For Fans Of: Every Time I Die / He Is Legend / Turnstile
Having The Subways call you ‘legends’ is sort of a big deal, but we can’t think of anyone who deserves the label more than Glitchers. The duo’s music is frenetic, irate and busting with punk spirit. We chat to them ahead of their EP (out next week) about everything from recording to protesting in front of Downing Street.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Let’s pretend you’re setting up a dating profile here – tell us about the band.
We are Glitchers, the punk band who have taken to the streets. Originally at protests to help draw attention to a variety of causes locally and nationally, but more recently in a protest of the complete shut down and lack of care from the government towards the arts. Everything we do is for donations as our direct anti-capitalist action. No expensive gig tickets or over priced merch, the fans pay what they want. Music is art and should be treated as such.
Do you remember your first music-related goosebumps moment? Can you share it with us?
Jake: I’ve had far too many to remember the first but the one that sparked the sound of Glitchers was driving a band through europe and the tour manager put on Every Time I Die and said “I think you’ll like this”. The rest is history.
Sophie: I’m probably the same as Jake with the fact that there is so many! I think mine has to be Deaf Havana’s Brixton gig, it may not be my first goosebumps moment but I’ve followed that band for years and to hear a crowd as big as Brixton academy singing along to their songs was something really special.
“If The White Stripes loved Every time I die”
Alex Baker, Kerrang!
What’s the coolest thing a fan’s ever done for you?
We’ve had so much done for us in the early days of Glitchers. We were travelling around the country sleeping in our car/van and so many people all over the country gave us nice clean warm places to stay, cooked meals, and anything they had to help. There’s also all the people who have put donations in our bucket out on the streets, it’s got us where we now are. But one stands out and that is Ryan Nash from Colorado, he painted the artwork for FFFIREWORK. He then set fire to it which is the cover art for the single.
If you could pick one artist as an honorary band member, who would it be?
We’ve already mentioned our God tier ETID but the honorary band member would have to go to Drew of Stray From The Path. Now that would be one sick collab! Their song “Bring it back to the streets” sums us up to a tee.
You recently released FFFIREWORK. Who did you work with and what was it like in the studio?
We started recording the EP in Pirate studios in Norwich, just us two. We finished FFFIREWORK just before the lockdown’s came back and released that as a single. The rest was finished at home using nearly every room in the house, and even resorting to recording some vocals from our car park in a field in the middle of nowhere. It was a learning curve for sure as neither of us have recorded anything other than demos for writing. A lot of hours sat behind the macbook tweaking. To be able to have something that is releasable is a huge achievement.
We have to talk about the impromptu Downing Street performance. It was bloody inspired. Do you want to tell people who don’t know a little more about it?
In October pressure mounted on the government to do something about the arts. Obviously being Tories they didn’t do a lot, people got angry and then they threw money at the problem (which only ever goes to the big boys). We had been playing in streets all across the country and couldn’t not do Downing St could we? We hired a truck, tied the gear to the back of it, covered it in tarpaulin (bloody good job as it rained the entire way) and set off for London. We then prepared the gear around the corner and started the live stream. Jake drove to Downing St with Sophie at her drums, hazards on, launched into the back and within seconds the gig began. We got 2 & 1/2 songs in before we were shut down by the police. (Probably due to shouting “Fuck The Tories” at the gates). Retrain This!
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… is a hotdog a sandwich?
Bread + Anything + Bread = Sandwich, tis simple. According to the dictionary it is a sandwich, but then it also states a Tory is “an advocate of conservative principles” but we all know the definition is “Scum”. So it depends who you trust…
Rising to the challenge, Glitchers have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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