Interview: Olly Burden of Hounds at Camden Rocks 2014

By on Tuesday, 10th June 2014 at 11:00 am
 

B-movie mad scientists Hounds – a motley troupe of up-and-coming electro punk rockers – were delighted to occupy their slot at The Underworld for Camden Rocks 2014. Having escaped the ecological entanglement of their countryside roots, TGTF’s own Ben Parkinson managed to grab 5 minutes with lead singer Olly Burden to muse on the day and its impact on the scene at large. Here’s what he had to say:

The theme of today is rock music. How important do you believe events like this are to the genre as a whole?
I think, very important really. As we were driving into here today, as we were loading our gear in, the whole of Camden had been taken over completely by bands. Everywhere you look there’s splitter vans and transit band pulling up. I’m really impressed, to be honest, as to what Chris [McCormac, the event organiser] has done. I’m really impressed, man, he’s done a great job and it provides the opportunity for a lot of people to get some publicity – to get their name out there. And, he’s sold it out, which is amazing. I think it can only be good for the rock scene as a whole. This IS the British rock scene – the capital – and everyone’s come here to play and show what they’ve got. So, respect.

How does it feel to be playing in Camden, with such a unique rock music heritage? Do you feed off that a little bit?
We love playing Camden. We’re not a London band. We come from a tiny village out in the middle of nowhere. So, for us to be included in this type of thing is always a big deal. Even though we come up here and play a lot, it’s still a big deal because there was nothing to do where we came from apart from cause trouble and start fires and stuff like that. So, we use to look at this sort of thing and think, you know, “one day we’ll be included in something like that”. For us, now, to get the invite to play something like this, it’s like a sense of achievement. It felt like something that we would never be able to do because there was nothing going on and we didn’t feel like part of a scene where we came from. We had to work hard to get here. We love it. To be included in this today is great.

What’s your favourite Camden venue?
It’s hard to say! We’ve played most of them. We tend to play The Barfly a lot, so I’d have to say The Barfly just because we feel most at home there. The dressing room is kind of like our own living room. And, if we’re not playing and we’re going to see our friends playing it’s still the same, because it’s our mates!

Urban festivals, or fun in a field?
It’s hard to say, because we’ve just played the urban festival and it was amazing. Fun in a field is always good. We come from the countryside, so maybe we feel more at home in the woods, in the dark surrounded by trees and shrubs. So, our own festival, I feel comfortable with.

Sticking with the ‘rock’ theme; what inspired you to start making rock music in the first place?
Well, my Dad was the drummer and singer in a band, so growing up I just used to listen to rock music all the time. It was what was played in my house, and I think it’s the same for anyone that ends up in a rock band. It’s the first sound you hear. Luckily for me, it was things like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple rather than some shit pop band. So, yeah, it was in my blood, even from being a little kid. And, then it’s the same for everyone else in the band. Like I say, we grew up together in a small village, and we all gravitated towards each other because we were the only people, in a place where there was nothing to do but course trouble and play football, we gravitated towards each other because of the same interest. So, we ended up in a band together, causing chaos.

We noticed during your set that there was an element of mad scientist, with everyone coming out all in white, this throbbing light and drone going off in the background. Could you tell us about the idea behind that?
We think of ourselves as, you know… We’re always experimenting, so I guess the tag mad scientist kind of fits. It feels comfortable hearing you say that. It’s like, in a sea of black, it would be quite fitting that we’re the only band swimming in the opposite direction. Looking around, I’m probably the only guy in Camden wearing white, and I’m quite happy with that. That’s where we wanna be. We’re swimming in the opposite direction to everybody else.

So… nothing to do do with purity then?
[Laughs] It’s fuck all to do with purity! Quite the opposite.

Stay tuned for more of Ben’s coverage of Camden Rocks coming soon.

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