Bad Guys are a band that are a lot of fun. With songs in their arsenal such as ‘Crime’ (about a stolen Tonka Truck) and ‘Prostitutes (Are Making Love In My Garden)’, they’re a band that certainly knows how to put a smile on a face or two. Getting a chance to shoot some questions over to the band’s frontman Stuart London, we touched on topics such as the band’s origins and influences, humour in the metal scene, touring and Grand Theft Auto.
Jack: How did Bad Guys form?
Stuart London (Vocals): One night when we were out drinking and I was in one of my grumps, I started shouting about some woe or other and PJ, inspired, started humming a riff along with me. Both of us immediately sobered up and conference called Dave and our old drummer Mark and arranged a show in a chalet at an upcoming ATP. When the chalet got smashed to bits, we knew we should do it again, and Bad Guys was born. Somewhere along the way, Mark, a qualified myrmecologist, went to study ant colonies in Hokkaido, Japan, and we imported Tamas Kiss from Hungary, completing our line-up.
Jack: What bands are your influences?
Stu: Brainbombs, MF Grimm, Complete, Corrupted, Wolf Eyes, Aaliyah, The Residents, Trevor Wishart, Big L. The other guys have a lot of more heavy rock/metal influences, like Motorhead, Pentagram, Judas Priest, High on Fire, Cathedral, Harvey Milk and various other stuff, kraut and psych stuff. Tamas really likes Elvis. So do I, actually.
Jack: On your Facebook it says you are comprised of “a midlander, a southerner, a Canadian and a Hungarian.” What does each member bring to the band?
Stu: I think all of us share the experience of wanting to get out of crap towns and get to where the action is. As far as individual contributions go: I’m the throat, Dave is the glasses, Tamas is the heart and PJ is the groin.
Jack: As a band you have no bassist, why does the band not have a bassist?
Stu: We’ve yet to find anyone with a double neck bass.
Jack: You also use twin neck guitars, what’s the reason for using these guitars?
Stu: More necks = more music.
Jack: I saw you support The Skull at The Underworld, how was that gig?
Stu: We all enjoyed it a lot. It was good fun and the dudes from The Skull were funny guys. Plus we’d wanted to play The Underworld for a while because it’s a classic venue.
Jack: Are you big fans of Trouble?
Stu: Bad Guys and trouble go hand in hand.
Jack: In March you released the album Bad Guynaecology, what was the recording process like?
Stu: It was easy. Gomez (Jaime Gomez Arellano), who recorded and produced it all, is a metal making machine. Some tracks were still getting written a bit up to the wire but mostly it was stuff that’d been road-tested for a while so we could burn through it.
Jack: How is this album different from previous Bad Guys efforts?
Stu: I think it’s more focused, less dicking about. Better, definitely. Harder.
Jack: The brilliant ‘Prostitutes (Are Making Love In My Garden)’ is inspired by true events, how many of the songs on the album are inspired by true events?
Jack: Why did you pick this song for a music video?
Stu: It has a built in narrative that was cheap to film. Plus it’s our most chart friendly song.
Jack: What was filming the video like?
Stu: Long and gruelling. Fraught with difficulty, laden with obstacles, just no fun at all. Luckily we had wonderful people helping us out so, you know, could’ve been worse.
Jack: You said in a recent interview that “Humour is clearly important to us, but it’s a mistake for people to write us off as a joke band”. Are you worried that people will consider you a joke band?
Stu: PJ said that, I think. I really don’t know why the humour always comes up. Loads of bands, especially metal bands, have a good sense of humour. If people don’t like having a good time then fuck ‘em.
Jack: Do you think lots of bands lack humour in today’s music scene?
Stu: I think bands should write whatever the fuck they want, and be laughed at/with accordingly.
Jack: What can we expect from your tour in March/April?
Stu: We are gonna be playing the album with a few new things as well. We will attempt to achieve maximum rock and roll.
Jack: You’re playing a show in London in April where you’re supporting Oozing Wound with Jøtnarr. Are you looking forward to this show?
Stu: Yeah. Oozing Wound sound good and we’ve played with Jøtnarr before, they’re dope. Should be a good one.
Jack: You’ll also be returning to Camden to play Desertfest, how does it feel to be part of one of the best line ups in the country?
Stu: We’ve wanted to play Desertfest since it started so we’re all chuffed to bits. Being on the same lineup as Sleep is nice, just cos we get to see Sleep for free. Everybody loves Sleep.
Jack: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Stu: Sleep. Red Fang, Bong, Orange Goblin, Sex Swing, Amulet… but I’ll miss half of those and end up seeing a load of bands I don’t know and hopefully discovering a new favourite. That’s usually how festivals work.
Jack: What are your plans for the rest of the year after Desertfest?
Stu: We’ve got a euro tour at the end of May then I think an eastern European kinda one later in the year. And more writing of new stuff. We’ve also got a new studio, which Dave has taken on, sharing with some friends’ bands like Henge, Gum Takes Tooth and Casual Nun. It’s a great place and it feels like the start of a new chapter.
Jack: Finally, because the vocals and Stu’s presence on stage remind me of Trevor from Grand Theft Auto V, are you fans of the game or series?
Stu: Last year I borrowed an HD projector and PS3 off my mate Gav and played through the whole game. It was amazing, almost life-size. I remember once, playing as Trevor, I was out n’ about one mid morning on a road alongside some woods and I thought I’d try and shoot someone driving a car just because that’s the sort of thing that occurs to you in that world. So I stood in the road and aimed my gun at the windscreen of an approaching car about thirty or forty metres away and shot where I thought the driver’s head would be. Just one shot. The car swerved violently and veered off the road into the woods, smashing into a tree and caving in the whole front end. The horn was blaring and as I walked over towards the vehicle a woman fell out of the passenger door and stumbled around holding her head. I can’t remember if she was crying or moaning or screaming or what, I think she was doing a bit of each. She saw me and tried to run away but couldn’t really run because she was too injured. I let her just go off into the woods. The horn was still blaring. I walked up to the open passenger door and looked in the car and the woman driving was slumped forward over the steering wheel with a bullet wound through her head. Totally fucking dead. Blood and glass everywhere. It was a horrible scene. I felt bad. I wondered what they were planning on doing that day, those two middle-aged women. Were they just going for a nice scenic drive? Maybe they were going to take a trip up the cable car and take in the view from the top of the mountain. Maybe they were sisters on their way to visit their parents. What a mess. I stood there for a minute, wondering what I should do. I walked around to the driver’s side, opened the door and dragged the woman’s body out onto the forest floor. The horn stopped. I felt better. I could think more clearly. I set off looking for the other woman.