Sunderland's Hyde & Beast release their debut album Slow Down next week on August 15th, and celebrate with a show at The Social in London on August 17th.
The pair – made up of Futureheads drummer Dave Hyde and ex-Golden Virgins drummer Neil 'Beast' Basset – caught up with Glasswerk to answer the following questions…
Q: An alien lands on earth. He doesn't really know much about bands/artists and that – as he's an alien. How would you describe you and your music to said alien?
Hyde: That depends. What type of stuff does he normally listen to? Hawkwind? I would politely ask him to get his sporty time machine out and advise him to go back to the ’60s and ’70s and spend a bit of time taking mind bending drugs and listening to everything!
Beast: I think a fight or flight impulse would take me over and I’d probably just attack the little fella. I don’t trust what I don’t understand. Beast vs Alien. It will be made into a feature film! If he survived my brutal onslaught I would deem him worthy of an explanation of our music, but if he is from space I reckon he will understand it without an explanation. They are probably playing music like ours up there anyway.
Q: It's 2011, the year of the rabbit. What's been your highlight of the year so far? It doesn't have to be anything to do with rabbits.
Hyde: When I first found out that some crazy bastard was mad enough to play one of songs on national radio! Ha ha. That was a good moment.
Beast: My highlight so far has been Hyde managing to pour 2 full pints of cold lager all over himself during an interview in London the other week. I've also enjoyed making our videos and making some fresh guacamole at a recent party.
Q: God calls you up, and he's wanting to put on a show. Being God and all – he doesn't really have time to choose bands, DJs or a venue. He's put you in full control. Also – again, him being God and all – you can choose anyone alive or dead – he's that good. Who's playing and where?
Hyde: It would be at the roundhouse in London, lovely venue, I would have Animal Collective, Bill Withers (’70s version with tight-as-fuck band. Hopefully he would wear a tangerine coloured roll neck sweater), Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals, Incredible String Band, Velvet Underground.
Beast: Nonsense. Speak for yourself. Mine would be in my back garden and feature only Barry White. Resplendent in a white suit, sweating profusely and mopping his brow with a purple silk handkerchief. He would start the set with “Let the music play”. What a night! What a night.
Q: What bands/artists are there around at the moment that people aren't listening to enough? Any tips for future stardom?
Beast: The Stepkids. They’re a trio from Connecticut in America and are playing this kinda mildly trippy ’70s type soul music. Sly type stuff. I also really like what I’ve heard of Colourmusic. They are released on Memphis Industries label over here and I am digging them a lot.
Q: What's the rest of 2011 – it's the year of the rabbit, don't you know – got in store for you?
Hyde: We have a tour currently being lined up for this Autumn. We are also playing at Sunderland’s very own Split Festival alongside bands like The Drums and Ganglians.
Beast: Our albums out on August 15th and we have a couple of launch shows one for the Southerners and one for the Northerners. We play at The Social in London on August 17th and the Cluny 2 in Newcastle on August 19th. I'm gonna spend the rest of the year trying to unearth some nice doo-wop tunes.
Q: That alien from Q1 is back – he's just got his mitts on a computer, and he wants to find out more about you. Where's the best place he can go to find out more?
Beast: He can go to hell! I've already attacked him and he is back asking more questions? What’s wrong with this guy? Well I do admire his persistence, so in that case I would point him towards hydeandbeast.co.uk (link) or facebook.com/hydeandbeast (link) – and if he likes a little twitter I would tell him to follow us on there so I can taunt him from the other side of the universe.