Hailing from Middleton, quartet Scuttlers have just seen off the release of new single ‘There’s Nothing New’, following up ‘Lies In The Sky’ from earlier in the year. Fresh from playing Dot To Dot Festival, we caught up with the group ahead of their latest show in the city, playing Deaf Institute on 5th July before heading over to the House Party tent at Kendal Calling.
// Hello Scuttlers! How would you describe yourself as a band?
Scuttlers are a 4 piece rock n roll band from Middleton. Our sound (from our perspective) is a menacing cocktail of soaring punk, with a sprinkle of serotonin induced melody to make you sing from the bottom of your heart.
// Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?
Our 3rd single, due to be released later on this year, is going to be something totally different from our usual exports. Some foreign instruments will be used, alongside some beautiful melodies and meaningful lyrics. We can’t wait for you to hear it.
// Do you have any track that is fairly challenging for you to play live? How do you address that?
We have a track called ‘Brain of Mine’ in our set, it starts off as a slow blues track, with just one guitar and drums slowly trucking away – and then absolute carnage. Every instrument works tirelessly as one to create the tune that many say is the best in our live set. If you were to see us live you’d see what we mean. It gives our drummer blisters.
// What music have you been listening to this week?
Funnily enough we’ve been working on putting together a Kendal Calling playlist contrived of all the acts we’re looking forward to seeing. In particular we’ve been listening to Gerry Cinnamon, we like him. Manchester legends Twisted Wheel and friends of ours Dirty Laces both have the type of sound any clean cut rock ‘n’ roll junkie would admire. It’s a good time for guitar music.
// Who are your favourite lyricists? Why?
When it comes to lyrics we enjoy both the realist and abstract approach. Alex Turner is one of our favourite lyricists of today, he has a unique way of wrapping these Shakespeare-esque words around his music.
// Where’s your favourite drinking spot in Manchester?
Jimmy’s in the NQ is a perfect spot. They’ve got some top people there and are about to open up a gaf in Liverpool. Some exciting news coming out of Merseyside on that front. There’s also a new spot on 33 on Oldham Street, it’s got a top vibe and decent beer that doesn’t come with bank charges.
// Dream band or artist to share a stage with?
We’d love to share a stage with some massive rock n roll bands. AC/DC would be a dream, we watched them at the Etihad a few years back and to see what they do to a crowd is fucking immense. On the other side we’d love to get Guy Garvey from Elbow out for a cover of ‘Grounds For Divorce’ or something like that, keeping it in the city.
// What is the best purchase you ever made?
The best purchase our drummer ever made was definitely his Peugeot 206. He bought it about two years before we even started the band and a year and a half on it’s still ferrying the band around, and every extra space is swallowed up by guitars, drums and everything in between. In terms of longevity and squeezing into spaces, we’d advise every band to get a Peugeot 206. DISCLAIMER – Other vehicles are also available to get skint rock and roll bands from A to B.
Scuttlers perform at Deaf Institute on Friday 5th July. Tickets are available here.