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How the fuck does this kinda’ shit happen? How do 15 year old kids from a tiny town in Limeyland end up recording one minute shambling punk stompers packed with an excess of nervous energy and monster non-obvious hook-snags? I mean, that’s exactly what you get on the Hipshakes’ debut 7” that just came out on Slovenly. Read below, as Daniel Hipshake answered questions “whilst Bruce and Andrew smashed a chair into pieces.” Thanks, guys!
TB: I tried to research a little about you guys, but The Hand said you just
suddenly popped up out of nowhere, and he doesn’t know anything about you.
Are you bodysnatchers? Moles? Virgin births? A little band/personnel
TB: OK, and how did your recordings end up at Slovenly HQ?
TB: I’m glad you guys didn’t re-record – I love the way those tracks came
out. Were you aware of bands like the Real Losers, Black Time or Country
Teasers when you recorded that Slovenly single?
TB: On that tip, silly influences question. I mean, I gotta’ ask, because
your sound isn’t as easy to pin down as the usual punk garbage.
TB: Way more people in “cool” bands over here were led over by Green Day or
Nirvana than will admit it – ya gotta’ start somewhere. So, are you guys
total KBD destruction?
TB: Reviewers over there don’t have any sort of touchstones for this type of
stuff; search for UK Real Losers or Black Time reviews – hilarious! By the
way, I came across a live sorta review on the Hipshakes that said you’re a
polarizing band – half the crowd was horrified, and half loved it. What does
this mean? Do you torture squirrels? Are there ritual beatings?
TB: Sounds great to me! What did the kids at your school think of your
ramshackle choice of music?
TB: Are you big in Leeds?
TB: Is Sheffield the kinda place you leave when you “make it?” Do you see
Phil Oakey or Richard Kirk wandering around town in tattered overalls
muttering to themselves? Is Joe Cocker still alive and twitchin’?
TB: What’s your take on fluoride?
TB: Brilliant! Know any Artic Monkeys jokes?
TB: The Hand is the “wrong crowd,” if you know what I mean. Bangers or mash?
TB: We don’t have that dogshit over here! In Wisconsin, we do have bratwurst
and sausage because of all the Krauts and Polacks who settled here. Are there
any other new-ish bands in Jolly Ol’ we foreigners should know about?
TB: Sounds interesting. I heard that the Hand will be recording you shortly
– what happened on the first go-around? Any good Hand stories? He’s won much
acclaim over here for starring as a lovable mental deficient in “The
TB: Like I said – wrong crowd. Future plans? Thinking of coming to America?
TB: Cool – we’ll see you in a year or two, then. Anything else you want to
TB: Well, my job is pretending to work while I piss people off online. I’ve
put out a few shitty records by bands that seem to break up around the time
of release (Real Losers, Catholic Boys). Ned Hayden, a Long Island
transvestite/comedienne, told you to stay away because he was attempting
humor. Then again, he may be right. He did discover Monster Magnet in a New
Jersey broom factory and all. Anyway, what’s your favorite online music zine?
TB: So sorry, the answer was simply “Terminal Boredom.”
Interview by Todd Trickknee
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