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While Warrington is situated centrally between Manchester and Liverpool, it is a town rooted in the folklore of one of the toughest of all team sports, Rugby League rather than the football and musical reputation of it’s larger, more expansive neighbours.  Local lads Slydigs, (Dean Fairhurst – Guitar / Lead Vocals, Louie Menguy -Guitar / Vocals, Adam Thornton – Bass, Pete Fleming – Drums) although taking influences from both the Mancunian and Liverpudlian ends of the East Lancs Road, add a hard edged stamp to their personal brand of Rock n Roll with a rhythm section as solid as an advancing pack and quick, blistering guitar breaks a scrum half would be proud of. 

We initially met three quarters of the band (bass player Adam’s timing being not quite as impressive for the interview as it is musically) in their rehearsal room above The Albion Hotel in Warrington to find out how Slydigs came into existence, where they are now and what they hope to achieve this year.

ANDY: How did the band came together, how did you all meet?  

DEAN: All four of us went to school together and we had the idea of making a band of something, didn’t have to be musicians to begin with, we could have just been a band of idiots.

PETE: It started off as a bit of a joke really.

DEAN:  (Laughing) Hey, yeah, we had the idea or concept of making a band, couldn’t do anything else, I didn’t want to work on a building site for the rest of my life or work behind a till, so thought let’s get a band together.

LOUIE: We started going down to Wigan, taking instruments down, didn’t necessarily know how to play them, we just got together and made loads of noise for about three years. (More laughter)

DEAN: We basically started learning together as a group, rather than learning ourselves and then forming a band. We formed the band before we knew how to play the instruments if you get me.


ANDY: So it was a real punk rock ethic in that case?

LOUIE: It was at first, then we started to take it more seriously recently, decided not to get too pissed at gigs. We cut all that out as there’s no point practising if you’re turning up bladdered at gigs. That’s was all years ago now though and it was a different band then, we had a different lad on the drums. In the last year or a year and a half it all came more professional because the last drummer was shit.

DEAN: You can’t say that.

LOUIE: I fucking can, he was shite. (Laughter again)

DEAN: It took us time to grow up, to realise it’s not like the old days. The amount of graft you have to put in to even just get recognised by people. To pick up fans you have to work ten times harder, which we have done, we’ve knuckled down and got everything ready. The start of 2011 is a big thing for us now, looking forward I’ve never been as excited to be in a band ever.

LOUIE: Last year seemed to be about getting it all together, like the website and getting our sound together, becoming more professional. We’re treating this as our first year.

DEAN: We’ve been through all the dealing with sharks and realising how bad some people are in the music industry, but you live and learn don’t you.

ANDY: Have you managed to build up a good local following?

DEAN: Yeah, from the beginning really we had a loyal fan base, which was always good and it grew and grew.  We’ve just been doing gigs taking local fans over to Manchester, but what would be the point of just taking all our fans to one venue just to play in front of them.  The idea is we’ve worked out we want to be in front of people we’ve never seen before. Once we do that, people realise that hang on, I like this band and I’m going to come and see them next time.

LOUIE: The last couple of gigs we’ve been doing, there’s been people coming down from all over Yorkshire, people we don’t even know and that’s when you start noticing that maybe something can start to grow, its because we’ve had a video on NME radar.

ANDY: And you need that, if you just play to your local fans, you can have a false reading of how things are going?

DEAN: Yeah, but then again,  it’s a pretty hard sell because you can’t play anywhere without people watching you, a decent amount of people come to see you, if there’s anybody important there to see you and you’ve no following, there’s a good chance they are just going to walk out and go home.

LOUIE: It makes a big difference if we take a hundred people down with us, so if you take them and there’s a lot of people there, your crowd get everyone else involved and it seems like a better gig. You can’t go down to an empty venue and just a few people see you it’s never as good an experience.

