Stiletto Farm. I love them and so should you.
Especially seeing how much their full-length debut
album, "January Sales", kicks major ass! I want
to thank the guys for talking with us today and
(if you haven't already) be sure to check out my
review of the band's (very cool) full-length debut
Andy: For our readers who might not be all that
familiar with your band would you please introduce
yourselves. Whose who in Stiletto Farm?
Stel: I'm Stel, I'm the bassist and singer.
Davyd: I'm Davyd, I'm the guitarist.
Newt: I'm Newt, I'm the drummer.
All: And together we are STILETTO FARM!
Andy: Stiletto Farm is "the last wish of a dying
friend". If it isn't too uncomfortable to talk about
could you tell us the story behind that
Stel: Sure, it doesn't make us feel uncomfortable
at all. The fallen friend is a guy called Jason White.
He was a mate Davyd and I used to hang around with.
He came up with the idea for this band. We planned
the whole thing out together quite meticulously,
despite the fact that none of us could play anything.
His death came without warning and scared the shit out of us.
Obviously there was only one reasonable course of action
after that ...Learn to play, take on the world, get
Davyd: Jay was one of those people who could entertain
a room without even trying, a true rock star!! Of course
the only logical thing for Stel and I to do was keep on
rocking for him. And we play so loud that
I'm sure he can hear us wherever he is!
Andy: Musically what influences Stiletto Farm as a band?
Stel: Anything and everything, even things we totally hate!
Even a crap song can have a chord transition or something
you like the sound of ...and then you can swipe it! Hooray!
Davyd: We all have a massive range of inspirations.
If it can make you move then it'll influence us.
Stel: But mostly Cliff Richard!
Andy: And as individuals?
Stel: Anything delivered with conviction, I wanna
hear something that makes me believe that they believe it.
You can't go wrong with Motorhead (Andy-You got that right!)
or early Manic Street Preachers. Also I've got a real soft
spot for the old Kings of Rock 'n' Roll, Little Richard and
Elvis Presley. You can't beat that stuff.
Davyd: Motorhead runs through mine and all of Stiletto
Farm's veins, but give me some Backyard Babies or
The Wildhearts with their killer riffs and vocal harmonies.
On the flip side give me some ear bleeding shredding
and brutal drumming from the likes of Black Label Society or
Pantera, I love it all. Though I can't forget the band's
who first inspired me to pick up a guitar like The Beatles,
The Who, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters. Without these guys,where
would rock be?!
Andy: Nowheresville! That's where! You are so right. Without
those early bands/artists (along with The Rolling Stones)
rock ass we know it just wouldn't be the same.
Newt: I think for me personally stuff like Motley Crue,
Skid Row.. etc... Old 80's rock/metal, its always been my favourite
and helped me develop my drumming style to more of a personal one.
But I'm also into my blues rock purely because of how sweet
it all sounds! I'm pretty easy going, as long its none of that
fake crap you hear on the radio!
Andy: I agree. Thankfully you can usually pick out the fake
crap from a million away! Otherwise (and again, this is one thing
that I really love about your band!) it sure as hell seems as
if all of our music collections have a similar flow. But anyway,
the 2012 single "Decimation Baby" was your first
release correct? It must have seemed a bit surreal
re-recording it for your full-length debut album.
I mean you've come a long way!
Davyd: There was a little deja vu re-recording it,
but from listening to the original and knowing it
could be better it was a blessing in a way being able
to do it justice this time and make it a real
ballbreaker of a track.
Newt: I wasn't in the band when it was originally recorded,
but I took a go at changing it up a bit, making it into
something different so when we came to re-record it, it came
back with the punch we wanted, and I bloody enjoyed doing so!
Stel: We reluctantly released the original in 2012.
We weren't happy with how it turned out, but we
needed something out there. It was a real boon to redo
it bigger and better. The new version
makes the old one sound weak as piss!
Andy: I'll agree to that. The updated take sounds beefier.
There's more of an edge to it. You had the technology to
rebuild it and you did. Kind of like the Six Million Dollar
Man! LOL! Back to the album though.
Besides the more obvious numbers what songs
were written specifically for "January Sales"?
Stel: 'Dead To You' and 'Princess' were the songs
we cobbled together just before going into the studio.
We had a lot of ideas for extra guitar parts and
keyboards and stuff for those songs, they were written
to be played in the studio. The other songs were
written with the live performance in mind, but we
were always aware that they would have to
fit on an album together at some point.
Andy: How has the reception been for the new
tracks from fans?
Stel: Other than yourself and a select few others,
nobody has heard anything yet. The album will be
released early October. That said, we did release the
song 'Adrenaline TV' as a little sneak peek and the
reception to that has been overwhelmingly positive.
I think people are surprised at how much better than
our last single 'Bad Reception' it is.
Newt: My Mum likes it!
Andy: Hey, as long as Mom is happy that's all that
matters anyway! LOL!
