(Re)Introducing Shabby Rogue
Even though Shabby Rogue have been together for five years, it's doubtful that the majority of music connoisseurs will have heard of them. However, we here at The Music Fix are always ready to do our utmost to make sure bands don't stay unheard of for too long.
The band released 'My Life As A Secret Agent' at the end of October as a taster for their upcoming second album, By Hook And By Crook, which is due for release early next year. Both the first single and the entire album were recorded in a converted barn in Llangain, Brecon Beacons and it was the dying wish of drummer Terry Green that the album was recorded in one complete session.
Thankfully, Terry Green is still with us today and took time out of his day to sit down and chat with The Music Fix.
What's your earliest musical memory?
Playing the triangle in the nativity play in infants school, I only had to hit it twice and still cocked it up!
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Ralf Hutter on synths, Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Peter Hook on Bass, Damo Suzuki singing and Jackie Leibezeit on second drums.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who would you compare yourself to?
Don’t really know with this, the music we make is so diverse as we have three writers with different backgrounds.
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which albums do you take with you?
Kraftwerk – Radioactivity
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk
Can – Ege Bamyasi
David Bowie – Space Oddity
REM – Document
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
The first time I ever sat behind a drumkit (aged 18) and found that bizarrely, I could play it!
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
Orbital in Manchester. I didn’t really like dance music, I kind of missed it because I was too busy being Emo (or whatever they call it). It was just such an uplifting (as you can imagine) gig, changed my opinion of dance music completely!
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
Unfortunately, I don’t have one (technophobe, luddite etc.) I do have Simple Minds and Raiders Of The Pop Charts in my record collection though; the latter I like to play to people when I’m drunk (I play it a lot!).
How would you describe your new single, 'My Life As A Secret Agent', to us?
As a drummer I’d say it's damn hard to play! Full of energy, raw, groovy, angry, shouty fun.
What have you done differently with the new album, By Hook And By Crook, compared to your debut album, Hair Nails And Beauty?
Everything. Hair Nails And Beauty was recorded in a studio whenever we could take time off work (and afford it). By Hook And By Crook was initially recorded in a barn in Wales by our great friend and producer Steve Boyle, then overdubs were put on whenever and wherever we could do them (thanks Thomas). With this album we’ve taken more time to get it right and tried not to compromise as much, although I do love the first album.
What's next for Shabby Rogue?
Hopefully, pay this one off and start the third album. We've got so much material down, we could probably do a double LP, although that’s a bit prog rock! It would also be nice to play out of London more.
'My Life As A Secret Agent' is available now via I Tunes and all major download sites. To find out more about Shabby Rogue, including upcoming tour dates, visit their My Space.