LOUDER FEATURES: Mixtape Medley with Play Dead
Welcome back to Mixtape Medley, where we take you inside the playlists and CD shelves of your favourite up-and-coming artists! In this edition, we chatted to unapologetic punk rockers Play Dead, who embody the brash, unsullied voice of Gen Z on their new EP 'Skint'. So prepare to sink your teeth into some of the most impassioned and pertinent artists that the new generation has to offer!
All the songs mentioned below have been compiled into this handy playlist - listen along here:
Which songs were always playing when you were a child?
Joe: When I was younger I had a shocking taste in music. 2010 Joe wasn’t impartial to a little bit of Olly Murs it has to be said. I only really developed a tolerable music taste when I was around 11. Ollie definitely had a cooler music taste in his younger years.
Ollie: I listened to a lot of The Clash when I was younger. I really liked 'White Riot' in particular.
Who were the first band you saw live? What are your memories of that show?
Joe: My first gig was technically Arctic Monkeys at the O2 which was also the day my voice broke. I wouldn’t consider that as a proper gig though, I was sat so far back to even see the band. I would consider my first proper gig to be Slaves at Ally Pally which was mental!
Ollie: The first band I saw was Billy Childish & CTMF at the Lexington - I remember being really short.
Which song will always mean the most to you?
Joe: 'God's Cop' by the Happy Mondays will always mean a lot to me. It reminds me of a great time in my life when everything was much simpler.
Ollie: A song that means the most to me is 'The Hunter' by Slaves. I used to listen to it in the car with my Dad when I was younger.
Which of your songs are you most excited to play live after lockdown?
Joe and Ollie: We’re both most looking forward to playing 'Skint' when we’re back gigging. It’s a fast paced heavy punk tune which we hope will make venues shake when we’re back.
Which song is your go-to when you need a pick-me-up?
Joe: I think 'Grand National' by Courting or 'Redevelopment' by Home Counties always get me in the mood to do anything.
Ollie: My pick me up tune has gotta be 'Drunk and Disorderly' by The Chats, it's quite fun.
If you had to trade places with one member of any band for a tour, who would it be and why?
Joe: I would swap places with the bassist from The Libertines, he never looks like he wants to fucking be there. Would probably be putting him out of his misery!
Ollie: I’d trade members with Simon from Sleaford Mods because he just dances on stage for an hour and a half and then fucks off.
What is the most recent song you have added to your music collection?
Joe: Today I added the new Frauds single ‘Money Honey’ to my playlist. Great fucking song.
Ollie: 'Evil Thing' by Billy Childish.
Which lyrics would you get tattooed on you if you had to? Do you have any band-related ink already?
Joe: “Leave Kanye out of this” (which features on 'Sunglasses' by Black Country, New Road)
Ollie: I would get 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift tattooed on me and I don’t have any tattoos because I’m too little.
Which song are you the proudest of writing?
Joe: It's hard to say considering we’re terrible songwriters but I like the lyrics on 'The Drip'.
Play Dead's new EP, 'Skint', is out now as a self-release - stream the record here:
Check out the audio video for the aforementioned track, 'Shaun', below: