MANCHESTER five-piece Cabbage are coming to Stockton-On-Tees as part of their 2016 UK tour.
The band has also just been announced as support for the hugely popular Courtneers, as they head to Manchester for a special homecoming gig.
Tside caught up with band member Joe Martin (singer/lyricist) to talk about the idiosyncratic, neo-post punk band.
You’re playing KU Bar (Stockton) in November, how familiar are you with the area?
“I’ve been there as a roadie, but this is my first experience performing at KU Bar. Crowds in the North East of England are up there with the best, very proud and passionate and which makes for a swell atmosphere. I’m primed with excitement.”
Do you know much about the venue? As in artists who’ve played their before?
Can’t say I do, but rest assured we’ll take the roof off. Expect theatrics.
Obviously you’ve had success with your single “Kevin” but more recently you released “Dinner Lady”, what can people expect from your setlist? Any unreleased tracks?
“Plenty! We’ve just recorded twelve brand new tracks with Simon ‘Ding’ Archer, who’s produced The Fall’s most recent albums. It’s an accomplished body of work that we’re immensely proud of.
“‘Le Chou’ began life as a collection of ideas, songs that needed to be recorded, but we all had fingers in various different pies and weren’t a band as such.”
“The new material was honed and crafted in the mill where we rehearse.
“I adore every single one of them, we’ve also covered some pressing issues lyrically. ‘Necroflat In The Palace’ touches on Jim Savile’s cushy relationship with the royals.
“However, it’s written under the guise of Freddie Royal, an Irvine Welsh character from his book ‘Ecstasy’, who is a kids TV presenter in a tracksuit, emotionally driven by a penchant for snagging stiffs.
“I met Irvine Welsh at Festival number 6 and he was thrilled by the song title, he said he baited Savile with the book (released in 96′) and got the impression the ole sod was a guilty c***, this was many years before Savile was ousted. Prior to its release, he presumed they were far fetched rumours.
“We have another song called ‘it’s Grim Up North Korea’ which speaks for itself, drawing jovial parallels with supreme leader Kim Jong-un’s regime and crushing working class life in the North of England.”
Your music is very political, what made you, as a band, decide to take this political approach. Something very welcomed in the Stockton area.
“It’s a natural talking point for us as individuals, so inevitably it filters into our music. Rather than sit around mumbling & grumbling about the dire state of Conservative Britain, or get drunk and chew the nearest ear off, we’re able to sweat, scream and unleash our angst on stage.
“I feel very lucky to have such an intense, channelled outlet in which to let it all out. It’s healthy. Without it, we’d be riding around on horses, spearing all those who ensure our country’s in an endless state of war and repression.”
So what are your plans for after this tour? Working on another EP, Album?
“Fancy an exclusive? Well, you’ve got it.
“Our next EP will be released late September, featuring some hard house, soul shaking sprout-rock, the lead single will be Uber Capitalist Death Trade.
“As well as; Tell Me Lies About Manchester, FICKLE, and Free Steven Avery (Wrong America).
“It’s set to be nothing short of momentous. An intense cauldron of angst, humour and tragedy.”
Anything you want to say to the people coming to your KU Bar gig?
“Noddy Holder reckons there isn’t a colourful “don’t give a toss” band around at the moment, akin to how Slade were perceived in the hay day.
“I love Slade, but if you fancy indulging in Cabbage, merely to prove that brummy ignoramus wrong, then join us in fighting for all that is good and pure.
See you there. Thanks for the interview.”
Cabbage will be playing KU Bar in Stockton on November 18th and you can buy your tickets here.