You know what cliche we really, really hate here at Thrash Hits? It’s when in an interview a band describes their new album as being “heavier, but more melodic”. Do you know what that really means? Nothing. It’s just bands flapping their gums because they can’t think of anything interesting to say to a journalist who can’t think of any interesting questions to ask. Northern Ireland’s Making Monsters, on the other hand, will never have to tip-toe around the issue of balancing these two often-conflicting concepts as they’ve already got it down tight. That’s why we caught up with bassist Joe Coyle for a little Future Hits interrogation.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Loud, Melodic, Scary-BitchCore.
How did you meet?
Myself, Paul [Monk, guitar] and Brian [Doherty, drums] met at college and we met Emma [Gallagher, vocals] in a bar and stole her from another band (they were shit anyway).
What made you want to start a band?
When I was younger, I thought that bands were all about sex, drugs and rock and roll. After a while of being in bands, I realised it wasn’t but I was hooked anyway.
Where did the name come from?
Basically when our guitarist Paul told us he was soon to be a dad, we all joked about how, if his child grew up to be like him, it would be a bit mental…so basically making a monster.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We all grew up in and around Derry, Northern Ireland. There were plenty of awesome bands around which helped push the scene. The only problem is Ireland is an island. Were unable to play outside of it without being crippled financially so if anything that just pushes us harder!
What are your non-musical influences?
[Cheesy]For me, I would say family and friends being supportive of what we do. [/Cheesy]
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
I think getting to tour and play with so many sick bands has definitely been a highlight.
With which band would your dream support tour be?
I would love to be a part of Warped Tour. It looks so intense – but what a way to see that much of the States.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
We grew up listening to bands like Fighting With Wire, who we had the pleasure of playing at their last ever show! As well as bands like And So I Watch You From Afar, who are also local enough to us and are out killing it the world over now!
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Well people seem to think we’re going to be like Paramore, etc, since we have a female singer, but it’s always funny seeing their faces when they hear Emma’s brutal vocals. We like to keep an element of surprise, and try to make each song pretty different from the last. That, and most people find it hard to say who we sound like. Not sure if that’s good or bad.
What’s the best and/or funniest show you’ve played?
Playing with FWW on their last ever show was a massive honour. Sharing the stage with so many awesome bands on one day and having an unlimited free bar backstage… it was epic!
What other band should everyone find out about?
If you haven’t already heard of Max Raptor then you defiantly should check ‘em out! These lovely chaps took us on our first UK tour and they are incredible.
Tell us a joke.
What’s the definition of suspicious?
A nun doing press ups in a cucumber field.
Making Monsters’ latest EP, Attention, is out now on Death By Records, byut you can also get it on a pay-what-you-like basis from Making Monsters’ Bandcamp page. Don’t be a prick – give them a few quid if you download and enjoy it.