Tuesday, July 17, 2018


10 Questions with Dead Naked Hippies

Leeds trio Dead Naked Hippies thrashed into life in late 2016 with their caustic brand of punchy post-punk. 2018 has seen them return with the raw, gritty and atmospheric single Guillotine. Guillotine opens with a low-key guitar  and drum groove, before bursting into fiery life for a cathartic chorus courtesy of vocalist Lucy Jowett’s trademark vocals, this conflict of duelling musical identities echoes the lyrical messages being conveyed. "Guillotine is an exploration of grief” the vocalist explains. By creating a vehicle, alongside band mates Joe Clarke (guitar) and Jacob Marston (drums), through which to express and tackle her own internal issues, Lucy and Dead Naked Hippies offer a space for others to do the same. Whilst cutting and scuzzy, Guillotine is also a triumphant call to arms.

“It’s so important that we stick together and keep it real.”

Since their inception, they have received love from BBC Introducing & been featured by Clash, DIY, Metro & PRS Magazine. The band have shared stages with the likes of Dream Wife & Le Butcherettes and in 2017 played to a sold out crowd at Live at Leeds, which lead to a slot on the Festival Republic stage at Leeds Festival 2017. 

Vinyl Tapestry caught up with drummer Jacob Marston ahead of their Tramlines gig.

Where do you go to discover new music?
Mostly I’ll discover new stuff by checking out the other bands we’re sharing a bill with. Getting booked on a festival is always fun as it’s so much new music to listen to. I caught Bodega at Goldsounds a few months back and I’ve had their album on constantly since it came out. It’s a similar story with Idles, they made a massive impression on the whole band at Live at Leeds. Other than that I’m just really open to tips from friends, luckily I’m surrounded by musicians so they’ve always got something interesting to listen to. I tried streaming services for a while but I really struggled with them. It pretty much just stopped me enjoying music. Without the commitment of actually buying an album I really struggle to make a connection with it. Seems easy at the moment to get stuck in algorithm hell and only shown one fairly narrow spectrum of music. 

What have we got to look forward to with you this year? 
Well we’ve got a new single on the way, it’s probably the track that I’ve been the most excited to release to which is a good feeling. We’re also playing a ton of festivals and shows around the UK, Tramlines has always been one on my list so I’m buzzing to play that one.

First song you fell in love with?
I’m sure there were others before this, but from my memory it’d be Sound Check (Gravity) by Gorillaz. That album is still one of my favourites. My parents actually got me the original press of it for christmas a few years ago, it’s an album I always happily come back to. Before that though you’ll have to ask them.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I think it’d be really fun to collaborate with a bassist as we don’t have one in our line up. There are so many unreal bassists though that it’d tough to pick one. I think it’d come down to either Jenny Lindburg from Warpaint or Ayse Hassan from Savages. They’re both amazing so completing a rhythm section with either would be a dream come true. 

What would you most like to own on vinyl?
I made the fatal mistake of waiting for some money to come in before picking up Grow by Chon on that crazy rainbow splatter they did. As always when the money did come in it had completely sold out. I have lived with the weight of this poor decision on my shoulders ever since. 

Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now I’m going through a bit of a Sophie phase. Her new album is ridiculously good, I’ve genuinely heard nothing like it before. Gutted there hasn’t been a press of it yet. Trawling though her back catalogue has been immensely fun too. I’m now going through the tracks she’s produced for other people, which is opening me up to genres I wouldn’t usually consider. All them are bangers. I think she’s incapable of producing a boring track. 

What's your guilty pleasure song?
Charli xcx - vroom vroom. As I was mentioning earlier Sophie has opened the door to tracks I’d never normally listen to. This track is just fun, I love it. I know I shouldn’t but I absolutely do. I’ve had more than a few surprised looks when putting it on at work or on the way to a show. 

What inspires you to write music?
It’s mainly new media of any kind, music, films, video games, art, anything really. I love a good fictional band, Soronprfbs and Sex Bob-omb captured my imagination for years, I actually used a Sex Bob-omb track as a production reference very recently. I’m quite bad for thinking the latest thing I’ve seen or listened to is my absolute favourite, so I pretty much have a rotating door of influences and inspirations, which is good for keeping things fresh, but I imagine Lucy and Joe find it a bit tiring. I’m pretty much constantly looking for something new to peak my interest and figuring out how I can use that to inform my next part in a song. 

What's your favourite song to play live?
Rare, which is going to be our next single. It’s got loads of pushes on the off beat which is always fun. It took slightly longer to fully nail down than our other tracks but now we’ve got it we all have  a great time playing it. It’s probably one of our more playful and dancey tracks in the set too so it always gets a good response. There’s also a drum fill that goes into a dead stop which is one of my all time fave cliches to put into a song. Nothing feels better than smashing into a chorus after a beat of silence. 

Where would you most like to play?
It’s dreaming crazy big, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. It’s just the best isn’t it really, one of the most iconic stages in the world. I’ve seen so many insane performances on that stage, it’s definitely the big starry eyed box at the top of my list. 

New single Guillotine out now

Dead Naked Hippies play Tramlines, Crystal stage - 22/07