Billy Mason Wood (Vocals)
Dan Beesley (Guitar)
Owen Griffiths (Bass)
Alistair Stobbart (drums)
Blacklisters formed in 2008, quickly earning a reputation as a formidable live act through aggressive, confrontational performances riddled with dark humour. Their music has drawn comparisons to the Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Pissed Jeans and Kong. The band have released 2 EPs, Swords (Best Enemies), and Belt Party (Childhood Sweetheart).
Interview with Billy Mason Wood, Blacklister’s vocalist:
Piotr Balkus: Your album is coming out soon. How you can convince people to buy it?
Billy: Yeah 4th April. It is made out of solid gold and smells of flowers and each copy is kissed by a unicorn. It also has a bunch of songs we wrote on it and has a dog on the cover. Would you want anything else from an album?
PB: You describe your music as very loud. And your gigs are very loud. What for?
Billy:I had a dream once and Freddie Mercury told me that it had to be or he’d get Brian May on us. That’s the last thing anybody wants.
PB: You play Kasabian covers at gigs. Would you like to be as good as they?
Billy: It isn’t a Kasabian cover its just called “Clubfoot By Kasabian”. I think though that we want that more than anything. I have pictures of Serge the guitarist all over my bedroom and I dream of him holding me and rocking me to sleep Singing “Shoot The Runner”.
PB:Is Blacklisters a bit of a joke band?
Billy:Only if that it’s a really good joke that works on lots of levels.
PB: How many per cent you play for fun and how many for other purposes?
Billy: 13% fun 87% because we are afraid of Brian May.
PB: I don’t know much about the music scene in Leeds. Are there any bands as good as you?
Billy:It’s quite diverse and there are lots of people in bands who know each other. So it makes being in a band enjoyable because there are lots of friendships involved. Loads are as good or better or loads better: These Monsters, Hawk Eyes, Pulled Apart by Horses, Humanfly, That Fucking Tank, Hookworms, Black Moth, Normal Man, Super Luxury, Runners, Queen ft. Paul Rogers, Black Eyed Peas, Angus Young, Slade, Justin Bieber and The Carpenters all of those are good.
PB: Are you the best band in Leeds?
Billy:Up until his untimely death it would have Davy Jones’ The Monkees were the best band in Leeds. Now I’d say it’s between Black Eyed Peas and Slade but they are fighting it out on the park after school on Friday. Tops Off.
PB: I would describe your music as fuck-rock…
Billy: That’s totally fine by me. I like the word fuck and I like the word rock and I really like the font you’ve used so I am happy with it as a whole. Thanks.
PB: What do you think Kurt Cobain would think if he could hear your music?
Billy: He’d probably think something like “Wow this is good. This music makes me want to shoot my face off”.
PB: Thanks, that was real fun to interview you.
Billy: Thank you.