One of Britain’s best kept secrets is noise outfit Hey Colossus. The experimental noise group have been creating challenging and unexpected music since 2003 and have developed a strong cult following across Europe. In June 2017, I spoke to Paul Sykes from the band about their latest album The Guillotine.
Jack: How did Hey Colossus form?
Paul Sykes (Vocals): Over a shared interest in ruining and enhancing all aspects of your life equally, over a fairly long period of time.
Jack: Band members are spread between three different areas, does this make it hard to find time for the band?
Paul: No, it makes it easier. It sounds better too.
Jack: Is it easy fitting the band around the day job?
Paul: If it’s easy what’s the point in it? It would just be indulgent. Or more indulgent than it is already.
Jack: What keeps your strong work ethic going?
Paul: I don’t have one personally. Or being made homeless, not that this helps.
Jack: There are a wide range of genres at mix. What bands are the main influences?
Paul: The Melvins
Jack: What influence do you take from them?
Paul: The melodies and the words. Answering questions sarcastically. Poorly fitting clothes.
Jack: You’re often classified as noise rock, do you think noise is getting more popular as a genre?
Paul: No, it’s not. People in the main only really listen to music on shit headphones or through their phone speaker. Distorted music is not compatible at all, so will always be a pretty niche thing. That’s the point. But we’re not noise rock. And we’re still not compatible. But that isn’t the point.
Jack: Your latest release The Guillotine is out now, are you happy with the response?
Paul: It’s a slippery slope if you care too much about that sort of stuff. In my experience. But the answers’ no.
Jack: Is there a theme to the album?
Paul: It’s all shit. But it can be funny too.
Jack: Has the recent political climate affected the album?
Paul: Yes, too much. Really annoying cunts everywhere, every day. Why don’t they just give it a fucking rest so we can write songs about spaceships and Godzilla or whatever bands write about these days?
Jack: What was working with Tim Cedar and Ben Turner like?
Paul: Professional, and with excellent rates. Jovial but committed.
Jack: You’re playing a few European dates in July. How is Europe different to the UK?
Paul: People in the United Kingdom don’t go indoors when it’s too hot. They’re martyrs.
Jack: What’s been the best gig you’ve ever played?
Paul: A dance competition in the Lake District when I was 8. I came third out of three people. I won a three litre bottle of Coke.
Jack: What else do you have coming up?
Paul: Varicose veins.
Jack: Finally, do you think Jeremy Corbyn can win another election?
Paul: He will win Labour Leader for the third time running.