Ill Murray are one of the most exciting bands to
come out of Cambridge since the likes of Pilots Of The Sixth, The Shills
and Ten City Nation. Rising like a dirty phoenix from the ashes of Boring
Girls and Tread Water, with a post punk, garage rock vibe about them
with the subtlest hint of indie, Ill Murray are set to burst onto the
new music scene like a peach hitting a wall.
Having already supported punk band LetLive and played their debut London
performance within their first 3 gigs, Ill Murray are set to be something
big, so I caught up with the members of the band, Maxwell Tait, Will
Carroll, Jack Hilbert and Dan Smith to discuss kettles, mud races, whats
next for this band, oh and their evident love for Bill Murray.
1 Describe Ill Murray in 3 words.
MT: Ooooohhhh coooorrrrr. You should have let us prepare for this.
JH: Like Bill Murray.
MT: No we havent got any beards in the band though.
WC: We could. Dans got a beard.
2. What can we expect from Ill Murray in the coming months?
DS: EP album.
MT: Its gonna be fucking sick
WC: Were gonna rock the socks off the world
3.When you are not with the band, where can you most likely
be found, and doing what?
MT: Oh well...
DS: I dont know if Im allowed to say it.
WC: Well Im err usually in..
WC: Yeah in spar shop in Hadenham working
4. You recently played your first London gig in Shoreditch,
what sort of reaction did you receive?
JH: There were loads of hipsters.
DS: Bare hipsters, it was okay.
WC: Some people cheered and clapped.
JH: There were loads of leisure pirates.
MT: Yeah they were all leisure pirates werent they! They came
down from Camden for their first gig.
5. Whats so special about Bill Murray?
WC: What isnt so special about Bill Murray?
JH: He was in lost in translation.
MT: He was in space jam!
JH: He was in stripes
DS: ITS BILL FUCKING MURRAY
JH: He was in groundhog day
DS: Hes a ghostbuster.
6. How much of an influence have previous bands such as
Boring Girls, Tread Water and The Proles had on Ill Murray?
WC: They dont mean shit
MT: Its all Dirty Cousins! (starts singing fuhai..)
7. Who are your major musical influences that affect that
music you are currently producing?
WC: Dirty Cousins.
JH: Sonic Youth
8. Maxwell, Damon Albarn or Bill Murray?
JH: Bill Murray
MT: Nah hang on guys. Hey what if you combine the two? Itd be
the best musical ever made.
WC: You should write it.
MT: nah I probably couldnt itd have to be Bill Murray.
JH: itd be like Chinese opera.
9. What can people expect from your gigs?
JH: Maxwell sweating a lot.
WC: Sweat, dancing girls, confetti
Sounds like a friendly fires gig
DS: CHEESEY PUFFS!
10. Now this one is the special R*E*P*E*A*T question, whats
best, chips or cream buns?
WC: Its obviously chips.
MT: Yeah its obviously chips.
DS: I quite like both.
MT: (Maxwell's autism kicks in slightly) do cream buns get grown underground?
WC: Chips dont exactly get grown underground
DS: Imagine a chip plant!
WC: How would they keep hot?
MT: Patio heater!
DS: Itd be a bit like growing weed but chips.
MT: What? Like a plant you mean? Yeah I guess youre right.
DS: If youre doing it professionally, making a living out of it,
youd have to have UV lights and shit.
WC: Staff on hand at all times.
11. Who else, other than yourselves, should we be listening to at
WC: Dirty Cousins.
MT: Good Boys. (everybody laughs)
JH: Fleetwood Mac
WC: The Offspring
WC: I think people should listen to Audiofire.
JH: That big band. Oh wait Futureproof.
ME: Werent they on some tv programme?
WC: And also one of them was on Come Dine With Me, and their after dinner
entertainment was Futureproof
12. Where do you see the band in a years time?
MT: On top of the world.
MT: No were gonna be having sex with Bono.
WC: What about The Edge?
MT: He wears a hat. Whats in your hat today The Edge? Chewing
gum and cress. Nah were gonna play every festival next summer.
And thats sort of a year.
13. Your music makes me tap my foot, but I tap my foot when
the kettle boils, what makes your music more tapworthy than my mums
JH: But does our music make you want to lose control?
DS: What type of kettle is it because thats quite a big factor.
Its a errrrrr Dyson kettle.
WC: Dyson dont make kettles?!
MT: Do they have a little ball on the bottom so you can roll it around?
MT: Do you have Parkinsons in your foot?
DS: Thats a baaad disease...
and you cant just get it in your foot
(we somehow get back to the topic of chips and cream buns)
DS: Oi how many buns are we talking? The same weight of buns and chips...
14. Have you considered entering the Maldon Mud
JH: I reckon wed win
DS: Right, what is it?
WC: Im not gonna win the race. I wouldnt win a race of any
15. And finally, what do you think of other Cambridge bands?
DS: Oi I actually went on Audiofires actual website this morning,
it genuinely made me a bit angry and sad.
WC: Have you seen the video Introducing Audiofire?
DS: I dont want to.
MT: Hahaaa; nah the best things the font for their logo, it looks
like someones just pooed out some words.
DS: Oi lets go to McDonalds.