SPILL MAGAZINE PRESENTS HEAVY MONTRÉAL TEN QUESTIONS || ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES
QUESTIONS FROM SPILL MAGAZINE’S LUCY SKY & MARK DEAN
ARTIST NAME: ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES
1. When playing a festival like this, do you curate a heavier based and unique set, or do you stick with the same setlist as the rest of the tour?
This will be a one-off for us. No one has heard this set before, and no one shall hear this set again.
2. Would you say the fact that the festival is directly geared towards heavy music has an impact on your performance style?
We can only ever be who we are, which is the greatest, lite-est cover band of all times. The heavy nature of the festival only helps to set us apart.
3. Have you played Heavy Montréal before? What was your experience like? If not, are you expecting Heavy Montréal to be similar or different than other festivals?
We have not played it before. Our minds are a blank.
4. What has your experience been like playing Canada in comparison to the rest of the world? If not, what are you expecting from a Canadian crowd?
We love the Canadian crowd. Mannered intensity.
5. Who are you most excited to share the stage with?
6. This year’s festival lineup is diverse as usual. What band are you yourself most looking forward to seeing? What was your own personal introduction to their music?
I am very excited to watch the Rezillos. I was first exposed to other bands’ cover versions of their songs “Destination Venus”, and “Mystery Action”.
7. Festivals are more multi-genre than they used to be. Can you share with us a band that you first saw at a festival that was sufficiently different and grabbed your attention?
Death Grips. Watching their live set from a dirt lot near the stage, I was filled with anxiety and nausea, yet could not turn away.
8. Festival foods have much improved in recent years since the festivals back in the eighties. Outside of the traditional festival food of burgers and fries, can you share your favourite culinary festival dish? What was it, and where did you have it?
Funnel cakes are the tits.
9. Scheduling at festivals is always tight and sometimes things overrun. Has that ever caused any particular amusing incidents or indeed any accidents for you personally?
We are so fucking good that the stage managers always cut our set early so as not to discourage the other acts.
10. Outside of the great lineup here at Heavy Montréal, including your own band what would be your ideal festival lineup? Let’s think old-school one day festival lineups and narrow it to five other acts?
The Alan Milman Sect; Alien Sex Fiend; Captain Beefheart; Afrosound; The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (not necessarily in that order).