COSMIC ROUNDUP - MATT RIDOUT OF CASUAL NUN
Casual Nun have had another great year! I'm still recovering from their set in The Moon which finally saw the end of my banana case, awful. But at least it died doing what it loved, being dropped on a floor in a moshpit.
They've also just played Brave Exhibitions which pretty much hosted every great band ever. Next year is looking massive with a brand new album release coming out around February on Box Records so I thought I'd ask Matt some stuff. Matt is also part of the collective that runs Hominid Sounds, one of the best DIY labels out there. He's a total dude.
Hi Matt, how are you?
Pretty good, buddy, think I've just about recovered physically and emotionally after the Brave Exhibitions festival.
I hear there’s a new Casual Nun album on the way. When can we expect the release and what direction have you taken the band?
You've heard right! The third LP is coming in early 2020 through Box Records and Hominid Sounds. It's called 'Resort For Dead Desires' and is for sure the most diverse range of songs we've recorded before. A lot of it continues where the split with Bruxa Maria left off, lots of fast stuff. I'm really happy with the way it's turned out, everyone in the group has invested so much time and love, and Wayne Adams has smashed the engineering and mixing duties. We're hoping to release the record on February 28th cos it's leap year day, but we'll see what happens with that. London launch gig with our friends Luminous Bodies is all booked for February 21st.
Your other band or should I say supergroup, Mummise Guns finally have a release lined up too. Care to share the details?
Stuporgroup more like, that's me, Adam Ian Sykes from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Tracy Bellaries from Luminous Bodies, Andrew Cleaver from Michael and Black Shape, and Al Wilson from Ghold and Shuck, and Gordon Watson from Luminous Bodies, Terminal Cheesecake and Melting Hand is in now. The record is honestly really amazing, sounds arrogant to say, but I can't quite believe how well it's all turned out. Have to give Tracy credit where credit's due there, she wrote much of it, and totally bossed the mix so it sounds heavy as anything. Can't really think of a logical reference point sound wise, apart from maybe some 90's AmRep similarities. Riot Season are doing the vinyl and it's going to be killer.
What does your label Hominid Sounds have lined up for next year?
A lot. Apart from the Nun record release with Box we've got brand new Bruxa Maria and Shuck for sure. We're going to be putting out the Shits, who are an excellent band from Leeds, and I think we've got something hopefully coming from Bloody Head too? There might be a Blom in there as well, which would be killer if we can work with them again.
I left London a few years ago now and am slightly out of the loop. How is the London scene these days and are there any new London bands we should be keeping an eye on?
MGF are awesome, they instantly popped in my head. I guess London is just London, eh, thing I love about it at the moment is the strong camaraderie that's been built up around the whole group, which just feels really nice. Gum Takes Tooth, Luminous Bodies, Michael, Henge and Nun all share a rehearsal studio and it's nice to see everyone getting out there and make their music. The scenes all around the UK seem to be like that now, really supportive and just full of positive people. Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow all just full of beautiful bands and people creating great stuff.
What was the best gig you played in 2019?
Four-way tie: Cardiff in January for you and Noel was unreal, the Box All-dayers in Manchester and London for Beauty Witch and Baba Yaga's Hut, and the Brave Exhibitions Festival in Newcastle that Joel Thomson created were just outstanding.
Best gig you attended?
You're forcing me to remember things, Rich, this is no good for my brain. Petbrick at the Shack was pretty crushing.
Best festival you attended?
Brave Exhibitions in Newcastle was unbelievably good, it was my first time there and it was just wonderful. Raw Power this year was bonkers, too, but it always in. Any festival that has MoE taking part gets my vote.
What are your favourite releases from 2019?
'Karrub' by Kooba Tercu, Petbrick, 'Arrow' by Gum Takes Tooth, 'Ilana: The Creator' by Mdou Moctar, Negative Gears, 'The Last Offices' by No Negative are just a couple of standouts, there's been a lot of good stuff released in the past year.
What the hell are you up to next year?
Well a lot of what we've already talked about. I've got another group together with John Bres called Catalina Palms that will hopefully bear some fruit in the next year, also going to be putting together something a little bit different with my partner Monica Staniaszek, I'm looking forward to getting that going.
Photo taken at the Moon Club by Jose Caamano
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