EMQ’s With Trevor’s Head

EMQ’s With Trevor’s Head

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK Stoner/ Punk/ Progressive Rock band, Trevor’s Head. Huge thanks to them for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Matt: We’re Trevor’s Head and we play an odd mishmash of stoner rock, punk and prog. We’ve been together for over a decade and somehow haven’t gotten sick of each other yet. In that time, we’ve recorded four albums, two E.P.s and have toured the length and breadth of the country, becoming motorway service station connoisseurs in the process.

How did you come up with your band name?

Aaron: I’ve often wondered the same thing.

Matt: Happened a long time ago while I was on holiday in Devon, was flipping through a road atlas and saw a place called Trevose Head in Cornwall. I was pretty stoned at the time and thought it sounded funny, like Trevor’s Head. I messaged the fellas in the band to say it should be our new name as a joke, but somehow it stuck.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

Matt: We started in Redhill but unfortunately there’s no scene to speak of there these days. It’s a do-nothing town with no venues. We spend more time playing in London now and that’s much healthier! We’ve met a lot of great bands on the London circuit.

What is your latest release?

Roger: Our upcoming album is called “A View From Below” and it’s out on 5th May via APF Records.

Matt: We’ve already released one single from it, and there should be a video coming out very soon for another single. Really looking forward to getting that out there, it’s the best video we’ve ever done and it was a blast to make.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Roger: Chris Cornell for me – that dude just shat out melodies and had such a unique way of seeing music and expressing himself through it. Pure class. Pure genius.

Matt: Too many to mention really – but it was Bill Ward who made me want to take up drumming, and I’ve always been fascinated with Ringo Starr’s lyrical and economic style of playing.

Aaron: Faith No More would be up there for me. The experimentation and refusal to stay confined within boundaries can definitely be applied to our sound.

What first got you into music?

Roger: I remember being at a festival when I was about 5 and walking out of the kid’s play area to listen to the band that was on the big stage. I think it was The Lightning Seeds or someone like that, but I was mesmerised. That’s when it all changed.

Matt: That’s a very taxing thing to ask of my failing memory! Uhh, I guess it was when I was about 8 and heard Otis Redding for the first time. My dad had taped a gig of his off the telly and I was spellbound. A real “that’s what I want to do!” kind of moment.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Matt: Donald Fagen hasn’t replied to a single one of my letters or voicemail messages. I’ll keep trying though.

Aaron: I’ll take Rog and Matt! That collab would sure be sick! 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Matt: Hellfest in France is the one for me. Such a great spread of metal, rock and punk and the atmosphere is fantastic.

Aaron: Any festival taking place on a mountain or in a desert.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Aaron: Our fans don’t often bear gifts but when they do it’s usually in the form of a pint, which is fine by me!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Matt: Be excellent to each other.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Roger: Bob Marley. I’m so gutted to have never had the chance to see him play and dance along. There was so much love and unity in his music.

Aaron: Probably Kurt Cobain.

Matt: Most of my attempts at necromancy have ended in absolute catastrophe, so I’ll pass on this one, thanks.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Roger: The energy from the audience when they’re really digging it. The cheap supersize pizzas, the tours that break your back from the work but also crack your ribs from laughing so much. It’s amazing and I wish everyone could have those days. I think we need a bigger van though, Aaron’s feet stink.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Roger: Any bastard that buys a flat next to a music venue then complains about the noise. I mean, come on mate.

Matt: Those people are the WORST. Put ’em in the fucking sea.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Roger: “A View From Below” by this band called Trevor’s Head. It’s ace.

Matt: I’ve heard that’s supposed to be a good’un.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Matt: They’ve all got their pros and cons, haven’t they? We’ve all got shedloads of each.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Matt: It’s tough to whittle down well over 600 gigs to a single one… but we’ve played some wild squat parties and launch shows over the years. Getting to play main support for a sold-out Colour Haze show at The Garage in London was pretty special too.

Aaron: I’d say Underworld last year with Nebula and The Atomic Bitchwax was a definite highlight.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Roger: Earning bloody millions.

Matt: Wanking and crying.

Aaron: Dying.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Roger: Piers Morgan and four mirrors so he can have a great time right before we go Ralph Fiennes in “The Menu” on his arse.

What’s next for the band?

Matt: We’re on tour throughout May in support of the album and we’ve already started writing material for a new release! Also we’re supporting Mondo Generator in London this July, very excited about that.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Bandcamp – https://trevorshead.bandcamp.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TrevorsHead

LinkTree – https://linktr.ee/trevorshead

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

Roger: It’s a sourdough, darling. I live in north London.

Matt: Yeasty treats.

Aaron: Now, listen closely! You want a lovely, thick piece of bread, layer that with wholegrain mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, a slice of honey-roasted ham, some lightly marinated chicken breast and finely grated mature cheddar. Call it a fucking sandwich and throw your teacake in the bin. End of!

Matt: Have you got the munchies again, by any chance?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Roger: Give your local hard-working band a hug. They deserve it.

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