Between appearing on EPs, putting out a new video and playing Chelmsford’s Independent Venue Week gig at Bassment, it’s been a busy few months for The Horse Heads. I caught up with Ronaldo Rodriquez from the band to talk Chelmsford, Steve Lamacq and exciting super secret projects.
How long have you guys been playing together as The Horse Heads?
I played in silly little cover band projects when I was in my teens, back in the days when every kid with a guitar wanted to be Alex Turner. Gina (George Young – Drums) never actually played drums before The Horse Heads, he had to learn like 4 years ago. Chadda and Thomas (who follow us in our adventures) actually only joined last year, but we’ve always known them from playing in bands during our years playing shows in Chelmsford.
Do you still want to be Alex Turner?
I want to be Alex Turner, not Grease Lightning! Joking, Turners’ an amazing musician no matter how he dresses.
How would you go about describing your sound to anyone who hasn’t heard of you guys?
A lot of people have dubbed you as one of Steve Lamacq’s favourites. How do you feel getting that sort of recognition at this stage?
For Steve Lamacq to show us love and play us as his ‘Lamacq Livener’ (using our new single Castles) for about 2 weeks was amazing. It shows the guy still cares about unsigned and new music. I mean, we knocked Glass Animals off the Lamacq Livener. Glass Animals!?
The video for Castles came out a few weeks ago, are there any other singles due from The Horse Heads?
We have a project in the upcoming months with Cool Thing Records (famously known for being owned by the band Asylums). Not sure how much I’m allowed to give away… but yeah, projects rule.
The Horse Heads, Asylums and FREAK are all part of the same Cool Thing Records gang, right? Are there any other local bands you guys are fans of?
The Cool Thing Records team are one of strongest teams I've ever met. FREAK is also a great musician, we wouldn't be where we are if FREAK didn't ask us to support him at his first gig at Bassment. Watch out for BAIT, Suspects, Beckie Margaret, Petty Phase. Making waves in Essex.
There seem to be a fair few artists emerging from Chelmsford (and nearby) at the moment. Why do you think that is? Has Ratboy’s success had anything to do with it? Or are people just recognising the importance of local venues and local music?
Essex is getting mad attention at the moment. Ratboy definitely set a good example to other Essex bands, showing how hard you have to work in all aspects of the music industry. I remember when I use to work with him in Whetherspoons, he use to promote his E.P to everyone! Also Chelmsford has too little venues for too many bands. It's sad, because I know the music scene in Chelmsford had it's better days.
Where’s your favourite place to play locally now? Are there any venues of days gone by you wish were still around? To be honest I don't think if I can just choose out of the only two places (Bassment and Asylum) to play in Chelmsford. Bassment asked us to play Independent Venue Week and that was pretty cool of them. I wish Barhouse was still here. I remember Mystery Jets doing a DJ set there and I heard Ed Sheeran played there before the success. That's some serious shit.
You mentioned super secret upcoming project with the cool thing records gang, can you give anything else away on what 2017 holds in store for The Horse Heads?
It's gonna be a big thing for us, the project with Cool Thing Records. When we were asked by them, I didn't have words to say. I can't give too much away but expect new tunes and videos and shows.