Ewan Atkinson chatted with meme loving indie band, MOM, about everything from gender in music to awkwardly eating fajitas.
You probably haven't heard of this gnarly all female quartet but that it definitely your loss and it's about to change. Mixing classic British Indie with various influences such as Fidlar and Nirvana has given the band a very exciting edge which, as long as they keep producing music is going to get them noticed.
How and when did you guys meet?
Beth (Vickers, Drums) and Brooke (Williams -Lead Guitar) have known each other since they were four. Sarah (Sefton, Bass/Vocals) once tried to start a band with Brooke before but she turned her down, but then they got talking over Twitter about an all girl band after both watching The Runaways biopic. Hannah (Fisher, Rhythm Guitar) was asked to join with Beth following after only one drum lesson. Everyone met for the first time early 2014 at Sarah's house and awkwardly ate fajitas together.
Describe the band in five words!
Spacey Musical Alien Meme Lads
As a young band just starting out, what do you think is more important gigs or tracks? (And why?)
We think for a band at our stage, it's more important for us to be playing gigs and perfecting our sound. Obviously an online musical presence is very important as well, as its a great way to connect to people who cant attend our shows and we wouldn't have had such great opportunities such as our live session on BBC Introducing and other radio play. But still our main priority at the moment is making sure we sound the best we can live.
What's coming up next for you guys?
In the next month we're all going to uni and starting new jobs so its going to be quiet for a little while during September. Once we get settled in we'll be back gigging in Leeds and Manchester and finally record our debut E.P, Lunar, which we've long awaited. We've been sitting on these songs for a while so we're really excited to get back in the studio and share them with everyone!
Who do you feel has most influenced the bands image and sound?
Wolf Alice have been a very big inspiration to us and Fluffy was one of the first songs we played together as a band. We always attend their gigs together which definitely motivates us and its always inspiring to see Ellie on stage. My Love is Cool is such an interesting album with so many styles and sounds which we've never seen before so it helps us as musicians to consider different approaches.
When you're song writing, where do the lyrics come from? Do you have to get in a certain mind set before you start writing?
The inspiration behind the songs definitely comes from being a part of MOM. The E.P we've written is essentially about all the good, and some bad times we've had together over the last couple of years. The lyrics are written in bursts of anger, happiness or sadness. As well as being in a band and pretending to hate each other we're actually close friends, so its easy to share ideas between us and work them into music.
Do you think being an all female band gives you a different edge that other bands lack?
We don't think that our gender really gives us an edge. People just listen to music they enjoy and if that happens to be us then that's great. It's rarer to see women in bands so people do notice the fact we're an all female one but it's becoming more and more common with bands such as Hinds, Haim and Warpaint doing the festival rounds and hopefully that will continue until females in bands is the norm in our generation.
Do you feel that just being in an all female band is a statement, due to the lack of women in rock?
We didn't start this band with the intention of creating a statement, but maybe that's a statement in itself as we're just musicians like any other, making the music that we love. It's definitely important to us to see other female musicians on stage and we hope we can be inspiring to other girls who have otherwise doubted themselves.