Monday, October 15, 2018


10 Questions with Strange Cages

With their frenetic, snotty, psych-surf rock 'n' roll sound in the vein of The Cramps or Ty Segall, Brighton's Strange Cages have made strides in their short existence gaining support from the likes of Clash, Fred Perry Subculture, Q Magazine, The 405 and The Line of Best Fit and tearing up stages supporting King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Night Beats, and Boogarins. Having released 'Desert' produced by fellow Brightonian and garage-rock maestro Theo Verney and 'Pony' released on south-coast label Strong Island Recordings, their most recent track 'Catharsis' shows another side to Strange Cages, combining elements of krautrock and post-punk with a paranoid, schizophrenic vocal. Brighton has unearthed another gem in a city currently producing some of the most exciting acts in the UK at the moment.

Where do you go to discover new music?
Outside. There is a great music scene in Brighton, so you'll often find us at the gigs put on by Polly and Ollie from Acid Box.

What have we got to look forward to with you this year?
We have a pretty great run of gigs next month that we’re excited for. 100 Club in London with Sisteray and Beach Riot, supporting Warmduscher in Portsmouth and then playing with Madonnatron and Sex Cells for the Roadkill Records Halloween party at The Shacklewell Arms!

First song you fell in love with?
Charlie: As a small child, the apocalyptic noise of ‘A Song For the Dead’ by Queens Of The Stone Age got my heart racing and my blood boiling. Maybe that’s why I was king of the playground!

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Charlie: Scott Walker. I’ve been pretty obsessed with that genius for a while now and it would be amazing to work with him. ‘The Electrician’ is a very strange piece of music and it’s exactly the kind of thing I want to be involved in putting my precious little time into.
Ellis: I’d love to lead a marching band with Julian Cope through the great English countryside, searching for archaeological treasures

What would you most like to own on vinyl?
We're all hoping that Santa brings a few Dido LPs down the chimney.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
Charlie: Snapped Ankles, Lumerians, Frank & Beans.
Ellis: Isaac Hayes, Deerhunter, FLOAT
Ben: Boy harsher, Chet Baker and ‘wave’ by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Joe: I'm mainly revisiting my Cher collection, that lady has a lot of kooky things to say!

What's your guilty pleasure song?
All: Milky - Just the Way You Are (almighty mix) is great to listen to on the road...

What inspires you to write music?
Charlie: I usually just travel into people’s dreams and steal the songs they haven’t written yet.
Joe: like to work my way inside somebody's head and change the way they perceive things, mostly to fuel my own desires.

What's your favourite song to play live?
Charlie: I'm enjoying 'Children of the Gutter' from our new EP as it sounds much better since we've added Ben on keys! I think it makes people feel quite filthy when they hear it live, which is exactly what I want.
Ellis: ‘I’m liable to go off in an ‘ostrich in heat’ style drumming frenzy during ‘Hypothalamus Blues’
Ben: ‘Leader Of a Cult’
Joe: Catharsis, it gets people going and shows that we don't mess about

Where would you most like to play?
Charlie: In mine and Ellis's living room, but we don't want to get evicted.
Ellis: Yes if our
 is reading this (which I assume he is) please don’t evict us

Upcoming gig dates
17th OCT - 100 Club, London supporting Sisteray
19th OCT - The Festing, Portsmouth supporting Warmduscher
27th OCT - The Shacklewell Arms, London - Roadkill Records Halloween supporting Madonnatron