Penny Mob – Interview

J: – Jamie Quinn (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter)

M: – Matt Manning (Guitar, Bass, Vocals)

A: – Andrew Mullan (Drums, Vocals)

  • When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

J: I taught myself to play guitar when i was about 11 or 12. I was inspired by a lot of the british guitar bands that were about at the time.

M: I remember I was taught my first chords on the guitar by Wilko Johnson.

A:Both of my older sisters were alternative music junkies. Being a fair bit older than me, by the time I was functioning enough to get into music, both of them had left home. I was then surrounded by the joys of Steps, Britney Spears, Spandau Ballet and the like for a good few years. I played drums since I was 8 but it wasn’t until I met my best mate to this day when I was 11 that I finally found the artists that still impact me now; his Mum was the first one to play me Bowie, Dylan, Zep, Supertramp, Cream – the usual suspects, basically. So yeah, my best mate and his Mum are to thank, I guess!

  • Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

J:I started to really get into music when I was a young kid, in the late nineties and early noughties, when my brother introduced me to lots of guitar bands at the time like The Verve, Oasis, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys. I remember seeing some of those guys up on stage, and thinking they were like me, or the people I’d grown up with. I could to relate to them. I also remember Steve Cradock pulling me up onstage at an Ocean Colour Scene gig at the Barrowlands in Glasgow, when I was about 12, to sing with them. So I guess you could I say I started early! But yeah, I definitely think all those guys had an impact on what I do now, for they then put me onto bands from previous generations that they were inspired by, like the Beatles, Bowie, Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, The Smiths, and that has then led us on to wanting to do that for other future generations of kids, inspire them and give them something they can relate to. Rock n Roll will always go on.

M: Britpop, new wave and punk. I learned to play from those style of bands/music.

A: I was crazy about Led Zeppelin for the longest time; really couldn’t get over Bonham but I think that’s the case for most drummers over the last 40 odd years. That and The Beatles. Such a contrast but both brilliant in their own right. As a teenager I played in jazz groups, a ‘punk’ (we really weren’t) band, prog and metal stuff as well. I think it all sort of boiled down to the style I like to play now.  If I’m honest, I think playing in a garage ‘punk’ cover band at around 12, I played more along to Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Blink 182 etc. than I did to the bands that came before them. As embarrassing as it is, those groups came later. I think with the pop-punk era coming first before punk for me, it created a guilt that I’m still trying to get over…That’s it, though. Wanting to find out a bands influences and where I can learn from. That’s how it influenced me.

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  • How long have you been playing/writing?

 J: I started writing songs when i was about 15 or 16. I then stopped, but started back up again recently, when I realised that there wasn’t really any choice in the matter any more, I just had to form a band, and we would be committed to writing proper rock n roll music.

M: Not long enough.

A: On and off, since I was 8 [19 years] but don’t let it fool you, I’m not as good as I should be. I’m a lazy bastard!

  • How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

At the moment we try and play live as much as we possibly can, to get our music out there to as many people as possible. We’ve got a string of dates and festivals coming up over the summer that we’ll be playing, and announcing over the coming weeks

Other dates already confirmed-

22nd April – Labour Club, Northampton

23rd April – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

18th June – Wellingborough Football Club, Northamptonshire

20th Oct – The Roadmender, Northampton (Musicians Against     Homelessness Event with Alan McGee)

  • What has been your favourite moment in music?

J: One of the most important moments for me is when I saw Richard Ashcroft play at Latitude Festival 2013. He just had real soul, and was screaming to the crowd “Don’t be a sheep! Pick up a guitar, learn a few chords, and get out there and tell it like it is.” That was one of the defining moments that truly inspired me to go and find the lads, and start Penny Mob, and begin writing the music that we are today. You gotta tell it like it is man.

M: The 13th Floor Elevators reunion after 45 years at Levitation Festival, USA in 2015.

A: I played in a political folk-punk band a few years ago and we played a gig in Central London on my Birthday, 11th August. It was the 2nd night of the London riots and one of the tracks we played was called ‘Tesco Burning Horror’. Basically it was a track about the lower classes getting so fed up with getting screwed over that they riot and loot through London, burning everything in their path. The lyrics described everywhere from Brixton through to Clapham, finishing with “they made a f*cking crater of what used to be Deptford”. People assumed that it’d been written that day, influenced by the London riots. When I told people the singer wrote the track 6 months before, no-one believed me. but he had. He just had that crazy brand of knowledge to give him foresight. That was a special night for me.

  • Where is the best place to find you online?

You can listen to our music here –  https://soundcloud.com/pennymob

You can keep up to date with us on Facebook  –  https://www.facebook.com/pennymobband

Follow us on Twitter –  https://twitter.com/PennyMob

and Instagram – – https://www.instagram.com/penny_mob

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