Scottish alt-rock duo Huxtable have just released their new single Don’t Do Anything Fancy and their new EP Change Shape Future is set for release on September 29. We asked the pair to take on our A-Z challenge!
A song which made you want to make music?
Broono– I think when we first heard the Biffy Clyro ‘Some Kind of Wizard‘ on ‘Infinity Land‘ it really inspired us. As an artist there’s always a song that you wish you had written, and for us that in turn made us want to write music.
Jordan– Infinity Land as a whole is really inspirational- but right now Everything Everything are exciting me- making me want to write more and more!
Best rider you have ever had?
Broono– *Laughs* this is going to be a long one…when we played in London at the Troxy supporting Slaves, Zane Lowe and Biffy Clyro, they had actually asked us what we wanted on the rider so Jordan had emailed them with the full rider and is a big fan of Vanilla Coke, so on the day when we arrived, there was whisky, rum, loads of beers, soft drinks but no Vanilla Coke, because it turned out that Vanilla Coke had been lost in translation in the emails and they actually thought that Jordan was asking for vanilla cum…
Jordan– Haha it was a great rider! Except Slaves drank my rum, didn’t even get a nip after to calm the nerves. And I’m still waiting on my Vanilla Cum.
Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?
Broono– Hmm…craziest moment?…
Jordan– I’m going to say sleeping for 1 and a half hours at a time trying to drive back from London after having been on tour for 11 days. Virtually no sleep, not wanting to pay for parking and using boxer shorts as a face cover to keep the sun out my eyes. Or the time it took us 11 hours to get back to Kilmarnock from Doncaster because the motorway was closed. No phone between us. Kept getting lost. I would have welcomed death at that point I was so tired. You need to learn to drive Broono! Haha .
Deepest lyrics one of your songs features?
Jordan– That’s not really for me to say! The new record is open to interpretation.
Easiest song you wrote?
Jordan– Easiest isn’t exactly the word I would use- but Super Toxic off the new record basically arrived in my head fully formed. I can’t explain it- just the song was ready all I had to do was record the demo.
Favourite song in your set?
Both– Right now it is Don’t Do Anything Fancy.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Both– We’d love to get Yelawolf or Post Malone to drop some lyrics on a track, that would be amazing.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Sleeping in a van at service stations where they have a 2 hour stay limit gets pretty annoying. See craziest moments. Same thing
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Jordan really loves high heels…I’ll leave that to the imagination haha.
Bruno is a massive fan of digital foundry on YouTube which is a channel that runs graphics comparisons for computer games.
Jordan– It’s not in a cross dressing way. I can’t actually explain it myself. Handbags too.
Jokes you have in the band?
Broono– Jordan always loses the van keys! Whenever he gives them to me I pretend I’ve lost them and watch him freak out.
Jordan– I do. I can never keep track of them.
Key to writing a song?
Broono– Don’t be afraid to come out your comfort zone and try writing in different ways so you can work on evolving your writing. If you pigeon hole yourself it’s harder to get out of the habit.
Jordan– It took us until about a quarter of the way into writing for this record to decide to throw the rules away and just make something that sounded good without thinking if it fit.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
To the bottom of Wales to pitch up a tent in flooded grass and play in the rain.
Jordan– My jacket got ruined and I woke up in a puddle. But that show was class! We had fire cannons. Who doesn’t like fire cannons??
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Probably Dave Grohl because he’s been behind the band and in front the band so I guess he’s seen all perspectives which is inspiring.
New band you’d recommend?
Broono– Check out Megalomatic they’re from around our parts and are incredible.
Jordan– Twin Heart– They are joining us on tour. I’m excited about that!
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Jordan– Foo Fighters or Muse. We don’t ask much.
Place you’d most like to tour?
Broono– It’s got to be America, you could spend a year there and still not cover it.
Jordan– Im going with Japan. Got to experience that!
Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?
Broono – In regards to music ‘fools steal and geniuses borrow’
Jordan– ‘May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future’ – Jimi Hendrix
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
The last single me and Jordan released over a year ago, at that time we weren’t really sure where we were going with the band so we basically sat down and talked it out as to what we were going to do and if we were going to go forward, which obviously we did. A band is like a marriage and you need to keep trying, so in regards to the title Change Shape Future, we had to change the way we were going to go ahead with the next chapter and mould it into the this new record we made, you can’t really move forward unless you change and shape things to become your future.
See us live at?
29/09 – Glasgow, King Tuts
13/10 – Elgin, The Drouthy Cobbler
14/10 – Inverness, The Tooth & Claw
17/10 – Newcastle, Trillians
18/10 – Hull, O’rileys
19/19 – Darwen, Sunbird Records
20/10 – Bolton, Alma Inn
21/10 – Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
We prefer older music because today’s stuff is all about radio and who can make the hottest pop track rather than it being about actual music.
If you come along to the EP launch at King Tuts on the 29th of September you’ll see some weird merchandise.
Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?
Broono– I’d like to try and venture into an acoustic side for these new tracks because it just didn’t work with our older stuff.
Jordan– I’d be up for some kind of trap remix.
What do your fans mean to you?
We love our fans, they are the dudes that come to shows, buy our records and enjoy the party, that’s what it’s all about.
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band injuries?
Broono– Just as Jordan and I were writing our first record, I was at a Halloween party and broke my arm, I was out for 11 weeks, I was dressed as CM Punk for the WWE but I promise I wasn’t doing any elbow drops.
Jordan– I was a mess that night. Broono’s girlfriend at the time was a nurse and went from being a steaming party reveller to full nurse mode. It was amazing to see. Meanwhile I’m in the corner horrified that his arm looked like wet spaghetti.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Broono– Probably Jordan’s for losing the van keys.
Jordan– Probably Broono’s for sleeping in.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
Broono– Imagine a Gorilla had sex with a Peacock…just that.
Jordan– A Pearilla. Or a Goricock. Goricock sounds awesome. We are one of those.