With just three weeks to go until our bands take to the stage on the 11th February, we spent 5 minutes getting to know Prëmiër Crüe!
Prëmier Crüe is a mötley bünch. They are an assörtment of pension fölk who have all wörked together at some time or another; 3:20pm, 11:25am or any other time you care to mention. Having enjoyed Mallowstreet so much this band is now in its føürth incarnation, sort of like a Timelörd that can’t get a Rhythm Guitar player to commit to more than three gigs.
- Snickers Vickers - Guitar, played with a smooth caramel style, and a nut at the end of the fretboard.
- Bounty Buglear – Drums, bongos, coconuts. Hell, I’ve even seen him tap away on small people’s heads on the underground.
- Milky Way Riddaway – Bass, and also the fastest member of the band. 3.12 Hours to run the Marathon. Or was that Snickers?
- Caramac McCann – Vocals, the kind of nostalgic singer that’s appealing at first, but by the end you feel a bit sick and wish you’d had a satsuma instead.
Q: What made you want to join the line-up for mallowstreet Rocks 2016?
A: We won the first night of the competition under our previous incarnation, DeCapitator in 2013 and want to win it back, having harshly lost out the last two times due to Nick Clegg being deputy Prime Minister and Susan Boyle releasing a new album! #blameNickClegg #susanalbumparty
Q: Who is your chosen Charity and why have they been selected?
A: Chosen charity is Cavell Nurses Trust which has been our corporate Charity partner for the last three years. Last year, 2015, was their centenary year and a few members of Premier staff went to Canada to conquer Mount Cavell as part of their centenary celebrations. Cavell Nurses' Trust provides vital support to all UK nurses during very difficult times. They offer help to registered nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, student nurses and retired nurses who have given a lifetime of caring and compassion. https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/
Q: What is your favourite track on your set list for mallowstreet Rocks?
A: My personal favourite is our Pearl Jam cover, Alive. Eddie Vedder cites me in various interviews as his mentor and muse. Indeed it was my first band, created with two of my school friends back in the late 80s that is credited as the inspiration behind the original Seattle grunge scene. Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl were in the front row of one of our Wembley Stadium gigs in 1990 and immediately went back home to America, ditched their harmonica and wobble-board act and created Nirvana. As I’m the lead singer and the most important one, I will say that Alive is also everyone else’s fave.
Q: Many band mates have nicknames for each other, do you have any and if so why?
A: Some of our nicknames write themselves – Peter Vickers is the Vicar, Kris Buglear is Boogs and I drink Peroni. Not sure where Bobby Carrot got his nickname, but he does walk funny around snowmen.
Q: What was it that brought the group together, any x-factor style auditions?
A: The Vicar and I are in a two piece band and we were originally asked to play at a Capita event back when the Vicar worked for Capita. He then recruited two more Capita colleagues and a former band member Boogs to form DeCapitator. We added a female singer and replaced the guitarist (his ears exploded) both from Capita at the time, but time has moved on and we have now replaced the guitarist again (one of his knees moved to Romania) with an old school friend of mine and replaced the female singer with another member from Premier. These two have since both declined attendance at Mallowstreet as they have joined a kibbutz on the river Ouse. We are making enquiries over the availability of our second guitarist’s other knee. We have also in the meantime recruited a guitarist/keyboardist but he was last seen half-naked on a beach in Polynesia drinking chai tea, talking to a coconut about Zen. It’s been very complicated. We do not have anyone to play glockenspiel or timpani.
Q: Did you have any falling outs when selecting your set-list for the show?
A: Not really. It’s generally a consensus that what I say goes. If something doesn’t work in rehearsal, I know when to pull the plug on it. However I have been told that we can’t fit Kylie’s “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi” into the set this year, which I’m disappointed about and have made legal enquiries.
Q: Do you have any pre-show rituals or good luck charms?
A: For the O2 performances the only pre-show rituals we have is once we’ve sound-checked we must to go across to the pub and eat a burger, preferably with onion rings. We also drink beer.
Q: If you were heading out on a road trip right this minute what is the one item you would each pack?
A: I would pack a phone charger so that I could keep in contact with my adoring Twitter fans at all times - Seriously, I’m the pensions equivalent of Justin Bieber - @DanPeroni, laydeez, - and everyone else would pack their favourite photos of me on stage being awesome.
Q: How would you rate your chances of being crowned victor at mallowstreet Rocks?
A: It really does depend on how average the people behind me play to be honest. I’m like Yodel or Hermes in that I always deliver. Or at least I leave a note that the parcel is next door with the neighbour you haven’t spoken to since that time you almost knocked him over as you were reversing out of your drive. He throws dog poo over the back fence into your garden you know? He doesn’t have a dog.