Blink and you miss it
(Mrs. Casey Records)
"We are in the black
theater of nonexistence. In an eye blink the curtain is up, the stage
for the vast drama of ourselves."
Herman Wouk ( - 1915)
worldbeatcanada: Life moves fast. Blink and you miss it. Fortunately, we chanced on a long distance glimpse of Merry Hell, a
Andrew and Virginia: Thank you very much. We're very proud of it.
WBC: Can you bring us up to speed on the resurrection of the Tansads and the consequent formation of Merry Hell?
Andrew: The Tansads were around quite a number of years a go and we got a little bit long in the tooth and split up. And then, someone at a birthday bash thought it would be a good idea to do some reunion gigs. We didn't expect it to be much of a success. It had been ten or fifteen years since we played. We then organized a gig and it sold out. On the basis of that, we ended up doing three sold out nights in a venue in a small town near our hometown. So, after that some people said, "Should we carry on? That was really good fun." Some of us did and some of us didn't so we decided then, since some of the band members weren't willing to come along to the new band, we decided to change the name and thats when we changed the name to Merry Hell.
WBC: So, 8 band members, 4 Kettles. What can you tell us about this family affair at the core of the band?
3 of us are brothers. I am the
youngest and John is the oldest, Bob the mandolin player is in the
grew up together in Wigan in
WBC: Well, you're all in the same boat. If this thing all falls apart tomorrow there's no sleeping on the brothers' couch.
Andrew: This is fair enough, yah. Being family members, often on the road it can end up in heated debate. But, the pro side of that is that no one ever holds a grudge. It's just family.
WBC: These songs seem to be anthems for the common man, born out of the pub scene. Is that accurate? Are those kinds of venues your bread and butter?
WBC: Whats in a name? Can you tell us the inspiration behind the band name and the album title, both of which are very intriguing?
Andrew: Actually, if I can get this right, Merry Hell came from one of John's really early songs. One of the lines at the lead in is kinda plagiarized from Shakespeare. I believe it's from Taming Of The Shrew or something, where he says< "Get ye gone to a nunnery." and John wrote, "Get ye gone then to a nunnery, and lay your head down in Merry Hell. When you're naked you get taken to the cleaners. So, I'll bid you fare thee well." So that line, merry hell was from a really early song. We were really struggling to find a name and that one seemed just as good as any.
WBC: And, what about Blink ... and you miss it?
WBC: Looking for a Merry Christmas follow-up for the New Year. Cry Merry Hell. Theyre our guests on worldbeatcanada radio and Celt In A Twist. The debut album is Blink .. and you miss it. Dont miss one of their formative footsteps. Keep up with their movements online at the homepage, merryhell.co.uk. Write em and let them know youd like to catch them where you live. Hows the touring season coming together at this point?
Andrew: We've got quite a number of shows lined up for the summer, some reasonable festivals. We're just kind of a jobbing band. We're just trying to get as many gigs as possible. It's one of those things where we want to go out as often as we can. And, we would really, really, really love to arrange a Canadian tour.
WBC: We'd love you to as well!
WBC: Yah, well lot's of hill here though.
The alpine region on the
WBC: Oh, of course. Hey, I know this is radio but I have to bring up the album art which is as intriguing as the name, title and everything else about Blink and you miss it. We have people speeding past an apparent upper class twit bound in red tape. Whats going on there?
I think you've kind of grasped the
original idea of that. What
trying to say is that in the cities such as
Merry Hell was interviewed, January 18th, 2012 for broadcast through Calcopyrite Communications.