From: London (via Dorset), UK
Lazy equation: Queens of the Stone Age if they’d spent their formative years around urban foxes rather than desert fauna
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Soundcloud
We’re a sucker for anything that even remotely sounds a bit like Josh Homme. The Males might crib heavily from the work of the Queens of the Stone Age frontman, but as far as influences go, he’s a good one to bounce off of: the band’s new EP has cheeky nods to both early and latter-period QOTSA, with just enough of a Brit-twist for it to really grab our attention.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Loud. Rock. Noises.
How did you meet?
We’ve known each other since uni, been playing music together on and off since 2005 in various different bands.
What made you want to start a band?
The love of making loud noises, and hearing too much generic rock on the radio. What happened to riffs?
Where did the name come from?
Guess it seemed relevant, i.e., a bunch of sweaty hairy neanderthals blasting uncomplicated face melting riffs. Not that we want to alienated the ladies – we’d have called ourselves The Females if the name was available!
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We grew up in various parts of the UK, but we all went to the same university – where we discovered our musical similarities and differences. Its these cross-over points that often create our most interesting musical moments – a Megadeth riff ploughed by an Anticon bassline, etc.
What are your non-musical influences?
Beards, Pierce Brosnan, Burritos and Futurism.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Recording this recent EP has really pulled all the parts together for us. We had such a specific vision of doing things as simply and purely as possible, and we are hugely proud of the outcome.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
Queens of the Stone Age. Or Fugazi in the 80s.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
The sort of music we play has quite a splintered scene at present. We’ve had a great time playing with Falls and Silent Front, and would love to play with folk like Dinosaur Pile-Up, Royal Blood and the mighty Future Of The Left.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
A lot of guitar music these days leaves us cold. When you listen to old Black Sabbath stuff – the buzz of the amp, the slides and the imperfections – thats exciting to listen to. We’ll take the recording with some balls to it over a polished compressed turd.
What would you say to someone who says “When we’ve already got QOTSA, Biffy Clyro and Hawkeyes, why do we need you?”?
I’d say you’ve got Terminator, Aliens and Die Hard, they’re awesome but do you never want to watch another movie?
What’s the best – or the funniest – show you’ve played?
Spending last halloween playing exclusively Misfits covers, dressed as the Misfits. And not really knowing how many Misfits songs properly go. Interpretive Misfits.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Our studio mates MYSTYRYS make the finest cuts of angular psyche rock this side of Manor House. We are playing an EP release show 16th July with our good friends in Mermaids – like My Bloody Valentine fired through lasers. Lovely stuff.
Tell us a joke.
How does lions run faster?
The Males release their new EP, Her Golden Blood, on 21 July 2014, and they’re marking the occasion by playing a launch party show the day after – that’s Tuesday 22 July 2014, if you’re a bit thick – at The Black Heart in Camden. Come along if you’re in town.