not” you additionally talked about struggling writers block, you stated you at all times have loads of tunes, however the lyrics are troublesome. How do tune theme and lyrics come to you, many appear to come back from belongings you discover round you, private experiences and so forth?
Duncan Reid: That’s precisely it. Until now songs have been largely about me and my life however that’s changing into much less in order I’ve exhausted that properly. So, I’ve to maintain my eyes open. Once I see one thing attention-grabbing, I scribble it down and are available again to those random concepts. Taking a look at my checklist in the intervening time I see the scribble: “I’m in a Millwall way of thinking”. I.e. no one likes us, and we don’t care. There’s a tune of defiance to be developed there. I simply should get the story behind the tune, and it’ll come. I’m writing one with Nick in the intervening time. I believed it will be neat to jot down a couple of divorced dad selecting his son up from mums for the weekend. Bittersweet however he’ll take pleasure in it whereas he can. In some ways I like to jot down little 3-minute performs.
LTW: Inform me about then new album – do you’ve any favorite tracks? Any amusing tales whilst you have been recording? I loved your sequence on movies exhibiting the way you document and blend the tracks.
Duncan Reid: The video weblog about tune writing was enjoyable to do and other people actually loved it (Hyperlink right here). A superb use of lockdown time. I nonetheless get individuals asking how my grass and potatoes are doing from watching it!
I feel “To Reside or Reside Not” is up there with “Bombs Away” and “First Time” as one of many pinnacles of my profession. It’s the one tune I’ve managed to jot down twice as the primary time I performed it to the band they stated, “You’ve written Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters tune)”. I needed to rewrite the tune so it’s a refried tune!
Everybody appears to have a distinct favorite from the album. I assume that reveals how diverse it’s.
The Grim Reaper
LTW: The Grim Reaper comes from some unhappy losses in a brief time frame, however the theme of the tune is certainly one of defiance. I do know lots of my circle of pals have been hit exhausting by the dying of Garry Borland, somebody so shut and so younger. Clearly, it was one of many elements that led you to jot down this tune. Has it modified the best way you take a look at life and look at your individual mortality?
Duncan Reid: That’s always evolving. As you change into as outdated and decrepit as my life takes on extra of the environment of “Finish of the college holidays”. It has 2 results: a: You don’t give a fuck, and b: you benefit from now versus plan for the long run.
Don’t Blame Your self
LTW: The title observe Don’t Blame Your self has come from witnessing the change within the local weather within the UK because the dreaded B phrase. Staying with that subject however altering path barely, I’ve seen you touch upon the affect it will have on bands like yourselves touring in Europe, then after all the COVID 19 disaster struck. I do know none of us can see into the long run and issues are very unsure in the intervening time, however what do you assume the affect of those two coming collectively may have on bands like yourselves?
Duncan Reid: It’s not simply concerning the UK and the B phrase. In each nation individuals are changing into extra divided and combating extra which is due to social media. Folks get their data from it increasingly more. There are organisations from Russia to the likes of Cambridge Analytica who’ve very subtle “Weapons grade” expertise to feed individuals’s prejudices via Fb and so forth with a view to affect elections and referenda.
I fear about sounding like a nutter on this however simply watch “The Nice Hack” on Netflix. Within the UK there are political Social gathering advisors who skilled in Russia on all these things and who nonetheless deploy it. Whereas, in America Trump seconded Fb employees to his marketing campaign to advise on how one can feed individuals “Information”. On this means individuals change into satisfied that whole nonsense is true as a result of everybody of their echo chamber is repeating it having been fed the identical message.
As for touring, the fear is that the UK imposes restrictions on European Musicians taking part in within the UK (and we’ve got already introduced that they are going to want costly visas) which signifies that every EU nation requires a visa for UK musicians to play there. Mix that with the “Carnet” necessities that existed earlier than we joined the EU (and I bear in mind they have been a nightmare) and it will change into inconceivable for bands like us to play in Europe. Add on venues closing in every single place as a result of virus and uncertainty about how many individuals can be allowed to go to gigs and the state of affairs might look higher.
Music is 10% of the UK economic system. It’s extra vital than fish. It will be good if that was recognised in Brexit negotiations the place the UK Authorities have already introduced there can be no particular provisions for musicians however appear to be prepared to speak about fish on a regular basis.