DEAN: Definitely yeah, it’s all down to the music industry itself, the professional music industry, as artists, selling records and everything like that. That reflects how the music industry is in the underground scene kind of thing and unless that’s thriving it makes it even harder of a job for us to get people there who’ve never seen us before.  There aren’t many people out there who’ll go I’ve never heard of this band, I’m going to go and see them, it just doesn’t happen you have to get them through the internet and all that becomes involved, you have to do the work on the internet to get people to come and see you. 

ANDY: That must be one of the good things about the internet though, you can push yourself to a large number of people relatively easily?

DEAN: It’s an evil necessity, we had an interview on the radio about the concept of the internet, of how much, I believe it’s hindered and helped in a weird kind of way, no one predicted how powerful it was going to be, especially on arts and music.  It’s pretty hard to have the same format of a band getting signed and getting people to come and see them as there’s that many bands out there now, you can’t get that same underground following.

ANDY: And where did the name Slydigs come from?

DEAN: We were down in Wales at a festival, was it a festival?

LOUIE: I don’t know but it’s just one of those things when you have a group of mates always taking the piss out of each other, giving sly digs all the time.

DEAN: I think it was just one person’s seriousness and saying I’m sick of sly digs and that’s pretty much how it was.  It just stuck and we were going to change it but there were a lot of people who liked it so we thought it’s just a fucking name, it’s about the music, and it doesn’t matter anymore. It’s too hard to pick a decent name that hasn’t already been taken. We just stick with the name and focus on the music, it doesn’t matter what you are called it sticks in peoples head as it’s so unusual.

LOUIE: That’s one of the things, it’s original. If you go on the internet now it’s impossible to be original. It’s mad as you can come up with something so obscure and there’s about a hundred bands with that name.

MEL: I think a lot of bands choose a name and don’t like it further down the line.

DEAN: You mean like The Bee Gees, you can’t have that can you.

ANDY: Who are your influences both as a band and individually? I can hear quite a lot of the sixties and also early Oasis, when they were good.

DEAN: As a band we do definitely have that influence of the sixties, The Rolling Stones are always going to be imprinted.  I don’t think you can pick up a guitar seriously and not be influenced by people like the Rolling Stones and The Who. We have a bit of The Clash, I’ve always loved The Clash since I first heard them and for me being really young, a lot of Pogues stuff was a big influence on me, especially the song writing.

LOUIE:  I love the Irish music, The Dubliners, The Pogues and stuff.

DEAN: Yeah man, yeah they’ve always been a big influence on us.  I have a few play writers I like, there’s a few plays, I’ve always been into individually, like Berthold Brecht that kind of thing, a few poets, like Oscar Wilde. I always liked Oscar Wilde’s poetry, Tom Hardy, he was good that’s pretty cool for me.  I’ve always liked everything they were trying to say and how eloquently they said it.

ANDY: So, your influences aren’t just musical, it comes from writers, poets etc

DEAN:  No, films everything. I can’t watch a film I enjoy and it not leave my mind for about three days.  I go to sleep and dream about the film and how I’m in it. I don’t know what it is, there must be something wrong with my mind or perhaps it’s just I’ve always wanted to be in films.  

MEL: Does that inspire you to write?

DEAN: Yeah, it does as a concept you know. Those one liners that always stick in your head. I was watching something last night, David Frost interviewing Richard Nixon after he’d resigned from presidency and the whole thought of one person with so much power, but yet you felt sorry for him and I had a thought in the morning, but I don’t know.

ANDY: Is your writing taken more from what’s happening outside, rather than personal experience?

DEAN: I don’t know, I can’t describe really what runs through my head.

MEL: Who writes the lyrics?

DEAN: Yeah me, on my own and Louie does a bit.

LOUIE: Yeah, I do a bit as well with bits and bobs.

DEAN: We have different formats for writing music; I think you’ve always got to change as a songwriter, you can’t just stick to one form because you’re only going to be regurgitating what you’ve already done and you’ll come to a brick wall eventually. I don’t live my life like that I’ve always got to keep changing.

MEL: How do you sit down and write a song?

LOUIE: Sometimes it just comes about during band practise, from jamming when it sounds good, we put some words to it.

