Ernie, the vocalist of metal band Bison Face, filled out a quick Q&A for us! Catch their show on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at The Horn in St. Albans. Tickets at http://www.thehorn.co.uk
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?
Ernie: To be honest I don’t even remember how me and Alex first met, it was probably at school or at a local gig at that point about 11 years ago. But he’s always a been a very friendly, VERY particular guy. He knows what he likes and he sticks to it; Good food, good alcohol and desert rock. I first met Phillips at one of the Muskets shows he was playing down in Brighton and I met Steven like 3 weeks ago! That’s the current live line-up for the next show.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS?
Ernie: I think our first headline show was the most special one, it just felt like a culmination of a lot of hard work and it was a proper celebration, with all the local fans and our close friends. Everyone was fully locked in, singing along and bouncing. Pure catharsis. But I’m always looking forward to making new memories more than reflecting, I think our first show back post Covid could blow it out the water.
WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?
Ernie: I think just for who he is Dave Grohl, the talent and the stories would just be incredible, he’s my musical hero. But I’d love to have been able to watch someone like Prince’s process, even though he was meant to be a bit of a diva, he’s just insanely talented on about every instrument in existence. And he’d bring the funk, which I’m pretty sure I can’t.
WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
Ernie: It’s always whatever I’m working on at the present, I’m always trying to improve and expand my songwriting. The new single ‘Private Joke Party’ is especially important to be, so I can’t wait for people to hear that one. That spurred out of a pretty dark time, so writing that was a bit of therapy and catharsis for me mentally.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?
Ernie: Probably just 36 double espressos. We’re all vegan or veggie, so in the UK most likely the vegan Greggs sausage roll. We don’t really have many option at the petrol stations here, but at the services there are a few gems littered amongst the fast food trash. Leon is pretty good for plant based stuff.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
Ernie: I’m big into film, art and literature. Huge Tarantino fan, and there’s a lot of sci-fi themes running through a bunch of my lyrics, the new EP is very space oriented. Blade Runner, Star Wars, Alien, Dune, 2001 – they all had an impact on me growing up. And we have a track called ‘Mallrats’ so I’d have to mention Kevin Smith and the View-Askewniverse. Art wise I’ll mention Aboudia, Basquiat and Noel Fielding. And then I read a hell of a lot, poetry, plays, fiction, books on astrophysics – you name it. One of the perks of having insomnia is I have a lot of time on my hands to write and absorb.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Ernie: Trust certain people more. Trust certain people a HELL of a lot less. Dive into a lot more headfirst. And don’t lose your drive and your passion, it’ll all work out in the end.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR?
Ernie: We’ve got the new single I mentioned earlier coming out in the next couple of weeks, and then we’re playing our first show in 22 months at our local venue, so we’re gearing up for that. After that we begin recording down in Brighton in mid-August and then we’ll just be planning releases and shows around what we can do. Hopefully we’ll have some new things to announce after we’ve played the headliner on July 31st!