Win a pair of tickets for any of the shows + CD of the new album ‘Desolation Blue’ (delivery after 27th March). All you have to do is email Here with the correct answer to the question. Winner will be contacted after 5pm on Sunday 1st March St Davids Day.  Good Luck

What country are Buffalo Summer from – Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland?

5thMarch – The Pier, Ilfracombe
6thMarch – The Station, Cannock
7thMarch – The Tivoli Venue, Buckley
8thMarch – B2 VENUE NORWICH, Norwich
10thMarch – The Black Heart, London
11thMarch – Waterloo Music Bar Blackpool, Blackpool
12thMarch – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh
13thMarch – Nightrain, Bradford
14thMarch – Corporation Sheffield, Sheffield
15th March – The Patriot, Crumlin

Thee Hypnotics have confirmed the full supporting bill for their upcoming UK and European tour. In addition to topping the bill at the Fuzzville Festival in Alicante in Spain, the legendary testifiers will be bringing their devastating live show to BirminghamLeedsLondonRamsgateSouthampton and Cardiff.


Each date will have a different support act and adding to the ramalama are rockers Black Bombers (Birmingham), Teeside punk’n’rollers Johnny Seven (Leeds), downtuned desert rockers Sky Valley Mistress and chronicler of the dark Suzie Stapleton (London), grunge revivalists The Nightmares (Ramsgate) and punk rockers The Glorias (Southampton).


Suzie Stapleton will also support in Cardiff.


Thee Hypnotics reunited in 2018 after a 20-year hiatus to play sold-out dates across the UK and Europe in support of the career-spanning and re-mastered vinyl boxset, Righteously Recharged. Featuring the classic line-up of co-founders Jim Jones (vocals) and Ray Hanson (guitar), with Phil Smith (drums) and Jeremy Cottingham (bass), Thee Hypnotics will once again deliver their sonic payload with a savage intensity.


“We’re really pleased to be joined by so many good bands,” says frontman Jim Jones. “It means that each and every night of this tour is going to be offering more bang for your buck. You’ll definitely be getting a proper night out.”


Tickets for all the shows are available via Thee Hypnotics’ website at


Thee Hypnotics play


MARCH 2020


19 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK (w/Black Bombers)

20 – The Warehouse, Leeds UK (w/Johnny Seven)

21 – The Dome, London UK (w/Sky Valley Mistress and Suzie Stapleton)

22 – Music Hall, Ramsgate UK (w/The Nightmares)

24 – The Joiners, Southampton UK (w/The Glorias)

25 – The Globe, Cardiff (w/Suzie Stapleton)

28 – Fuzzville, Alicante ES





Reel Big Fish and The Aquabats! are about to hit the road together again! They just couldn’t be without each other in 2020! The tour begins on May 29th!

Reel Big Fish frontman Aaron Barrett: “Nothing brings me more joy than seeing the Aquabats live in concert…except maybe going on tour with them and seeing them live EVERY night!!! So happy to be still playing shows with these guys after all these years and so excited to celebrate 25 years of friendship, wackiness and ska!”

As one of the key mid-90’s ska-punk bands to emerge out of Southern California’s third wave ska scene, along with acts like No Doubt and Sublime, Reel Big Fish’s popularity hasn’t faltered over the years. Distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, sarcastic humor ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska, the group continues to tour the world playing shows to a hardcore fanbase that’s as devoted as ever. The band’s 9th studio LP, ‘Life Sucks…Let’s Dance’ was released in late 2018 and has earned some of the best reviews of their lengthy career.

The Aquabats!: “We’re excited to get back on the road with our friends, Reel Big Fish! And we can’t wait to play everybody new music from our upcoming album, Kooky Spooky! In Stereo! This will be some of our first new music in almost 10 years, so you can bet we will bring it! And together, with the mighty powers of Reel Big Fish, we can guarantee all of you kids out there that this tour is going to rock your wigs off! Don’t miss it! Anything can happen when our awesome forces combine.”

Punk rock’s superheroes, The Aquabats!, formed in 1994 in Orange County as a way to have some harmless fun in a music scene that took itself too seriously. Their Paul Frank designed “power belts,” trademark rash guards, black eye masks, and “anti-negativity” helmets and onstage antics quickly caught on, earning the group a fierce loyal following that spans generations.

Kooky Spooky…in Stereo! is The Aquabats! 6th studio album. The first since 2011’s High Five Soup! This energetic, eclectic album is prime Aquabats with all of the variety, quirk, and fist-pumping rock you can handle! Walk on the weird side with songs like “Skeleton Inside!” Crazy characters, maximum repeat listening, and yes, even horns…it’s all there!

Reel Big Fish/The Aquabats

Tickets for all shows on sale Friday, February 28th at 10am local time.

May 29 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

May 30 – Reno, NV – Cargo Concert Hall

June 1 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

June 2 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

June 3 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

June 4 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

June 5 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

June 6 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal

June 8 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater

June 9 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

June 11 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater

June 12 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre


Reel Big Fish Socials:


The Aquabats! Socials:

“Gun bible Flag – Gun Bible Flag – Gun Bible Flag”.  Man, it gets in your head and refuses to leave.  With a rough and raw sound and drums so live-sounding you think they’re in the room with you that they give this eight-track album plenty of Crash Bang Wallop, you want to get involved and rock out like a good un.then  Empty Suits have got that raw, primal fly by the seat of your pants rock and roll off to a tea and I love it.

There’s nothing big or clever here apart from some top tunes ranging from the borderline out of control to the cool laid back swagger of ‘Let Me In’.  You won’t get much of a clue from the artwork either but he’s a tidy bunny I guess but you wouldn’t know there lurks some bad assed Garage tunes hiding under the sleeve.  Songs about ‘Beaches’ ‘Kids’ and some ‘Apocalyptic Blues’.  Are there really only three of them kicking up the hornet’s nest? Wow, good effort guys especially on ‘Drop Em’ as it kicks and screams.

Theirs is a simple formula – write decent tunes strip your sound back to the MC5 and switch the tape machine onto record.  Hell yeah! for the likes of the ‘Apocalyptic Blues’ with its grinding lick as the song lurches from side to side and then just finishes leaving you wanting more for Gawd’s sake.

This bad boy was written and recorded in a small, dank basement in Boise, Idaho and oozes class. But it sounds like it was too but in a good way of keeping the band honest and hungry. I bet the only heat came from the thunder of the drums on tracks like ‘Rock and Roll’ and the hum of the tubes on the guitar amps oh and the devil’s breath because he sure must have been present at some point.  I love Rock and Roll and I love discovering new bands especially when they deliver top tunes.  Empty Suits add em to your list!



Author: Dom Daley

Now my on-off love affair with Brian Fallon has been going on ever since I heard him with The Gaslight Anthem back in ’08 – So to see a new album from Brian Fallon in 2020 is a joyous sight and sound.

Brian has said that this new record is about life right now, and when you are presented with gloriously melancholy little ditties such as When You’re Ready, you are transported to another time and place – and one can not help but feel nostalgic. ‘When You’re Ready’ and ’21 Days’ are perfect examples of what Brian does best – the narrative that runs through each song is beautifully crafted and while they are not connected, the stories somehow get under your skin and is infectious to the point that you want to hit the replay button but after a few listens you know there are other great plots ahead told by a master and held together with extraordinary music. ‘I Don’t Mind (If I’m With You)’ is a song that on first listen could be seen as depressing but after the second or third listen I found it to be quite uplifting. So say what you will about his music but Mr. Fallon has recorded some of his best work in these intimate songs. For example ‘Lonely For You Only’ is upbeat song that comes just at just the right time to add a bit of jolly swing to proceedings, which is then followed by ‘Horses’. This song is a tale of forgiveness and redemption that for me is life-affirming.

One thing that I found while listening to this album is that now we are left in a Tom Petty-less world, I am thankful for having songwriters like Brian Fallon and Ryan Hamilton still here writing life stories in 2-3 minutes song bursts. The eight songs presented here are soft songs for hard people, or at those who get touched by tales of hope in the face of adversity.

Buy ‘Local Honey’ Here


Author: Dave Tetley Prince

Sons of Apollo who recently released their second studio album – MMXX which went to No. 2 in the UK Rock Chart. They have just launched the video for Asphyxiation

European tour starts on 28th February in Gernany – their only UK date will be at The Islington Assembly Hall in London on 19th March.

