Follow Your Dreams – overcomplicate things, look out for cats & dismantle capitalism πŸ’₯😻

The DIY punk scene runs on sheer community; there’s already too much space being taken up by bands who want to just rock up, get paid & fuck off

πŸ’– What’s Follow Your Dreams about? Where did the name come from / How did you set up?

T: Me, Boff & Brendan were 3/5ths of a band called Rising Strike. & when that started to wind down, the three of us started messing about as an instrumental 3-piece.

I can’t remember how it came up but Kaz had expressed an interest in trying out on vocals & the two things just went together really well.

Kaz was convinced we’d never invite her back after that first practice, but the rest of us thought she killed it – the ‘click’ of it all fitting together was almost audible.

The name started out as basically trolling – we liked the idea of having “follow your dreams” on gig posters alongside the band names that are macho or stereotypically punk – like deliberately offensive or militant.

The music itself flirts with dissonance, so we enjoyed the dissonance of bringing together our weird, awkward, angry music with something so insipid & vapid.

It’s kind of morphed into something else though, as it’s changed from being an experimental side project to something we all love doing, making a sarcastic name accidentally sincere. 

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the ‘click’ of it all fitting together was almost audible

πŸ’– What inspires you to play music?

K: I just love the togetherness that music creates.

It’s something that brings people together & allows people to be truly free; even if it’s only for a short while. That’s inspiration enough. 

T: Exactly this.

There’s something cathartic & intimate about making music together – a kind of non-verbal connection that’s about trusting, encouraging & pushing each other & bringing something into being that is a mix of all of you.

We write music in a way that leans towards the unexpected & weird – which is just a whole load of fun to do.  

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There’s something cathartic & intimate about making music together – a kind of non-verbal connection that’s about trusting, encouraging & pushing each other & bringing something into being that is a mix of all of you

πŸ’– What’s your writing process?

K: Usually Tom & Bren play about with varying pedals, making all sorts of strange sounds, whilst Boff & I look at each other confused by what’s going on.

Until there’s a sound & you almost see the light bulbs above our heads.

Tom & Boff then tend to play around with riffs & drum beats. Either that or I’ll write some lyrics (usually in poem form) & we’ll play around that.

Oh then overcomplicate everything for the sheer fun of it!

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πŸ’– Who are your main influences in music/life?

K: Each of us has a varied taste in music so we draw influences from loads of different places.

I’m in love with bands like Casual Nausea, Mighty Midgets, & The Distillers. I guess the more raw punk side of things.

T: Boff is well into hardcore so he brings this really technical, aggressive & heavy sensibility to the band, adding a layer of urgency that thankfully counteracts mine & Bren’s tendency towards more self-indulgent, noodly stuff.

I’ve always been interested in critical theory in all its forms, so that comes into it too, both musically & lyrically.

πŸ’– Tell us about your aesthetic

T: 3x ageing ’90s nerds & one cat lady. 

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πŸ’– When you’re not doing band stuff what do you get up to?

K: I like to draw. I have a page on Facebook @KazHandsArt. Mainly drawings of animals!

I also help out with TNS & MPF bits which can take up a good chunk of time. Our garage is basically the TNS warehouse!

I’m also training to be a Veterinary Nurse! I officially start my course in September so I’ve been trying to get ahead with my reading & terminology etc. 

T: I have the awesome job of teaching political economy at a university – so I get to spend most of my days deconstructing capitalism, heteronormative patriarchy, colonialism & so on.

Last year I got into doing drag too. 

πŸ’– What does feminism mean to you? / What 1 thing could everyone be doing to make the scene a better place?

K: For me feminism is about acceptance.

I believe it’s come a long way from where it originated as equal rights for women. Now that we are no longer defined by just 2 genders it’s about equal rights for everyone.

One simple thing our entire planet could do is to just simply stop giving a shit about how other people want to define themselves & if someone asks you to use he/she/they you do your best to do that!

At the end of the day, it’ll have zero affect on our lives but may be a huge deal to others. 

T: A big thing for me is that feminism means paying attention to who is speaking.

Patriarchy works by misidentifying some perspectives (white straight men) as objective & universal, in contrast to the particularity & subjectivity of women, PoC, queer & trans voices.

This insight needs to be applied to the scene, which means cis straight men especially paying more attention to when their voices dominate, even if well-meaning, & what that means in terms of certain problems, experiences & contributions being downplayed or drowned out.

