Thanks for the reviews of my albums. As you found out I'm a solo
artist and make many different kinds of albums across many genres! I
think it was my punk album 'This Is Planet Grot' you liked most so
I'll answer these questions as well as I can :-) July-2015
Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
-This Is Planet Grot' was written in the mid-90's and there was a band
at that time but we split up without recording the music. I eventually
recorded the album in 2011 and released it in 2014
Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now,
age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier
-On 'This Is Planet Grot' there's just me (vocals, guitars, bass) and
Dan Mizen on drums. Dan also runs the
studio where we recorded the album and is a bass player and keyboard
player as well.
I can hear both Heartbreakers, Jam, and
anarchopunk in your music? Am I right?
Favorites from the past?
-I grew up listening to the Jam, the Ruts, the Ramones, Sex
Pistols, Clash, and yes, I loved Crass and Rudimentary
Ashley Reaks are you satisfied with the
name? How did it came up?? Which is the
best bandname you know?
-I once played a gig with a skinhead punk band from Liverpool called
What´s the best thing with playing live?
-Being able to scream!
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Raw, honest, angry
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Punk always meant a different way of doing things and taking
risks. It's more an attitude than a lifestyle than a type of music to
How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?
-A necessary evil
How is it to live in homecountry now?
-Terrible! Politically the UK is the most right-wing it's been
since the dark days of Margaret Thatcher. The rich are getting richer
and the poorer getting poorer. It's a very unimaginative time in the
UK right now.?
Your lyrics, who does them and what
-I write the songs. The lyrics are mainly about feelings of
hopelessness and the day-to-day drudgery of small-town life
Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?
Politic and music, does it goes hand in
-Not any more, although I was always inspired by artists and
musicians who used art as a way of protest and expressing political
and social opinions.
Best political band/artist?
Do you think that music(lyrics and so on)
can change anyones life, I mean people who
listens to music?
-Yes without a doubt. When I heard John Lydon,
Joe Strummer, Joey Ramone etc they spoke
my language and became my inspirations in life.
Your cover on your CD looks really nice, is it important to have a
record cover which shows people which type of music you play? Your
favorite recordcover? Who does your covers…
-I design my album covers. I was influenced by Gee
Vaucher's artwork for Crass. I spent as
much time looking at her artwork as I did listening to the music.
Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why
-Yes. I'm old school so I like to have some physical copies I can
feel and read the lyrics etc. Metal Postcard Records have taken on my
How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your
concerts? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together
-I played the Main Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 1999
Please rank your five favorite records, five favorite concerts and
five most important things in life?
-Black and White - The Stranglers Secondhand Daylight - Magazine
Doc At The Radar Station - Captain Beefheart
and The Magic Band Hejira - Joni Mitchell
All Mod Cons - The Jam
Is it boring with interviews? Is it much
-I enjoy interviews!
If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and
nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together
with your band. Which five have you been chosed?
-Magazine, Captain Beefheart, The
Beatles, Crass, Bob Marley
Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nice person
outside the music??
-It's a good way to get rid of frustration but I don't think it
changes who I am outside of music
Which is the question you want to have but you never get. Please ask
it and answer it?
-It seems like Ashley Reaks is more than
music…tell me about the art too?
-I make disturbing collages and have exhibited all over the world.
It's another form of expression.
Futureplans for the band?
-I'll be touring the 'This Is Planet Grot' album as support to US
punks The Dickies next summer in the UK. Dickies singer Leonard
Phillips also sang on one track ('The Dustman') on my latest album
-Keep making art and music. I've just finished my 8th solo album,
'Cultural Thrift' a collaboration with Hull writer and spoken word
artist Joe Hakim
Something to add?
-Thanks for the interest and all the best with everything.