DEAN: I obviously write with a melody or from a chord progression basically on the guitar. I always write it on the guitar but sometimes I just write it from prose and try sticking a melody to it. It’s hard to get a melody from a guitar, it’s the worst instrument to try and get a melody from, it’s so weird but I haven’t got enough money to buy a piano

ANDY: Yeah, I believe Matt Bellamy always writes his music on the piano first and not the guitar.

DEAN: He’s got all the money though hasn’t he, the posh bastard (laughing).

ANDY: You mentioned your Irish music influence and you have a tour planned in Ireland, how did that come about?

DEAN: We did a gig over there at the end of 2010 in a little village called Cullen and it went down really well.  We knew someone over there and my old man has a house over there, so we went over to do a gig. We thought, we’ve got to come back and do a tour just because the music scene in Ireland has never died.  I’ve always loved the fact that everyone that goes over to Ireland wants to be Irish when they come back and I can’t believe anyone that goes over there isn’t charmed by the whole idea of the pub scene of everyone drinking and singing.  You never get that in England, which is sad really and I think about that a lot, the pride aspect of a country and there’s a lot of pride in Ireland, there always has been and I’ve always admired it and music’s one of the focal parts for Ireland.

LOUIE: It’s intertwined in the blood and if you go out for a drink, people get up and sing, it’s just all part of the experience of going to Ireland and you come back with that influence of the music even if you just go over for a weekend.

ANDY: In some ways, we feel we aren’t allowed to have the same pride in England, that it’s even detrimental?

DEAN: We’ve had that, but you can get that anywhere doesn’t matter whether you walk from Liverpool to Manchester people are going to look down on you because of where you are from; it’s just your personality. If you can break down people’s barriers straight away which I think we have a niche of doing that, it’s easy and it doesn’t matter where you are from.  To quote Michael Jackson, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white (Laughs)

ANDY: I think that’s one of the key aspects of music, everyone is going to a gig for the same reason to see the same band. It’s not like going to watch Warrington play rugby where there are opposition fans.

DEAN: Yeah, definitely, our aim is just to get as many people that haven’t seen us to come and see us.  The majority of people that come and see us love us.

LOUIE: With MySpace there are people from all over the place, America, fucking France and Germany and all sorts of places just into the music.  It’s mad how universal it is and you don’t realise it, we’re writing these songs in a room in Warrington and someone from Germany will like it. It’s mind blowing really.  You can see it on MySpace, there’s a world map and you can see where people are interested, it’s just mad.

DEAN: I can never get over that concept.

LOUIE: No it’s crazy how many people you can reach just from a little place.

MEL: The video you’ve made for Electric Love is great, has that had a big effect on people being introduced to Slydigs?

LOUIE: It’s the best thing we’ve done,  we’ve had views on it that have been going up a thousand a week. It’s been on a month and it’s up to a four thousand views. That’s done a lot for us and we had that done for free.

DEAN: Yeah, we had a grant from the government and we picked a media company and they sorted out our website. The video did us well; it’s really powerful to have a video in this day and age. Obviously with the internet a lot more people want to see a video than just listen to a record.

MEL: I think it really does sell you well.

LOUIE: Yeah, there are some corny bits in it, it was Sunday morning and we’d been out the night before.

DEAN:  We’d had a gig the night before and it’s like Sunday morning, it was raining and we’re in a forest and we realised what the fuck are we doing here. This guy’s just going “just walk there mate” and I’m thinking I can’t argue with that, I’ll do whatever you say. (Laughing)

LOUIE:  We got it on the Lava channel and it was the most voted for video and it made number one in the top twenty and they’re playing signed bands and unsigned bands.  From that we got it on the NME radar channel and we were the only unsigned band on there and that’s got us a lot of fans getting in touch and coming to the gigs.

DEAN: It’s just getting the press involved now, it’s definitely going to take off this year, I don’t have any doubt on it. It’s just the amount of work we’ve got to put in it. I’m just looking forward to playing our own music to everyone - I can’t wait. I have a feeling just before we go on stage this could be the gig that set’s it up. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and the times going to come soon enough and people are going to recognise.

