Introducing The Dead Formats
Even though you've probably never heard of them, The Dead Formats had a pretty special 2009. Not only did they release their debut self-titled mini album in June, they also went on their first UK headline tour and co-headlined a tour with label mates Outcry Collective and ended up in August opening for a little-known band called Lostprophets; not bad for a band that had only formed a year earlier.
The critical acclaim they received for their debut album is fully justified; one of the tracks, 'Dirty White Shoes', even found its way onto Kerrang!'s annual compilation. Each of the EP's six tracks showcases a different side of the band from the hooky punk of 'One Of The Faces' to the straightforward rock of 'Stop Talking, Start Dancing', which also boasts the best riff of the album.
The band is co-fronted by Darren Ditton and Francis Waller and their duel vocals service the album well especially on opening track 'Again And Again'. However vocals stream in from all angles on the album from the two guitarists, Glenn Wizik and Chris Spencer, which in lesser hands could have led to a messy sounding album but instead it ends up sounding suitably chaotic.
Glenn Wizik took some time out of his day to give The Music Fix a brief insight into what makes the band tick and also what 2010 holds for the Essex band.
What's your earliest musical memory?
Probably pretending to play the piano on a fold-out cabinet to Stevie Wonder when I was about 5.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Steve Marriott, Paul Weller, Mick Jones, Bruce Foxton and Keith Moon.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
I wouldn’t, I hope we’re different enough to not be compared to anyone.
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
Small Faces – Small Faces
The Jam – Sound Affects
King Tubbys meets Rockers Uptown
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
The first time I saw a video of Wilko Johnson playing guitar. He totally changed the way I approached the guitar
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
I saw The Dead 60s at Koko, they were just fucking amazing. I think it was one of the last gigs they played. I was gutted when they split.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
I’m not embarrassed by any of the music I like but then it depends on what you think is questionable!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Don’t know man, I don’t really think about the future. I’ll be playing music no matter what.
How would you describe your debut mini album, The Dead Formats, to us?
Aggressive, melodic, honest and passionate.
What does 2010 hold for The Dead Formats?
Releasing a full length sometime and playing as many shows as we can.
The Dead Formats mini album is available now.