The Carouser gets personal with the aptly named London-based punk band Booze & Glory.
So Booze and Glory…your name, much like your music is straightforward and without bullshit. But is there any other meaning behind it for you?
It’s just a name without any deep or profound meaning.
We wanted a name that people wouldn’t forget and that seems to have worked so far….
And as for the booze..what is each of your tipples of choice?
We’re sipping whiskey & coke as we speak! We would really love one day to put out our own “Glory Booze” line of craft beers. Keep your eyes peeled for that one!
“For the Better Times” is truly lovely, soaring and full of sentiment. What the fuck happened?
Most of our songs have some sort of sentimental content. They’re just about different things. You can be passionate about football, just as you can put across the sort of sentiments expressed in FTBT. Look at songs like “Waiting For Tomorrow” and “Hope You Still Remember” -Perhaps FTBT stood out to you, but that sort of expression for us isn’t really a new thing.
We may have a particular sort of image associated with us, but we’ve never been afraid of expressing our emotions -whether we’re relating a sense of regret, feelings of anger, or just enjoying good times with friends – some still with us, some not.
“FTBT” was released more than six months before the new album, which is a bold move, whether from an indie or a major label artist. Was this intentional? Or do you like releasing music as and when you want?
“FTBT” was recorded at the same time as “Blood From A Stone” and “Carry On”. They were never really intended to be on the new album, but “FTBT” on Chapter IV may be a bit of a surprise…. I’ll leave that one there. As for releasing music as and when we want…. it’s never quite that simple.
When it comes to non-album releases (EP’s etc) yes, we do what feels right for us at the time. We’d much rather release a few really good songs like “Blood From A Stone”, “Carry On” and “FTBT”, than hurry it and put out an album that’s half filler – just because we’re in a rush.
We’re passionate about what we do -it’s what we’re all about, so making a half-arsed attempt at an album would just be insulting to everyone who supports us.
All of your songs teem with elements of the city. “Carry On” for one example, sounds like every heavy Friday night I never had. Does London still have the edge in the punk and ska scene for you? Or do you think somewhere else does it better?
As the band was formed in London and we spent so much time there, that’s what we are familiar with. We’ve also spent a great deal of time in other places that have their own scenes. You cant really compare them with each other because what goes on in each different place is unique to the people and their surroundings. And yes the London scene still has an edge and probably always will. There’s tons of things going on in the city at any given time as someone said “if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life!”
You’re embarking on a pretty fucking huge tour and you’ve just booked to go to Japan too. Is this your biggest yet?
Yes, it is
When we started, obviously we weren’t a full-time touring band -mainly because we also had to have “real jobs”. That”s gradually changed over the years (through years of hard work) and now we’re about to start our biggest tour so far. We’re doing it on the back of a really strong album that we’re really proud of.
We just can’t wait to get out there and do it!
Do you have any dream tour mates?
We all have so many favourite bands that we’d love to tour with -the list is endless!
But as for dream tour mates, we’d have to pick one favourite band for each of us and it’d be a pretty weird line-up!
To a lot of outsiders a lot of punk bands on the London scene can sound similar. Can you tell us what makes you guys unique and why we should come for a night out with you on your tour?
We’re a band comprising of four members from completely different countries and cultural backgrounds. That’s a major part of what makes us who we are and one of the reasons we might stand out.
Why would you come to see us? Why wouldn’t you?
Our answer to the first question was a total lie… We like a drink.