Last weekend we went along to Offset Festival to check out the 'New Bands' stage. Afterwards we managed to sit the Dead Kids vocalist Mike Title down for a chat. Here's what he had to say...
How did you land the gig?
Land it? Well i live in that forest. And i said if youre going tp have this noisy festival where I dwell then get us involved! No but seriously they just asked us. It's pretty ironic because we're not really a new band. We've been goin' for nearly 4 years! So I thought lets do it. I like offset and they gave us a wicked slot and everyone was up for partying by the time we played. you dont want to go on stage when people are digesting their food.
Lets go back...you're not particularly new. When did you form and how did it happen?
Well to be honest im the only constant member in the band. People leave, rotate, come back. It's like a holiday club for band members. It's a very dysfunctional family. But everyone plays with love. There's always different reasons why people can't do a gig so we get someone else in...
Did you hang around after the show?
Yeah! Managed to catch Bo Ningen a Japanese band that blew me away. Also Male Bonding were really good, but everything was OK. I love Metronomy but they were moved to the main stage which had less of a good vibe going on. I guess they are a victim of their own success.
Who writes the songs? What influences you?
I thnk with lyrics they need to be universal, they have to have made sense 500 years ago, and will make sense in 500 years time. If you can do that then you've got it down. Talking about kebabs and watching West Ham is only going to pidgeon hole you...the lyrics on this album is about heartbreak. Not just from a heartbreak in terms of a relationship but also the way you live - having a disjointed exsistance...failing to grasp things...
The album coming out soon...though it's weird we've only really released some scratchy demo's and singles and that's about it! People know us for being a rowdy live band. A good live band. Everything to now has been underground and unorganised. It's not been an assault on the record buying public...because there isn't one. There is a downloading for free public, but not record buying. I'm not putting this record out thinking people are going to buy thousands of copies, i'm putting it out because i'm proud of it. I'ts the best thing i've ever done - ever. I think people will take it to their hearts. I'll still be proud of this record in 20 years time. I am satisfied.
Where are your favourite party places in UK?
Maybe Soho? Definately East End. But it's all about house parties! This summer has been recession living. Drinking in the park and going to a house party or some warehouse has been the best thing to do. We want to do gigs outside of the traditional gig venue...like houses. More house parties!
What does fashion mean to your band?
I just wear things i like the look of! I shop in charity shops in wealthy areas...the clothes these people discard are great.
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We're getting so excited over here at Topman towers about the new men's jewellery collaboration with designer Husam-Eld-Odeh we just had to give you a sneaky peek below:
‘Husam’sdesigns have a pure aesthetic with an undercurrent of humour and are subtle takes on everyday familiar objects. This
particular collection is inspired by the kind of objects you'd find in
the back of a tool shed, a tyre, a spanner, nuts and bolts that not
only reflect Husam's aesthetic but fit totally into Topman’s customer
profile and bring a refreshing new jewellery language to the high
GORDON RICHARDSON, TOPMAN DESIGN DIRECTOR
So, now the important bit - how do you get your hands on these rather special items? Well you'll have to sit patiently until October 19th, the range will then be available to purchase on Topman.com, as well as in our London and New York flagship stores. Happy shopping!
Topman have teamed up once again with the British Fashion Council to present a new designer support initiative; NEWGEN MEN. Sponsored by Topman, designers Carolyn Massey and James Long will show their collections during LFW’s menswear day, on Wednesday 23rd September 2009.
Gordon Richardson, Design Director, Topman, who was also on the selection panel, adds
has been nuturing emerging menswear designers over the past 4 years and
is proud to further that support with NEWGEN MEN. An exciting
initiative that rightfully positions menswear at the fore front of
fashion providing a deserved platform for the very best menswear