HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING
Who is The Mighty Orchid King? Where you’re from, how you met, how long have you been playing together etc
The Mighty Orchid King is a psych-rock band. There’s a core to the group of three St Albans dudes - Jonny, Martin and Pete - who have been making music together since their schooldays. Other friends keep jumping on and off of this psychedelic steam train; right now we’ve got Will on keys and Matt on guitar. This incarnation of the band has been together since last summer.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
It’s a weird one! The Mighty Orchid King was a Victorian orchid grower who shipped flowers all over the world. He moved to St Albans in 1876 and started a small orchid nursery in a house where Jonny would grow up a century later. Band names are terrible no matter what you pick but we liked the idea of having one rooted in history and it seemed to suit the vibe of the project.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
As Pete once said to a producer we were working with:
'That Big Epic Sound, y’know?'
Who are your biggest influences musically?
We grew up worshipping Josh Homme in his various guises, so there’s definitely a lot of QOTSA in our musical DNA. We love our 60s stuff too, from the Beach Boys to the Byrds. Then of course there’s the newer psych stuff like Tame Impala, King Gizzard, Oh Sees, Hookworms, The Horrors. The list goes on…
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
Last year at Wilkestock we played after indie-titans Razorlight. It was on a different stage, maybe 6 people watched us and at least 80% of those people were related to one of the band members but we reckon it still counts. We’ve had some awesome support shows too, playing with the Wytches and DZ Deathrays last year and Swedish Death Candy later this year.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
It’d be some kind of mad touring festival with Oh Sees and King Gizzard because those dudes are just the best live bands around at the moment. We saw them together at Field Day last year and our brains imploded.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Brian Wilson as band leader/bassist, Kevin Parker on synths, Bonzo on drums, Josh Homme and Stu Mackenzie on guitars. Between them they’ve probably got vocals covered and there’s going to be some weird harmonies going down.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
If we remember to do some warm-ups that’s nice but generally we just try and make friends with the other bands and make sure we watch their sets/steal their best ideas.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
All we ask is hummus and pitta but the hummus needs to be extraordinary and there must be a perfect ratio of bread to dip.
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?
Madonna - Beautiful Stranger. It’s a psych pop gem.
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band
We’ve had nearly twenty members since we started three years ago. It’s a mad psych collective.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
Finally, What does the future hold for the band?
We’re going into the studio this year to finish off some things which take us in a whole different direction (expect Stranger Things synths). Beyond that, we’re hoping that the world will last long enough for us to play a few festivals.