Joining us for today’s interview is the lead singer of ‘The Shrives‘, Matt Grocott. The following questions attempt to delve into his psyche…
The first song that made me want to join a band would of either been ‘Jesus of Suburbia‘ by Green Day or it might have been Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Take Me Out‘. I remember seeing Franz on TV when I was really young and that opened my eyes to rock ‘n’ roll.
Can you remember and describe your most fucked up dream?
I had a dream where my mum cheated on my dad with the small curly haired guy out of the first Mr Bean movie. I remember going to see my Dad and he was crying. Bit weird.
What’s in your pocket and can you take a picture of it please?
An empty Amber Leaf box..sponsor us Amber Leaf.
What’s in my pocket?
A massive double-ended dildo
When was the last time you shed a tear and why?
When I was born, because I was being born
Your favourite instrument, make and the reason please?
I love the geetar, it has to be a ‘Gretsch‘, I don’t know the proper make of it. But the big fat one, that sounds a little like an acoustic.
Your favourite gig venue?
Gotta be ‘The Castlegate‘ in Grantham. Not even a venue, it’s more of a pub. They move the pool table out the way and that’s where you play. But that’s where people lose their shit when we play.
Your favourite film of all time?
‘Silver Linings Playbook‘, don’t ask me why. Just makes me happy.
Three oft said sayings of you and your band?
We say ‘Talkin’ bout bem?’. Ask someone that and when they say ‘what?’ start laughing. Also, if you say the same thing at the same time, say ‘Milk’ straight afterwards, if both of you say ‘Milk’ straight after then go on to say ‘Britain Drive’, or something. Haven’t got that far in a while, so I can’t remember and of course we say ‘Home is where the heart is’. That’s my favourite.
Who is the kindest person in your band and who is the most evil?
I am definitely the most evil, angriest member of the band. I love a good strop. Joe is probably the kindest, he works in a shop, so he’s got to be.
Your best gig (why)?
My best would be Knipfest in 2015, it was just so much fun and we got to play to loads of people, so that is always a plus for us!
Your worst gig and why?
We had one in a pub where we were playing covers for a bit of dosh. It was somewhere near Melton Mowbray, I can’t remember. I had a horrible cough and cold and couldn’t hit a single note. It was terrible. When I got there, I had to go to the toilet and some guy barged in on the cubicle and saw me sat there in all my glory. Then I had to get up on the ‘stage’ and play with him watching. Fucking awkward.
If you could give any advice to your 17 year old self, what would it be?
Stop being so up your own arse, you little shit. Or I’ll fuckin batter you mate. Then I’d apologize and tell him ‘things will get better’. Then make love to him.
What do you guess will be the outcome of Trump’s presidency and Brexit in 5 year’s time and how might it affect you?
I reckon there’s gonna be a massive tsunami all over the internet. It’s gonna fuck me up gigging I reckon, I wanna play Europe without all the bullshit. Trump will hopefully not be in office in 5 years time. I mean, look at his face, he is not a ‘president’ type of man. He’s a massive orange with a fucking wig on. I saw an interview of an American woman being asked why she’s voting for Trump and she said ‘Because he’s not a corrupt politician, he’s a businessman’. Yeah and what businessman out there isn’t looking to make more money for themselves for fucksake.
Your favourite place in the world?
The place I’ve been most content has to be San Francisco, just literally a lot better than dark skies with a feeling that you have no money in your back pocket and you’re not doing anything. It’s massive compared to where I’m from, too.
If you could see any event or gig in the history of mankind, what would it be?
I’d wanna be at the Sex Pistols gig where Joy Division were, so I could be one of them people who went and formed a band afterwards.
Your three biggest musical influences?
Gotta be Green Day first. The simplicity and catchiness of their music laid a foundation for me to start writing songs and it’s great music. Johnny Cash, I was addicted to his music like three years ago and it’s left an impact on me when I write a song, he was a bad-ass. Then recently, The Replacements, I’ve been reading a book about them and I just love the actual fact they don’t give a fuck and they were something a bit different around their time, Paul Westerberg is a songwriting genius.
The most shameful thing you, your band or a member of your band has done on tour/at a gig?
I ate a roast chicken in the van the other week. A full roast chicken, felt a bit weird with it’s arsehole in my face but hey ho. I’ve been naked in the van before, drunk obviously. I’m not sure about on stage but I’m sure the worst is yet to come.
You can say hello to ten people who you reckon would share this post, who would that be and can you put their strongest characteristic after their name please these can be complimentary or not?
I want my mum to share this post. Best mum
I want Mark Insley to share this post. Best harmonica player in the world.
I want Alex Waller to share this post. Massive lungs.
I want Will Robinson to share this post. Horse sized testicles.
I want Josh Horsfall to share this post. Smirks when lying.
I want Laurie Rowland to share this post. Top class singer, hard worker.
I want Hope Jones Griffin to share this post. Green Day lover.
I want Tyrone Townsend to share this post. Laid back.
I want Dean Jackson to share this post. Share me Dean.
I want Tom Shelton to share this post. Gets moody when hungry.
Tips for anyone starting out in music?
Make your friends learn instruments, the younger you are the better. You’ll get smarter as you go along.
Listen to the songs he’s picked out here: