This spring, Mohair will mainly be touring, touring and then touring some more.
Since they've put the effort in to book all those dates for the pleasure of toilet venue frequenters around the country, it seemed only fair to give Mohair a chance to sell themselve to you in their own words. So here, for your reading pleasure, is a short Q&A session with guitarist/vocalist Tom.
Mohair - who's in it, and what does it sound like?
Me, Tim, Pete and Alex... we sound like the bastard son of every record we've ever listened to.
What came first - the band name, or the band members' extravagant hair? Or is there no connection whatsoever between the two?
There was never meant to be a connection. The band came first, then the hair kinda did its own thing... and then came the name... but not because of the hair.
Give us a quick summary of Band Achievements to date?
Believe it or not I got BAGA 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Alex got his 20m swimming just last week. There are no certificates to say that you've spent the last few years slugging your guts out trekking up and down the country in the back of a transit van playing every toilet there is... there should be. We did get to release a single early last year and there is a piece of paper saying that we successfully reached 177 in the charts (it may be in my own handwriting though).
How different was playing America to playing in the UK?
Totally. You are treated like a star even if you aren't. We only played in Los Angeles so I guess we got the glitziest side of it all. Sound engineers, promoters, bar staff... I dunno... they just treat you like you're not just there to sell their beer or get in their way... what a joy. The audiences seem a little more open to a good 'wig out' from time to time - something we british find hard unless we are told that it's ok by magazines or tv.
What can we expect from the live Mohair experience?
Decent songs being played well and the odd convulsion or scissor kick thrown in for good measure. Good songs are paramount, the rest is a bonus.
How can people get hold of Mohair's music, and why should they bother?
Go to any decent bargain bin or charity shop... no... there is a single coming out on the 19th April called Brown Eyes Blue and you will simply feel better about yourself if you go and buy it!
What's do you plan for the next step on your path to world domination?
World domination sounds like a bit too much effort. We're like every band, we just want people to get the chance to get into what we do and for them to get as much out of it as we do... call that domination if you will. The next step to this is to get the records out and tour our arses off till everybody is sick of us then retire and do voice-overs on strange children's programmes... worked for Ringo.
Well, that's the band - now, to those tour dates:
17th LONDON – Metro
19th MANCHESTER – The Late Room
20th SCARBOROUGH – Kaz Bar
24th YORK – Fibbers
25th SHEFFIELD – Fez Club
26th DONCASTER – The Leopard
27th LEEDS - Joseph Wells
31st HULL - Adelphi
1st CARLISLE – Brickyard
2nd SUNDERLAND – Bar 36
3rd PETERBOROUGH – Met Lounge
6th GREENOCK – Connelly’s
7th EDINBURGH - Venue
8th MOTHERWELL - Starka
9th PERTH – Taw Tams
10th GLASGOW – King Tuts
11th ABERDEEN – Café Drummond
13th LIVERPOOL - Barfly
14th BIRMINGHAM – Bar Academy
15th NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
16th NORTHAMPTON – Soundhaus
17th COVENTRY - Colosseum
21st SOUTHAMPTON - Joiners
28th LONDON – Islington Academy 2
29th BURY ST EDMUNDS – Priors Inn
30th BOSTON - Axe & Cleaver
1st KINGSTON - Peel
3rd READING - Univeristy
4th CAMBRIDGE – Anglia University
5th ST ALBANS – The Horn Reborn
6th BRIGHTON – Concorde 2
7th TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Forum
8th HASTINGS – The Crypt
12th BOURNEMOUTH - University
13th WINCESTER – Railway Inn
14th HIGH WYCOMBE – White Horse
15th HARLOW – The Square