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Interview: The Bleeding Knees Club

26 Mar

Far from boy scouts, it’s all rambunctious fun, frolics, and F-bombs when The Bleeding Knees Club are about.

Rahsian Taylor Parris for Music News




When Music News first laid ears on The Bleeding Knees Club we got a little excited, though somewhat confused by the young duo from Oz and their tempestuous, but appealingly brazen surf punk. Needless to say, we couldn’t go without a quick chat with the guys, whom with their puerile charm, got us that little bit more excited, and yes, a little bit more confused.
Music News: So you’re called The Bleeding Knees Club? That’s different, what’s the story behind your name?

The Bleeding Knees Club: We knew this kid once who was in a homosexual cult and he would tell us all these f****ed up stories about the rituals they had to do, and one of the rituals he explained was called ‘the bleeding knees club’, and we thought the name sounded cool.

MN: So how did you guys meet?

BKC: We have known each other since were like two-years-old, and then when we were about 19, we were both jobless and had nothing to do, so we decided to start a band to occupy some of the spare time.

MN: Great way to pass the time. Are there any artists or types of music that influence your sound?

BKC: Yeah, we like Garage bands, Punk bands, Blues bands and Doo-wop bands

MN: Is there anyone you really want to collaborate with?

BKC: Yes! Susan Boyle

MN: Sounds like a match made in heaven, we’ll look out for her on your next album. Speaking of which, your debut’s coming out early this year, what was it like recording your first album?

BKC: It was really rad! We were in NYC for five weeks just hanging out and stuff, and we had Dev Haynes as our producer, which was pretty cool.

MN: As we know, you’re from Australia, but you’ve been travelling quite a bit, where has been your favourite place so far?

BKC: We really like New York. We’ve been there a bunch of times now and we like it more and more every time we go back. There is so much to do and so many good bands playing all the time.

MN: Your music’s quite unruly, which member of the band is the worst behaved? What’s the most unruly thing you’ve done?

BKC: Haha, no idea. We both have our moments, but Jordan nearly killed someone once.

MN: Cults and killing people, this Bleeding Knees Club sounds a bit mad, what would we have to do to join?

BKC: No one can join our club.

MN: Oh…we’re a little sad, but okay.
Your live performances are quite renowned, what are you thinking when you’re on stage?

BKC: We’re usually thinking about what we had for dinner.

MN: We thought you’d be thinking about teenage girl. What’s the story behind that track anyways?

BKC: It’s kind of about when you’ve been hanging out with a girl for a while and they start to get annoying, but for some reason you can’t tell them to go away. Or it could be about being a paedophile…

MN: Wow! Hopefully it’s the first one.
You must party a lot, what happens if you’re out and your own song comes on, what do you do?

BKC: We’d leave the party.

MN: That sucks, we’d totally stay.
So, apart from the album, what are you guys up to next, and will we see you back in the UK?

BKC: Yeah! We’re planning on coming back to the UK to do some shows this year, and then we will hopefully go back to the USA to play the South By South West festival.

MN: Excellent! We’ll look forward to hearing from you again. In the mean time, try not to kill anyone.


Bags, Boys and Bow Ties: The Marcs That We All Need in Our Lives

20 Dec



Words by Rahsian Parris

Really and truly, choices suck don’t they? We might complain that there aren’t enough fish in the sea, when really, it’s that we don’t know whether we prefer rainbow trout or pink salmon (salmon a bit camp?). Then we complain that we have nothing to wear, when really it’s about having too much to wear and not being able to decide. We are plagued with choices every day and all this decision making is taking it’s toll.

With the New Year around the corner, new job aspirations in tow, here comes the biggest decision of them all (not quite on the level of ‘for war or not for war’, but with personally devastating consequences all the same, if not thought out)… What bag to wear to (insert: new job, interview, wedding here). Queue nightmarish trawl through HouseofFrasers, Harvery Nichols, anywhere else that makes good bags accessible to those of us that feel blasphemous gracing the carpets of Louis Vuitton in heels from Clarke’s.

Well forget that! We’re not fond of nightmares or the embarrassing ‘why am I even in here, my credit card has maxed out just window shopping’ revelation. So fear not! With the help of a few of my favourite boys, Marc, Marc and Mark, here’s my fav’ Work Wear bags for the new job, new you, new year, whatever. Note: None of them come with the self gratification of being checked out by the gorgeous model-come-sales-assistant sporting the bow tie at the door, however, bag booty on arm, there’s no reason to not strut past on the pre-work coffee run.

