With a hotly tipped Hyena Kill showcase happening in London at the Stillery tomorrow evening, vocalist/guitarist Steven Dobb and TMMP got talking about said show, chaos, and swimming with sharks…
You have a showcase in London coming up tomorrow. How’re you feeling about it?
Really excited; every time we come and play in London it’s always an awesome show. Wicked Snakes are an incredible band as well – can’t wait to see them live.
How do you feel about the reception your new release Blisters / Still Sick [reviewed on TMMP here] has received so far?
It’s been really good. Both tracks are a bit more heavier and chaotic than our previous stuff so it’s good to see people getting into it and getting on board with the direction we are going in.
What’s your favourite thing about playing live?
The energy you can put into playing. I think we also feed off the spontaneity; if a riff or groove feels good, you can just go with it – especially if the audience is into it as well.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened at a Hyena Kill show?
At our recent launch show in Manchester, I threw the robot heads from the Still Sick video into the crowd and people were putting them on and moshing out. That was more surreal than crazy, though. Fuck knows how they were able to breathe and dance in those things.
Performing live can be an intense experience. Do you get stage fright or nerves? If so, how do you get past it?
I do get nerves sometimes when it’s a big gig, but the adrenaline just takes over. I’m usually alright by the time the first song’s kicked in.
If money were no object, what would your stage show look like?
I think if it was up to Lorna, we would have giant inflatable pugs and a badass light show with fuckloads of pyrotechnics. You have to have fire. In fact, I’ll go for the inflatable pugs as well.
Beyond your show this Tuesday, what does 2015 hold for the Hyena Kill?
In June we are going into the studio to begin recording our debut album, which should be out early next year. In between that we are just going to be gigging up and down the country, making as much noise in as many towns as possible.
What’s on your bucket list?
My number one is to swim with great white sharks. I’m obsessed with them.
Check out TMMP’s review of Blisters / Still Sick here.
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