Band Of the Day Interview – Bison Face

Hello everyone and welcome back to another instalment of the Band Of The Day Interview! Today for you we speak to Bison Face, a Heavy Grunge band from St. Albans, UK!

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

Ernie: I’m Ernie Hill, I’m the frontman and songwriter of Bison Face, a 4-piece alternative rock band from St Albans, UK. 

Alex Bowden plays second guitar in the band and at the moment we’ve got an assortment of incredibly talented acquaintances operating a rhythm section revolving door for live shows.

How did you all meet?

Ernie: Alex was the year above me at school and we bonded over guitars and whiskey probably 11 years ago now. We were both in different bands and then we started a band called Fugitive Kind where Al played bass and our friend Laurie was on drums. All the guys we’ve had in the live band are either from the local scene here in Herts/London or from down in Brighton where Al went to music college. We’re lucky to be surrounded by a bunch of talented and decent people.

How long have you been playing?

Ernie: I started teaching myself drums and guitar when I was around 10, so 17ish years now! We’ve all been part of a load of different bands and projects. I started writing for what would become Bison Face in late ’18 and I think officially started the band early ’19. We got a fair bit going for the rest of that year and then the pandemic halted everything. It’s had it’s pros and cons, the isolation and loneliness really drove me to focus on writing and improving creatively, but I nearly lost my mind a few times feeling trapped and cut off.

What three words would you use to describe the music you play?

Ernie: Honest, Loud, Riffs

What are your musical influences?

Ernie: On the surface you can hear the 90s guitar band influence shine through heaviest: Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Alice in Chains etc. There is a whole melting pot of influences on the album I’ve just written, you can hear Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, Mastodon, Blur, RATM, Bowie, Elvis Costello, Gallows, Pink Floyd and a load of really heavy grunge. Biffy Clyro were massive for me on bettering my song structuring in my teens.

In terms of writing I’ve always enjoyed interesting lyrics that deal with real things, real problems and allow you to connect on a deeper level than most of the lyrics found in pop music today. I try and broaden the vocabulary I use and paint a bit of a picture, tell a story; Alex Turner is one of those lyricists that makes you enjoy language more and you don’t even realise it, and I’ve always loved that.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?

Ernie: I saw The Prodigy at Warrior’s Dance Festival at Milton Keynes Bowl and there was a guy off his face with no shoes on. People inadvertently jumping, moshing and stamping all over them and he just didn’t seem to notice. Either incredibly pain resistant or on a lot drugs. At our shows everyone’s pretty civil to be fair, we’ll have to change that post Covid.

Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Ernie: We’ve got some incredible friends over in Dublin, so it would be amazing to head over there and hang out and maybe even play a show. Post Brexit though, gigging over there would probably cost me about 5 grand or something stupid for a visa. We’ll have to sneak over Great Escape style.

What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

Ernie: I’m pretty open about all the music I listen to shamelessly. I don’t think I’ve physically bought ever any but I’m partial to a bit of old Take That. And I’ve got one Coldplay CD somewhere, the one with Trouble on it, whatever that’s called. That’s the only song by them I like. I guess owning a Coldplay CD is the biggest crime, but at least I don’t know where it is.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

Ernie: I discovered this band Superbloom from Brooklyn, when their album ‘Pollen’ came out a few weeks back and it’s been on a constant loop ever since. A full 90’s revival in their sound, I absolutely dig it. The new Turnstile EP is cracking too, and our St Albans pals Trash Boat have been dropping huge tunes from their upcoming record as well, so that looks to be a highlight for the rest of the year.

Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

Ernie: We’ve got a new single coming out on July 30th. It’s called Private Joke Party and it’s a fast, angry song about being let down and cast aside by someone you trusted implicitly, to the point where you loathe yourself and that feeling completely engulfs your whole life. It’s a bit more grungey than our first two songs, it bridges the gap between Ladybird/Treason and the sound of the EP we’re going to record in the middle of August. Not sure when that’ll be released but we’ll hopefully put out a few more singles in the autumn.

Check out the bands track, ‘Treason’ below.

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