Name: Demob Happy
Members: Matthew Marcantonio (vocals/ bass), Matthew Renforth (guitar), Thomas Armstrong (drums), Adam Godfrey (guitar)
Started in: 2008
Releases: “Dream Soda” (2016)
Every band has to deal with stupid comparisions – what bands do you hate to be compared to and what bands do you wish people would name to describe your music?
Matthew Marcantonio: I think bands get annoyed when they’re compared to the same bands time and time again because everyone strives for individuality and it might be a little uncomfortable for them to recognise how much they take from their idols… but that is an important process to go through. We take our cues from a wide source and it’s mostly melodic sensibility that we emulate, so it’s never that explicit where it comes from, which is why journalists and people have always had trouble pigeon holing us, mostly to our detriment! But we’ve had lazy comparisons with Nirvana, who I love, but I don’t honestly think we’re anything like, and those comparisons tend to endure because they’re easy to say.
You’re coming to tour Europe with Tigercub in October. What can we expect and what are you looking forward to most?
Matt: It’s super fun touring Europe, and it’s super duper fun touring with your best friends band, so we’ll all be on top form. I’m looking forward to seeing the majesty of Europe as autumn sweeps across it.
What was the craziest gig you’ve ever played?
Matt: We nearly collapsed the floor of a house party, that was kinda rad, and up there with the most memorable. The police and fire brigade came and closed down the building. Sorry again to the guys who owned the flat and asked us to play!
What kind of hair products do you use?
Matt: My hair is a self-cleansing eco system of coconut oils and natural suds. Let your body do the work, that’s my motto.
What is so special about Brighton’s music scene?
Matt: I think for the minute, there are a few bands who share a drive to combat the shit storm that is popular music and have the intelligence to follow that through, but I don’t know how long that will last. It’s already changing and won’t be here forever.
Catch Demob Happy live next month on their co-headline tour with Tigercub:
08.10. London, The Lexington (Supporting Black Honey)
12.10. Brighton, Patterns
13.10. Birmingham, Rainbow
15.10. London, Hackney Wonderland (Demob Happy only)
16.10. Ramsgate, Music Hall
18.10. Paris, La Meca
19.10. Hasselt, Muziek-O-Droom
20.10. Cologne, Blue Shell
21.10. Berlin, Lido
22.10. Prague, Famu
23.10. Nuremburg, Z Bau
24.10. Munich, Milla
25.10. Rotterdam, V11
26.10. Amsterdam, Sugar Factory