Men need to do more of the work in terms of educating each other, & calling out shitty behaviour.

I think there’s also space to reevaluate the aesthetics of punk. It’s pretty exciting at the moment in that there are so many new womxn-powered bands that it’s started to change what punk sounds like.

More chaos, jagged edges, screeching, experimentation, & a better sense of humour mixed with a real (rather than simulated) rage.   

Feminism means paying attention to who is speaking.

Patriarchy works by misidentifying some perspectives (white straight men) as objective & universal, in contrast to the particularity & subjectivity of women, PoC, queer & trans voices.

πŸ’– Tell us about your recent release what’s the feeling to it / what’s it about?

K: The Half Life of Teaspoons, our very first album!

We’ve released it with TNS records (England) & 5feet Under records (Denmark). We are super stoked about it!

I’m so proud of what we have made. It’s fast, furious, politically on point & a little bit weird! 

T: A lot weird in places. 

I’m so proud of what we have made. It’s fast, furious, politically on point & a little bit weird! 

πŸ’– What’s next for you guys?

K: Well, we had planned a tonne of exciting gigs to get the album out there but due to the current situation a lot have been cancelled.

It’s currently on Spotify & Apple music & available to purchase through TNS.

I guess we will get back on the gig horse as soon as we’re able to! Vinyl & CD Buy it now baby!!!!: https://www.tnsrecords.co.uk/shop/follow-your-dreams-the-half-life-of-teaspoons/
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4FND5WDdD44hIvMniHScua?si=BBfpogluTqSvVKt_6q6cBA
Listen on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/follow-your-dreams/1498640566?at=1l3vwYf

πŸ’– Dates for any upcoming shows?

K: Our last gig just before everything kicked off was actually our first London gig!

We played MPF presents bands in a brewery & a tonne of the womxn in punk & brewed a beer for what would have been the signature brew for this years festival if it were still happening.

I don’t think we actually have any more London gigs booked yet but we deffo want to play London again.

We do have a number of exciting gigs lined up for the second half of the year but a lot of them haven’t been announced yet.

You’ll have to keep an eye on our band page for announcements! πŸ‘€

πŸ’– Tell us about your other DIY Punk Scene projects!

K: I’m not really doing a great deal of anything else now that MPF has been cancelled.

This time of the year on other years I’d be hectically rolling merch in preparation for the festival & desperately trying not to lose my cats in it all.

😨

There are a lot of new releases coming out through TNS though so we’ll have plenty of pre-orders to pack soon! 

T: Last year me & some other Manchester punks started Snatch Game, an all-drag Rupaul punk covers band, which has been a huge amount of fun.

Kaz has been involved in Garlic Bread club which is the spiritual successor to the old TNS gigs & Bomb Ibiza, so – coronavirus hiatus excepted – there’s been a lot going on up here recently.  

πŸ’– What advice would you give to a band starting out?

K: If you’re thinking about doing it just do it!

I’d never been in a band before & almost let fear stop me! I’m glad I didn’t! I’m sure Tom will say get lots of pedals! 

T: Think about what music you want to produce – don’t give into the impulse to write things that are familiar or you think might be popular.

Also, CONTRIBUTE.

The best way to get gigs is to be known for chipping in, sharing gear, helping out, supporting the other bands.

The DIY punk scene runs on sheer community; there’s already too much space being taken up by bands who want to just rock up, get paid & fuck off. 

πŸ’– What are your dreams? / Have you followed them?

K: If I had to follow my actual dreams that would be scary! I have the most bizarre dreams!

On the cheesy side of things though I am actually following my dreams with my current job/studies.

I knew from being 17 that I wanted to be a vet nurse – I’m 32 now & it’s finally on its way. 

T: No matter what your dream is (unless that dream is to accrue monetary wealth at the expense of others) the first step is to destroy capitalism. 

πŸ’–  Who are the gorgeous models on your new album cover? / Are you their humans?

K: Those beautiful fur babies are part of my family!

If you haven’t already guessed from most of our art, I’m cat mad!

The 2 boys on the front are Snarf (tabby) & Mr Grohl (black) & the lovely girl on the back is Polly. You might see their faces again . . .

πŸ’– Links to any social media πŸ™‚

https://www.facebook.com/followyourdreamsband/

https://followyourdreams.bandcamp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/followyourdreamspunk/

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