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Describe your sound in 3 words.
Brains Versus Riffs.
How did you meet?
Dan and Rupe conquered a mountain together 10 years ago and have remained competitive friends ever since. Recently, we liberated Ben from his shackles in a riff dungeon, and stole Rob straight out of a priceless, one off screen print of the last supper.
What made you want to start a band?
The overwhelming need to shout in people’s faces and upset our Mums.
Where did the name come from?
It’s the punchline to our favourite Charles Darwin joke.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
Rupe and Dan grew up in Kingston. We were lucky enough to see bands like Hell is for Heroes, Reuben and Hundred Reasons play locally on a regular basis. Ben grew up in the cultural wastelands of ‘West’ Essex, famous for suntans and wankers. At the very least, it gave him a superb knowledge of late 90s two-step garage hits. Rob has always stalked the earth in some form and has inherited countless abstract influences during his quests through the fogs of time.
What are your non-musical influences?
The three C’s: craft beer, comic books and computer games.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
We haven’t been a band for very long, but so far it’s been great just to play some sweet shows with like-minded, awesome people.
With which band would your dream support slot/tour be?
Collectively we enjoy listening to pretty different bands… I’m gonna say someone like The Bronx would be a treat for us all. In my wildest dreams, I’d personally go for a reformed Fugazi. Thinking outside the box I’d go for Mumford & Sons, because their fans need a good telling off and I think we could be the band to do it.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Ah, there are some great bands on the smaller UK scene at the moment that we are lucky enough to have played shows with, and they’re all excellent in their own way. We love: Polio for the gurning, Mayors of Miyazaki for the dancing, Death Pedals for the relentless speed, Without Maps for the jams, Gunning for Tamar for the melodies, Silent Front for the consistent slaying of everyone else and Ghold for the wall of sludge. We are excited at the thought of pursuing our bromances with all of these lovely people and more.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Put simply, it’s all down to RPM – RIFFS-PER-MINUTE.
What’s the best and/or funniest show you’ve played?
I can think of the scariest. We played a show when Thom from Polio nearly died from a massive electric shock because his guitar pedal was full of beer. He had to go to hospital and get some stitches in his scalp. The worst part was that we were putting on the show, doh!
The best so far may be supporting awesome Pennsylvanian two-piece 1994! at the Old Blue Last in London recently.
What have you got planned for the future?
We have a mini-album coming out in May on CD and vinyl, followed by some touring in the Summer and hopefully another release before the end of the year!
What other band should everyone find out about?
Greys, incredible band from Canada who combine riffs and speed like sonic champs.
Tell us a joke.
My wife caught me wanking whilst looking at a magic eye picture.
I said “it’s not what it looks like!”
Bloody Mammals new record, Eventually Your House Will Burn Down, is out on 6 May 2013 by Flatpack Recordings and 49s Vs Dolphins – click here to pre-order a copy. While we’re in the process of instructing you to go check out other websites, why not go give Bloody Mammals a Like on Facebook and Bandcamp while you’re at it.