This week Fiona grabbed a spare few minutes to chat with WITTERQUICK. Ollie, the bassist and lyricist, was kind enough to give her the answers to the questions she, and the rest of Musicology, were curious about.
What inspired your band name, and why is it all in caps?
The name comes from an 80s cartoon that a few of us watched called Visionaries. Witterquick is a character in that. The caps was to make it more than a name, it’s not a name, it’s us.
How did you find trying to get started as a serious band in Exeter compared to “music hub” cities like London?
We aren’t finding it that hard at all actually, if you work hard enough and you’re making music people like, you can start anywhere. London is a regular for shows and other things behind the scenes, but you work around it. MUSE are from near us, they did ok.
What’s your song-writing process?
The majority of the songs start as demos from Will, either whole songs or melody ideas. He and I develop those into full songs and work on the lyrics together, some are more me, some are more him. We’ve got a good Buckingham Nicks writing thing going on. Once we’re done we bash them out as a full band and everyone picks it apart to give their feel.
What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever been inspired to write a song by? And the most serious?
The most serious will be one from our upcoming EP, either Hiding Place or I Need a Friend Tonight. They were both written at particularly dark times for us. The lyrics and vibe tell the story in those songs. We wrote a song in our very early days called Leeroy Jenkins, it wasn’t directly about the famous WoW hero, but the demo needed a name.
You’ve just come off tour, do you have any interesting/funny stories from it?
All too many. We stayed in a place in Norwich that can only be described as a crack den. The rooms had no power or lights, the bathrooms had no taps and the floor seeped water. The place smelled so bad and the dodgiest characters were hanging around. We took the beds out of a few rooms and barricaded ourselves in a room together and left about 6am. That and staying in an abandoned school are up there on the list from this tour.
When did Witterquick really begin for you guys?
We toured with Nothing But Thieves right at the end of 2015, a sold out UK run, sharing a tour bus. We’d played about 4 shows before that so that was a serious jump in the deep end for us. It was mayhem from that point on, but with the internal and external changes we made through 2016 I’d say we’ve really found our feet now and are ready to really begin.
What’s next for WITTERQUICK over the next six months?
We’ve just announced a UK Summer tour through July, that will take us into festival season too. We’ve got a few releases coming up as well but my lips are sealed about that.