Pete from Brighton-based post-rock/shoegaze act Monsters Build Mean Robots chewed some StrangeForms Festival fat with us...
*StrangeForms Festival takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday (19th & 20th April) at Wharf Chambers and features sixteen post-rock, post-metal and math rock acts.*
BAD OWL PRESENTS: It's been around three years since your last record 'WeShouldHaveDestroyedOurGeneralsNotTheirEnemies' - what have you guys been up to since then?
PETE: Quite a bit of touring and plenty of shows just after the release, and since then we've been writing and recording for the next record! This'll be our first gig as a band this year in fact. I've played a few loopy solo shows this year and last year though which has been fun...nervy, but fun.
BOP: You curate the Nice Weather For Airstrikes Festival - tell us a bit about the work involved and about the line-up of bands you have planned for this year?
P: Big news for the festival this year - although nothing announced yet! It's moving from May to September and we're changing venues. The Druids has been a wonderful home for the last 5 years, but it's time to move onwards! I won't forget cramming all those sweaty bodies into the place for Three Trapped Tigers a few years ago.
Basically, it's been a free entry 4 day post rock festival in the centre of Brighton for the last 5 years, with acts such as Maybeshewill, Her Name Is Calla and, of course, Three Trapped Tigers playing among countless other superb acts.
BOP: Your drummer, Tim, will be playing his third show in three days (Tim also plays in Polymath who are playing StrangeForms on Saturday as well as a show in Manchester) - are you worried he's going to be a physical wreck by the time he takes the stage for your set?
P: He's used to it...touring Europe for three weeks and sleeping on floors for 4 hours a night before the next 8 hour drive would worry me more!
BOP: MBMR will be playing the Sunday at StrangeForms - are you planning on being around for the day or weekend and, if so, who are you looking forward to seeing?
P: All weekend of course!
In particular Cleft and Lost In The Riots, and most certainly Polymath - and then Codes on Sunday obviously!
BOP: MBMR are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
P: Oooooooooo. Tough and I think I need more time. G!YBE of course. I really don't like the big gigs though, they always seem so impersonal. So I'd prefer the intimate smaller shows - with bands that we play with and book for NWfA in all honesty. I never got to see Arcade Fire doing their Funerals tour - so if they can play that in a 100 cap venue I'd be happy.
But let's bring back Talons and Yndi Halda - we don't see them enough and I'd like them to play please.
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are your plans for the rest of 2014?
P: We're playing on the epic weekend that is ArcTanGent so we will be introducing new members and new songs then, and hurriedly working through out new material and line up additions and changes in between....it's all about the new songs and hopeful new album!
Monsters Build Mean Robots are due to play StrangeForms at 9pm on Sunday 20th April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 from Jumbo, Crash & Wharf Chambers.
Day tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets.com/f/7245