SONS OF APOLLO–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—recently released their second studio album ‘MMXX’ to much acclaim, before undertaking a successful North American headline tour.
Europe 2020
Fri 2/28 Karlsuhe, Germany Crystal Ballroom
Sat 2/29 Karlsruhe, Germany Crystal Ballroom
Mon 3/2 Drammen, Norway Union Scene
Tue 3/3 Gothenburg, Sweden Traedgarn
Thu 3/5 Kyiv, Ukraine N.A.U Theatre
Sat 3/7 Moscow, Russia RED
Sun 3/8 St Petersburg, Russia Aurora
Tue 3/10 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
Wed 3/11 Milan, Italy Live Club
Fri 3/13 Bilbao, Spain Santana 27
Sat 3/14 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz 2
Sun 3/15 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
Tue 3/17 Marseille, France Cepac Silo
Wed 3/18 Paris, France Machine du Moulin Rouge
Thu 3/19 London, U.K. Islington Assembly Hall
Fri 3/21 Eindhoven, Netherlands Prognosis Festival
Sun 3/22 Show Brno, Czech Republic Sono
Tue 3/24 Kosice, Slovakia Colosseum
Wed 3/25 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra
South America 2020
Sat 4/18 São Paulo, Brazil Tom Brasil
Sun 4/19 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Circo Voador
Tues 4/21 Santiago, Chile Blondie
Thu 4/23 Buenos Aires, Argentina Teatro Flores
Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), ‘MMXX’ is available as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats.
Order the album here:

South Welsh rockers Buffalo Summer will be releasing their third-and-monumental-album Desolation Blueon March 27th 2020 through Silver Lining Music.

With their unique air of mystery and magic enveloped by some of the warmest and most addictive rolling riffs this side of the planet, Desolation Bluewas recorded capturing the band’s energy at its very best.

Excited to bring Desolation Blue to the world, Buffalo Summer will be embarking on a string of UK dates from February 2020, kicking off in their hometown of Swansea. Full dates are below.

UK Tour Dates:
28thFebruary – Sin City, Swansea
5thMarch – The Pier, Ilfracombe
6thMarch – The Station, Cannock
7thMarch – The Tivoli Venue, Buckley
8thMarch – B2 VENUE NORWICH, Norwich
10thMarch – The Black Heart, London
11thMarch – Waterloo Music Bar Blackpool, Blackpool
12thMarch – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh
13thMarch – Nightrain, Bradford
14thMarch – Corporation Sheffield, Sheffield
15th March – The Patriot, Crumlin


Sounding like you hope and dream, South Welsh rockers Buffalo Summer will be releasing their third-and-monumental-albumDesolation Blueon March 27th 2020 through Silver Lining Music.

With their unique air of mystery and magic enveloped by some of the warmest and most addictive rolling riffs this side of the planet, Desolation Bluewas recorded capturing the band’s energy at its very best – live off the floor at Rockfield Studios and Monnow Valley Studio in Wales. Produced by Barrett Martin (The Screaming Trees) once more, and predominantly engineered by Tom Manning, the sessions took just 5 days, giving Desolation Bluean electric, spontaneous edge.

Andrew Hunt (vocals), Jonny Williams (guitar), Darren King (bass) and Gareth Hunt (drums) are joined on the album by Peter Buck (REM) with a 12 string guitar on “The Bitter End” plus mandolin on “Last To Know”, Kelby Ray Caldwell (The Cadillac Three) with lap steel on “Hit The Ground Running”, Emma Bryden with cello on “Last To Know” and “Pilot Light” plus Barrett Martin stepping out of the production chair to play some percussion, vibraphone and Fender Rhodes & Hammond organ across the board.

Whether quoting Bukowski or throwing down the sort of thick, warm, swervy-curvy grooves that will have bikers revving their engines and patchouli-scented rockers rollin’ their bodies to the riffs, Desolation Blue is a masterfully mature step-up for Buffalo Summer. The first single, “Everybody’s Out For Number 1”, brims with the sort of cocky, hip-swinging attitude, and overall, from the bewitching guitars of “Deep Water” to the boot-stomping, lip-curling snarl of “Hit The Ground Running”  and classic rock swagger of “Untouchable”, Buffalo Summer have forged a dozen songs that will accent your life with the sort of freedom and attitude great classic rock ‘n’ roll brings.

Excited to bring Desolation Blue to the world, Buffalo Summer will be embarking on a string of UK dates from February 2020, kicking off in their hometown of Swansea. Full dates are below; tickets available here

UK Tour Dates:
28thFebruary – Sin City, Swansea
5thMarch – The Pier, Ilfracombe
6thMarch – The Station, Cannock
7thMarch – The Tivoli Venue, Buckley
8thMarch – B2 VENUE NORWICH, Norwich
10thMarch – The Black Heart, London
11thMarch – Waterloo Music Bar Blackpool, Blackpool
12thMarch – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh
13thMarch – Nightrain, Bradford
14thMarch – Corporation Sheffield, Sheffield
15th March – The Patriot, Crumlin

1.      The Power & The Greed
2.      Hit The Ground Running
3.      If Walls Could Speak
4.      The Mirror
5.      When You Walk Away
6.      Last To Know
7.      Dark Valentine
8.      Deep Water
9.      Everybody’s Out For Number 1
10.    Untouchable
11.    The Bitter End
12.    Pilot Light

Desolation Blueis available on CD and digital formats, for pre-order options, go to this location.