ANDY: When is the single “Electric Love” going to be released?

DEAN: June 10th, with the video.  It will be released electronically so just available for download.

ANDY: I believe the cover is designed by Brian Cannon who’s worked with Oasis and The Verve. How did that come about?

DEAN: He’s actually from Wigan, somewhere we often frequent.

LOUIE: We used to practise there.

DEAN: Funnily enough we used to practise in the same place where his office is now, opposite Wigan Pier and I always love that kind of thing, it’s like an abandoned warehouse it looks dead scruffy. We came here just because it was quite far for us to travel.  I got speaking to Brian Cannon through one of our fans who’d met him on a night out in Wigan and I knew who he was.  They put me in touch with him and I started speaking to him and said look here’s our music what do you think about doing the front cover and he was more than happy to do it so we’re just getting that sorted now.  He’s sending over a few of the drafts so we should be sorted by Monday I think, but it’s looking really good.

MEL: Is it a piece of artwork?

DEAN: Kind of, we’ve been batting ideas to him and he’s coming back with what he thinks I’m trying to explain to him. It’s pretty hard to start from a blank canvas.

ANDY: You were down in London a couple of weeks ago talking to a record company, so how did that go?

DEAN: We’re getting a lot of people whether it’s bands or people in the music industry who’s ears are pricking up now to what we’re coming out with.  We were down in London to meet a publisher and she’s seems very happy to sign us. It’s all in the future and hopefully we’ll sign to her when she gets back, she’s away at the moment.


MEL: Have they started to talk about things like styling you?

DEAN:  You see I think we already had style, (laughing) but definitely, it is a big part now and it goes back to the sixties as you never saw a band that didn’t look fucking good, didn’t look cool. We don’t want putting in suits or anything though, that’s all bullshit although we’ve got to look de rigueur. It’s an important factor because it is an image conscious society now, it’s an art as well as you know, you can’t go looking bad when you’re going on stage, you’ve got to look better than everyone else there that’s come seeing you or you’re selling it that anyone can do this.

LOUIE: I think it’s the originally that she liked, she liked the look of the band, she liked the sound of the band, that’s why she got interested.

MEL: I love seeing a band that look good on stage and that are different to the crowd.

LOUIE: It spoils it a bit if you hear a good band and they look drab. It really ruins it.

DEAN: I was speaking to a guy called Mike Callaghan, I think he’s called, who was a writer for the NME and he’s a DJ now. He showed me one of his report’s he did for the NME for The La’s when they came in and his description of The La’s was just four brickies and how mad they were and they were just trying to play songs that everybody could dance to.

MEL: I got in trouble once for describing a band as a couple of chavs from a council estate.

DEAN: That’s a brilliant description; I hope we’re not that are we? I’m shitting myself now. (Laughing) It’s a part of it now you can’t deny that, people who give all that bullshit, yeah it’s about the music man, you can’t look shit and play music.

ANDY: How many of your own songs do you have written now? Any plans for an album later this year?

LOUIE: We’ve found a good place for recording where we can get our sound a bit like we do live which is good. Its hard work trying to find somewhere where you can get your sound across, so we’ve found a little place, it’s that’s not expensive.

DEAN: A great guy producing it, John kettle who I was mates with before I’d seen what he’d done, it’s pretty hard to find a good producer you know, a good sound engineer. You’ve got to have that relationship with the producer first of all, before you start even having anything

LOUIE:  In the past we’ve wasted a lot of money because its a good studio, a big studio and its all about dazzling you with the equipment, but it comes back and it sounds shit.  Here it’s a little crappy studio but a good producer and it sounds brilliant.

At this point, bass player ....... enters the room apologising profusely after having had car problems.

DEAN: I think it’s very important. You have to have a relationship - I don’t mean a sexual relationship (laughing) a friendship with the producer, because they have to understand what sound you are going for, got to be interested in doing it, people have fobbed us off in the past and haven’t given a shit about what we’ve been about. I don’t know whether that’s because we weren’t good enough?

