1. How did you get your initial start in music?
A good friend brought his newly purchased Sequential Circuits Pro One synthesizer back in 1984 and said “Can you figure this thing out?” . We’ve still got the synth! We eventually formed a band then I saved up and bought a 4 track tape machine and we’ve been making music on and off ever since.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
We’d love to see the creative, inventive side back in fashion like it was from the late 70’s. It all seems a bit too much business and not enough eccentricity at the moment.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
We’ve been trying to write music since first tinkering on the Hammond organ that Steve’s Dad had when he was a little kid. Never ones for formal learning so used to ignore the tuition books and just experiment.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
It’s hard to pick just three! Can I have 20? Ok, the first influence would be Gary Numan. That sound, that jumped out of the radio head and shoulders above everything else. ‘Are friends electric?’ still gives me Goosebumps.
Seeing 2 separate tridents of greatness 1:The Clash, The Damned &The Stranglers and 2 Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy & Violent Femmes at a very young age. After this is a list of bands as long as your arm, Kraftwerk, OMD, Japan, Ultravox, all the way to Lady Gaga!
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
If you put it on your CD player, in the kitchen while you sort out your tea, and you find yourself doing a really odd dance. That’s fine it happens to us too.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
We are the Men in a Box. A shed(Studio) on the side of a hill overlooking Manchester. I don’t really know what the local scene is like because my therapist says I’m not allowed to leave the shed. I think the Venue I have a soft spot for is The Night and Day in Manchester’s Northern Quarter so many memories and such an intimate atmosphere. And a desire to play the Arena.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Blok Logik is one band I am following with interest as is Jefferys Carnival. Two very different bands but both with a real spark of originality!
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.