Bugeye: We’re doing pretty darn well my dear. Thanks for inviting us for an interview. Jolly good of you and all that.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wake Up”?
Bugeye: We certainly can. Our latest single, ‘Wake up’ is a call to arms. It’s a shout out to those working their arses off to make change happen, be it on the music front or with community projects, gender equality or another cause, people are waking up, joining together and making a stand. Makes it quite an exciting time to live in, but also quite disturbing with Brexit, Trump and terrorism lingering like a bad smell.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Bugeye: It was the overwhelming response to the political and social climate that we find ourselves in that really inspired us to write this song. The past 12 months has seen some pretty unbelievable things take place, but perhaps those things needed to happen to wake us all up and not just talk about the things we’d like to change, but get up and be proactive in making it happen. We’ve seen the likes of Loud Women at the forefront of supporting women in music, The Zine UK, This Feeling and the Music Venue Trust really pushing forward to create their own version of what the music industry should be. Bands and artists supporting and promoting each other, people making banners and hitting the streets to protest. Wake up is a comment on this and dedicated to all those that have given their time to positively impact change.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Bugeye: We do indeed have a video for this song. It’ll be out later this week and features some cage dancing politicians, so expect something a little weird, amusing and entertaining.
How was the recording and writing process?
Bugeye: We’re pretty lucky that we have all our own recording gear so produced the record ourselves in what we call ‘backroom studio’. The song came together really quickly and we just knew it was the right song to put out as our next single. The song features a cowbell, so what’s not to love about that?!?
How has the 70s influenced your writing?
Bugeye: I’m living in Croydon which is the birthplace of punk and there is yet again a real sense of change here. From the rich developers trying to push us all out to the ever-growing street art scene and creative projects to carve out a place for us all to still exist. It was the 40th anniversary of the Damned’s first single (a Croydon band) last year, which made me rediscover my punk records all over again which then also led me to reading more about the political movements of the 70s and 80s and drawing parallels with today. History repeats and we never learn.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Bugeye: We’ve been playing around with a number of themes for the album and landed on something we’re happy with. Wake up will of course be on the album and we have a follow-up single ready to roll in the new year. We’re busy writing new material at the moment for the album, so watch this space for further details.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Bugeye: The album will hopefully be ready for summer 2018. As for the title, we’re open to suggestions!
Any plans to hit the road?
Bugeye: We hit the road in the new year with a full UK tour which we’re super excited about. We start to announce dates later this month so make sure you have your diary handy.
What else is happening next in Bugeye’s world?
Bugeye: We’ve extended our studio space, so hope to have some interesting collaborations with other bands as well as hosting our own live music nights with the bands we meet on the road. We like to keep busy.