TOM SOUTHWORTH CATCHES UP WITH A PRE-DEBUT ALBUM TWISTED WHEEL, AS THEY EMBARK ON A SERIES OF LIVE DATES THAT ONLY SOME BANDS CAN DREAM OF...

 

 

 

 

September 2008

WORDS : Tom Southworth

PICS : Courtesy Twisted Wheel

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TWISTED WHEEL ARE AN OLDHAM-BASED PUNK BAND WHO ARE SETTING MODERN ROCK ALIGHT WITH THEIR THUMPING RHYTHMS, CRUNCHED GUITAR SOUNDS, AND POETRY. THE BAND CONSISTS OF KEVIN CLARKE ON DRUMS, RICK LEES ON BASS, AND GUITARIST AND FRONTMAN JONNY BROWN….WHO REALLY LIKES TO TALK…

 

First off I want to say another great gig ; I’ve seen you play here at 53 Degrees before, do you enjoy playing this venue?

Jonny: Yeah, but G-Mex is the best I reckon.

Rick: We’ve played here a few times, and it’s quite nice, they treat you well and everything.

 

How do you feel about playing alongside Oasis, The Courteeners, The Rascals and The View in your arena tour later in the year?

Jonny: Shite. No seriously, course we are!

 

Who are you most looking forward to playing with?

Jonny: Well we’re really looking forward to playing in a stadium. But first thing’s first – playing with people who enabled us to play our instruments.

Kev: Oasis were the band we grew up with, when we were ten ‘cos that’s when it came out.

Jonny: They made it look easier to be in a band. I mean, I started writing songs when Noel Gallagher was doing his acoustic sets. But playing with Oasis at Wembley Arena will be amazing.

Kev: We’re already mates with The Courteeners, we used to watch Liam play acoustic sets back in the day.

 

How long are you touring with each band for?

Jonny: Rascals and Oasis for six dates, then Courteeners and The View.

Kev: Most of the venues are in the south, because we’re already pretty well known in the north.

 

When is your first album due out? And what’s it called?

Jonny: February next year. It’s called ‘Secret’.

Rick: We’ll be doing a tour for when it’s released, but we don’t know yet when and where we’ll be playing.

 

And why did you choose to have it produced in America?

Jonny: Well it was actually cheaper to get it produced in America than over here. Dave Sardy, the producer for it, gave us good feedback for the tracks we sent him, so we decided that we’d ship out to L.A. to get it done.

 

Will you be doing the same for your second album? Because I heard you had some songs in the pipeline for that one.

Jonny: Oh no we’re still writing for that one that’s gonna be ages off yet.

 

You’ve been shooting the video for your new single ‘Lucy The Castle’ over the weekend. Can you tell Manchester Music what we can expect from it?

Jonny: Birds! Loads of energy. Yeah it’s a good first video man.

Rick: We’ve played here a few times, and it’s quite nice, they treat you well and everything.

Kev: It’s interesting to do. It’s interesting to see how videos are made and that, ‘cos I just proper thought they were easy to do.

 

How would you describe the single?

Kev: Sugary-coated…….

Jonny: I’d say it was like the Sex Pistols meets David Bowie, with a bit of The Kinks and The Jam.

 

Is there much difference for us to expect between your albums?

Jonny: Well we’re just getting better aren’t we?

Rick: So it’s like a natural progression.

Jonny: It’s more grounded; we only started like 18 months ago so this album’s is what we were like at the time. This album is a compilation of 20-odd songs that we had then, whereas now we have some songs left over from that 20-odd, as we decided what direction we wanted to go in.

 

I saw you play in the Festival Republic tent at Leeds Festival 2008, and noticed that you were the only band at the whole festival that managed to get a fan on stage. Were you expecting that?

Jonny: No. You just go with it.

Kev: You don’t really expect it at a festival, what with all the security and what not, then one person gets through!

 

You clearly have a dedicated fanbase, as I could see from the giant Oldham flag there when you were playing.

Jonny: Yeah there were a few there, but out of the thousand or so in the tent they didn’t make up that much of the crowd there.

 

Who would you say were your main influences?

Kev: How many do you want? I mean I’d say there’s a big punk influence, and also a big Manchester influence. Beatles, Buzzcocks, Oasis, the list goes on.

 

I’ve always wandered this guys – what exactly is the song ‘You Stole The Sun’ about?

Jonny: Stealing the sun! Fuckin’ everyone over!

 

Thanks guys, do you have any final parting words for the readers of Manchester Music?

 Kev: No.

Jonny: Smash it up!

Rick: Yeah, smash it up