Novocaine are a three piece original grunge band from Nottingham. With gritty, heavy tones and nostalgic shades of the 90’s grunge era, Novocaine are a powerhouse of a trio that are beginning to make some noise on their local music scene.
What first got you into music and when was it?
Joe - I’ve always been around music as far as I can remember. Being immersed in the grunge/punk scene through my teenage years is when it really started to make a difference to how I perceive the world.
Who inspired you to make music?
Burke - Every couple of years I seem to find new aspects to music that appeal to me and I try to incorporate them into my playing. Novocaine draws a lot on the original influences that got me into playing music in the first place.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Jimmy - From a young age Joe and I have been jamming together, starting with us both on acoustic guitar, all the way through to the band we’re in now. Music has naturally adapted with our collective and individual experiences and influences, culminating with the music we play today.
What is your creative process like?
Joe - It really does vary! I can sit myself down and say to myself “You have to write something” and I could be there for hours. But then something would pop up on my mind and I’d have a song written in 10 minutes! It’s really quite annoying. I usually write the foundations of the song and then we’d get into rehearsal and then we all have a good listen to it and throw our ideas in to make it sound the best it can. It’s a good system really and it’s worked well so far.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
Jimmy - The White Stripes (when they were active). I have always found the dynamic between the (ex) couple very interesting and it would be great to see how they produced music together. Their album ‘Elephant’ influenced my love of simple gritty tones.
If you could support one band, who would it be and why?
Burke - Red Hot Chilli Peppers! Especially now John is back.
What is the one message you would give your audience and what message would you give the MU readers?
Jimmy - Explore. Listen to as much music as you can, even if you think it’s not initially your cup of tea. All music has been made for a reason, and each musician has their own stories and reasons for the material they produce. Listen to full albums in order, especially if you’re attempting to become a musician yourself, it’s surprising how many techniques you can pick up from ear.
What is the most useless talent you have?
Joe - Probably playing the spoons… good party trick but that’s about it.
What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for music?
Jimmy - Living a quieter, sadder life… My neighbours might be happier though.
Where have you performed?
Jimmy - So far, we’ve performed in a few venues across Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester. My personal favourite was The Chameleon Arts Café in Nottingham just before Christmas 2019, big turnout and loads of energy. I’ve loved every gig so far. Next we’re back at our debut gig venue, West Street Live, in Sheffield on the 27th of Feb, can’t wait.
How do you feel the internet has impacted the music industry and you specifically?
Burke - I think the internet has done wonders for music in general through giving listeners a platform to discover pretty much anything, but that is a double edged sword.
What is your favourite song to perform and why?
Jimmy - We enjoy all our songs. I’d say either “Those Stone Lions” or “Codeine” as they tend to create mosh pits. Everyone loves a good of pit.
What is the most trouble you have gotten into?
Joe - I used to spray a lot of graffiti and steal things like dust caps from cars and car emblems. The I got found out for tagging someone’s garden wall and my mum made me go round after school at scrub it off. It was embarrassing to say the least.
If you could only listen to one album from now on what would it be?
Burke - That is such a cruel question, but if you were to force my hand it would be Beck’s Odelay album.
What is the best advice you have been given?
Joe - Don’t rush! If you want to commit your life to this then time is on your side. If you try to do too much too soon then you probably won’t get the results your after and you’ll be quite disheartened. Take your time. Don’t rush.
If you could change anything what would it be?
Burke - Make days 36 hours instead of 24
Which bands do you think are currently under-rated or that people should look out for?
Jimmy- A few of my friends’ bands from Nottingham. Fudge, Fading Blonde, Reflekter. Oh and of course Novocaine!
What is next for you?
Joe - We’re flirting with the idea of releasing an album this year. There’s also Glastonbudget this year which will be awesome!
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