BIG LAD: INTERVIEW WITH WAYNE ADAMS AND EXCLUSIVE STREAM OF 'DONALD TRAMP'
September 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm, No comments
Big Lad are fucking amazing. The most powerful of drummers you ever did see having an absolute battle with a guy on crazy electronics. They are one of the ultimate party bands and always get the room going fucking bonkers. They’ve got a new album coming out called Pro Rock on October 19th, through Box Records, a label ran by by Matt Bay of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. We’ve heard it, it’s ridiculous! Therefore, we thought it would be a great time to have a little chinwag with knob twiddler, Wayne Adams about what the hell is going on. Not only that, we have an EXCLUSIVE stream of the track ‘Donald Tramp’ from the new album, listen to it and read the interview at the same time. ENJOY!
Cosmic: Carnage: Tell us a bit more about your history. How long have you been going? How did you start the band?
Wayne: The band has been going about 5 years, previously we were called Shitwife, but we changed the name, everyone knows that story so I don’t wanna go over that again! Henri just dropped me an email out the blue as he was aware of my electronic output and he thought it might make an interesting crossover... I’d seen him play in his band at the time Shield your Eyes and I had been blown away by his playing, so said yes immediately, so the first time we met was in a practice room together!
CC: You play lots of festivals and your album launch at the Lexington is likely to sell out in advance. Did you ever expect to get this big?
W: Well yeah, we are called Big Lad, ha seriously no. It’s awesome that anyone cares about the bloody racket we make, so yeah, you’re all awesome!
CC: You seem to play a huge variety of lineups, from metal nights to techno raves. Does this really give you the opportunity to surprise people?
W: It definitely keeps people on their toes, and we love it because it means we are not always playing on the same style line up over. I think it also exposes the crossover between extreme electronic music and also far out punk/metal/noise rock/whatevercore at the moment.
CC: You must have played some weird gigs. Tell us some stories.
W: Boomtown last year was pretty fun/weird, basically having to carry our huge bass amps across a very muddy field! Bangface weekender a few years back was totally mental, I think we were the only act with live drums, everyone was high as, and I think Henri melted everyone’s mind! Usually, Raves are the most mental and weird as no one is really ready for what we bring, and we always set up in the middle of the floor. When we did our last album launch about 350 people showed up to the Unicorn on a Thursday night... that was mental!
CC: What towns, countries, venues and festivals are you hoping to play over the next year?
W: Obviously, we are mega excited for our London album launch on OCT 19th for Baba Yaga’s Hut, as you mentioned it looks like it’ll sell out, which is awesome, but really where ever - once we are set up and going we love every gig we play! We have a load of shows lined up to support the album coming out so super excited to be playing out quite a bit the end of this year!
CC: What bands would you love to play with that you haven't yet?
W: Ooo, err, Lords from gringo records - me and Henri both really like that band, he got to play with them with Shield your eyes, but I missed them and they have been doing a few shows here and there, support for someone like Squarepusher would be ace I reckon or some of the old Reflex or Warp artists would be good fun. Actually, we both really like Primus, ha! Fuck it yeah I’d love to support Primus!
CC: Tell us about Pro Rock. Was it an easy one to write and record?
W: It definitely took time, we didn’t get stuck or anything, I think it took a year longer than we would have liked, but we are both mega happy with it. I usually just come up with hooks and riffs etc and we then both start to put them together as recorded songs, then from there we work out how the hell to play it all live.
CC: Box Records is an amazing fit for Big Lad. How did that come about?
W: I’d been trying to work out which label to approach with it, obviously I could have released it on Hominid, the label I run with a few other noisy Londoners, but I hate releasing my own music! Matt Ridout from Casual Nun was the one that originally said to me Box would be a good fit and I should send to it them, so yeah Matt Baty loved it and said yep straight up, so that was easy and we are damn excited to be on Box as there are so many ace bands on the label!
CC: Your day job is recording bands in your studio. Tell us about some awesome recordings that have not been released yet.
W: Sure thang, I mixed the new Gum Takes Tooth that’s coming on Rocket early next year, it’s a real mind-melter! I’ve just recorded the new Lower Slaughter, we still need to mix it, again so killer! The new Terminal Cheesecake is totally bonkers that’ll be out early next year I think, new Luminous Bodies is now done and crazy good, I’m about to start an another USA Nails record to that’ll be killer, their Records always are! There is a two-track Yards single coming that’s amazing. I did an album by a band called Shan, that was an awesome surprise, the record is super fun, and the dudes play amazing.... errr damn it there so many I’m just gonna list a few, 11Paranoias, Henge, John, Cassels, Torpor, Shjrunken Heads, Mister Lizard, Human Leather... err yeah there is ‘ore and they are all awesome... I’ve probably forgotten plenty, sorry!
CC: As someone who has been around the London scene for a long time, playing in a few bands. How do asses the health of the scene at the moment in London and the UK?
W: Yeah it feels good, at first when a few people started leaving London a few years ago (like your fine self) It got me thinking it might all be coming to an end, but then the complete opposite happened, it’s this thing that if you get to our age and have a family etc and you are still playing music, putting on gigs, recording bands etc, it usually means you’re in it for the long haul, no matter where you live, so as people have spread out across the country, it means our network of places to play has widened, which is fantastic! So yeah there might be slightly fewer London shows these days (really none of us need to be playing London every two weeks anyway!) but playing across the country has become easier and much better, so keep up the good work?
CC: Anything else to say before you piss off?
W: Come see us at a gig, do a dance, and order our record from Box, it’s mega!
You can see Big Lad in these fine places, go to at least one!
26th Oct, Northampton, Labour Club
Photo by Jose Caamano
Flyer by Graeme Ross
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