Following the release of their new single ‘Everything Is Great‘, we asked Hercules Morse to tell us more about themselves using our A-Z challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
The entire self-titled Rage Against The Machine album.
Best rider you’ve ever had?
We once played a gig where there was basically a banquet of Polish food and beer back stage, which was particularly epic. We ate embarrassing quantities of cured meats and smoked cheese.
Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?
After playing a festival, we once ended up in a brawl with a group of lads who were jumping on (and subsequently crushing) other people’s tents. That escalated quickly.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
“When the sky is clear and sun is shining its most bright, the shadows appear darkest and they seep into my mind”
Easiest song you wrote?
One off our forthcoming album (release May 4th) called ‘Cuckoo‘ slid out like a greasy turd.
Favourite song in your set?
Personally, I love playing a track called ‘Kick Arse‘. It’s an upbeat 6 minute-long instrumental piece that we reserve exclusively for live shows (i.e. we’ve never released it).
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Will Gardner – the vocalist from Black Peaks. I’d like to hear what our music sounded like with someone that can really sing (and I mean REALLY sing). His pipes are insane. Plus he has the same surname as our guitarist and that’s the kind of thing I find infinitely amusing.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
The 6 hour practice sessions where you could cut the sexual tension with a James Blunt knife.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
As a child, our bassist was a county champion at lawn bowls.
Jokes you have in the band?
Our drummer is a child. This is somewhere between a joke and a fact.
Key to writing a song?
Be prepared to face copyright lawsuits.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
We once played a gig on Yautja Prime; the home planet of Predator.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Joe Dart, the ridiculously talented bassist from Vulfpeck inspires me to give up playing on music because he’s already completed it.
New band you’d recommend?
There’s a space -themed glam band in Southampton called ‘Space Police‘. They’re top fun and have remarkable trousers.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Well, it would have to be Foos/QOTSA. Easy.
Place you’d most like to tour?
One day, I’d love to do an M25 tour (preferable clockwise and anticlockwise in the same day).
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
“Patience is a virtue. Impatience gets shit done.” Steve George 2018
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
The album is called ‘Vita Boundary‘ partly because there is a running lyrical theme of mental health and it’s often limiting effect on life, but also as a pun on our first EP title which was named ‘Edge Of Life‘.
See us live at?
16/03 – The Brook, Southampton
21/03 – The Quadrant, Brighton
14/04 – Aces and Eights, London
28/07 – Sussex Music Festival
04/08 – A different World Festival, Reading
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Wow. Simple question. I couldn’t choose between the actual creative output, but I would say I think the music industry was in a healthier state in the past. Oh the good old days…
At gigs, our merch stand includes mugs, plus posters of TV presenter Pat Sharp that don’t even have the band name on. Now THAT is advertising.
Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?
I have a slight obsession with creating lounge jazz versions of our music. Luckily (for the world), thus far they have never left my brain.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don’t think I can answer this question in a way that won’t make people do a little sick in their mouth. Of course, our fans mean everything to us, and this new album wouldn’t exist without them (at very least for the fact that they paid for it via crowdfunding).
Xrays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries?
Our bassist has Repetitive Strain Injury in his right wrist from playing too much bass (THAT’S WHAT HE SAYS).
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
We are all equally capable of being punctual or being late. Our collective time-keeping is inconsistent at best.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
A Tortoise with an addiction to Amphetamines.