1. How did you get your band name? The Idol Dead was the result of Polly (Phluid, vocals) and Tim (Jeffs, lead guitar) playing around with the idea of Ďthe idle richí and having a dig at the worshiping of vacuous celebrities. We didnít want anything too obviously rooted in one genre either, so no one could point at the name and say Ďpunk band, no thanks.í
2. How did this band get started? Tim devised a plan! Heíd seen Polly playing a festival in the UK and commanding 5000 people and was impressed so when their respective bands broke up he got in touch and bombarded him with demos. He knew Nish (Gonsalkorale, drummer) from his old band so roped him in. Our old bassist Mig was the only guy to reply to their advert! I found them online (now gigging as a full band with Polly on guitar) and hassled them for an audition, and later when Mig moved to London, Dan (Sugden, bass) supported us in his old band. He heard we were looking and quit his band that night so we took him seriously when he asked for an audition. His second gig with us was the first night of a UK tour.
3. What bands are you influenced by? As a band, anything with good riffs and huge melodies. The Wildhearts and Rachel Stamp are loved by all of us, and thatís where we disappear in different directions from each other. Nish loves radio rock like the Foo Fighters whereas Polly lives for seventies punk rock and Bowie. Dan is rooted in big metal bands like Avenged Sevenfold but then surprises everyone by idolizing Queen. Tim is big into glam rock and sleazy bands from the Netherlands and I love the poppier side of punk rock music and alternative music Ė chances are bsolutePunk.net has interviewed all my heroes over the years! Iíd say Frank Iero and Matt Skiba are my two big influences for The Idol Dead.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why? Oh manÖ To keep everyone happy Iíd have us opening a toilet circuit tour for The Wildhearts, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge-era My Chemical Romance and Alice Cooper in that order. Iím not saying weíd be comparable or worthy of being on that bill but weíd spend every night watching an incredible combination of musicians blow the crowd away from the side of the stage. Hell, I could die happy if that bill came together.
5. Best food to eat on tour? Spilt a banana and fill it with peanut butter Ė lots of energy all day long. You heard it here first.
6. Why should people listen to your band? Because this combination of opinions, ego, taste and influences should not work together but it does. Tim and Polly couldnít write a bad song if they tried and the best thing for me at a show is when I know someone isnít into our sort of music but you can see them really enjoying the show anyway which happens quite a lot. Itís impossible to be bored at an Idol Dead show!
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with? I got into snowboarding when I watched the Winter Olympics and recently had some lessons to try it myself so Iíd swap with Jamie Nicholls from the British freestyle snowboarding team. Iíd break my leg on the first jump but Iíd be on the Olympic snowboarding team so no fucks would be given.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank? Oracle, a wonderful woman who saved my life seven years ago. I wouldnít be around to get that award without her.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be? France has a system where musicians get paid a good enough wage to live on by the government as long as they perform a minimum number of gigs a year. Iíd make that universal as so many talented people are trapped in jobs just to pay the bills when they really belong on stage.
10. Memorable tour experience? Falling down all the stairs of a nighclub called The Cathouse in Glasgow. Iíd been dressed up in a crop top, got drag queen makeup on and was seriously drunk and in a mood to be an idiot. A bouncer picked me up and was ready to chuck me out. I shook him off and yelled ĎI canít walk in these bastard high heels!í and stormed off. He looked confused to say the least.
11. What does AP.net mean to you? Memories of my first time on the internet looking for Blink 182 websites which you used to be when I was a teen! I had one friend in my hometown with the internet and the same taste as me and we found AbsolutePunk pretty early and milked it for every band it had on it. We got into pop rock by finding New Found Gloryís From the Screen to Your Stereo mentioned on there. Nothing like that was played on the radio or on TV in the UK so we thought we were cooler than cool listening to Blink, The Ataris, Fall Out Boy and Brand New.
12. What is your favorite song to play? I made the mistake on our last album (Dark Little Hearts) of writing tricky
parts for my favourite Idol Dead song ("Blue Skies") so I have to stand still when Iím playing it. For our third album I made sure that I could dance around whilst playing the most energetic song, so "Summer That Never Was" because I can run around and dance and get away with way more than any other song. Itís a really happy sunshine song.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice? Iíd love to go back to Rome. Every building is incredible, the weather is gorgeous, the food is the best on the planet and everyone is pretty chilled.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood? A band from Australia called INXS. I grew up sharing a bedroom with my two brothers who are a lot older than me and they played their discography on loop from the moment they woke up. I couldnít tell you any nursery rhymes but I was the four year old that knew every word Michael Hutchence sang.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why? The power of mimicry, to watch something and be able to copy it perfectly. Iíd be able to spend a day on Youtube watching people peel off amazing solos then Iíd challenge Tim to a dual midset and wipe the floor with him.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals? I idiot check all my cables twice and tune twice so I know that Iím ready to go, then I clear as much as my floorspace as possible Ė Iíve taken a few falls over cables and itís never fun. I used to have a little monkey that went on my amp just before we started playing but he got stolen at a Leeds show. I hope heís still out there, carrying on the dream. Godspeed Amp Monkey.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you? I love historic architecture. My father was a stonemason and my brothers are builders: I think itís in the blood. Like I said, seeing Rome was a wet dream.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish? Commercial radio is just that; itís a business and the majority of music is being played because someone is paid to feature a band on their show. Daniel P Carter does a great job on UK radio one playing more underground bands but thatís one show. What I like about the internet is that itís leveled the playing field for bands and the fans alike. From pretty much day one of the Idol Dead weíve been getting plays on internet radio shows by fans wanting to spread the Dead and that wouldnít have happened ten years ago. Last night I was listening to a friendís show called Paisí Dawncast and a stranger asked how to play the Idol Dead song that was broadcast. I went on the forum and told him the chords and he was really happy with that. If thatís not flourishing through radio, I donít know what is.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time? Iím a big kid Ė I play xbox, marathon cartoons on Netflix, collect comics (Batman FTW), record music, snowboard and hang out with my girlfriend and our pets.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have? I donít know if I have any regular talents, let alone hidden ones! I know exactly how much I can insult people to get them to laugh instead of hitting me which is a hell of a useful talent to have!