We sat down with The Mounts to find out what makes them tick…
In this feature, we’ll speak to some of HOT VOX’s favourite new artists on the gigging scene and find out what shaped them into the artist they are today
Today we’re featuring The Mounts
Who are The Mounts? Where you’re from, how you met, how long have you been playing together etc
We are a punk group coming out of South West London. Jake and Jack have known each other for years, meeting through their girlfriends back in 2017. After spending ages saying they should do music together they finally got together to form a new band, bringing Steve on board shortly after. The band formed late August 2021, and we had our first set down not long after that.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
Jake and Jack are avid Chelsea fans, so when it came to finding a name after joking around with “The Drogbas” and “The Lampards” they finally landed on “The Mounts”, a name that doesn’t sound too stupid and pays homage to Chelsea’s brightest and most gorgeous talent.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
“The Mounts are a band”
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Guitar music in general. Jake was brought up on a heavy mix of mod and British punk rock including The Jam, Sex Pistols, The Undertones, as well as 90s britpop and early 90s grunge.
What’s the band’s biggest claim to fame so far?
Jake once told UK Eurovision entry Molly that she was “alright” after she asked him how she did at a gig in London in 2014. He didn’t know she was doing it at the time, so he got a shock when she came out to sing “Children of the Universe”. She didn’t play that one at the gig or she might have got a better review.
What’s your songwriting process?
Our songs are really about the country we live in right now and the anger and resentment everyone is feeling more and more. It makes subject matters easy to come by! Then it’s a case of finding an interesting chord progression and putting some words to it. There isn’t a process as such, usually Jake writes the tunes then the Jack and Steve put their spin on it in the studio till we’re all happy.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
The Weeknd, so we can teach him how to spell his own name
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
All the members of Chumbawamba
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Loud, energetic, usually near a bar so you can get drunk enough to have fun
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Steve’s a big fan of the occult so we’re always having to stop him trying to summon supernatural forces before a show. That or a pint.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Having ex champion boxer Chris Eubank chilling backstage so we can ask him questions and he can give us support and encouragement. Reckon that guy would bring you some good vibes before a show.
This question is for all band members. If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Jack loves proper old school country and western. Brad Paisley’s his favourite, he’s got a life size cutout of him in his bedroom. Not sure his wife approves but she isn’t winning over Brad.
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band
Steve hadn’t heard of the Cha Cha Slide till recently when we played it to him
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
We’ve got Facebook and Instagram, those are our two main places to post new music, news and whatever rubbish we feel like posting
Finally, What does the future hold for the band?
Glasto main stage, either playing or getting crushed against the fence