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MUSIC Interviews : Alex & Ernie From Bison Face.

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Ernie: I’m Ernie, I sing, play guitar and am the main songwriter.
Alex: I play lead guitar.

  1. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

Alex: Ernie and I met back in school where we formed our first band. Me and Jonny used to be neighbours and knew each other from the local scene. Arthur, we met down at our local after he overheard we needed a bassist.

Ernie: Bison Face started as just an outlet for all these demos I’d been writing g, but once Al moved back up from Brighton and jumped on board it became an actual thing. Played a few shows last year and recorded a single and a 5 track. The process has been slow but we’ve finally got an actual band together as of like, March?

  1. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

Ernie: It doesn’t really sit in one category, it’s mainly 90s esque grungey guitar driven alternative rock with smatterings of desert, shoegaze, noise, and some cinematic textures.

Alex: We make a mix of grunge and desert rock with elements of shoegaze and ambient.

  1. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

Alex: The ability to express our individual flare and to see the synergy of this come about is what making music is all about.

Ernie: There is a moment when you learn a new song and everything clicks in a practice room, you feel like you’re riding this wave. When you nail a track you’ve written as a band it is the best.

  1. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

Ernie: I write about a lot of different things. Mental health, daily life struggles, love, loss, all that. Some dystopian themes creep in, I’m fascinated with space. Recently some of the injustice in America has crept up; I usually write about what’s affecting me in that moment.

  1. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

Alex: For me the biggest influences are Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. We all have different musical backgrounds with a lot of overlap.

Ernie: My main musical influences would be Pixies, Nirvana, Radiohead, Soundgarden, MBV and Sonic Youth. Growing up I’d say Nirvana, Led Zep and Blur had the biggest influence on me. At the moment I’m loving the new Retirement Party record ‘Runaway Dog’.

  1. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Ernie: Our debut single Ladybird is available on all your friendly neighbourhood streaming platforms, and the video our friend Tom Sharp made for us is up on YouTube.

  1. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

Alex: It’s the opportunity to improvise and experiment with the songs in a live context, as well as being able to perform songs to a new audience and get our music involved in a new scene.

Ernie: Playing shows is the payoff for slaving away writing and rehearsing. You put all this hard work in, then playing a killer show and feeling that electricity is the cathartic release at the end.

  1. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Ernie: I try not to be too head on with any particular issues, but if there is any message it would be to look after yourselves and look after each other. Life is great and life is shit in almost equal measure. Let’s have a good time.

  1. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?

Alex: For now, we are focussed on releasing our first EP and then to get touring hopefully as soon as possible. After that it would be great to work towards recording a full-length LP and then play some larger tours maybe outside the UK and get some festivals down. We’ll have to see how the music scene changes post Covid.

Ernie: Yeah, I’ve spent the whole of lockdown just writing and demoing new material, so we’ve got a deluge of stuff to sift through when we’re allowed to jam again. But once the EP is finished I just want to play everywhere and anywhere. I miss playing live with the guys more than anything.

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