10 Questions with Subsource

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on 20 April 2010 in Features

Subsource are otherworldly descendents of the UK's underground dance scene, rising from its belly they've become not only one of Shout4Music's favourite bands of 2010, they've been page-hogging all over the music magazines of late. Already being heralded as one of the most promising live acts around, Subsource will pull you in and spit you out quicker than you can say 'Where are you playing next guys, I fuckin' love you'. Then as you regain your senses, wipe the mucus and bile from you face they're gone, to another audience. So we thought we better grab a few minutes to have a chat with lead vocalist and electric double bass player Stu Henshall before they take their stage show somewhere else.

Who are Subsource?

Stu:  Subsource are a bass and beat driven rock act representing the UK underground dance music scene.  Imagine it and then imagine it ten times louder and heavier.

Why is it imperative that we have you in our boring lives?

Stu:  I guess because we are more than the flood of benign well produced, well packaged products flooding our eyes, ears and consciousness, demanding that the fans should follow suit by listening to the same music, and dressing and cutting their hair the same.  There is no dress code in our army, and everyone who gives themselves up to the dancefloor or circle pit are more than welcome.  If not, fuck off.

Describe your sound in four words for our readers that are unfamiliar with your sound.

Stu: Dirty Bastard Bass Noise

An interesting fact that we should know about Subsource...

Stu: Dennis is petrified of slugs.  Seriously.  We came out of a haze in the early morning at a festival a couple of years back, and it became apparent we were surrounded by these menacing molluscs.  (At least in Den's head.)  We had to piggyback him out of there.  Classic.

What gets Subsource out of bed in the morning?

Stu: We're generally hyped by what we are trying to achieve with this band, and sleep tends to come as a matter of exhaustion and nature's way of telling us to stop for a minute to recuperate before getting back in the studio or the van.  What am I talking about? I really don't relish catching the all too frequent van tan, broken down on the side of a motorway or stuck in traffic, but it's getting to the other side and letting loose on the next group of unsuspecting ears I can't wait to get to.

Your views on the imminent demise of 6Music...

Stu: Not just 6music.  What about the Asian network too?  The people and the music these stations represented are losing massive avenues of exposure they deserve and need.  It's a shame that they chose to do this rather than something progressive like cutting their magazines like Radio Times, or fucking Top Gear.  Do something for the planet, and commit to moving forward.  Print's gasping for air as far as I can see anyway.

The first show you guys played together?

Stu:  It was a filthy squat party in Brixton after a talk from victims and families of victims of Police brutality.  It was a totally improvised and pretty shit gig at 5 in the morning.  It was character building shall we say.

The best vinyl you've uncovered from a car boot sale/record sale...

Stu:  On a rare occasion of getting to see some family, I was seeing my sister and was walking up her road, and came across a box of records someone was chucking out, so chucked them in my car.  When I got home found I had got my hands on the complete Gary Glitter discography.  Awesome.  All the albums were there…  Touch Me, Boys will be Boys, C'mon C'mon, I Love You Love Me Love (Long time,) and Remember Me This Way.

I swiftly donated them to a local charity shop that looked at me very strangely, as if I'd turned my back on my idol.  Ahem.

It's so bad taste, I really don't mind if you don't want to use this question, but you did ask.

Ha ha, it's staying in!

You seem to be a little cagey about your festival whereabouts on your Myspace, come on you can tell us where you're going to be...

Stu: Literally all over the place, and they are still coming in.  Sign up to mailing list on the site for the exclusive on actual festivals, but I can tell you we'll be at Blissfields in Winchester, Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire, and Fusion in Germany.  The rest you'll have to wait and see.  We love the festival season, and the mix of people we get to play to.  Also hanging around at festival beats the shit out hanging around a venue for hours.

Give an insight into what people should expect on the album...

Stu: 'Tales From The Doombox' is an introduction to Subsource, and the journey we've had over the last few years.  It pulls from all areas, and gives a pretty broad idea of where we've been, and a distinct idea of where we are going to get to.  Sounds ominous eh?  Buy a copy, then come to show, and let us know what you think?

Here's the video for their first single 'The Ides';

Subsource are otherworldly descendents of the UK's underground dance scene, rising from its belly they've become not only one of Shout4Music's favourite bands of 2010, they've been page-hogging all over the music magazines of late. Already being heralded as one of the most promising live acts around, Subsource will pull you in and spit you out quicker than you can say 'Where are you playing next guys, I fuckin' love you'.

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