Imperial Wax are now the longest serving (and last line-up) of legendary post-punk outfit The Fall. With new album ‘Gastwerk Saboteurs’ scheduled for release on 17th May 2019, the alt-rock cohort’s latest appearance in Manchester comes at Night People on 31st May. We spoke to members Dave Spurr and Keiron Melling ahead of their latest show in the city, with tickets now on sale for just £12.50
// Hello Imperial Wax! How would you describe yourselves as a band?
Imperial Wax – noise rock & garage brawlers unafraid of a psych workout or a rockabilly dust-up.
// Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?
Dave: We are in the middle of filming the video for our new single ‘The Art of Projection’ which is due for release in June. We are doing the majority of the filming in the unit where we practice. The guy who owns it renovated the place entirely from things he was either given, or that he’d found so it’s full of quirky bits and pieces to mess about with and film. It’s nice to be able to get creative with something other than music when you’re in a band.
// What was the last film you/you all saw?
Dave: I just watched ‘The Dirt’ about Mötley Crüe. A couple of my pals have read the book so I’ve heard a few of the tales already, but the film was great. I can’t see Imperial Wax quite being as Rock’n’Roll as The Crüe when we’re on the road! A few pints with a Wetherspoons breakfast at 10am is about as hardcore as we get.
// What music have you been listening to this week?
Melvins, Royal Trux, Big Black, Minutemen, Birthday Party, Beefheart, Stooges, Can, Love, Velvets, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Old Doo-Wop, Afrobeat, Motorhead, Cows, Hepa.Titus, Black Sabbath, Black Flag, Mudhoney, James Brown, Howlin’ Wolf, Pigsx7, Betty Davis, Napalm Death, Part Chimp.
// Whether it be long-gone or still open, do you have a favourite venue in Manchester?
Keiron: Gorilla is a stand out for me. Saw a Melvins gig there and thought the place had a great sound. Another good one… I know this is Salford, but The White Hotel was an odd spot but great gig when we played with Damo Suzuki. It’s an old car repair garage. The bar is in the pit, so it’s really strange ordering a beer from the barmaid stood in a hole in the floor at feet height.
// What is your favourite song to perform?
Dave: We’ve only played live a handful of times, but the song ‘Rammy Taxi Illuminati’ is already a stand out favourite for me. Fast, heavy and about ten minutes long. I think it’s going to be a crowd pleaser in the set, from the feedback we’ve received and that always makes a song much more enjoyable to play.
// Best takeaway in Manchester?
Dave: I’m not sure if it’s still there because I don’t get to go out in town much anymore, but Monsoons on Oxford Road used to make the most amazing kebabs. We’d always end up there after a gig or a night out. The last time I was in there though, I slipped and fell on my arse with a bottle of strawberry milkshake in my back pocket. Just a pissed up mess sat in a pink puddle. Not a good look, and probably the reason I haven’t been back since.
Imperial Wax perform at Night People on Friday 31st May 2019. Tickets are available here.