Lily Shifty Barrel Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £315














Small Sophie Satchel – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £425














Lou Lou Large Satchel – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £490














Hillier Leather Hobo – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £350















Natasha Cross body – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £290














Hillier Hobo – Blue














Ukita Leather Hobo – Marc by Marc Jacobs: £360

Notes on Work Wear Hand Bags:

1: Blues, Creams and Blacks are faultless, fail safe and they never go out of style. Browns are good too, but choose your outfit wisely.

2: You want a bag that says you are classy and hard working (otherwise how could you afford such bag…), however, remember it’s for work: Think practicality, too small for a File-o-Fax and Parker pen? Probably not good for work then.

3: DO NOT use a glossy coated leather bag as a work bag. (The shiny ones you can see your face in). On the dance floor they look sexy, in the office they scream hooker

4: The right bag will look good with any office look, if it’s not working, ditch the bag not the outfit. A lines might be mandatory, but minging bags are not

5: Think minimalistic. Your PB bag with the scribble design on it may be cute on Saturday’s but it’ll be totally tacky during the 9-5 week day.

A few more Mark’s we wish we could take to work, take home…

Mark Owen (in his Marks and Spencer’s get up of course). We wonder when it will be ‘take your pop star crush to work’ day *sigh*










Mark Whalberg – His brother is in New Kids on the Block, ’nuff said















Mark Zuckerberg (Slightly cheating, this is actually Jesse Eisenberg who played Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network’… however… he made facebook in the movie, thus, he is a God)

Tinie Tempah @ KoKo – Camden

8 Nov


Words by Rahsian Parris

It’s Wednesday night in Camden Town and the geek specs are out in full force. No prescription required. Hoards of Tinie Tempahs line the perimeter of London’s KoKo waiting to see their hero. Despite how slowly the line seems to be moving, there is still pushing and squeezing past bodies as 2,000 plus Tinie Tempah fans struggle to get into the venue. They must get in first, they must get a good view, lens-less 3D glasses or not. Screams of excitement fill the middle balcony as the crowd swim past presenter Reggie Yates who obligingly stops for a few photos (less obliging when asked for directions).

The first support act came and went in the blink of an eye, can anybody remember his name? Nope, didn’t think so. Second up was G-Fresh who obviously had a good time the night before as he could barely talk let alone rap. Disappointing to say the least. With intervals of Grime/Pop DJ-ing, the supporting gem of the night was stand-out R ‘n’ B act and Tinie BFF Bluey Robinson. Solid performance, fantastic vocals and generally great songs, notably his rendition of King’s Of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’ and Wheatus’ ‘Teenage Dirtbag’; crowd pleasers amongst the not so Grime inclined. When X Factor stars One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Mary Byrne decided to make their presence known within the crowd there were head turns and screams from most of the crowd. Though, when Bluey commented “Oh is Cher Lloyd here?” a wave boos swept through venue like a bad smell.

Last but not least was Philadelphia’s Chiddy Bang who trawled through a few songs before impressing with his crowd inspired ‘freestyle’. His drummer warned us that we would be converted, he was right. It felt like hours (it literally was) before Tinie Tempah finally arrived on stage to flashing lights and dramatic drums. Opening with ‘Simply Unstoppable’, Tempah emerged, energetic and sprightly, dressed in all black; gilet, T-shirt, shorts and trainers and of course Wayfarers.

One thing about Tinie Tempah is that he likes to talk. He made a point of chatting and introducing his songs. Though still humble since picking up several music awards this year, his talking became tiring, especially during his sermon-like speech about ‘letting go of your obsessions’. “You need to know when it’s time to let go of whatever it is you’re obsessed about” he preached, “whether it’s drugs, alcohol, sex…”, he went on before track ‘Obsession’. It would have been a touching moment of self-awareness for many had he not downed two shots of Jack Daniels straight after. Be that as it may, the show in general was one of class and high standards. Highlights included ‘Wonderman’ with superstar Ellie Goulding and P Diddy’s ‘Hello Goodmorning’ with Grime favourite Tinchy Stryder.

What is endearing about Tinie Tempah is his seemingly grounded nature despite his sudden rise from rags to riches. However, this felt threatened by what was almost the ‘Tinie Tempah and Friends Show’ when after star appeared either on stage or in the crowd. Bringing X Factor hopefuls One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Mary Byrne onto the stage during the finale was one big cheese fest; thankfully hidden in part by the excessive use of confetti. Though the fact remains that his ability to do such things whilst remaining highly respected within his genre is testament to his commercial potential. The question that now stands is can he put on consistently good shows minus the help of his celebrity friends?



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