One hell of a name ey? When these guys originally contacted us it’s fair to say their name was rather surprising and I didn’t know what to think… However with a link to their site and a couple videos of their live performances under my belt, they completely took any hesitations I had away. With a blend of blues, classic rock, grunge and groove, these guys totally kicked my ass with their sweet as heck riffs and gorgeous guitar tones. The vocals are snarling and aggressive yet still maintain a fantastic range similar to that of Wolfmother or Anarchy Club; perhaps even better that! Their song ‘Bohemian Blues’ in particular hugely impressed me with awesome progressions and enticing drum sequences to boot; don’t read a book by its cover folks! With all this combined, it makes us incredibly proud to present to you our interview with Kung Fu Chicken Fighters! The Q&A went as below:
Q. What would you say your particular music style/repertoire is; how would you describe your music?
A. We would describe ourselves as a Grunge Funk Rock band, fusing some fat hard riffs in a melodic melting pot of funk.
Q. Who are your biggest influences when making music and do you feel you take any aspects from their style and add it to your own?
A. Mark-There are so many influences that filter through into our music. From day one we have created our music by jamming, seeing what comes out and rolling with it. For me bands like Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Reef are all great bands that i grew up listening to and admiring, and now humbly we are being likened to a mixture of them by enthusiastic audience members who are digging our sound.
David – I feel the spirit of what influence’s us is real life. People around us, our past, present and the right will to make something with music. It’s cool that from a simple jam we can create a song without having to think about it .It’s straight from us.
Graham – I like taking weird music (SiKth, Dillinger, Gojira etc.) and using that to influence weirder music, I don’t get to push that too much with our music but I’ll keep trying!
Q. What album/albums would you put up there as your favourite of all time?
A. Mark – Reef – Replenish – British Rock at its best.
David – Porcupine Tree – In Absentia, Nirvana – Nevermind, Stuck Mojo – Hvy1 & more
Graham – one of us is the killer – The dillinger escape plan, RATM – RATM and From Mars to sirius – Gojira (limiting myself to 3 or else this will go on forever)
Q. What is the favourite gig you have ever played? (Where, how did it go down?)
A. Mark– Supporting Spanish Rockers Eldorado at The Anvil Bournemouth, it was a great night, we met some good local bands and iv become a big Eldorado fan.
David – As newbie done only three yet, i well enjoyed Christmas Stage 2015 in Bournemouth, the sound was very cool.
Graham – I’m torn between playing in Weymouth town square and the Christmas market in Bournemouth, it’s always nice to have fresh air when you’re playing.
Q. Have you got any big plans for the near future in the recording process or touring?
A. We are currently preparing to record our first EP in April, we have found a great little recording studio and are finalizing the dates that we can get in there. We do have an announcement to make soon that we are not aloud to let out of the bag yet, we are all very excited about this one so keep an eye on our website or page for it.
David– We would like to play more often and would like to take control of every stage in England!
Q. How did you acquire the name Kung Fu Chicken Fighters? It’s almost too random to be spur of the moment, it had of been pre-conceived right?
A. Creating music together in Kung Fu Chicken Fighters started and still is about having fun, its our release and escape from the everyday. Shortly after forming the band me (Mark) and Matt were discussing what to call ourselves. We wanted to keep it light with a humorous side that would get a laugh or raise a smile but also stand out in gig listings (or peoples email box about interviews/festivals etc). We wanted to make people say “what the f***s that all about”? Draw them in to listen to us and then let the music do the talking. We weren’t interested in trying to be profound or cool with some meaningful rubbish. With that in mind we were just chucking out stupid names trying to make each other laugh (there were some corkers) i came out with kung fu chicken fighters randomly, Matt thought it was hilarious but too crazy, i kept saying it and it just stuck after that. So yes it was random and spur of the moment.
Q. What was the last song you listened to and would you recommend?
A. Mark – Wyoming by Brand new sin. Go listen, now.
David – Sithu Aye – Messenger (feat. Aaron Marshall)
Graham – Nothing’s funny by the Dillinger escape plan. Amazing if you like technical music!
Matt – Ain’t no sunshine by Bill Withers but if you want raw high energy then Listen to Government Trash by Death from above 1979!!