Mazuma Fly are Jamie Jenkin (vocals), Rick Morris (guitars), Mark Briggs (bass), Dan Vickers (drums). They combine loud guitars with loud politics. They're into The Clash and the Manics, then.
With yourselves and Miss Black America emerging recently, do you think there is a new need for politicised pop bands?
"The need for politicised pop bands has never gone away. As long as people are disillusioned by the politics that govern our lives there should always be bands that document that disillusion."
Jamie - what was the cause of your breakdown?
"A sense that the rest of the world was making my life a living hell. The things that comforted me no longer had that effect. Fuck 'em."
Do you think that you, The Moonies, Pinhole and The Relatives represent an important counterculture to the Coral-led 'psychedelic' scene? Could any of these bands go on to have similar success? How big do you want to get?
"Liverpool is a city riddled with decay. It is serving its sentence for its general apathy from its rich past. This is what we are forced to endure, and our music, and the music of the other bands mentioned reflects this.
"The Coral are also from Merseyside and create pointless noise. The Coral led psychedelic scene is devoid of culture, it's an apathetic, drug fuelled, boring piece of novelty shit. Petty jealousy? Perhaps, but songs about turning into trees, essentially kids' music, have very little relevance to what's happening to us. Bands should be shot if they smoke dope. It's really depressing that a drug now so mundane is still considered cutting edge and exciting, and can be used to sell Skiffle to the masses. In answer to the second question, we want to be the hugest band in existence. To hear bands moaning about how indecent it is to become famous is the antithesis of what we are about. We want as many people as possible to hear what we have to say; if we get lots of money and fame along the way then great. We have suffered this bloody frustration for too long and we want everyone to hear about it."
Who are your influences?
"The Clash, Larkin, Joy Division, Irvine Welsh, Sigur Ros, At The Drive-In, Manic Street Preachers, Mike Leigh. All of these people/bands have helped influence us musically and politically amongst others too numerous to mention."
What makes you different from all the other loud, angry guitar bands popping up all over the country at the moment?
"A conscience and a brain. There are many supposed angry bands. However, it seems to be anger about the girl at school snogging their friend or anger that teacher makes them do too much work. Petulance is not anger. What sets us apart is the willingness to see beyond the anger and create a comprehensible message of what you are being fed."
For those unaware, can you give us a short history of the band?
What type of people would you think would be into your music?
"Anyone with a heart, anyone with a pulse, anyone with a soul. Anyone without a Coldplay LP."
What are your plans for the future?
"Get signed, get drunk, get out of this mess."
You can hear Mazuma Fly at www.mazumafly.co.uk, where you can also find out more about the band and where to see the band live.