RECORDED AT: Rockfield Studios & Monnow Valley Studio, UK
PRODUCED BY: Barrett Martin
MIXED BY: Tom Manning, David Radahd-Jones and Ulrich Wild

Buffalo Summer is:
Andrew Hunt – Vocals
Jonny Williams – Guitar 
Darren King – Bass 
Gareth Hunt – Drums

Fuck me sideways this has to be the rawest loudest punk rock n roll record recorded since the Damneds debut.  Moron’s Morons turn everything into the red and hit those guitars hard.  It’s fast it’s loud its uncompromising but above all its addictive.  Punk as Fuck as one of my learned friends would put it.  The drums are like St Angers biscuit tins if John Bonham was playing them until they turned to dust.


These Warsaw punks aren’t fucking about it’s full tilt from the first bass thump to the last howl of guitar on this their debut full length and boy what a rush. I’m not sure they’re looking for danger here because by the sounds of it they found it.  ‘Wonderlust’ is a minute and a half of a band windmilling its way to the finish line. It’s not all out of control hanging on by a thread adrenalin Rock n Roll because ‘sidewalk Service’ is a little slower – more measured. It’s bordering on heading the way of the others but the scuff on the guitar riff and the steady beat of the drums is cool and are those handclaps I hear? that’s it, I fuckin’ love this record right there. Top tune.

‘Rate Your Teacher’ is fuckin’ terrifying then ‘You Put Hot In Psychotic’ is a blast with its distorted huge riff really tearing it up with the used and abused Chuck Berry licks but dipped in speed and driven like a demolition derby right through the speakers – Wonderful stuff.

An appropriate title if ever there was one is ‘Noise Addiction’ comes on like Motorhead but way more out of control and punk rock.  There’s nothing new going on here it has been done a million times I guess, but every now and then you make a connection and man I’m glad ‘Looking For Danger’ found its way into my speakers. Like their fellow purveyors of filthy punk rock n roll The Cavemen Moron’s Morons don’t do half measures its all in or fuck off as they perfectly display on ‘Addicted To Homicide’ they’ve even got a rapid romp entitled ‘Suicide Motherfucker’ that’s relentless and tasteless but I guess that’s their MO anyway.

One that tickled my fancy is the wonderfully titled ‘Poor Man’s Riffs And Ten Years Too Late’ which got me thinking these cats should take The Hip Priests on tour of Poland and Eastern Europe that’ll be like a dream team of filthed up punk n roll right there.  There’s even a minute (literally) to chuck in a heartfelt ode to the listener entitled ‘Fuck You’ before this record melts the wax it’s pressed on.  Penultimately they go prog punk on us with a song clocking in at almost five minutes! Five fuckin’ minutes what are they thinking? Lucky for them it’s awesome. The break down is a slick of magic bass riffing and hail satan lyrics but I bet you weren’t thinking it was called ‘Driller Killer’ though were you?

To take this record home ‘The Man Who Drank Too Much’ is a lesson in boozing – it’s not straying from the tried and tested of the rest of this record but you do need to know its another bit of magic.  Yobish, juvenile, obnoxious and totally wonderful for all those reasons and more.  Moron’s Morons have knocked out one hell of a record and if you still have a beating heart and crave loud guitars played hard then what on Gawds earth are you waiting for go pick this up for fuck’s sake!


Buy ‘Looking For Danger’  Here

Author: Dom Daley


‘See You See Me’ the fantastic third studio album from The Dowling Poole is released this week. To mark the occasion, we got Johnny Hayward to dust off his notebook and vintage 70s Bush cassette recorder and sent him off to chat with the men behind the record, namely Willie Dowling and Jon Poole.



Hi guys thanks for chatting with me today. I just wanted to start by saying that I think the new album ‘See You See Me’ really is a fantastic album. How do you feel it’s turned out?


