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Legs On Wheels- Idelia EP + Q&A

My my, it is such a beautiful thing to make discoveries like Legs On Wheels. To find a band solidly under the influence of Syd Barret, King Crimson, and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard release such a tantalizing EP with three songs that are easily spun again and again is sonic psych out bliss. In under fifteen minutes these Brits make an unforgettable impression and stir up a raving hunger for more…

I knew I just had to talk to them, you readers best pay attention because I am quite certain this isn’t the last we’ve heard from them. I fired a bunch of questions to singer/guitarist/flutist Danny “Hondo” Murgatroyd, and this is what came back:

Hi guys! Can you introduce yourselves to the Weirdo Shrine audience?
Hi, we’re Legs on Wheels, a Manchester-based five-piece playing a blend of prog, psych, punk, pop and more. It’s a pleasure to meet you.


What brings a couple of healthy chaps to even start a band and play music these days? 
As a picture of unhealth, we’re not too sure. But for us it was fortunate that frontman Hondo wanted some people to play some kinda weird songs he had written and recorded at home, and that there were just such people waiting in the shadowy corners of JoinMyBand.com. At that time, Hondo was living in Macclesfield, so the Internet seemed the best way to look for talent. Three fifths of the band were recruited this way, so yes, not everyone you meet online is a scam artist, it turns out.


How did the pandemic fit into your plans so far? For instance; how did you keep creative?
The what now…? Oh…Ohhhhh, THAT pandemic. The one we’re in. Right, yeah. Well, it meant we had to film the music video for Milktop Mandy in the absolute nadir of lockdown, which was a fun challenge. And it meant there was little choice but to knuckle down and edit the thing almost non-stop, which provided lots of room for creativity whilst also being a huge pain in the arse. The pandemic also meant working from a distance with our producer Steve on the Idelia EP, which took a long time, but it all worked out in the end. The numerous lockdowns also encouraged us to get to grips with a lot more of the administrative/promotional side of being a band, which was quite daunting at first but has turned out be marginally less daunting than that.


What are your band practices usually like? Are you a democratic band-why/why not?
In a typical practice we’ll spend 45 minutes to an hour deciding who’s going to stand where, for how long, and for what reasons. We’re lucky if we ever get to playing any music. So yes, we are democratic — to a fault, perhaps. But this way we ensure everyone’s feelings and opinions are heard, so that Hondo can then ignore them and roll dice to decide. Once we’re practising, it’s a pretty rigorous affair, working on tunes or specific parts until they’re sounding right. Imbibing of intoxicants is discouraged, as the music is often tricky enough without it.


What are your main influences? Do you ever talk about other bands and what you think is cool these days (or back in the day?)

There’s a broad range of musical interest across the band members, but we all share weird and proggy inclinations. The songwriting takes a scoop from the classic 60s and 70s UK prog bands (Genesis, King Crimson, Gong, Jethro Tull, etc.), mainly in the sense of ignoring or playing around with conventions of songwriting…along with sprinklings of lots of other styles – world music, jazz, soul, punk, funk, skunk, crunk and junk. We like stuff that’s hard to pin down, and there’s lots of that on offer at the moment, which is brilliant. But we also hope we can carve out our own little niche within an already pretty small niche.


What are your future plans? What would be the ultimate goal?
Total dissolution between the band and the BENEVOLENT CREATIVE IMPULSE, such that each contains the other in an infinite and ecstatic fractal unification, would be the ultimate goal. But for now we’re looking forward to playing to live audiences again, as well as making the next record, the next video, etc. There’s a wealth of material that’s been building up – we’re constipated with songs, which is great, if a little uncomfortable.


What should the Weirdo Shrine reader do directly after reading this:
Thank the stars that blogs like Weirdo Shrine exist to shine a little light on music from “the other side of the fence”, as Beefheart put it. Then drink some water…folks don’t drink enough water these days…Then go and check out Milktop Mandy on Youtube, and finally, if you enjoyed that, go visit our Bandcamp (legsonwheels.bandcamp.com) and order a copy of the Idelia EP. The artwork on the physical copy is beautiful (credit to artist/animator Mario Radev) and also has a really cool surprise buried within it…or you can just download it if you’re not into that sort of thing.

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