5 piece outfit based in Brighton England it's synth rock pop if you will.
(Written by My Federation, Courtesy of Eye Industries the Independent record label)
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8 April 2008
My Federation Interview
We recently had the chance to chat with Brighton's psychedelic troopers My Federation creators of last year's ace single 'Honey Bee' and whom released their debut album 'Don't Wanna Die' this week. They are Saxon fans, acolytes of James and very, very funny indeed.
Let's start off with the obvious one - where did the name My Federation come from?
We wanted a name that was evocative of a large socio-political organization pounding hard at the very fabric of democracy and promoting anarcho-syndicalism.
A question for Lee, is your middle name really "Muddy"? Where does it come from?
Muddy is absolutely my middle name. I was christened by the devil himself on a long forgotten cross roads down in the South Saturn Delta. But, donít tell him I told you that, I would be in a little bit of trouble.
Why the big gap between your (rather ace) debut single 'Honey Bee' and 'Don't Wanna Die'?
Dylan took a hell of a lot of magic mushrooms and it took him that long to come down.
You cover the Nazz "Open My Eyes" on you MySpace site. Did you first hear this on the Nuggets compilation and has this influenced your overall sound in any way?
We first heard it on a compilation that Gregís mate Dean made him a while back. I absolutely flipped out when I heard it coz it was right up my straza. Then I saw the Nazz video on Youtube and positively fell in lurv. Iíd say loads of music from that time has influenced our sound, I definitely should have been 18 in 1968 ('I think Nick was' - cheeky Ed).
You name Saxon as an influence on your MySpace site, do you think that Biff Byford and co. are underated as the influential musical powerhouse that they undoubtly are?
Man, when I first saw Biff Byford in his white stud cod piece at Hammersmith Odeon my whole life changed and hearing Wheels of Steel live. Wooooooooooo. You had to be there!
Will you be doing any Saxon covers live, if so could I suggest that you do either "Wheels of Steel" or 747 (Strangers in the Night)?
Hah, we are obviously on the same wave length! Given the answer I just gave ya!! If I did a cover it would be 20,000 feet. Trouble is I donít reckon I could handle the solo.
Who's better Saxon or Nazareth?
Funny, I never got into Nazereth. I was more into Judas Priest, Motorhead and Iron maiden before Bruce Dickenson joined, aaaaaaaah those were the days. I saw Motorhead on the Bomber tour and couldnít hear or move my head for a week from all that head banging next to the PA.
Lee you produced the new James LP - how did that go? Can you not make them sound a bit more like Saxon?
Thatís what Soulwax need to do. Mash up Saxon with James. IT CANíT BE DONE!!! It was brilliant producing the James album, but bloody intense. Still, like mothers and childbirth Iíve already forgotten the pain and will happily go back for more!
What have the crowds been like on the tour with James?
Dunno, Iíll tell ya when weíve done the tour. Having said that, we did one gig with them in Edinburgh and the crowd were fantastic, really receptive.
Which band would you most like to have supported - alive or dead?
Iíve still got my heart set on supporting SuperGrass and ITS GONNA HAPPEN!!!! However, I did manage to go see my absolute heroes Led Zeppelin at the O2 gig and cried my little heart out when they played Kashmir. I went to Jimmy Pageís house when I was 14 and stood outside until he gave me his autograph, then I met him when I was mastering The My Federation album in London. Thatís a fukcing good sign if you ask me! So The Zeppelin would be the top of the list.
What can we expect from the new album? Any tracks you're particularly proud of?
Weíve tried really hard to mix up our influences and poop out something original. Itís a right melting pot of sounds and ideas. Loads of luscious Beach Boys type harmonies, fat Zeppelin type riffs, samples, Synths and general psychedelic mayhem. Iím well chuffed with Donít wanna Die, but also ďWhat Gods are TheseĒ and Somethings Gotta Give. Blimey, its hard to choose innit.
My Federation are on tour with James starting on Thursday at the Derby Assembly Rooms.
My Federation release their debut album 'Don't Wanna Die' on 7th April (preceded by the title track's single outing on 24th March) and to celebrate we have two t-shirts to give away - one in small for the petite among you and one in medium. Those of you, like me, who require a large will have to lose a few pounds before entering.
'Don't Wanna Die' is described as 'inhabiting the same planet as Super Furry Animals, The Flaming Lips and Supergrass' and contains the rather ace debut single 'Honey Bee' that was released a year ago. So, if you want to be the proud owner of one of the pictured shirts just answer this question.