Willie Dowling: “Very happy that you like it. I’ve always felt that if you don’t think the latest thing you’ve done is your best work, then you probably shouldn’t release it… (with the obvious exclusions of live albums etc.) Invariably once a record is mastered and on CD, I won’t listen to that album for a while, sometimes years. It’s only after some time, with a bit of objective distance, that I can begin to evaluate an album’s merits and its weaknesses.”


Jon Poole: “Whenever we go into a creative burst of recording I don’t think we ever go into it with any master plan and with this album we weren’t even sure if we were recording an album as such. We were just recording songs as quickly as they came with no preconceived idea of what we’d do with the recordings. It did become apparent as we progressed with these recordings that they were starting to form an album-shaped pattern and it also became apparent that we both had no desire to create a carbon copy of what we’d done before and that we wanted to go places we hadn’t previously. But then maybe subconsciously that’s what we set out to do in the first place when we first became a band. I think, like Willie, I’ll be able to make more sense of it a few years down the line but I do know I’m very happy with where we are at this moment in time and I’m very proud of this album.”


It’s been four long years since your second album ‘One Hyde Park’, why did this one take so long, and what were you up to in-between?


Willie Dowling: “Is it four years? That does seem a long time. That said, churning out indifferent records with only one or two decent songs, just to boast about a remarkable annual output, seems counterproductive to me. We do have the issue that we live very far apart and it is always tricky to find times when we are both free to work together. I don’t think that we work particularly slowly but it does take a long time and a great deal of effort to be sure that every last detail of a song is working the way it was intended. Our songs tend to be very carefully constructed so that every listen reveals another layer of something that might have been missed before. Very often that means that we might review a song at some point, decide its not quite doing something or other and then start deconstructing and putting it back together again until we’re happy.”


Jon Poole: “Four years…fucking hell. But as Willie says, it’s not so much the rate we record at that takes all the time but more how long we spend on the mix, ensuring our intentions are realised effectively and as clearly as possible.

In some ways the geographical hurdles probably force us to switch off in between the bursts of work and to come back with a fresher approach each time we do. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!”

Over the years I’ve seen you play in your own outfits like Jackdaw4 and God Damn Whores but I was wondering what influences/inspires you guys to write in the direction you do under The Dowling Poole banner? I mean it’s a long way removed from what people may be aware of you doing in those bands.


Willie Dowling: “Personally, I don’t really see a huge world of difference between my half of the contribution to The Dowling Poole and Jackdaw4. Jon may feel differently but of all the bands we’ve been in individually over the years, the closest to The Dowling Poole would probably be Jackdaw4. The difference would be in the brilliance of the songs that Jon writes, which means that I have to work that bit harder than I did with Jackdaw4 in a vain attempt to impress him with my songs in the same way he continually impresses me.”


Jon Poole:  “Yeah, I’d agree that on the surface the jump from Jackdaw4 to The Dowling Poole would probably seem less of a drastic change of direction than say The God Damn Whores to The Dowling Poole, but speaking purely from my own perspective I don’t feel I’m writing to order with this stuff. You could say I was writing stuff that could be perceived as ‘more our sort of thing’ alongside the other stuff I was doing back then. For instance ‘Rebecca Receiving’ from our second album started out as an idea that dates back to 1999 but of course once Willie and myself worked together on it we came up with something ‘other’ which is the great thing about finally finding the songwriting/recording partner I wish I’d met many years earlier. Now, third album in, the fun is in trying to push ourselves further. We’ll never be 100% satisfied with every aspect of our stuff and that’s what drives us. The day we are will be the day we jack it all in… or ‘off’.”


The new record contains a real mish-mash of genres (even more so I think than the albums that preceded it) yet you still manage to bring it all together into your own unique vision. ‘Keeping The Stupid Stupid’ and ‘The Product’ being two classic examples. How do you do this?


Willie Dowling: “I’m always afraid that if I think too hard about this kind of question, I’d lose the ability to do it. I agree we have a far broader range of audible influences throughout our albums but equally, I hope they’re not too disparate. Whichever musical avenue we choose to disappear down and flirt with, I hope (and believe) we always sound like ‘us’.”


Jon Poole: “I think playing around with other sounds and directions certainly keeps it fresh for us and I’d certainly say that the beauty of a lot of my favourite bands is in the fact that they continue to push boundaries with ever-progressing ideas of sound and structure. But as far as ‘our vision’ goes, even with the experimentation, I feel like we’d never be able to dilute the essence of what/who we are…even if we wanted to. It’s all ‘our stuff’ in the end isn’t it?”


Lyrically too there aren’t many songs that reference ‘zero hours contracts’, what do you guys say to people who think rock music should stay away from politics… however subliminal the message?


Willie Dowling: “I generally say ‘fuck off’. I don’t tell others how to do their job, (actually, I do, all the time, but that’s hypocrisy for you) please don’t tell me how to do mine. It’s fine if you don’t like how we sound or what we have to say. Go find something that pleases you. But everything in life is politics in one form or another. Don’t confuse that with thinking that I mean British party politics. That’s a whole different issue. (but even so, not one I would necessarily shy away from). Look – none of our songs overtly say ‘go out and vote Green or Tory or whatever’, but it would be fairly obvious to most that I’m to the very left side of conventional politics. Song writing about anything other than love – in the usual mundane way that it’s written about – is usually the songwriter expressing a point of view in some way. How could that be anything other than a form of ‘the political’?”


Jon Poole: “There’s also that juxtaposition of paisley-tinted, loved-up poptones where underneath lurks the grim voice of doom. I’ve always been into that. The happiest tune accompanied by desperately sad lyrics or vice-versa. You only have to look at what’s going on in the world with the rise of technology and the decline of common sense to see there’s plenty of material out there to write about. There’s gotta be a few albums in that surely?”

Trudi Knight, Bands On Stage Photography

You’ve previously played live shows as The Dowling Poole, any plans to play more around ‘See You, See Me’? I hear Crowded House are touring the UK in June, that would be a great audience for you guys, don’t you think?

Willie Dowling: “That would be absolutely perfect for us. We’d love to do a support tour like that. Any ideas how we might get it?” (laughing)

Jon Poole: “Yeah and when we’ve done that can you get us on Jools Holland?”


Is there anyone out there you guys would drop everything for and love to tour with?

Willie Dowling: “Yes. Far too many to mention. Crowded House are a good start. Fuck me, anyone that would put us in front of an appreciative audience and I’d be there.”


Jon Poole: “Andy Partridge and Robyn Hitchcock are doing stuff together now aren’t they? I think we should organise a tour together then play in each other’s bands!”


Willie, I have to ask what you now feel looking back at that appearance The Grip did on ECT, and at the time did you ever think your music would be so widely heard on TV all these years later?

Willie Dowling: “TV music is a very different thing to The Dowling Poole and I do less and less these days because often it comes with so many constraints and is therefore far less rewarding than The Dowling Poole. Although I’d love to do something for TV or film with Jon if the right project came up.”

Jon Poole: My favourite cereal is actually Muesli.


You have obviously both worked with The Wildhearts over the years, what’s the single biggest thing you’ve taken away from your experiences of working with Ginger and Co?

Willie Dowling: “Mine would be Jon Poole.”

Jon Poole: “I have put on two stone in weight to be fair.” (laughing)


Getting back to the here and now, ‘See You See Me’ is out on Feb 28th on CD and digital download, but can we also expect to see it in the likes of HMV?

Willie Dowling: “We have distribution via Cargo Records, so the album should be available in HMV and other record shops.”

Jon Poole: “I tried to plant copies of our last album in HMV in Cardiff and the girl who works there recognised me and felt really sorry for me so took me into the office at the back of the shop and made me tea whilst I cried for a bit.

Then she let me go… eventually.” (laughing)


Just to finish things off an old colleague of mine (back in our Uber Rock days) once asked Rich Robinson (of the Black Crowes) the ‘would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?’ question that was doing the round back then and was met with a total silence in response.  What do you guys think of musicians who take themselves that seriously that they can’t be bothered to enter the duck/horse debate?

 Willie Dowling: “I’m with Robinson. I don’t understand the question? It presupposes that I would have a preference for one or the other, or indeed any interest in a physical confrontation? What have either party done that so offends me I’d be inclined to fight them? Mind you, I’m notorious for having absolutely no sense of humour. Jon enjoys laughing. I may have laughed once but it was at someone else’s expense and not something I’m proud of.”

Jon Poole: “Could I go back to being friends with the duck-horses after the fight? I think I’d like the mini duck-horses. Can you buy them? Where can I get some? Do I have to buy 100? What was the question?”


Finally, I just wanted to wish you all the best with ‘See You, See Me’ and thank you for taking the time to chat with RPM.

Willie Dowling: “Thank you, and thank you very much for your very kind album review.”

Jon Poole: “Yes, thank you very much for your kind words.”


You can order copies of ‘See You See Me’ directly from the band via the link below or as Willie says above you can pop along to your local HMV when its released on February 28th.