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We welcome The Madding Crowd to Northern Exposure, hailing from Manchester the band are a fusion of glam punk, punk and prog rock – altho they really don’t like to be pigeonholed to any genre. Formed in April 2010, they are comprised of Singer and Guitarist Ben Corry, Lead Guitarist Dominic Corry, and Bassist Claud Corry.

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Tell me a bit about your band & why should we check you out? 

We are The Madding Crowd, a furious, glamorous, beautiful disaster from north Manchester. As a go-to I would call us a Glam-Punk band, but honestly our sound changes from song to song and we pretty much do what we want within the lexicon of popular guitar music. We sing about our lives and our world with passion, sincerity, fury, joy, misery and vitality, crafting every single aspect of our sound and aesthetic with meticulous and deliberate detail.

Who are your major influences and why? 

Our influences are always changing but we have our favourites and they will always remain so. Bands and artists like The Smiths, My Chemical Romance, Elvis Presley, Glasvegas, Simon & Garfunkel and Nirvana inspired us to want to be in a band. Storytellers, iconoclasts, icons, people who poured every ounce of their soul into their art to create something beautiful. They’re our guys.

If you had to sum the band up in 5 words what would they be? 

We do what we want.

Where do you get your inspiration from to write songs, what gets those creative juices flowing? 

A variety of things; I write a lot about my own struggles with my mind in a way that I believe is honest and forthright, so a lot of the time I’m writing about internal things as a means of exorcism. That isn’t the only thing that inspires us though. I find inspiration in politics, things that make me angry like Brexit or racism or sexism, things I want to celebrate like my family, my friends, and my cats. Whatever I’m feeling most passionate about on any given day really. There is no one thing.

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Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?

There’s loads I absolutely love, like Bones Shake, The Slumdogs, The Maitlands, Elijah James and The Nightmares, Evil Blizzard, Hands Off Gretel… I could go on forever really. My favourite underground band at the moment are Witch Fever. I think they’re absolutely vital, putting out a positive and defiant feminist message with bile and wit while playing punishing, uncompromising Punk Rock. Alongside the likes of Idles they are the most important and exciting band in the country.

What’s the last song you played? 

Rottweiler, the closing track from ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ by Idles. I’ve had the album on non-stop recently; I think it’s one of the best albums of the last 15 years.

If you could perform with anyone – who would you like to share a stage with? 

I few years ago it would have been Morrissey but he’s a monstrosity now. Aside from that I’m not really sure. Can I pick dead people? If so then Elvis – I’m talking black leather, 68 Comeback Special Elvis, I’d just want to recreate the sit-down in the round section from that special with him because it’s utterly iconic. If they have to be living then maybe Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods, just because it’d be an interesting collaboration. Or Meat Loaf, because it would be a nonsense disaster of epic proportions.

Describe to me your live performance?

Relentless. Pulsating with kinetic, incendiary energy. All your dreams and all your nightmares colliding in an apocalyptic war for your soul. What we do is an exorcism and we leave every last bit of ourselves on stage. We don’t perform, it isn’t an act; we run on guttural, feral instinct and everything we do is a cry from our souls. What you get with us is something real, something captivating, something ferocious. 

On that note do you have any upcoming shows?

We do. We’re playing our final acoustic set for the foreseeable on 22nd September at Night & Day Café in Manchester, supporting the incredible Kris Barras Band. Then on 8th December we will be playing our first gig in 2 years at The Castle Hotel in Manchester. We’ve had a long, enforced hiatus, and it looked at times like we weren’t going to be coming back at all. Our new drummer Sam, who also produced our last EP, literally learned drums FROM SCRATCH just to play for us, which is a real honour. Just when we thought it was all over he basically hauled himself through and saved us. So yeah, 8th December at The Castle, the culmination of 2 years of back-breaking hard work to get our band back. It’s going to be unforgettable.

You’re stranded on a desert island, you get one beer and one album to get through, what are they? 

I don’t really drink beer, I’m more of a cider gal. That said, I’d have a White Russian and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel, cos that just seems perfect.

Whats on the horizon, what can we look forward to from you? 

Our new single ‘You Give Us Hope’ is out 21st September. Following that is a compilation album of literally everything we’ve ever released entitled ‘The Mowers Dies With Them’ coming in November. Then it’s the big auld comeback gig on the 8th December at The Castle Hotel in Manchester.

QUICKFIRE 

WEAPON OF CHOICE – (Instrument/Voice?)

Voice. I play guitar in the band but only when I really need to.

 BASE – (Hometown?) 

Ashton-Under-Lyne

FOOTBALL – (Team supported?)

Manchester United. Although I have a soft spot for Sheffield United and FC United of Manchester.

 GUILTY PLEASURE – (Cheesy tune?) 

Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65. I love it, all four of us do. It’s great, I don’t care who knows it. 

HERO – (Icons?)

Joe Talbot from Idles is a wonderful Human who writes lyrics that save lives. If I have a hero anymore, it’s him.

 VILLAIN – (Someone like Simon Cowell) 

Every single Tory scumbag at any level of government. Especially Boris Johnson.

BEST COMEDY SHOW – (The Office etc)

The Royle Family, closely followed by The Office and This Country.

 THREADS – (Favourite designer/piece of clothing?)

I have an extensive collection of Bolo Ties that I am somewhat proud of. Bolo ties are excellent.

TROTTERS – (Favourite footwear?)

My gold, cuban heeled Chelsea Boots that I wore at my wedding.

 AT THE BAR – (Alcoholic drink?)

Strongbow Dark Fruit all the way! A White Russian if I’m feeling fancy.

 GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – (Any in history and why?)

Any from when Simon and Garfunkel reunited in 2004, because we are never, ever going to see that again. I saw Paul Simon’s last ever european gig at Hyde Park though and he was magical so I guess that partially makes up for it.

 NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – (Anyone in history)

Honestly, I’d get too shy and wouldn’t know what to say to someone like Oscar Wilde or Elvis or Marlon Brando, I do it every time I meet a band I like. They’d all probably be a nightmare to be honest anyway. I’ll stick to the friends I have. Who knows, maybe we’d bump into Johnny Marr in Manchester and end up going for drinks.

 FILM – (Favourite film?)

The Big Lebowski

 SOUNDTRACK – (Best soundtrack in your opinion)

Jurassic Park. I don’t care, the orchestra sounds like Dinosaurs in that film!

 TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME – (Favourite songs?)

Frank Sinatra – My Way

Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

The Smiths – How Soon is Now?

 TOP OF THE POPS – (Opinion on current music)

Mainstream pop is rubbish, but it’s not for me. There’s excitement and innovation everywhere you look at the moment, especially in guitar music. If you don’t think so you’re not looking hard enough.

 THREE WORDS – (Sum up band/you if solo) 

Till we die.

FOLLOW US AT:

Facebook is @Vivalamaddingcrowd

Twitter is @MaddingCrowdUK

Instagram is @vivalamaddingcrowd, all our stuff is on Spotify and Apple Music and all the rest of it.

RACHEL BROWN

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