M(h)aol take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here its the turn of M(h)aol to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

J: Skelechairs by Doormouse (Venetian Snares remix)
Róisin: it’s cliched but Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill

Best rider you’ve had?

R: We’ve just come back off a four year hiatus so honestly I can’t remember but ask us again after our upcoming tour.

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?

Róisín: Ooooooofffff I mean the level of sexism that we’ve experienced as a band has been pretty crazy. I once had a promoter tell me “you’re just like my ex wife, always trying to get money out of me.”

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

J: “I’m no kinder bueno”
Róisín: “When I screamed in the night I wasn’t screaming for you.”

Easiest song you wrote?

J: Bodies in the Bin

Favourite song in your set?

Róisín: My favourite is Asking For It. I’m really proud of how the song evolved and also I think lyrically it’s got a great narrative.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

J: Me
Róisín: Going to have to go verrrrrry obvious here again and say Kathleen Hanna

Hardest thing about being in a band?

J: This
Róisín: The nerves, I get stage fright and have never been in a band before this one so I get extremely nervous before we release songs etc.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

J: None of us are remotely interesting.
Róisín: all of us have side-hustles, Connie is a visual artist and makes incredible dresses, Zoe is a cinematographer, so on so forth.

Jokes you have in the band?

J: None, We aren’t funny.
Róisín: We do have a long-running joke but we can’t tell you because it bring this whole house of cards down.

Key to writing a song?

J: Make noises in a fun and interesting sequence.
Róisín: I don’t write any music, I just write the lyrics. But in my opinion the key to writing lyrics is to be open to having inspiration coming from any source. Approach everything with an incredibly open mind.

Longest distance traveled to play a show?

Róisín: Bristol to Glasgow.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

New band you’d recommend?

Connie: Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Róisín: Dry Cleaning

Place you’d most like to tour?

Róisín: I’d love to tour Europe and the States but also South and Central America, we were supposed to support Las Kellies and from what I can tell there is a really interesting post-punk scene there. I’d love to go to Uruguay.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Róisín: “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution”- Emma Goldman

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Róisín: I did a masters in Gender Studies and one of our songs was called ‘Gender Studies’ and then Connie had the stroke of genius to call the EP Gender Studies.

See us live at?

J: Your own leisure.
Róisín: Playing in Bristol at Rough Trade on the 1st, The hug and pint in Glasgow on the 2nd, the Talleyrand in Manchester on the 3rd, the Shacklewell arms on the 4th, The Workmans in Dublin on the 12th or Supersonic in Paris in March.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

J: Yes, take me back to the 16th Century
Róisín: Absolutely not, who said that?!? The old days when there was EVEN less representation than now?!

Unusual merchandise?

Róisín: We have our iconic ‘Ghost a post-punk boy today’ tote bags.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

Róisín: I’d love to do a dance remix of NOETTS

What do your fans mean to you?

J: Precious Capital Exploiltees
Róisín: Honestly we get so many gorgeous messages and it’s so good to know that what we are trying to achieve is landing with people.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Róisín: The closest thing to that is that I need lots of antihistamines always because I’m allergic to everything.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Róisín: Mine first, then maybe Sean or Jamie, then mine again.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

J: Five headed Trout

Elizabeth Birt

February 25, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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