A conversation with… Matchstickmen
One of the bands currently on our radar is Matchstickmen, the ballsy rockers from Liverpool. We are happy to report that Matchstickmen took their time to answer a few questions, some related to music, others not so much…
1. Please tell us about how and when Matchstickmen formed and briefly introduce yourself and the other members.
Lewis: I’m the singer, we’ve got pee on guitar, Iain on bass & “Dangerous” Dave being lazy and sitting down behind the drums. The idea of Matchstickmen started a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away and we’ve been torching each other ever since.
Peter: We’ve had more members than Deep Purple.
2. What artists are your main influence?
Lewis: Mine are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pearl Jam, Life Of Agony and Alice In Chains.
Peter: Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix.
Iain: Between Pink Floyd to the Skynyrd via Five Finger Death Punch and AC/DC.
Dave: 36 Crazyfists all the way..there’s more but not as good!
3. How would you describe Matchstickmen’s style or genre of music?
Dave: Something for everyone, we wouldn’t want to limit things by stickin it in a genre box.
Peter: But if we did… balls out rock.
4. How did you get into music and how did Lewis learn to sing?
Iain: With the onset of boybands and manufactured drivel, screaming solo’s and power chords were the way forward. Being playing since I was 14.
Peter: Got into playing guitar when I was 16 when my mate wanted to start a band and I lied and said I could play guitar to join so I went home and learnt to play.
Lewis: When I was younger, I used to be in a school choir and secretly sing to a vinyl of the Phantom of The opera with my Mum at home… I was obviously the phantom lol. Once puberty hit, I had to learn to sing again and by then rock & roll was in my veins and the operatic style of singing I did with my Mum have helped strengthen my voice. I still use operatic style warm-ups today.
5. You recently joined the label Holier Than Thou Records. What lead you to this decision and how has it worked out so far?
Dave: It was an easy decision really and it’s worked out exactly how we’d hoped!
Peter: It’s got us better coverage and they seem lovely.
Lewis: We wanted to progress up the rock food chain and HTT Records can help us do that.
It’s great working with David and co, they get what we are trying to do.
6. You released the first single “Cheap Little Thrill” and the 2nd single “Imperfection” from the upcoming album “From Our Own Ashes” already. How were those songs recieved?
Peter: The reviews have been good so far and most people who’ve heard them live seem to like it. Either that or they’re really good at lying.
Lewis: We’ve gone in a slightly heavier direction with the new stuff so we were intrigued to see what the fans and the press thought of the move… like Pee said, the reviews have been positive so far and we have a lot of tasty treats left to unleash. The big surprise for me is that “Imperfection” has become a fan favourite in such a short space of time, it’s crazy!
7. Let’s dig more into “From Our Own Ashes”. How many songs have you recorded and most importantly…when will the album be released?
Iain: Shhhhh It’s a secret lol. All we can say is it’s enough for an album and you’re going to love all of it!
Lewis: We can also tell you we have a few more singles on the horizon before the album is released and that the next single is called Wake Up Call and it’s a heavy one.
8. Are there any songs that you are particularly proud of?
Peter: Imperfection was my most challenging solo to date. Love Lady Pain though because it’s a tasty little treat and it once scared a racist out of a venue.
Dave: Although I didn’t record the song, Imperfection is a personal favourite of mine and also great to play live.
Iain: All of them in their own unique way.
Lewis: One of my personal favourites is called Different Paths. It’s the closet thing you’ll get to ballad on the record but it has very dark undertones… and I play the piano on it.
9. Will you tour in support of the album once released? If so, do you have any gigs outside of the UK planned?
Dave: Definitely and if anyone wants us to play in their country… we’re there
Iain: Yes if we don’t then surely there’s not much point in being in the band. We’ll be playing at Iain’s wedding in Czech.
10. How do you approach songwriting? Lyrics first or music first?
Peter: Music first but Lew probably has a scrapbook covered in tears and regret full of lyrics he uses from time to time.
Lewis: It’s more of a diary lol Backed with old wallpaper lol Soaks up the tears ha ha ha ha ha
11. Are all band members involved in the songwriting process?
Iain: Yes… we’re a democracy. – Works for the politicians
12. With your release of the song “For No Reason” you supported the Cybersmile Foundation. How was that idea born?
Dave: It was someone close to Lew who was getting cyber bullied so it was in support of that.
Lewis: We wanted to bring the issue to people’s attention because it seems so much harder for kids now to when we were growing up because there seems to be no escape for social media.
Now for something different…
Let’s see how you tick – if you are up for it. We are going to use the Bernard Pivot questionnaire to pick your brain. Feel free to answer shortly or elaborate if you wish.
A. What is your favorite word?
B. What is your least favorite word?
Lewis: Squirrel – because I have to think about saying it first otherwise it comes out as squiggle.
Peter: Justin Bieber
C. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Lewis: My reflection
Peter: A really tasty solo
Iain: Taking my pants off
Dave: Learning a new song and creating a boss new beat.
D. What turns you off?
Lewis: Peanut Butter
Peter: Justin Bieber
Iain: Being told to put them back on
Dave: Shit songs
E. What is your favorite curse word?
Lewis: I’m partial to minge
Peter: Cock womble
F. What sound or noise do you love?
Lewis: An 80’s heavy metal scream
Peter: A perfectly executed dive bomb
Dave: Can I Pass?
G. What sound or noise do you hate?
Lewis: The guy from the safe style UK adverts voice and existence!
Peter: Justin Bieber
Iain: Badly executed covers
Dave: People eating… grinds my tits
H. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Lewis: Gerard Butler impersonator
Iain: Hand model
Dave: I’d like to attempt the Queen’s job, looks pretty cushy!
I. What profession would you not like to do?
Lewis: Be Susan Boyle’s Thong
Peter: Being Justin Bieber
Iain: Waste management officer. Prostitute, although it pays well I’m scared of big willies an penises in general!
Dave: Prostitute, although it pays well I’m scared of big willies and penises in general!
J. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Lewis: I think mine would either be “You give it a go lad!” or “Sorry to tell you this… but you’ve got the wrong floor.”
Peter: “Alright lad. Hendrix is over there. Go say hi.”
Iain: “Epic man. Simply epic! ”
Dave: “Hey Dave… or should I say the messiah part 😉 I’m sorry I didn’t tell you before but I didn’t want to give you a big head!”