The Mechanist take on the A-Z challenge

Their new single The Timekeeper is one of our favourites of the year so far, so we just had to get The Timekeeper to tell us more about themselves! They complied by taking on our A-Z challenge!

Their new single The Timekeeper is one of our favourites of the year so far, so we just had to get The Timekeeper to tell us more about themselves! They complied by taking on our A-Z challenge!

A song that made you want to make music?

Master of Puppets

Best rider you’ve had?

Bob Marley party pack 😉

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?

Watching Jonny’s car die while driving past in my car on the motorway- Alex Wem

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

My favourite lyric is from Transience ‘We’re always changing faces’ What I mean by that is, we change how we act; our personalities and demeanour alter drastically depending on who we are around. I might be happy-go-lucky, funny and super chilled out with some people, but around others I can super introverted, worried and anxiety ridden. Sometimes it’s hard to put a finger on who I actually am as person because we are all so multi-faceted. Who is the real me? -James Cheal

Easiest song you wrote?

That would be Between the Lines, although playing it live can be a struggle sometimes.

Favourite song in your set?

I really enjoy playing cognitive dysfunction now for the same reason I used to hate it – it’s quite fiddly – Sam Butterflied

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

Sam Carter would be cool. Would have to be something suitably sincere and pissed off though.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Gorgeous lasses wanting my tone secrets, it’s just a dreadful inconvenience at this point. – Butters

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Les is functionally unable to see birds of prey.

Jokes you have in the band?

Making up facts about Les.

Key to writing a song?

Have a big picture in mind, collaborate, and write for yourself.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Germany – Butters and Les playing Euroblast with Hieroglyph

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Jon Gomm did a really amazing lecture at my uni a few years back. He’s a hardline skeptic and science buff and manages to weave a lot of his thinking into his lyrics and quite technical acoustic music, which is a contrast to how saturated heavy music is becoming with spiritualism and conspiracy theories. He answered questions thoughtfully and had some good comebacks for when you get called “too tech”. – Sam Butterfeild

New band you’d recommend?

Not exactly “new” but Frontierer are basically reinventing heavy.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Uneven Structure

Place you’d most like to tour?

Japan looks lit

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

“Be excellent to each other”

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

The EP and title tracks’ name, ‘Timekeeper”, encapsulates the feeling I get from growing older and time seemingly moving faster. Everyone close to me seems to be aging so quickly and it’s terrifying: I feel like I’m stuck in slow motion, while everyone else is moving in fast forward. I find myself wondering where all the time has gone, and if I’m achieving my goals or just floating along.

Between The Lines” is the way I explain the frame of mind I’ve felt myself gradually falling into for the past few years. Most of the time, I’ve never felt great, but I’ve never felt absolutely terrible either – I’ve just felt neutral, numb, nothing; like being on autopilot. – James Cheal

See us live at?

21st Oct at Oxjam Wakefield all dayer supporting On Hollow Ground

31st Oct at Attma Manchester supporting Boarders
1st Nov at Mulberry Tavern supporting Nexilva
11th Nov at New Cross Inn for Techabilitation

16th Nov at The Key Club Leeds with support from Pteroglyph

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

Nah. The industry is busted, big up the internet for ruining it. Make it about the art again.

Unusual merchandise?

Mechanist Foot Spa

What do your fans mean to you?

Our fans are what keep us going! Without them we could not keep creating the music we love. Our debut Ep Minds and Machines was received so well that this has given us the confidence and fan base needed to produce more content and really start taking our music to the next level.

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

Our bass player Alex Wem popped his lung during the recording of our latest single “Timekeeper” and spend 8 weeks in hospital.

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

Richard’s (from Pravitas)

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Goofy Ducks

Elizabeth Birt

October 11, 2018

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


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