10 Questions With Nosebleed
After a long wait, it is finally time for the second album from Leeds garage rock ‘n rollers Nosebleed. Way back in January 2021 they teased the album with the release of the single ‘Make Up Your Mind‘. They’ve now dropped the second single from the album ‘Dance With The Devil’. You can pick up a copy of Nosebleed’s album from the TNS webstore ahead of its release on the 11th November. We caught up with guitarist Eliott Verity to ask 10 questions about Nosebleed.
TNS: Please introduce the band?
Nosebleed: Nosebleed, “best live band in the UK”, Eliott – Guitar/Vocals, Ben – Bass/Vocals, Dicky – Drums/No vocals.
TNS: Which of your releases should people check out first and what track is your definitive song?
Nosebleed: Definitely our new album. Or if this comes out before November 11th, the tracks we’ve release off of our new album. It’s genuinely our best work, we really sat down and thought this album through, a masterclass in songwriting. [Buy here – https://bit.ly/NosebleedDance]
Definitive song is probably “Everybody” off Scratching Circles. One of the big YouTubers used it for a video once and now it’s all anyone listens to, twice the listens of anything else. If you’re aged between 13 and 16 that’s the one you recognise. We got asked to play it twice in a set in Germany once.
TNS: Which member of the band is guaranteed to make you late getting to the gig and why?
Nosebleed: Ben. Ben has the least urgency of anyone I’ve ever met. You can tell Ben what time you’re picking him up, turn up and he’s just sitting down to his tea. You can remind him all week what time we’re setting off, tell him what time we need to be there and he’ll still insist on stopping at Morrisons before we do anything cos he needs a wrap and a lucozade.
TNS: What is your favourite venue to play?
Nosebleed: We’ve got a few venues we’ll always play without question. Conroy’s basement in Dundee. The Parish in Huddersfield. Steinis Pub in Schwerin (now the Scotsman, we’re sure it’s still great). Our spiritual home is the Fulford Arms in York. I’ve got a soft spot for the Adelphi in Hull. Anywhere Nosebleed are will be your favourite venue though.
Slide in our DMs and we’ll tell you where all the shitholes are.
TNS: Tell us about something ridiculous that has happened to you whilst on the road.
Nosebleed: We don’t really have any crazy rock n roll stories. We’re quite sensible on the road really. I always tell the fizzy water story as our heady wild rock n roll story:
We once got really drunk in Germany with our friend Steini and the next day stopped off for some water at a services on the way to the next gig. Well, let me tell you, Germany has got water all backwards. We each went in, bought a bottle of water, I came outside, grabbed my cold bottle of water, ready to be refreshed – cshh. Fuckin fizzy wasn’t it. Ben comes out, “mate I accidentally bought fizzy water can I have some of yours?”. “Yeah no worries”. Cshh. Fuckin fizzy wasn’t it. Dicky comes out, we tell him the story, boy how we all laughed. He said “here you go lads have some of mine”. Cshh. Fuckin fizzy wasn’t it.
We’ve had some weird stuff. Played in a seafood restaurant once, lots of pictures of sailors about. Kid once came up to us after a set and asked if he could play a song – Ben played bass while he played “beat up the brat” wrong. I’m sure there’s more.
TNS: What are the best and worst bits of being in an underground/DIY band?
Nosebleed: Best bits – playing. Worst bits – everything else, far too much admin involved, no one tells you that when you’re sat in your room looking at your Angus Young poster as a kid, how much admin he had to go back to after that set.
TNS: What up and coming bands should we all be checking out?
Nosebleed: I haven’t really got my finger on the pulse of what’s hot and new, sorry. I been listening to a lot of sad girl indie recently, it’s really taken over my playlists. Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, boygenius, stuff like that.
Ben is very keen everyone listens to Electric Press. And Bruise Control. And Velvet Fist.
Dicky’s been listening to Thank, and Yard Act, and a lot of bands that sound like the Fall.
TNS: Any advice for emerging bands/bands just starting out?
Nosebleed: Don’t put a poster up of a load of dates months apart and call it a tour. Don’t play longer than your stated set time. Don’t explain every song before you play it. Don’t wear shorts on stage. Don’t play ska. Have fun, be yourself.
TNS: What’s next for you guys in the short term and the long term?
Nosebleed: Short term, try and tour this album. Obviously it’s getting a bit difficult what with the government doing it’s best to kill us all, but there’s still gigs happening and bands getting out there and fun to be had. It’s gonna be tough for a bit but it’s always reet innit. Gonna start writing album three, got a few songs for that already, put that out, play some arenas, biggest band in the world, retire.
TNS: Finally, and most importantly, what is the biggest animal you could take down with your bare hands? Hypothetically, of course. We like animals. We often put them on t-shirts.
Nosebleed: You could comfortably kick a goat to death. You’d get mauled by a bear. What’s between a bear and a goat? Cow. Docile. I reckon you could bare knuckle a cow to death before it realised what was happening.