British post-punk inspired musician Billy Nomates shares with us her love for the Northern Soul genre and 80s pop. She also talks about how the current political climate has influenced her songwriting, as well as the alternative scene in her hometown Bristol.
The C33s are a Punk/Garage/Surf tinged band from Manchester. Cav Green talks about sobriety and concentration, reverb vs Rock ’n’ Roll, while Drummer Judy Jones talks about starting her musical journey at age 14. The band also has plans for upcoming releases for when the world returns to normality.
“Music saved my life!”, said Cat, lead singer/lyricst from Cat SFX. Having listened to Nine Inch Nails at age 11 and impressed by their “anger”, Cat has slowly found her voice through creative songwriting. Recently got signed up to Alan’s Creation23 Record Label, Cat also discusses her upcoming releases which revolves around the topics of mental health and social media.
Joe Williams (rhythm guitar and vocals) from Himalayas talks about the Welsh music scene and how it’s different from other cities in the UK. Joe also shares with us the importance of believing in your own music and the rise of live streaming. Last but not least, see how Joe got inspired by the legendary alt-rock band The Strokes in the first place!
Connor Hill from The Novus talks about his parents' musical influence (Scars, Bad Manners), his first-ever gig, and the life-changing moment at age 17 when he went to the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham for the first time. Growing up not always fitting in the crowd, Connor also explains the importance and beauty of the post-punk community.
Hailing from Galway, Ireland, The Clockworks are kicking up a storm in the post-punk scene. Vocalist/guitarist James McGregor shares his early 2000s indie band inspiration such as The Libertines and The Strokes (and how his mum showed him The Smiths at an early age and that it changed everything!) James also talks about how good writing can hold comedy and tragedy together, as well as the power of amazing soundtracks.
For our nineteenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Emily Jane from Dublin jazz-punk band Vernon Jane was interviewed by John Robb. Emily talks about her recent heavy rotation Brockhampton, her favourite podcast Ear Hustle, as well as her newfound interest in astrology and horoscope colouring books.
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons
For our eighteenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Puss Johnson from punk outfit Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons was interviewed by John Robb. Puss talks about sewing her own face mask during lockdown, as well as her recent listens such as Jon Spencer, The Ghost Wolves, Tinariwen and Rammstein.
For our seventeenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, British singer-songwriter Nile Marr was interviewed by John Robb. Nile discusses his music intake (from discovering new bands during live shows to revisiting Elliott Smith's records), the joy of being a slow reader and the vegan scene in Manchester.
For our sixteenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, indie folk singer-songwriter Karima Francis was interviewed by John Robb. Karima talks about making her feelings more universal through crafting more uplifting songs, doing gigs online during lockdown and her favourite The War on Drugs record.
the ninth wave
For our fifteenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Amelia Kidd from post punk duo The Ninth Wave was interviewed by John Robb. Amelia discusses the Glasgow music scene, classical music and trying to write songs that are more positive while in isolation.
For our fourteenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Amy Walpole and Alex Thompson from punk band Witch Fever were interviewed by John Robb. Amy and Alex talk about their favourite gothic writers, RuPaul's Drag Race and being distracted by Instagram during lockdown.
For our thirteenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, English DIY witch punk band Dream Nails' Lucy Katz was interviewed by John Robb. Katz talks about Harry Potter, her favourite albums to listen to during lockdown and rediscovering bands she loved as a teenage.
For our twelve episode of Always Forward Never Back, BBC Radio Scotland's DJ and broadcaster Vic Galloway was interviewed by John Robb. Galloway talks about the new music that he has been into from Krautrock to Goth, as well as turning his nerdy teenage hobby into his life.
For our eleventh episode of Always Forward Never Back, James Potter and Dave Morgan from Glasgow's post punk band Walt Disco, was interviewed by John Robb. James and Dave discuss their favourite TV shows, and how they have subscribed to a new streaming service to catch The Simpsons during lockdown.
For our tenth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Amy Love and Georgia South from urban punk/rapcore band Nova Twins, was interviewed by John Robb. Amy and Georgia talk about writing new music and creating new recipes while cooking at home during lockdown.
Jon Mclure (Reverend and The Makers)
For our ninth episode of Always Forward Never Back, John Mclure, lead singer and frontman of English rock band Reverend and The Makers, was interviewed by John Robb. Jon discusses clean living and his current reading that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in Jamaica.
For our eighth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Spizz (real name Kenneth Spiers), vocalist/guitarist of English punk and new wave band Spizzenergi, was interviewed by John Robb. Spizz shares his take on being anti-technology, as well as his favourite Indiana Jones films and the 1975 TV series Survivors.
Peter Hooton (The Farm)
For our seventh episode of Always Forward Never Back, Peter Hooton, vocalist of Liverpool-based alt-rock band The Farm, was interviewed by John Robb.
Jeff horton (the 100 club)
For our sixth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Jeff Horton, owner of London’s legendary The 100 Club, was interviewed by John Robb.
Aaron Starkie (The Slow Readers Club)
For our fifth episode of Always Forward Never Back, Aaron Starkie, lead singer of English rock band The Slow Readers Club from our hometown Manchester was interviewed by John Robb.
For our fourth episode of Always Forward Never Back, singer-songwriter Freya Beer who has a passion for poetry was interviewed by John Robb.
For our third episode of Always Forward Never Back, Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin (creator of Tartan Noir character Inspector Rebus) was interviewed by John Robb.
Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods)
For our second episode of Always Forward Never Back, Jason Williamson from English electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods was interviewed by John Robb.
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray cats)
Introducing the first episode of our Always Forward Never Back series, Slim Jim Phantom, the legendary drummer of the Stray Cats, was interviewed by John Robb.