Newcastle’s ‘ridiculous bunch of message-laden party pumpin soundclowns’ The Whippet Beans are set to release their new album and will be heading to The Cluny, Newcastle this month so Lee Allcock caught up with the band to find out more about their new record, to see what they make of the current North East music scene and more.
For those of our readers that haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe it?
Our music is a thick lumpy soup of sound with a ton of genres and flavours, all mixed up in a ridiculous bowl and served up on a long silly spoon. People need to hear it to believe it; they soon discover it is possible to dance and laugh at the same time.
You’re set to launch your new album this month, so what can we expect from the new album in terms of its sound and lyrical content?
Expect songs about things, none of this wishy-washy waste of time lyrics about nothing. We like to educate, titillate and blow peoples’ minds clean open with an avalanche of tongue-in-cheek nonsense. Our album launch will be a madcap night of extreme daftness: expect to dance your legs off, laugh your head off and meet lots of like-minded lovelies! It doesn’t matter where we play, people just seem to get it. And we are uber-stoked to have The Smokin’ Coconuts and Propa Buzzin’ kicking things off for us.
How did the recording process go? Did you face any difficulties along the way?
We recorded it at Blueleaf Studio which was an amazingly creative space to have fun in. These songs have grown organically and we’re really happy with the way the album sounds and feels.
You’ll be taking part in a live session on BBC Tees this month too, you must be excited about that…
We’re up for an unforgettable night of melodic mirth on BBC Tees! Bob Fischer has been a bit of a champion of our music and it’s an honour to give him a live session in return for regular airplay in the past.
What do you personally think about the state of the North East music scene at the moment? And what do you think can be done to improve it in any way?
The local scene went downhill when Harry Palmer gave up; things are blooming again now though and we’re proud to be part of it. Holy Moly and the Crackers, Diddley Squat, Dansi and many other bands are flying the regions flag and big things are coming.
Last year, you made your first Hollywood appearance as your song, ‘Trippin’, was used by director Blake Freeman in the Movie, ‘All about the Money’ – that’s some achievement…
Yeah, we were overjoyed to get our ‘Trippin’ song into a movie! The scene involves the main characters taking a huge cocktail of hallucinogenic drugs on board an aeroplane. Our song was so perfect for the movie; they dropped the Black Eyed Peas and chose the Whippet Beans instead! Beans over Peas any day!
And finally, what else do you have in store for 2018 that your fans can get excited about?
In 2018, we have several gigs and festival appearances to look forward to, we are launching our new ‘sponsor a wasp’ charity, and are currently in talks with a Mongolian bum bag manufacturer about Whippet Bean sportswear.
The Whippet Beans plays The Cluny, Newcastle on Saturday 19th May. Tickets, priced at £5.00 in advance, are available from thecluny.com.