HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH NANA WHITE PEPPER
Today's Hot Vox Pop Quiz features the band Nana White Pepper who are performing live at 93 Feet East on February 15th!
Who are Nana White Pepper? Where are you from? How did you meet? How long have you been playing together?
We are a four-piece from Blackpool — I guess you’d call us an alternative rock band, although we do struggle to define our sound so neatly to be honest!
We’re made up of Patrick on lead vocals and guitar, Mully on bass, Max on the drums and myself, Lucas on guitar.
The other three knew each other since they were about 15, Patrick introduced me to them pretty much when the band started just over 2 years ago.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
This always seems to come up in conversation, but who can blame anyone with a name like Nana White Pepper ha?
When we started jamming together, we were keeping it casual — didn’t want to put a label on it. But the studio we practiced in kept asking for a name to put us down as.
At the time I’m pretty sure one of our nans had died, so we were talking about our grandparents and what came up was the fact only your nan ever had white pepper on the table. Black pepper seems to be the deal these days but back then it was always a little white SAXA pot of white pepper.
There you go, Nana White Pepper.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
Greatest band in the world. Every band has to believe this don't they, haha?
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Each one of us has a different musical background. Patrick used to play in punk bands, Mully is a ska bassist, Max is a metal drummer and I’m really into experimental rock.
As a band I think if we were to throw some names out it’d be Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, something like that.
We’re very aware of how different we seem, musically speaking, but I think we’ve honed our style so that we combine these influences into a cohesive, consistent sound.
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
Peter Stringfellow once re-tweeted us just before a show in Sheffield on a request to send some entertainment over for the gig.
What’s your songwriting process?
We all come up with some riffs or foundation to start with, jam it out, and then usually Patrick will write the stories for us to work on.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Probably QOTSA. Me and Mully went to see them at Finsbury Park last year and it was incredible.
The fans seem to be on the same wavelength and we share their love for a shot of tequila. Plus Royal Blood seemed like they had fun with them.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Ozzy Osbourne, Hendrix, John Bonham and Adam Devonshire.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Like walking into a thick wall of glorious, chaotically energetic sound.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
We usually like to find the nearest cool place to grab some food and drink — we can never play on empty stomachs.
Afterwards we cheers to the next one and stick around to see the other bands.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Patrick’s obsessed with having a cheese board for some reason, not that we’ve ever had one on a rider.
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?
Mully says that 1989 by Taylor Swift is an incredible album, and he refuses to feel guilty about it! Also The Muppets soundtrack.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
We’re in all the usual places, search Nana White Pepper on any of them and I promise no one else will show up.
Finally, what does the future hold for the band?
2019 is a huge year for us. We’ve got a few singles to release before summer, back in the studio for an EP. Plus, massive shoutout to our manager Arianne who has been working tirelessly to organise our first UK tour!
YOU CAN CATCH NANA WHITE PEPPER PERFORMING LIVE AT 93 FEET EAST ON FRIDAY 15TH OF FEBRUARY 2019!
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
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