Showcase: Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers
Published on December 15th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Rocksucker was charmed by “Dinosaurs”, the daft-as-a-brush latest single from Leeds music hall troupe Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers, so we fired some questions over to the band – namely Dean, Sam, Bob and Matty – to find out a little bit more about their particular operation…
What’s the line-up of the band? How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
We are a tuba, a piano, a ukulele and a drum kit. We all sing and line-up for cakes at the bus stop at regular intervals.
We all met while queuing for a Victoria sponge at the number 36 bus stop in Leeds Bus Station. Or in a bucket.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
A latter day Music Hall colossus with one foot in the past, one in the future and the other in the best party ever, we hover unnoticed above the harbour of British music, waiting patiently. Or something to that effect.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
Basecamp is in Leeds. We record with a noise-pixie called Grant Henderson who lives in Loom Studios, Batley (which is were they put the bats into Battenberg cake).
Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?
We currently release our CDs on our own fictional label, Crabophone Records. This we found on the back of a pack of batteries.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
Yes there is! Our third album will be released next year. We’re nine tracks into the recording and so far it sounds like a seagull kissing a matchbox full of biscuits.
Where can we hear your music online?
Best to head over to our website www.biscuithead.co.uk. There you’ll find links to all of our albums to listen to and our video releases. Also we’ve got sheet music, photos and such-a-much.
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
We played WOMAD this year, which was so much fun Prince Harry shat himself.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
Highlights include a south-west tour in April and we’re supporting the fantastic Lancashire Hotpots in St Helens on 2nd March, and Being 747 in Leeds on 30th January. Our gig page on the website is always up-to-date so check that out for more details.
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra – http://www.teapadorchestra.co.uk/
Madam Laycock and Her Dabeno Pleasures – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Madam-Laycock-and-her-Dabeno-Pleasures/105645686147783
Savoy Ballroom – http://www.thesavoyballroom.com/
Awry – http://awrymusic.com/
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Henry Moore, JS Bach, The Incredible Bongo Band, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Frank Zappa.
Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers, thank you.
For more information, please visit www.biscuithead.co.uk