FILTH (from l-r): Lewis Fernyhough (guitar), Jack Melvin (bass/synth), Joe Van Marle (vocals), Adam Heath (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Filth, an emerging four-piece from Stoke-on-Trent, only formed last year, but have already make a mark on their local music scene, impressing with a sound that is a blend of psychedelia with heavy rock.
Guitarist Lewis Fernyhough chatted to us about their journey up to now, and what’s on the horizon next for them.
How did the band get together initially?
Well, me, Jack and Joe originally started as a three-piece about a year ago, and then in June we roped in Adam on the drums.
How did the name Filth come about?
It just came about in a maths lesson one day and it’s stuck ever since.
How would you describe your sound?
Well we’d say hard rock with a psychedelic edge and Joe says ‘Fucking loud’.
Which bands/artists influence you?
Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Kasabian, it gets quite varied to be honest, but each of us has sort of their own influence.
Is there a message you are trying to get across via your music at all?
We don’t really have a message, we’re just four lads playing rock and roll.
You’re all from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?
To be honest, it’s good in some aspects but in other ways it’s absolutely shit.
No bugger comes out to see bands, and not enough money is being put into the music scene.
Also, a lot of bands aren’t really that great and it does kind of put a negative view on it and people judge the whole music scene just from a small view.
Stoke is overlooked too much as a great honeypot for talented musicians who put the graft in.
It’s a shame really, but not much can be done about it.
How is it for the band playing live?
It’s mint yeah, we love it, turn up to a gig, get pissed, play for half an hour, get paid £20 each, winner!
Anything coming up in the near future at all? (EP, album etc…)
Yeah, we have an self-titled EP coming out, but that won’t be until quite far into next year.
What can we expect from the EP?
To be honest, we haven’t done a lot with it so far, we only have the title song at the moment.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
We don’t have one to be honest, at the moment, we’re just happy to go out and play gigs.