LOUIE: I think they just weren’t arsed.

DEAN: All the recording scene was going down and everyone was losing money and anyone they could rip off they would do.

ADAM: They weren’t interested in the music. It was just like get it down, get your money and get out.

DEAN: Bastards!

LOUIE: Anyway from going there, the new studio is only £200 a day or something like that; we’ve got ten songs down that sound really good.

DEAN: It’s a completely different scene, there are a lot of bands that will start off and just don’t realise what the recording scene is, some people don’t even like to record.  I particularly love it, it’s completely different than playing live. Technically you’ve got to be even more creative than writing songs because it’s completely different to record it and you’ve got to be technically good with your instrument.

LOUIE: We’ve got ten songs down but we’ve got loads and loads of songs, haven’t we?

DEAN: We’ve definitely got enough for an album. We’re churning out a good few songs at the moment that I want to get back in the studio to record. We’re seeing if there are few people interested, hopefully a label might be interested. We might release it through a label or might do it ourselves I’m not quite sure yet, it’s something down the line definitely.  We want to get a few tours out of the way, get a few people noticing us and then we’ll think about how we’re going to release the album. There’ll definitely be an album out soon enough.

ANDY: You certainly seem to be focused on what you want and the sound you are after, not prepared to just rush something out?

DEAN: If you haven’t got that you might as well get back to your bedroom. There’s a reason why we’re in a band together because we’ve got the same mind set - well most of us!

LOUIE: For years I felt like we were practising and we weren’t quite ready. In the last year I could just tell it’s ready. At the time you don’t know if it’s ever going to be ready you’re just going on how you feel when you’re practising.  Now it feels ready and I want it to work.

MEL: How long have you been playing together?

DEAN: We’ve been playing with each other for two years. (laughter.)  No, I’ll officially state its two years as we played for one year pissing around. It wouldn’t give us justice if we said three years because we were other people, just kids pissing around.  Two years is the part where we’ve really fucking realised the talent that we’ve got, the music that we’ve got that we can fucking make this.

MEL: Are you very critical of yourselves?

DEAN: You’ve got to be in your own head. 

LOUIE: Yes, especially in my own writing, if you’re too uncritical it just ends up sounding shit.

DEAN: You can’t improve yourself if you’re not critical, but if you’re too critical you can end up hanging yourself. You can be too much of a perfectionist. I’m not that much of a perfectionist I still have a bit of punk in me that just doesn’t give a shit.

LOUIE: Yeah, you can end up like Lee Mathers, not doing an album for like 20 years. It’s finding the right balance.

DEAN: Like Yin and Yang

ANDY: So where does Tricky come into the Slydigs situation.  I believe there’s a potential collaboration.

LOUIE: We met him through a bloke we were involved with who took on managing us for a few weeks but it all went a bit dodgy. He introduced us to Tricky anyway back stage in Nottingham.

DEAN: He listened to our music and he talked about this collaboration.  He had a project that basically he wrote down the lyrics to loads of songs but didn’t have the music too.  He picked a few people, Paul Weller being one of them which our ears pricked up at, as it’s the same sort of sound and he’s part of our influence, with The Jam and Paul Weller himself.  We loved the idea of it, him saying right ok we’ll send you some lyrics and can you see if you can put some music too it.  We were out of depth in the sense that we’d always wrote together and never done a collaboration before. He sent over the lyrics and we had it pretty much done in a week, it was fucking mad. I just thought let’s just fucking get this done now as people won’t be thinking that much about us as we’re unknown and unsigned. Anyway we got it sorted out and he loves it.

LOUIE: We thought we’d strike while the irons hot. Don’t leave it or he won’t get back to us, so we got it done a week later..

DEAN: It’s one of his favourite ones and I think there’s four other people involved. I’m not too sure who the other people involved are, I just know Paul Weller’s one of them. Tricky’s an awesome performer, I knew him a bit through Massive Attack and knew of him as an actor/musician but when we saw him live it was just great. He had all women musicians, they were all fit and it was like fucking hell he’s got it right. So, we said yes, we’ll do the collaboration and we’re just waiting for him to get back to us. He’s waiting for Paul Weller to send his music, he’s just taking his time, old age is hitting him. (laughs).

