When they toured the UK early in 2013 Rosey couldn't resist booking them for R*E*P*E*A*T, and Ash B just had to pop into the Portland's new dressing room to drool over their expesnive rider...
What inspired you musically to get into a band?
The Beatles and Queens of the Stone Age were two major influences.
Weve always been surrounded by music so it was quite natural to
pick an instrument up. We listen to lots of old stuff; our playlist
in the van is very limited. Weve listened to a lot of Black Sabbath
Where did you come up with the name Bleech? Is there a story behind it?
I was in the pub with my mate, and he came up with it. Matt claimed it for his own. If you write it with two Es it looks better. Sorry to disappoint, we didnt come up with it all drinking Bleech.
What was it like playing the same show as Pete Doherty?
We were supposed to headline the show, and we get a phone call saying
do you mind if Pete
Whats your opinion as a band on X Factor?
It should be bombed. How can you like the X Factor when youre a musician? You should have to work for it. Its just karaoke. When they cover things, youngsters dont know where the stuff originally came from and think its original.
What would be a dream gig for you?
Weve talked about this actually. We said if we were big enough to play a football stadium, we wouldnt, sorry when, we wouldnt do Wembley wed do Leyton Orient football club. 5 nights at Brixton Academy, or 100 nights at the underworld.
What about festivals?
Weve got quite a few cool festivals lined up in France and some small and medium sized ones in England. Were playing Big Tree Festival which looks really cool.
Whats it like touring in Europe?
Wicked. Its always great, people love live music. And you get great food as well. You get wine and food for free, its really relaxed. You get like a huge feast after your gig, with all the other bands, its got this really communal feel its brilliant. Not like in England, actually we got food tonight! It was top notch haha and we got Peroni! [glad you liked it - Ed]. Weve spent the last week getting given bottles of Carlsberg in Scotland.
What would you say your best gig so far has been?
Quite a few. Coco at the beginning of this tour with Wicked was good. Wed been in the studio for like 5 weeks, I cant understand how some bands say theyve been in the studio for months, I couldnt handle it. Especially for the drummer though, because thats all done first so I just sit about watching Trisha. We all took mornings off to watch Trisha. Columbia Halle in Germany was wicked.
On the other end of the scale, whats the worst gig youve played?
Oh my God! The worst one we played was probably in Burton upon Trent last year. It was like a man and his dog, a prostitute and a transvestite and some other band members. But they loved it, the dog really loved it. He woofed a lot. Our worst gig was probably Viva Viva actually, we played in a tapas bar, people were sitting down eating fajitas and all they could hear was us, we were so loud. I think they expected a mariachi band.
Whats it like being in a band with your sibling?
Its alright actually; I think we get on better on the road than
we do at home. Its one of those
So theres no chance youll end up like Liam and Noel Gallagher?
Hahaha, the PR would go up a bit, we might sell more records that way.
With downloads and torrents etc, is it harder to gain publicity and record sales?
Its all online, if you havent got a million fans on Facebook,
thats all people look at. Its
What do you think youd do if you werent in a band?
God knows. Dustbin man, none of us really have any qualifications.
Weve got A levels but what do they mean? Matt would have been
a stage actor. But weve never ever considered being in anything
but a band. Id be on GMTV playing drums for Emily Sande. Haha!
Youd probably get better pay! We were in Doncaster about a week
ago and we visited the high watt
What advice would you give to anyone trying to make it as a band?
Keep gigging! Sell your soul, get a good haircut and be prepared to bend over! Haha! No, just keep at it, learn your stage craft. Stay true to yourself, dont lose faith hahaha! Go on X- Factor! If nothing happens in 5 years Im going on X-Factor! I work in a chicken factory, my mum thinks Im really good
By Ash B