Bison Face 14/05/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
BF:Hi! I’m Ernie. I’m the main songwriter and frontman of Bison Face, and we’re a 4 piece rock band from St Albans, Hertfordshire. Biggest influences on the sound are probably Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Radiohead, QOTSA and My Bloody Valentine, but there is a bucket load of them so I won’t get too immersed reeling them off! We’ve all got pretty vast music tastes so it’s quite a melting pot.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
BF:Pretty much everywhere, I immerse myself in as much of the arts and literature as I can. Right now, I’ve got a lot of space/dystopian themes I’ve been diving into so there’s a lot of that on the songs we’ll be recording after the first EP. Poetry, being outdoors, a load of cult film/tv references thrown in. The lyrics also deal with day to day issues, mental health, good times, bad times. Things that can be related to by many.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
BF:I reckon we have the most fun as a band playing a song called ‘Treason’ live, it’s really loose and sleazy and there’s a lot more space for pushing your parts into jam territory. We’ll probably release that as a standalone single at the tail end of the year, but it’s a live staple for sure. I’ve got a soft spot for Heathers, which will be one of the singles on the EP. It’s really fast and poppy but it’s dark.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
BF:Well right now we’re not allowed back onto a stage for god knows how long, everything is pretty much indefinitely postponed due to the lockdown. I want to play some release shows for the upcoming EP but we’ll have to see when that will be! Hopefully an Autumn/Winter tour is on the cards but everything we had planned has been written off.
MM: What can we expect from Bison Face live
BF:It’s loud as shit. We put a lot of planning into crafting a show, so I hope it’s an experience. I’ve always loved the live linking and transitioning I saw bands like Muse do when I was younger so we try and incorporate that. But it’s a party. A loud, riffy tequila party. If we’re having fun then you’ll have fun. No backing tracks, no bullshit, just some guys playing their instruments.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
BF:Shows are the best part of touring! I love seeing different cities if you get the time to explore, meeting new people and sharing a whiskey. I think it’s a kind of catch 22 with those, when you’re recording you miss going out and playing the shows, and when you’re away and ideas come you want to be back getting them demoed. For me the worst part is the travel, I hate being in cars for the most part so that’d be my least ideal bit.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
BF:Fangclub, Foo Fighters and Dinosaur Pile-Up. We adore the dudes in Fangclub, DPU are just rad and Dave is like the king of dream tour buddies.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
BF:Again, it’s Foo Fighters in an answer. But yeah Foo Fighters. When they did Wembley Stadium I think I was 14? And just, I’d never been in a stadium before that and there’s like 90,000 people singing Everlong together. A full on, overwhelming, never forget it moment.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
BF:I think getting an actual solid band together was the biggest hurdle for me. Finding people that want to commit and are killer musicians; that’s super tough, and we had a few personnel changes, dropouts and some less than stellar behaviour, but that’s the past, and now it’s all kind of fallen into place in 2020. Just in time for a global lockdown eh?
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
BF:Jesus Christ that’s tough.
Nirvana - Nevermind (that record got me into music)
God. Ok Computer? No. Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True. Final answer.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
BF:I used to get stage fright starting out at 15/16, but only when it was covers, I didn’t really know how to own someone else’s music. But it’s the best feeling, playing something, you’ve crafted to people and them digging it.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
BF:I had the classic NME phase for a bit, where it was only the bands that won an NME award featured in the posters. I remember having Muse, Arctic Monkeys, the Libertines, LOADS of Biffy Clyro. Gallows and Enter Shikari were up there, local boys paving the way. I’ve still got a Nirvana one up in my studio space, but it’s a bit more upmarket, got a frame and that.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
BF:Surely Hendrix. As an individual, he should be in every guitarist’s top 3. A lot of guitar staples now wouldn’t exist without him, and he’s inspired innumerable people to take up music. He’s the greatest.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
BF:We’re just staying focused during the lockdown, it’s a hard time for a lot of people but we’re just trying to utilise our time so once we’re allowed back out we can hit the ground running. Staying positive and supporting each other whilst keeping creative.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
BF:Hmmm. Randy Newman - Strange Things from Toy Story because it’s a huge curveball and an absolute tune. I reckon we could kill Song for the Dead though, just let Jonny go full Grohl.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
BF:It’s real y’know, there’s no smoke and mirrors. Four real people playing some real music. Any artist that hasn’t churned its way onto the scene with Simon Cowell’s wallet should be worth a look. We’re just 4 guys that love music, and it’s a hobby that’s kind of getting out of hand, but none of us would do anything else.
MM: Four words to describe Bison Face
BF:Beards, Trousers, Whiskey, Riffs.
Final Words for your fans and our readers
BF:Thanks for your time! Cheers for reading this and checking us out. Anyone that’s listened to Ladybird already, been to a show or sent us kind words - mad love. We’ll see you all soon. Stay safe!