LOUIE: It won’t be as good as ours I don’t think. (Laughing)

ANDY: Do you know when that’s likely to see the light of day?

DEAN:  This year sometime, but you never know obviously with these artists and people with all their money (laughing). It’s going to be a like a poetry album obviously of  Tricky featuring us and some other bands. Well I think so, it’s all up in the air it’s obviously down to what he wants to do with it but that’s kind of the idea. I don’t really want to say too much in case he might not even do that, he might just go on tour or fuck knows, it’s all up to him isn’t it, but yeah it’s good.

ANDY: That’s a great endorsement for you though, as Tricky is a big, well respected name.

DEAN:  Definitely in Europe, he’s like huge. He’s big over here but not as big as he is over in America and Europe. He should be you know, he’s like awesome. It’s a different style of music but I respect and definitely like a lot of his music.

LOUIE: He said it reminded him of The Happy Mondays when we sent it over.  It was strange doing it, the chorus was one word it’s different to what we do but it went through really well and sounded good.

DEAN: I’m really proud of it actually.

ANDY: And just to finish up today, what’s the worst, or best sly dig you’ve ever had.

DEAN: (Laughing) I can’t answer that man. Worst sly dig?? You’ve got me there man, you’ve got me totally. (Laughing) The worst one was - someone said we were handsome (Laughter again) the best one - we sounded like a poor man’s Oasis.

LOUIE: I don’t know? The guy who commented on that got hounded by about a hundred of our fans.

Andy : I think the problem with that is on a couple of the tracks, your vocal does sound a touch like Liam Gallagher, although musically you don’t.  Taken at face value with a quick listen, I can imagine someone would think you sound similar to Oasis.

DEAN: To be honest there’s been two people, well three people now who have actually said we reference Oasis, but it’s pretty hard when you live a few miles away from each other, you’re going to sound the same; you’ve got the same accent. I’m not from fucking Tennessee or something like that.

LOUIE: It’s a good reference, but the music’s different anyway, it’s much more riff heavy.

DEAN: I don’t stand at a mike and try to be like Liam Gallagher or fucking try and write songs like Noel Gallagher. I want to write my own songs and be just as important as they are.

MEL: You also pick up your own style over time.

DEAN: Yeah, you’ve got to. 

LOUIE: We got a bit when we started that we sounded like The Libertines.

DEAN:  That’s because when we came out it was a bit jangly and a bit indie. We’re not an indie band, we’re a rock ‘n’ roll band.  I always state that indie’s dead and fucking on its arse and it will die out soon enough. You’ve got to bring rock ‘n’ roll back a bit.

ANDY: But what is indie anymore?

DEAN: Jangly jangly, boring.

LOUIE: There’s a lot of indie pop bands around at the moment that seem to be like the one hit wonders, the indie pop kind of songs.

DEAN: But I don’t even think they are the one hit wonders.

LOUIE: I’ve heard a lot of The View’s new stuff and it’s all like indie. When they brought out the first album The View it was indie but a bit rock ‘n’ rollish, but now the markets changing it seems like they’re dying out as they are stuck on the same thing.

DEAN: I think they could do better, although he probably wouldn’t like that. I still like The View.

LOUIE: I do, but I’ve heard their new stuff and it doesn’t sound that good. Good musicians, the lead guitarist is really good.

DEAN: It’s people like The Pigeon Detectives when they all came out just under the cusp of all the other bigger bands on top of them, they’re just fucking going to die out . I can’t believe they are bringing out another album, they’re just pathetic.  That inspires me to fucking go, right, ok if they can get played on the radio and play in front of 2,000 people at festivals then let’s knuckle down, it’s going to be easy.


MEL: Have you tried to get on the bill at Haigh Hall Festival?

