Mel: Brasher | Artists in Lockdown

Today’s chat is with Mel from punk rock band, Brasher, who I am still yet to see live. Their music is incredible, so they’re definitely at the top of my must-see list post-lockdown.

Brasher

How have you been keeping busy during lockdown?

My main hobbies have been bike rides (to places like Bath and Portishead), loads of cooking and baking, Skyrim and writing new Brasher music ready for when we can get back in a rehearsal room.

I’m glad you’ve been able to work on new Brasher material! Can you tell us more about it?

I’ve basically finished writing the second album but obviously wee can’t work on this together until it’s safe enough to get back into our local studio. We also did a collaboration with a bunch of bands we’re mates with, recording our own version of Idiots Are Taking Over by NOFX to help raise awareness of the Music Venue Trust campaign Save Our Venues. We picked that song because it seems more relevant than ever in our current political climate of rightwing assholes. Here’s a link, and you can play ’spot the mates’ or something!
How do you think the lockdown has affected the music industry?
I think the fact that we need the Save Our Venues campaign and loads of venues have set up Crowdfunding initiatives shows that lockdown has affected it badly. Our government obviously aren’t that interested in protecting our culture and entertainment industry or none of this would need to happen so yeah, in short, Lockdown has fucked our industry. 
What is the first thing you want to do when lockdown is lifted?
Have band practice. The last gig Brasher played we decided to just play our album all the way through from start to finish and I basically wanna do that again. Get in a room together, dim the lights, turn everything up to fuckin’ max and smash through it. Playing Lous music or being in a room where loud music is being performed is better for me than any drugs or therapy and I’ve never missed anything in my 30 years of living as much as this, so yeah. Band Practice. Hot, loud, sweaty, boozy, blood-on-my-knuckles-and-scratchplate-at-the-end, band practice.
Has the lockdown affected your mental health? How?
Not as much as I thought it would. I’m trying to be proactive and do things that are proven to make me happy and not take on any projects I know will cause my frustration which has really helped. I have the luxury of still being at work (reduced hours, but still) which has helped give me some sense of normality and when I’m not at work I try to mimic a work week as much as possible by only sleeping late or getting hammered on weekends for example. I’ve said to loads of people but I can’t recommend getting decent exercise enough – being outdoors and just walking for an hour or so while listening to an album on headphones is incredible for both mental and physical health and wellbeing.
How do you try to stay motivated to be creative?
More or less the same way I usually do. I try to discover and listen to as much new music as I can which helps, or watching live gigs on YouTube. I currently have each of my guitars set to a different tuning in an attempt to push myself into new musical territory, which I think has worked, the new Brasher album currently has four different tunings on, which is rad!
Huge thanks to Mel for getting involed in this series!
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