Litterbug is a really nice poppu

Litterbug is a really nice poppunkgroup which makes me happy anyway. Stuart have been so nice here and answered a lot of questions in just one day. Read it and listen to their music. June-2017

Please tell me a little bit history of the group?

-Litterbug was originally a solo project dating back to 2002. It was more experimental on sound, with many instrumentals. By 2005 it became a 4 piece band, playing alt/indie . A 7 track ep was released, called Speaking Through the Gaps. In 2009 it became a tighter 3 piece with a return to punk rock roots for all members. 
The same lineup is together today and has produced 3 albums. We are currently pushing harder to play more gigs out and about, away from the comfort zone. Something we should have done many years ago. 

Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier bands? Other bands on the side?

-At 50, Stuart has decided to stop messing about and grow up. He somehow gets by from organising some music events, doing an infrequent delivery job whilst making a profit from a betting system. The list of bad things about him is too long. Former bands include Seizure, king mob echo, the deadstars and he also moonlights with Cas in a Ramones covers band. Has no family due to several nervous breakdowns. 
Cassius aged 27 works as a graphic designer for a magazine. Currently lives with his girlfriend Lauren and used to play in the Adjusters from Wigan, UK. Also the Tartan Scars. He is also a very bad person. 
Andy, at 52, is the father of the band. His record label Just Say No To Government Music has 32 releases to date, including the latest Litterbug album. The band practice in his garage too. This probably makes him the greatest person on earth! He is divorced with two fully grown sons. Andy also plays in Sick56 and previously Erase Today. 

I can hear much different influences but mostly early punk and new wave etc? Favorites from the past?

-Influences for all band members are mostly 1977 original punk bands, Pistols, Ramones, Damned, Clash and Buzzcocks. Throw SLF and Killing Joke in too. 
In later years it's Hüsker Dü, Pixies, Eels and Grandaddy. Stuart and Cas are fans of Leeds band Cyanide Pills, whist Andy remains obsessed with Stay Clean Jolene. 

Litterbug, are you satisfied with the name? How did it came up? You weren’t afraid that some other band would be named like this? Which is the best bandname you know?

-Finding a name for a band I often difficult. As it was originally a solo project, there was no debate. Litterbug represents spilling out your thoughts on song format, but also in normal life, when perhaps something is best kept secret. So it ends up on the floor, out there, like a big mess for the listener to leave alone or tidy u . So it's mindful stuff with honesty, even if some songs come over a little abstract at times. 
There is a band in Canada with the same name, but it came from my own mind before knowing if this other act. 
Favourite band names often relate to your favourite bands, naturally. A band name often takes on a new meaning, as the words become a symbol of the band and not what the adjective or noun are described as in the dictionary. Sex Pistols was a fantastic name and probably stands out most of all. It asks a question without being so obvious. 

What´s the best thing with playing live?

-For me live performance is about adrenaline whilst hearing your guitars make that big sound, tight and in tune. Most bands are as good as their drummer and we are very lucky with Cas. Getting positive feedback or applause between songs, obviously helps to make you feel something is right. 

And where is best to play? And the worst place?

-There is no best or worst place to play. It all depends on the sound system and the audience.  I do like to get out of town and play to a different crowd and hope to win a few people over. Berlin often feels like the European capital of punk rock. 

How is to play this sort of music in England right now? Which types of bands do you have concerts together with? Are you playing on Rebellion this year?

-We've played Rebellion once in 10 years, which is a disappointment. People have got to recognise and appreciate us through fringe events though, which has led to gig offers elsewhere.
We play with many different punk bands in the UK. Always enjoyable to be on the bill with Cyanide Pills and Drongos For Europe. We will be playing with Duncan Reid's band later this year and have previously supported uk Subs, Goldblade, the Briefs, Peter and Test Tube Babies and Vice Squad, amongst others.There are many small punk events in the UK now and lots of new bands. For me, we need to start playing on Europes main land though. 

How would you describe your music in three words?

-In three words, Litterbug is Constantly Finding Evolution. 

What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?

-I can't speak for everyone, but to me punk means freedom of expression and opinions without physical or mental harm to others. Obviously it relates to a generic music format of up tempo aggressive sound, but it does not have to be. Clothes can make a statement, but often a false or fake sign of a personality in relation the punk. Give me substance over style anytime please. 

How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?

-I think downloading is freedom of choice. It certainly messed up the money men in the music business. If people really like you, they will but your cd or vinyl too. Downloads and streams are a great medium for getting your material out there. 

How is it to live in England right now? Politically?
Fascists? Brexit? Manchester?

-Right now it's a political miasma. We have an election due and I can confidently say most people I know will vote Labour. Jeremy Corbyn has ignited the imagination for a better future in terms of equality and human rights. He will most likely lose and as sadly most Conservatives look to preserve their own status. I could go on and on!! I will say one thing, the UK or anyone should not be doing arms trades with Saudi Arabia. It's sickening to realise the blatant lies of our current government, who our destroying the health system and stopping benefits. 
It has all probably galvanised the left wing punk scene. There are fascists in most places who tend to keep quiet, only to rear their heads in times of vulnerability, like Manchester. Unfortunately, ISIS probably want for that inner turmoil they create. Nationalism is a sickening thing to me. I know its cliche, but we are all individuals who happen to live on the same planet. Intolerance and division is something I don't understand. 

What do you know about Sweden?
-In all honesty, I know little of Sweden and its music scene. All I hear is how expensive a beer is! But I'm straight edge and it doesn't affect me. I heard about some right wing Swedish skinhead band coming to play our town the other year. Thankfully they didn't get too much attention. Then there was Klawhammer ? I think? They seemed to swear a lot for no good reason. Abba were a childhood favourite and produced fabulous pop songs. I quite liked a few of the 90s indie bands. Due to my age, I have started to forget names. Sorry! 


Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you? Is it easier to do lyrics now or was its easier to do it when you was younger?

-It's me Stuart, who writes, but I have no issue if someone else comes up with something good. A lot of the new songs revolve around life experiences and of course that includes nostalgia. In the past I wrote some songs from dreams that came over more abstract. That was fun to me. Creating a weird mystery open to interpretation. Most songs probably contain some form of unstable melancholy that is relieved by playing through it. Hopefully people can relate to that. 

 

Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand? Which is your most political song?

-Most of the songs could refer to social politics, but I try not to get bogged down in serious world politics based around injustice. We have one new song though, called smokescreen. It references corporations and unelected leaders causing death of innocents whilst ruining your world. It plays on the notion that aliens will save us from ourselves whilst the Russians really want friendship. Also not to believe what you read etc etc. 

Best political band/artist?
-There are many bands doing politics, but to me the Pistols lyrics were very deep for the time in 77 . I guess most will opt for Crass and Discharge in the punk environment. I think Frank Turner makes his point well with a solo project. 


Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyone’s life, I mean people who listens to music?

-Music without doubt helps people through tough times. Usually the most tormented are the most passionate, both listener and artist. Others will do it for fortune and fame while some listen for easy pleasure or dancing. Alles ist gut! 

.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? And do you have any good recordstores in your hometown?

-Our home town has a few record stores, but not like big cities. I do the artwork. It can be hit n miss quality wise, as Cas the graphic designer always reminds me. On this occasion, Kit Reeve of the Screech Bats drew the monkey with guitar. The monkey or chimpanzee theme has run through our work for some time now. I see the world with people behaving like monkeys waiting with guns at the moment. So pick up a guitar and do something constructive instead. 
We never have band pics normally, as music is sound and not vision to me. On this occasion the vinyl version finally has a live shot, but blurred. The cd is different. 
In the past we used an iconic image of Captain Kirk with Dr.spock in Star Trek. Hence the title, its punk rock Jim but not as we know it. The album was so called as we never have really been accepted in the uk punk scene. 

Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why not? Vinyl, CD, cassette, what do you prefer if you could choose whatever?

-I see cds and vinyl as part of the process being in a band. If people like your gig and take one away, sometimes for free, it can only enhance you to them. We have done our first vinyl recently and need help distribution wise, if anyone can help. Just throwing that out there! 

Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?

-Our first ever gig started by playing behind a curtain. The amp broke just before we were to begin. Somehow there was an old keyboard amp at the back of the stage. It worked! I was kind of panicking for a bit. 
These days there is element of banter between some songs,but we tend to play and not talk much. I guess it's not that funny!!

How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your concerts? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together with?

-At the moment we play a few gigs at a time maximum. Do rarely away long enough. We really need to test the water sooner or later though. Cas would miss his girlfriend and his mum 🙂
Our audience, if we have one, tends to be punky in style. Obviously over Rebellion it's a cross section of ages. In general punks tend to be 30-60 years old these days. 
We played with Uk Subs as mentioned before. Oh yeah, 999 too. 

Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five most important things in life?

-Obviously I'm speaking for me here, but records 1. Never mind the bollocks.. Sex pistols 2. Doolittle... Pixies. 3. It's alive... Ramones. 4. Damned damned damned 5. Killing Joke .. Killing Joke
Concerts.. Pixies Preston 1990 Ramones London 1994... Sex pistols London 1996... Stiff little fingers  Manchester 1980... will have to say Pixies again london 2004 on their reunion tour. First uk gig after 13 years. Unbelievable atmosphere. 
1. Sanity 2. Avoid panic attacks 3. Be honest as possible 4.enjoy what you do and make the most of it. Time flies too fast. 5. Look after friends and family, as well as strangers in need. 

First, last and most expensive record ever bought?

-First record bought was Skids... charade. Last record bought was Grandaddy.. TheLast Resort. Most expensive? I don't know. 

Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews?

-We rarely get interviewed. Your interest level in Litterbug is intriguing though. I've probably done about 4-5 interviews in 12 years! 

.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 chosen?
-Without doubt I'd like to have played with Ramones, Pistols, Pixies, Buzzcocks and the Damned. A bit obvious I guess. 


Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nicer person outside the music?

-Music is a fantastic way to release any form of energy, including frustration, anger, bitterness, happiness, euphoria and humour. I always try for the latter if possible. No matter the subject. 

Which is the oddest question you ever have got in an interview?

-Never really had a weird question, but I guess I like films and also abstract lyrics where you make your own mind up. I'd like to go in depth or linear in discussing the Pistols who changed our society beyond anything I've known or the Pixies for the meaning of their songs. 

Futureplans for the band?
-My plans for the band is to play decent gigs in any country. Try and make it viable and hopefully sell our records and CDs. I don't know if that's the other

 

For yourself?

-For me personally, I'm still trying to work out why I'm here and why self-preservation appears to be halting me from experiences. Somehow with music I break free. Members plans though, ha ha. 


Wisdomword?

-Wisdom wise, I'd quote the Dalai Llama.. he who plays the fool acts only to protect his own wisdom. Also, quite a few lines from our songs, in particular our album title Your Perception is Not My Reality. How many times a day does that happen??

Something to add?

-Final thought is that your own ego and lack of humility will destroy friendships. You are just a small part of the system. So stop hating stop begrudging others stop being vindictive through your own bitterness whilst judging people by your own standards...and help people around you. They will appreciate it. Too much of our cynical society has been dehumanized by selfish acts.