DEAN: We are actually, it’s just coming through, we know someone in Lupine that’s going to put forward our name, so its fingers crossed.  Although I did hear a rumour that Peter Andres is playing so I’d definitely want to be at that. (Laughing) We’ve got a few festivals coming up this year which should be good.  We’ve just got a really big festival cancelled which is fucking heart breaking really, the Big Age Festival in Edinburgh which was like 110,000 people.  The people who’d organised it hadn’t put the foundations properly and it’s all fell down, which is gutting but we’ve got other festivals. We’ve got one down in Exmouth, Southport Rocks we’re playing, fucking hell what else, I can’t remember at the moment. We aren’t allowed to play the Warrington one, I think they’re still hurt by our actions. (laughing). We got exiled out of our own town, to this day I think we were victimised, fucking victimised.  No, no, we were just excited young boys.

LOUIE:  They don’t like us, but that was when we were different people. (More laughter)

ANDY: So you were a bit riotous in the early days.

DEAN:  When that guitar band scene came out and everywhere was playing like indie music. We came out and a lot of other people would give us shit, all scallys walking round. You’d get someone giving shit about what you were wearing and we were just a band or just individuals that wouldn’t stand by and get called. You wouldn’t let anyone else talk to you like that, so have one of them. (Mimes a punch followed by laughter)

LOUIE: All of our fans are a bit rowdy, but they’re harmless, well, but like Newton’s finest.

ANDY: Well you are a rugby league town, let’s be honest.

DEAN: Yeah, yeah, egg cases. We’ve chased a few eggs in our lives.  He used to play rugby this one. (indicates Louie)

LOUIE: Yeah, Saints, I signed for Saints when I was sixteen.

DEAN: What did you say to Ian Millward now?

LOUIE: Someone told me this story about me. (laughing) He said my mate was telling me that you used to play for Saints and Ian Millward came round your house, the coach of Saints and said “we want to give you all this money to stay on at Saints” and you said, “fuck off Ian Millward I want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star” (More laughter) It didn’t quite happen like that, I just told him to piss off (Laughter again)

ANDY: I’d just leave it like that if I were you, that’s a great story, I’d let that one run.

You’re playing in Manchester next month aren’t you?

DEAN: 23rd of April yeah, The Ruby Lounge, big night that.  We’ve got our mates band on The Desert Monkeys, an Arctic Monkeys tribute band, but they’re like the best, No.1 Arctic Monkeys tribute band and they do their bit.  It should be a great night, tickets should be out soon and loads of people wanting them.  There’s a DJ on and two other local bands in Manchester. Then we’re into the Parr Hall on the 29th supporting Clint Boon and Mani DJ’ing. We’ve not played the Parr Hall, which is something I’ve always wanted to do with it being in Warrington and I’ve always loved the venue, it’s a historic venue.

MELDefinitely a historic venue, bands like The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Johnny Thunders have all played there.

DEAN: And the Stone Roses obviously.

LOUIE: Have The Beatles played there?

MEL: They’ve played at Newton Town Hall.

LOUIE: They used to play all round like Leigh, Warrington, Northwich.

DEAN: There was a story about The Beatles just before they were getting big, driving round in a bunked out car that they bought from Warrington and the back window fell out and it was like the middle of Winter. So, they were driving around lying on the top of each other passing a bottle of whisky around.

ANDY: Well everybody has to start somewhere.

DEAN: We started without the car, just the bottle of whisky (Laughter once more)

MEL: So just to wind up the interview, is there anything you’d like to add?

DEAN: Make sure you all go out and buy our records, anything we sell like t-shirts, we need clothes, stuff like that. (Laughter) Just tell everybody about us because we’re fucking coming to a town near you. (More laughter)

The lads played a couple of exclusive live tracks for Mudkiss, before heading off with Mel for the photo shoot. There is a definite determination around the band with a strong will to succeed, that can only bode well for the future. 

As Dean Fairhurst said “They’re fucking coming to a town near you” so make sure you fucking look out for them. 

Interview by Andy
Photos by Mel - full set on flickr -