INTERVIEW

“It is said that King Arthur will rise again when Britain in is grave peril. Have Untitled Musical Project been sent to save us from synth-wielding twats in ’80s sportswear? “Our initial mission statement was to form a band who mixed Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, Ikara Colt and Mclusky,” explains bassist and vocalist Andrew Barry […]

“It is said that King Arthur will rise again when Britain in is grave peril. Have Untitled Musical Project been sent to save us from synth-wielding twats in ’80s sportswear?

“Our initial mission statement was to form a band who mixed Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, Ikara Colt and Mclusky,” explains bassist and vocalist Andrew Barry Graham.

Sound good? Of course it does. Untitled Musical Project are bringing back shouty post-punk genius. With songs such as ‘Facsimile Machine’ and ‘Why Isn’t Paul McCartney Dead Already?’ (Andy: “He can’t really write any music anymore, his voice isn’t as good, he might as well be dead!”), they veer from Sonic Youth-esque feedback to Mark E Smith rants, all over ferociously awkward thrashing. Please say you’re bringing back guitars to destroy new rave?

“None of us can play that well, so we’re probably not the people to ask!” laughs Andrew. “I suppose in any scene you get a couple of decent bands and then you get a load of cheap imitations. Don’t get me wrong, I like Klaxons,” Andrew admits, “but new rave’s just a fad at the end of the day. In ten years time is anyone going to be listening to Klaxons?”

If we conveniently forget The Twang, the Midlands is suddenly spawning a lot of great guitar bands.

“It’s definitely got better in the last year and a half, with bands like The Gravity Crisis, Sunset Cinema Club and The Big Bang – they’re amazing! We’re mates with The Ripps from Coventry too and they seem to be doing quite well.”

Untitled Musical Project are thrillingly different. While only a toddler with ADHD and a stomach full of Haribo could find them vaguely danceable, that’s just fine with us – stop the grooving and let some scratchy, weird and angry genius into your life. Unless your name’s Paul McCartney, you’ll feel a whole lot better.”

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