Ahead of the September 21 release of the Shutup EP, we asked Millie Manders, frontwoman of Millie Manders & The Shutup to give us the lowdown on our favourite new artist!
A song that made you want to make music?
Best rider you’ve had?
Oh man… if we get food, beer and a place to stay we have hit the jackpot.
Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?
Watching the Empire Ballroom fill up at Rebellion. Totally mental.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
That’s a really hard question. You’d first have to believe your intention was to be deep rather than convey an emotion or story… a song I’m passionate about features the lyrics “This is his paper house, built with broken dreams.” It’s about how easily anyone can become homeless in our current society.
Easiest song you wrote?
Teddy. It just happened.
Favourite song in your set?
It changes all the time but currently it’s a toss up between One That Got Away and Right To Life.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Scroobius Pip. That man is so damned intelligent.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Never ever having time to yourself
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Jokes you have in the band?
“Pants Down”. Just shout it at one of the guys. See what happens. Haha!
Key to writing a song?
Don’t force it.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Not far, yet. But in November we’ll be going from Leeds to Belgium and that will be our farthest.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Live? Prince. Recorded? Too many to mention.
New band you’d recommend?
God so many. Risked and The Ridicule, Call Me Malcolm, Pope of Chillitown, Nosebleed, Barracks, Burnt Tapes, I Said Goodbye, Leap Years…. I could go on for a loooooong time.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Again, so many! Skindred, Neck Deep, Enter Shikari, Less Than Jake are a few of them…
Place you’d most like to tour?
Japan! But also EVERYWHERE ELSE
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
“I think we should all have a sparkle party” -George Diaper, sometime in August 2018 (YouTube Sparkle Party). You’re welcome.
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
Several things. Mainly we feel as a society we are being taught to keep our mouths shut and eyes closed to the real issues. We wanted to highlight some of the things that are far too played down by media and government. It’s also obviously our band name…
See us live at?
As of today (17.09.18) we have 20 dates around the UK and one in Belgium in the run up to Christmas. Catch us at one!
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
No. They were different. Industries change. Music is no different, it’s just how we interact with it.
Not really. We like to keep it simple but we are open to ideas.
Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?
We actually have something in the pipeline but I can’t say right now because it will be a while (oooh cryptic)
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. We wouldn’t be doing what we are doing if they weren’t supporting us the way they do.
X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?
Ale has just has metal rods inserted into his hip having broken it skateboarding.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Nick. Boy that man can procrastinate haha!
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
A monkey. Way too much energy, super cheeky and some of us would pick ticks out of each other’s hair if we thought it was funny enough.