Interview - Bad Fractals

Bad Fractals are made up of guys who have worked across every aspect of music: they’ve busked the streets, toured festivals, lugged backline, run away with the circus, dabbled in music journalism & black magick, regaled at theatres, and compared donk nights. They’ve crawled through mud & rubble, slipped under heras fences, and carved a pathway through the corrugated tracks of the squat party & festival circuit.


- Welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release FreeRange.
Freerange is a joyously manic ode to excess, a hymn to the feverish greed that drives us to over produce everything - and each other. Have we f****d too much, sending us over the edge into an ecstatic extinction? Or have we got an apocalyptic case of the f*****g blues...

How would you describe your sound?
Epic and urgent glam punk/rock n’ roll for those who have lost faith in nihilism. A tonic for the free and a curse upon the production lines of culture. Abstract expressionist blues live from the fuck swamp.

What do you write about?
Love; in all its ultra-violent urgency and the highs and lows of surviving on an asylum planet.

What do you listen to when you are home?
I’d like to say my personal mantra, but like the rest of the world I should meditate more, but whatever takes the mood. At the moment, Yves Tumor, our wonderful friend Jam Baxter, Arca, Mark Lanegan, Autechre, The Claypool Lennon Delerium, lots of Miles Davis and found some really incredible music being re-released on the SoundWay label: latin, psych, calypso, afrobeat, beguine etc. Also dug out a John Peel ‘BBC Archive Things’ compilation of traditional music- trumpets from Austria, Gospel from Ethiopia, tribal dances from South Africa & Rumania, xylophones from Uganda, Chants from Tibet and zither playing from Vietnam – fascinating! But Internet radio is forever surprising too!!

Your favourite live performance so far?
We played a derelict strip club once- that was pretty sick. Another highlight was playing on the back of a pick-up truck cruising ‘round the streets of Dalston & Shoreditch in aid of the Passing Clouds Venue.

Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
Well there was that time our stage was overtaken by what can only be described as a flood of girls acting as maenads of the god Bacchus. There was a lot of nudity, amps falling over and the entire band was unknowingly bathed in menstrual blood. Then we got possessed by demons and the show got shut down. Rock and roll is not a safe space. That was pretty jokes.

- Your favourite albums?
The list is endless!
Television - Marquee moon
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk
John Coltrane - A love Supreme
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Aphex Twin - Richard D James
Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
Faith No More – Angel Dust
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
St Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
FSOL- Lifeforms
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Most of them are dead! Came pretty close to tripping with Aphex Twin once but John Frusciante, Mike Patton or Nick Cave.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
A meditation room and a well-stocked bar/ pharmacy OR some kind of temple to invoke ancient spirits.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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