Andy: So, tell me about "Princess". As I don't have
the benefit of having a lyric sheet in front me could
you break it down for us? It actually seems to be quite
the departure from what (lyrically at least) lies at
the heart of "January Sales"
Stel: 'Princess' is little uplifting number about
how we live in a world that will allow someone as
debauched as Nicki Minaj to show her face at the
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. If I was a young girl
in today's world, I would feel very lost and betrayed.
The idea of doing a ballad was a bit of a risk for us,
but we figured if we filled it with as much hate as
the rest of the album we could pull it off.
Davyd: You know it's all gone to shit when little
kids are singing Rihanna songs about s&m
and twirking along to Miley "chicken legs" Cyrus.
Let kids be kids!
Andy: You're so right guys. Today's kids have to grow
up way to fast and more and more if seems as if
everything-TV, movies, magazine and music is
overtly sexual. Like Davyd said, let kids be kids!
Andy: Staying on the topic of subject matter we have
"Covered Bruises". Could you touch on this number?
Stel: Drugs, anti-depressants, self abuse, megalomania,
and dragging yourself out of hell! All the good stuff! Haha!
Andy: Toss in some sex (for adults only kiddos!) and
that sure as hell sounds an awful lot like rock and roll!
Andy: One of the key things that I took away from an
album like "January Sales" was how there was so much
variety, musically-speaking. Was there ever a discussion
about making "January Sales" as varied as possible or
did things simply evolve in that fashion? Given your
many influences I'm leaning towards the latter.
Stel: Lyrically we had an agenda. None of the lyrics
deal with fantasy, they are all grounded in the real world.
They all deal with some kind of harsh truth. However,
musically it was pure instinct. It's just the
way it naturally came out.
Davyd: The album just seemed to evolve over the last year,
I don't think we ever said let's make a Punk song, then a
Metal song, then a ballad. We just played and what you hear
is what happened.
Andy: As you are smack dab right in the middle of it what
is your opinion on today's rock scene?
Stel: There's a whole shit-load of these 'Metal by numbers'
bands, bands playing it safe, because they know it makes
money. Most record companies don't want to gamble,
so the bands that get the recognition are boring as all
hell! Also a lot of Hard Rock bands seem to be embarrassed of
themselves, bands like The Darkness and Steel Panther.
I get the feeling those bands are poking fun at themselves
because they feel they have to. We got laughed out of
town when we started, because we do what we do and we're
serious about it, we didn't feel the need to turn ourselves
into a 'joke band'. We just gave everyone the finger
and carried on regardless. Not many bands dare to be themselves
for fear of being torn down, It's a shame.
Andy: I cannot stand The Darkness and Steel Panther
for that exact reason. What's more it just kills me how
magazines like Metal Hammer just kiss their asses like
they are the greatest thing every! Give me a break!
Davyd: Most labels are just too scared of originality. If it
sold records last year, let's flog that dead horse this year!
The amazing, original music seems to get left by the wayside.
Newt: There's a lot of good bands out there
investing a lot of their own time and money into
making music their career, but it all seems to
be getting pushed out of the way by this
new "Hardcore" scene which personally I'm not a fan of.
Stel: Basically, what we are trying to say is
everyone is a smelly cunt ...except us! Haha!
Andy: I couldn't agree more! Haha!So tell me guys,
what's next for the world's greatest rock and roll
band? World conquest?
Stel: As soon as the album's out we'll be heading
to the south side of England (we're northerners you see)
That will be our first stop. Then I guess it all depends
where the album does best when it comes to our
next destination. We are looking forward to escaping
the country though, that's for sure, haha! World conquest?
Andy: I imagine everyone reading this is asking the
same question-Where can I find out more about Stiletto Farm?
Stel: www.stilettofarm.com, Twitter, Facebook,
even Instagram now! We're total internet whores!
Talk to us!
Andy: How about the new disc? Where should fans and
newcomers alike head in order to purchase a copy
of "January Sales"?
Stel: You will be able to download it digitally
from iTunes, or if you want a hard copy, you
will be able to order it from www.stilettofarm.com
Andy: Excellent! While we are in the same ballpark
how about other Stiletto Farm's merchandise? Some
of us want to represent your band here in the states!
Will we see t-shirts soon?
Stel: Aye, we've got badges and t-shirts and
what-not on our site too. Though last I heard
we were running low on shirts, we're due another
order any time now.
Davyd: We'll be getting all kinds of goodies in
the future so keep your eyes peeled. I won't be
happy until we've got action figures,
skateboards, stealth bombers, etc!
Andy: Very cool. As an action figure collector I would
proudly display your figures next to my Walking Dead,
Star Wars, G.I. Joe and Universal Monsters ones!
Andy: Alright, you three get the last word.
Seeing as your awesome and stuff! Anything we missed
that you might want to cover? Any wrongs that should be
made right? Favorite cocktail recipe that you'd like to
share? You've got the mic guys so tell it like it is!
Stel: We'll just leave you with the wise words of
Elvis Presley: 'Truth is like the sun. You can shut it
out for a time, but it ain't going away'.
Cheers, we'll see you soon.
Andy: I hope so!
Labels: 2014, interview, Stiletto Farm