A fuzzed up garage rock trio from Birmingham featuring Scott Vincent Abbott on guitar and vocals, Poppy Twist on drums and TJ on bass, Table Scraps put out their full-length debut as a two-piece in mid-2015 with ‘More Time For Strangers’ arriving on Hell’s Teeth Records. Positive reviews followed from the likes of Line of Best Fit and Louder Than War, as did the addition of a bassist, with their second full-length album ‘Autonomy’ being released on 23rd February this year via Zen Ten Records. In the second of our series of interviews with the WRONG line-up, we spoke to TJ of Table Scraps about their upcoming appearance at the festival.
For someone who may never have come across you before, how would you describe your music? And if you could recommend them one of your songs which one would it be?
It’s a fucking mess! We’re pretty dedicated to garage rock, as well as punk, metal and psych. In terms of genre-bending whilst in thrall to America (yet being “British” in an inescapable sonic way), Motörhead is not a bad comparison. ‘Motorcycle (Straight To Hell)’ is a good place to start: it’s our psych-punk (by way of krautrock) nightmare which takes its inspiration from a terrible B-Movie filmed in Birmingham in the 1990s.
Who or what have been the biggest influences on your sound?
Because we’re a pain in the arse we try and play things too straight or stay in one sonic camp. Trying to sum it up recently, our guitarist Scott said we sound like “Black Flag covering The Kinks via time travel” which I’ve always found is pretty accurate. There’s no getting around it with our Midlands roots, though, Black Sabbath is way up there.
How well do you know Liverpool and what’s the best thing about the city?
Scott lived in Liverpool for a while and we’ve played a handful of shows up here and have always had a brilliant time. Crowds up North are always far more willing to take a punt on something they haven’t heard before and are more receptive to bands who don’t spoon feed them. Liverpool is that rare balance of cool and really hospitable and it’s far less susceptible to hype than the South. God bless Scousers and their fantastic bullshit detectors!
There are multiple of festivals for artists from the ‘freakscene’ across Europe, do you see the development of something similar happening in the UK?
Definitely – I think most people are kind of over the traditional festival experience, in terms of it being too expensive and saturated with bands you’re not that fussed about, and it’s forcing the whole thing to give everyone more value for money and be more genre-specific which is obviously a good thing. The audience for loud and nasty bands is arguably the most dedicated and they’re the sort of crowd who do actually engage with and watch bands they might not have heard of before seeing them at a festival like WRONG. There is always more room for well-curated festivals, especially in the UK!
What’s your favourite festival memory, either as an artist or a fan?
One of our favourite memories from last year was playing at Bristol Psych Fest, which shares a fair few acts with this year’s edition of WRONG. It also very much succeeded off of the back of a small handful of enthusiasts who stuck to their guns about hand-picking the lineup.
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Apart from yourselves, who would you recommend people see at WRONG Festival?
I stumbled upon Future of the Left in my mid-teens and they were a massive gateway band into modern heavy alternative music for me. Julia Ruzicka is one of my absolute favourite bassists in terms of finding that perfect balance of girth and melodic: I’ll always listen to ‘Beneath The Waves an Ocean’ and ‘Goals in Slow Motion’ as a blueprint for getting my bass tone just right. Spectres, Kagoule and Alpha Male Tea Party are brilliant. Fucking GNOD! I got turned onto Black Pudding recently and think they’re going to be amazing. And who wouldn’t be excited about seeing Damo Suzuki? Guaranteed brilliance.
Why should festival goers take time out to come and see you play? What can they expect from your live set at WRONG?
We’re great believers in only playing what’s good enough and not boring your audience by letting the energy levels drop or outstaying your welcome. It’ll be loud, sweaty and fun plus we’ll have a theremin with us, which is always a laugh. We’re also be road-testing a new “heavy as fuck” set which we are taking on tour with the legendary Monster Magnet after Dave Wyndorf insisted we join them on tour in Europe. No pressure!
You can hear more music by Table Scraps over at Bandcamp and Soundcloud. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As well as performing at WRONG, you can also catch them at Liverpool Sound City on 5th May and Focus Wales in Wrexham on 11th May.
The second edition of WRONG Festival will take place across three performances spaces at Invisible Wind Factory, North Shore Troubadour and Drop the Dumbulls on Saturday 28th April 2018. Tickets are available here for a very reasonable £20 (discounted advance).