The Underground Revolution Presents Huckworm, John Mason & Shannon Walker on August 4th @ The Booth Hall Hereford HR1 2LW. Doors open at 6:30 pm. £3 Entry or £2 with N.U.S card.
The rise of Hereford’s music scene is attracting a new genre of promoters who bring with them a fresh breath of optimism and new talent that is becoming alluring to bands from surrounding counties adding to the diversity of the Herefordshire music scene.
One such band is Huckworm, a duo from Knighton who produce songs that have a unique alternative sound to them inspired by years of playing in other bands, and whose influences are as broad as Hip Hop, Funk and Grunge. To quote the description on their website.
“WE ARE HUCKWORM. MIXING SLOW CHUGGY GUITAR AND FUNK DRUMMING WE CAME UP WITH SOMETHING SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. WE COULDN’T REALLY PUT IT INTO A CATEGORY AS IT’S TOO TUNELESS FOR ROCK, AND TOO CHUGGY FOR FUNK. SO WE DECIDED TO CALL IT CHUNK- CHUG AND FUNK”
I had the opportunity to interview one half this funky duo, Ed Heslop, who is a motorbike lovin’, musician kind of dude.
Hereford City Centric: Hello Ed, thanks for doing this interview, you come highly recommended by the guys in Freeborn Rising…I like what I have heard so far. On behalf of The Underground Revolution, we are looking forward to putting on Huckworm at The Booth Hall next Thursday (4 August). Can you tell me what Huckworm are about? How long has the band been going?
Ed Heslop: Huckworm is a two piece band that combine slow chuggy guitar and funk drumming, there is no shouting but it has had its Weetabix. We’ve been going for around 9 months and have written over 30 tracks.
HCC: That is some dedication boys! Is this your first time playing in Hereford? I know the band are based in Knighton.
EH: I’ve played Hereford a couple of times with different bands. They were both heavy rock/metal bands playing our own original music, so the kind of genre that appeals to a smaller crowd I guess. I like to think of Huckworm more along the ‘Royal Blood‘ road, slightly more commercial but still capable of offending granny’s.
HCC: What is the music scene like in Knighton? Any local bands you would like to give a mention to?
EH: The music scene in Knighton used to be sick! We had a lot of live music going on every weekend, but lately it’s become more DJ orientated (sad face). When we do get a decent band on it is always a night to remember. I have crowd surfed around the pubs whilst attempting to sing, people launch off tables, etc. You get the idea.
HCC: What are some of the musical influences that inspire the Huckworm sound?
EH: Our Influences are quite broad. For example, I love rock, classic rock, grunge, blues, jazz, hip hop and rap, and my drummer (John Beavan) is a funk freak. If I started naming artist’s you’d be asleep.
HCC: Tell me a bit about your previous musical experience? (previous bands etc..)
EH: I was the singer in a heavy metal band called Leech. I got tired of playing venue’s that didn’t appreciate the heavy stuff, so I started a slightly lighter project called Kaytown that did covers and originals. The music was still pretty angry, just more commercial. It was a massive success. We would pack out small pubs, but sadly artistic differences happened and it became more like work than fun and slowly ground to a halt.
HCC: If you had to listen to only 3 albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?
- Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ has to be one of the best albums ever written.
- Rage Against the Machine’s first album
- Maybe The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival, but seriously man 3? C’mon you could never choose!
HCC: ‘Ten’ is definitely one of my top album choices to date. What does the future hold for Huckworm?
EH: The future for the ‘worm is definitely getting the keys to Hugh Hefners gaff (actual chuckle), but nah seriously, I’m teaching my brother bass at the moment so we may turn in to a 3 piece at some point. I used to dream about making the big time, but now I just appreciate being able to play music with my mates and taking any opportunity to do just that so thanks for the gig guys.
HCC: Hey no problem, glad to have you guys. I am sure it is going to be an epic night. See you soon.
Find Huckworm on Facebook
The Huckworm website http://www.huckworm.com/
Feature image taken off of Ed Heslop’s Facebook
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