My Fiasco are a London-based, 5-Piece, Pop Rock band with one aim: To write, release, and relentlessly perform the most infectious and melodic tunes possible. My Fiasco began life when Steve Potter, a budding Brummy songwriter/guitarist arrived in the big smoke and was introduced to singer Patsy Lowe through a musician friend in early 2016. The plan was for Patsy to provide vocals on a few of Steve’s tracks in view to him finding a vocalist (as the two had different ideas on music styles at the time). But after a few jam sessions, they not only got on like a house on fire but had the makings of an exciting new project neither one wanted to let go of. Rehearsals continued in Patsy’s front room in Dalston for a few weeks, then they decided to bite the bullet and hit an open mic in Camden. A few months went by with no joy finding musicians that fit the Fiasco until the musical gods shone a light on them and brought the talented drummer Erin Wayne. Fresh off the plane from Oz she fitted in immediately. Another few months went by…… auditioning countless bassists, to no avail and then double trouble appeared as if by magic. Not only had they hit the jackpot and found their long dreamed of bassist, John. They were also were blessed with another very talented guitarist Dan.

Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?

JW: We’re a London-based five-piece who hail from all over the UK (and beyond). We have Newcastle’s finest export since Brian Johnson and Newcastle Brown Ale in the shape of our incredible vocalist, Patsy Lowe.

Trading riffs on guitar(s) we have Steve Potter and Dan Munoz who hail from Birmingham and Norfolk respectively. And keeping the rhythm section locked down we have me, John Watts, on bass (a Kentish man) and New Zealand’s meandering wanderluster Erin Wayne on skins. 

Patsy and Steve met through a mutual friend back in 2016 and fortunately for them, the rest of the band fell into their laps a year or so later and we’ve been gigging ever since. 

What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon? 

PL: The style question is a bit of a bastard for us because it’s hard to nail down! I suppose if Paramore and Skunk Anansie had an extremely loud, guitar-shredding baby that’s probably us. Bit of rock, a bit of indie, bit of pop. Boom.

I was very lucky to have parents with impeccable taste in music growing up. Our house was filled with everything from Black Sabbath to Dire Straits and Suzi Quatro. So, rock music of the sixties and seventies is where it all began for me and has made its mark on the My Fiasco sound. When I started buying my own music, I reckoned I was a little punk (I was not) and started blasting Greenday, Offspring and Sex Pistols as loud as my speakers would allow. But in all seriousness, I think that’s partly the reason I have a bit of a filthy gob and bounce about like a cracker on stage. For unreal show- womanship I look to Juliette Lewis. She is a force on stage and has set the bar for frontwomen in my view. I aim to hit that bar every time we play.

What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?

JW: We’ve just finished writing a couple of new bangers which we plan to put out on a new EP later this year and we’re currently gearing ourselves up for a couple of gigs down here in the smoke. 

We’ve been named as one of This Feelings Big in 2020 acts and we’re geared up for a sold-out show at Roadtrip & Workshop on Tuesday 21st January. Then in May we’re psyched to be supporting the legendary Electric 6 at Nambucca. Both are gonna be fucking mint. 

And outside of music, how’s life in general? 

JW: It’s a beautiful thing. As a collective, we have a very positive outlook on life and we like to think that shows each time we hit the stage. 

We all have pretty active social lives outside of music and when we’re not making a racket you’ll probably find us travelling the globe, following The Arsenal, running marathons, or down the pub with a drink in our hand. 

PL: And I love a car boot sale.

What’s the happiest lyric you’ve ever written?

PL: I tend not to write happy lyrics! Nightmare. It’s not all doom and gloom though I promise.

JW: You pour your heart while the rest of us rock the fuck out, basically.

And the saddest…? 

PL: ‘Someday I won’t exist, you’ll believe in the lord. Tell him how you miss my kiss’.

Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why? 

JW: There’s nothing tranquil about octopi (sorry Ringo!). I am genuinely terrified by the thought of residing close to an octopus, so I’d definitely opt for the relative safety of the submarine and ‘Revolver’ on repeat.

What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what would be your dream venue?

PL: We’ve been so lucky to have played some corking venues in London such as the Camden Assembly and Dublin Castle but our absolute favourite place to play is Nambucca on Holloway Road. We class it as our musical home and we always have the best time playing there. We are supporting Electric Six there on the 22nd of May which we are really looking forward too.

Dream venue eh… probably the Spanish City in Newcastle. I have some amazing memories of going there as a kid when it used to be a fairground so I’d love to make that happen.

If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?

JW: We’d probably all provide a different answer to this question but I think one name we’d all agree on would be Queens of the Stone Age. We’d have a fucking ball warming up their crowd. They’re a band we take a lot of inspiration from.

What’s the best thing about being in a band?

JW: For me, it’s that moment when you’ve been writing new music and everything just clicks into place. You cannot beat that rush of cracking a song and making it sound like one of your own. The anticipation that then builds once you’re ready to include it in a set is like watching your football team going on an amazing run and making the cup final. You’re just counting down those days until that finally arrives.

PL: It’s a total therapy session for me, writing lyrics. So, I think it’s not only one of the best things about being in a band but a necessity for me as a person. And there’s no feeling like making a load of beautiful noise with your pals and having a whole room of people party with you at the same time.

And the hardest…? 

PL: It’s the usual. Not being able to play for a living. But we are working on that.

JW: Just finding the right time, as we, like many others, have to balance being in a band with full-time employment. We’re five individuals so finding the time to write, rehearse and play is key. 

Sum your band/act up in three words? 

PL: Hot like tabasco. 

What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best? 

PL: Storm until the new tracks drop – watch this space.

The band play tonight at in London for ‘This Feelings Big In 2020’ Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/487616068630122/ Electric Six support at Nambucca https://www.facebook.com/events/1187580964781123/.


Liam or Noel? – Liam

Boris or Jezza? – Is there a third option? 

Pineapple on pizza – yes or not? No (that’s John’s answer I bloody love it!)

Beatles or Stones? Beatles 








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