Middle FInger Salute Interview
Introduce the band to people, ie who is in the band
(and the average age) and how it all started and how you sound
Middle Finger Salute is, Calum Sutton (16) Vocals/Guitar,
Danny Wareing (16) guitar, Ryan Mcdermott (18) Bass/Vocals, Adam Marsden
(14) Drums/Vocals. It started in September 2005 with a guy called Jak
Hargreaves on Bass. It started because 3 of us were in a different band
at the time and couldnt stand it and started up Middle Finger Salute,
just needed a drummer. Then in March Jak quit and Raz joined.
What has been the high point and lowest
point of the bands history? Would you do anything different?
The high points have been playing Easter Punk Feast 4 (two
dates on the tour) and playing at Wasted Festival which has been the highest
point of all!! I think the lowest part was supporting The Vibrators because
at the time we were pretty terrible, and had only been going for 9 weeks.
I don't think we would be doing anything different, because we all enjoy
what were doing and playing so much!
You have played with some great bands such
as UK Subs and Goldblade. How has this come about? Who would you
love to tour with?
That all came about mainly through playing on Easter Punk
Feast 4, we played at King Georges Hall a few times before april when we
were playing on the punk fest, and got invited back. King Georges Hall
Blackburn was the first night of the "easter punk feast 4 extras" tour
with Glen Matlock as the headline act. After we played we were invited
to play the Leeds Met Uni date of the tour, so obviously we had to accept,
because playing with Goldblade, Uk Subs and Glen Matlock twice in a week
is probably never going to happen again.
I think we would love to tour with The Bouncing Souls or Goldblade because
they are bands we all really like.
Do you do any covers? If so, what and why?
We do a cover of Steps-5678 but we sped it up a bit and
made it a little different. We play it because its a song that everyone
has heard once or twice before, and the words are so simple its just catchy!
What track are you most proud of and
what is it about?
We all are proud of different songs, but collectively "Sense Of
Direction" is our favourite. It was written in May when we had just
left school or college and had our GCSEs infront of us and moving to
college or going to work, and its about choosing what to do and making
the right decision for yourself to be happy and not to make anyone else
How did you all get into punk in
the first place? And what do mates think about you being into punk? What
is the first record each member of the band ever bought?
We all got into punk through our parents listening to it,
or other friends listening to it, so our friends don't reallt mind. And
if they are so bothered they aren't really friends anyway.
Calums first ever CD was "Madness - Greatest Hits"
Adams was "The Spice Girls" haha
Dannys was "Nofx - War on errorism"
Ryans was " Bad Religion -Against The Grain"
What is the scene like in your area? And what
do you think abuot the younger punk scene in general?
In Blackburn theres a lot going on for younger punk bands,
such as NoizeAnoize. Many younger bands are also playing in the area too
such as The Guilty Pleasures, Ambush UK, Kamikaze Sperm and there was one
band called The Excuses.
In general though, there's quite a lot for the younger bands because bands
such as Outl4w and Guns on the roof have gigged a lot and helped it become
more easy for other young bands to get a name for themselves.
What bands would you recommend checking out?
We are all into bands such as Cockney Rejects, SLF, Bouncing
Souls, Goldblade, UK subs!!! and Rancid! but theres not really anyone
you might not have heard of to check out except for Complete Control.
Plans, gigs and releases
planned for 2006.
So far we haven't got too much planned for the rest of the year,
we have a gig on wednesday 30th August at Manchester Retro Bar, one
at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens on the 7th September and one at King
Georges Hall on 29th September, but we are looking for more gigs
for October/November and December.
Any final comments?
Thanks a lot for the interview! If you want to listen to
us visit www.middlefingersalute.co.uk
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