Interview: TRASH

By September 17, 2015

Music. Leeds.


On their Twitter bio, TRASH describe themselves as ‘4 losers writing noisy pop songs’, but with their growing success over the past few months, this self-deprecating moniker might just have to be retired. When I caught up with Evan, Tom, Brad and Daniel, they had just come from supporting Cast and were due to support Ratboy the following night; I managed to steal some time from their busy schedule to talk musical idols, Hilary Clinton and ripping off Yuck.

TSOTA: First of all, how did you all meet?
Daniel: Me and Tom were in a band called Stay Happy, a three piece, but that band has become a bit like the ex girlfriend you don’t speak about. Me and Tom left that band because we weren’t very happy in it, which is ironic given the name. I knew Brad and Evan from school and we formed TRASH. I knew Evan could play guitar really well, I knew Brad could play drums.
Evan: And Tom wouldn’t stop messaging me on Facebook so I had to join.

TSOTA: You’re from Chesterfield, how does the music scene in Leeds compare to your hometown?
[Tom laughs]
Brad: There is no music scene in Chesterfield. TRASH is the music scene.
Tom: There’s a lot of cover bands. That’s a scene.
Daniel: Yeah the cover band scene is massive. There’s one place in Chesterfield called Real Time and they just put on tribute acts. There’s a Kasabian one coming up.

TSOTA: What are the influences on your music style?
Daniel: We really like JAWS. Right at the beginning I really liked them but we’ve been together for a year and a half now so I think we’ve developed our own style.
Brad: If someone asked what we sounded like, it would definitely be Yuck. I remember listening to our first album and realising we’d ripped them off.

TSOTA: Favourite band you’ve played alongside?
Brad: Happiness are really good.
Daniel: I liked playing with North Side, they’ve got a good Britpop vibe.
Brad: Snoop Dogg, why not?
Daniel: We played on the same line up as Snoop Dogg, over a three day period. That sort of counts.

TSOTA: Hypothetically, what band/artist would be your dream to collaborate with?
Daniel: R Kelly. He’s like our hero.
Brad: Even though he’s a sex offender.
Daniel: The amount of times we’ve listened to the Ignition remix this year is getting into the hundreds.

TSOTA: Where can you see the band going in five years’ time?
Brad: ASDA.
[They all laugh]
Daniel: Seriously though, we want to do an album and just continue to support the bands we like.

TSOTA: What’s your favourite music festival?
Brad: Creamfields.
Daniel: Y Not is good for young people, young people who just want to spend £90 and see a good few bands.

TSOTA: Who would win in a fight: Charlie Sheen or Hillary Clinton?
Tom: Charlie Sheen’s nearly dead, so Hillary.
Daniel: Not sure who she is.
Tom: You don’t know Hillary Clinton?
Daniel: I’ve seen her on Twitter.
Tom: Got to be Hillary Clinton. Clinton all the way.

TSOTA: Who would you rather fight: a duck the size of Morrissey or ten duck-sized Morrisseys?
Brad: The duck sized Morrisseys. Morrissey would be easy to beat, you could just throw a steak at him.

TSOTA: Given the choice, what superpower would you choose to have?
[After deliberating for a while, the whole band agreed that they would like to produce McDonald’s ice cream out of nowhere, on demand.]

Catch TRASH supporting Crushed Beaks in Sheffield on October 11th, and at their headline show in Preston later in the year.

Ella Healing

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