Q. The World Wrestling Federation was big money in the 1980's, but which one of these larger than life characters is still alive today? A. 'Mr Perfect'
B. 'Hulk Hogan'
C. 'The British Bulldog'
Following up on last year's rather enjoyable 'Honey Bee' single, My Federation are readying their next release and their debut album - both called 'Don't Wanna Die' - for release on March 24th and April 7th respectively.
The band will join indie journeymen James on their latest enormo tour this April with band frontman Lee 'Muddy' Baker knowing James singer Tim Booth rather well having written and produced his latest solo LP and currently working on the brand new James LP.
See them at the following venues:
April 2008 10 - Derby Assembly Rooms
11 - Lincoln Engine Shed
12 - Liverpool Uni
14 - Newcastle Academy
15 - Sheffield Academy
17 - London Shepherds Bush Empire
18 - Norwich UEA
19 - Oxford New Theatre
21 - Bristol Colston Hall
22 - Blackpool Empress Ballroom
24 - Edinburgh Corn Exchange
25 - Aberdeen AECC
Brighton's latest psychedelic electro-rockers My Federation release their new single 'Honey Bee' on April 30th, a monumentous step in the right direction for music. Sounding like Kasabian being tutored by The Aliens, 'Honey Bee' fits in perfectly in these baggy-revival times and shows countless 'new rave' chancers just what they should be sounding like. It also boasts the finest buzzing bee intro since The Scientist's classic 'The Bee' single.
Click the Youtube video above for a taster and check it out in higher quality with the stream links below.
Talking 'bout My Federation ...OK sorry about that but people really should be talking about this truly unique blend of techno beats and bloops, fuzz bass, flutes and a melody that sounds like it could have come straight from late 60's hippie musical "Hair".
Should be single of the week for any discerning radio DJ or online music website editor ..but our one seems to prefer The Long Blondes ..oh well!
And the fact that they do an ace cover of Nazz "Open My Eyes" seals the deal ..My Federation .. my new favourite band!!
"It's quite hard preceding a great band like James so we're gonna try to do well for you." announces My Federation singer Lee 'Muddy' Baker. It's a statement that masks his otherwise highly confident stage presence as Muddy is a natural frontman in a very talented group. This is never more obvious than during the band's opening number where Baker delivers an evangelical address to an ever-growing crowd, many of whom are nodding their heads in time, if not in agreement to the sentiments. It's a good crowd and one that, Lee informs us, "piss all over Edinburgh" which gains the usual cheer as the band storm through their singles to date. 'Don't Wanna Die' reveals the electronic side of the band with driven, classic rock mixed with the sonic splurge of noughties dance and effortlessly segues into last year's debut 'Honey Bee'. Leaving us with 'Open My Eyes', the group return to a baggy / psyche mixture. There's a perfect false ending where they milk the applause then bring the song home and deservedly receive some more. This is a band who could headline festivals such is their confidence in a big venue at this early stage. They just need some better tunes and the time to polish them.
After a brief interlude, much of which is spent bunched in at one of the Exhibition Centre's small, over-patronised bars for a comparatively reasonable glass of wine, James arrive to ear-shattering applause. The band's near thirty years in the business pales slightly compared to the average age of the crowd, one whose reaction to an early outing for 'Born of Frustration' proves they're largely here for James' glittering past rather than their new album which was released shortly before tonight's gig. Yes, James may have lost their hair over the years but not their fans and those querying where Tim Booth's locks actually did go have it answered by the appearance of trumpeter Andy Diagram, sporting that hairstyle...and a summer dress.
James' new and new-er material washes over the crowd somewhat and it's not until 'Ring the Bells' that the crowd's energy is made apparent again with many punching the air while others dance around the fringes mimicking Booth's trademark 'floppy dance' amid thousands of reminiscent screams. 'Out to Get You', the opener from the much-misunderstood 'Laid' LP, is simply mesmerising with the audience hanging on every word and note emitted from the band coated in a shimmering blue light. There are people hugging next to me, basking in this rare deep moment amid a back catalogue of sing-a-long pop records.
'She's a Star' provokes further whooping before a long overdue live outing for 'Sound', for my money one of their strongest singles, keeps the crowd in strong voice. A voice that is required to bridge the gap when the sound drops out of 'Tomorrow' for the briefest of seconds before the band kick back into action to bring the first part of the gig to a storming close.
Returning to the stage, James delight everyone with an abridged version of perennial favourite 'Come Home' which smacks slightly of obligation than a true desire to revisit one of their key early triumphs. This is certainly not true of 'Sometimes' delivered with an acoustic introduction, building into the more recognisable version before ending with what can only be described as a barbershop run through the chorus before the baton is handed to the crowd. A number of choruses are sung before the band launch into 'Laid' to such universal glee that the words "where's Sit Down then?" barely enter the gathered consciousness.