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The Malarkeys are an indie-rock band from Bristol. Members are as follows: Louis Partington (rhythm guitar + vocals), Will Bisp (lead guitar + vocals), Megan Jenkins (bass guitar) and Jack Ogborne (drums). After starting out as a two-piece playing open mics all over Bristol, founding members Louis and Will went through a few line-up changes before finally recruiting Megan and Jack to make up the rest of the band. After recently announcing shows with This Feeling and Scruff Of The Neck, things are on the up. Keep an eye out in 2018.

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

We’re a four-piece indie rock band from Bristol. We write catchy songs with interesting lyrics and choruses that’ll stay in your head.

Who are your major influences and why? 

We all have similar influences. The main ones are The Smiths, Libertines and Beatles, which we regularly get told come across in our music. We also like David Bowie, Blondie and Pink Floyd among others. More obscure favourites include Chas & Dave, Vera Lynn and an American singer-songwriter called Rodriguez.

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

Very, very, very, very alright.

Who writes your songs? 

I (Louis) write the songs. They’re about love, life and death if I were to sum them up. Not for the faint-hearted. Once written, they’re taken to Will, and given new life through his unique style of lead guitar. Then once we’re satisfied we send a rough version of us playing the song to Megan, whose bass playing really is something to behold, and is perhaps the crucial piece of the musical jigsaw. It’s quite Andy Rourke-esque. Finally, we all meet up and the drums are added to the equation, and that’s the most exciting part, when everyone’s playing together and flows perfectly.

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Who is your favourite unsigned band at the moment?

We would’ve said Dead Pretties but sadly they just split up. Having said that, The Rhythm Method are brilliant. Very under-rated, they should go far.

What’s the last song you listened to?

‘Alone too long’ by Hall & Oates. Beautiful harmonies.

Describe to me your live performance?

We pride ourselves on our live performances. Our sets are packed with catchy, melodic, songs, and almost every gig we throw in a new song to mix it up for people who’ve seen us before. 

On that note do you have any upcoming shows?

We just did our first gig for Scruff Of The Neck supporting Cassia at The Exchange (Bristol) which was good. Depending on when this goes out we have our first This Feeling show supporting Trampolene at The Mothers Ruin in Bristol on Friday 3rd November, a gig in London at the 229 club playing for Absent Kelly introducing on Saturday 18th November, and another gig on Saturday 16th December in Bristol at Imagine That’s Christmas party at The Golden Lion Pub. On top of that we’ll be announcing many more in the next few months, including hopefully some more across the country.

You’re stranded on a desert island like Vince Noir and Howard Moon in The Nightmare of Milky Joe and have album to get through, what is it? 

Louis: Up The Bracket – The Libertines

Will: Revolver – The Beatles

Megan: Faith – The Cure

Jack: Transformer – Lou Reed

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

We’ll be going into the studio in January to do some more demos, which our brilliant producer Simon Cochrane will work his magic with. They should be online and ready to get at gigs come February if everything goes to plan. We’re going to try and build up a bigger fanbase before we start releasing singles etc. Hopefully we’ll be doing a lot of support slots in the new year (Bristol and beyond) and pushing on from there.

QUICKFIRE 

WEAPON OF CHOICE – Gretsch. 

BASE – Bristol.

FOOTBALL – Bristol City. 

GUILTY PLEASURE – ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet.

HERO – Morrissey.

VILLAIN – Matt Healy.

BEST COMEDY SHOW – I’m Alan Partridge.

THREADS – Flat cap and braces. 

TROTTERS – Brogues.

AT THE BAR – Can’t beat a £2.55 doom bar from Wetherspoons.

GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Live Aid ‘85 just to see Bowie do Heroes.

NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – Louis Theroux.

FILM – Goodnight Mister Tom.

SOUNDTRACK – Pulp Fiction. 

TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME:

Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks

We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn

My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

TOP OF THE POPS – Bring back TFI Friday, The Word and Top Of The Pops. Then it would be fucking game on.

THREE WORDS – Load Of Malarkey.

SOCIAL MEDIA

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/themalarkey/

TWITTER – https://twitter.com/themalarkey

INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/themalarkey/

TUNES – https://themalarkey.bandcamp.com/album/the-malarkey-demos

RACHEL BROWN

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