LTW: As I’ve extolled on many events, you and the band excel within the dwell area. One of many issues I’m lacking most throughout lockdown is dwell music, and the realisation that that isn’t going to alter any time quickly. What are you lacking most throughout lockdown and what are you doing to get via it? I sense there could also be a video coming quickly? (Replace – since this interview came about – stated video has now landed – watch it additional down the web page)
Duncan Reid: Sure. I’m simply ready for Sophie to say she is OK with the video. We’ve made it ourselves taking pictures individually on iPhones. I feel it’s fairly good. At first lockdown meant a relieving of stress however now I’m lacking every thing. Pubs, sport, gigs you identify it. The place I dwell it’s fairly quiet, however I went to Kinks territory, Muswell Hill, yesterday the place there have been a great deal of individuals on the road. It felt actually bizarre and disconcerting. I feel we’ll all have some psychological obstacles to recover from as issues return to no matter is the brand new regular.
LTW: Aside from your individual music, what have you ever been listening to throughout lockdown – any suggestions?
Duncan Reid: Nada Surf, Starcrawler, Pottymouth and 5 Grand Stereo. and a ton of others. I like discovering new music.
LTW: After we all come out the opposite aspect of COVID 19, what are your plans with the Massive Heads (and inside that may be a loaded query, I clearly imply – when are you coming again to Glasgow)?
Duncan Reid: Your guess is pretty much as good as mine, nevertheless it’ll be as quickly as we will as we love taking part in there. The help in Scotland for the brand new album has been superb.
Don’t Blame Your self – Evaluation
So, to that new album. Is it any good? In any case, it has to tide us over that Duncan Reid & the Massive Heads dwell gigs depart a big sized hole in our lives. I’m glad to report that each one is properly, and the album is, as Duncan says, as near the dwell expertise as I’ve heard on their recorded works. What’s that you simply say? You haven’t purchased it but? Effectively, Don’t Blame Me – Blame Your self!
There’s something within the DNA of this band that ought to have scientists desirous to experiment on them, looking for the genetic code that gives the reply to the creation of the right energy pop punk songs to evoke unbridled ecstasy so it may be replicated advert nauseum.
14 Superior tracks
Don’t Blame your self runs to a complete of 14 superior tracks. However the feeling that you simply get while you’re listening means It nonetheless isn’t sufficient. One pay attention via must be repeated, and also you’ll end up flipping the purple vinyl again over to aspect one and beginning with Your Future Ex Spouse as soon as once more. The music grabs you, shaking you out of your stupor and screaming in your face “Why aren’t you smiling but?”. Attempt to take heed to this album and never really feel an awesome feeling of elation.
That’s not to say the subject material of the songs says every thing on the earth is rosy, the title observe is a touch upon the elevated divisions all through the world and The Grim Reaper, properly I feel you may inform what that’s about.
Optimistic Life-affirming Melodies
Regardless of tackling these sorts of topics, the band at all times sort out issues in a constructive means. I’m not going to say that listening to the band can remedy these divisions and kind out all of the ills of the world, however they’ve hit the motherlode when it comes to optimistic life-affirming melodies. They’ve discovered the method and so they aren’t scared to make use of it.
I’m not going to run via the album observe by observe. Suffice to say, there may be not a nasty observe inside earshot, however nor are their any good tracks. Each observe is outstanding in their very own proper. Fourteen absolutely rounded engrossing little tales with taking part in and melodies different bands would kill for. Asking me to choose a favorite tune could be like asking me to choose my favorite little one. The extra I pay attention, the extra emmeshed I change into of their world. Welcome to My World, I’m a Massive Head. You’re a Massive Head – We’re ALL Massive Heads!
I actually witnessed the facility of this music as I used to be listening as I typed this assessment. The needle hit the groove at first of Facet 2, Oh What a Beautiful Day, inflicting the clouds to half and the solar to shine via the eating room window on to my laptop computer.
Unfold the Pleasure
Whereas we’re nonetheless on this section of social distancing, use Duncan Reid & The Massive Heads inherent potential and knack for creating an immediately infectious tune to assist unfold pleasure and happiness throughout the universe. Simply pump up the amount and see your neighbours bounce out of their homes exclaiming “The place is that rattling music coming from, I want extra of that in my life”. Pure Jealousy.
I’ve been having fun with so many new albums within the final couple of months that narrowing down an albums of the 12 months checklist can be, within the phrases of a sure tune, a Motherfucker. This one is definitely within the main pack.
I stated I couldn’t select a favorite. But when there’s a higher extra infectious really feel good tune than To Reside or Reside Not launched this 12 months I’d be stunned. Watch the freshly launched socially distanced, iPhone filmed and lovingly stitched collectively on your viewing pleasure.
Proper, if you happen to haven’t purchased the album but. Do your self (and your neighbours) a favour and order it. NOW. What are you continue to studying this for? Go!