Tuesday Night Band Practice InterviewBy Editor in Fashion on September 23rd, 2009 | 1 Comment »
We fell in love with and covered UK menswear line Tuesday Night Band Practice a few months back and were so intrigued, we decided to interview them to find out more info. Here’s what we got.
Who are the 4 corners of Tuesday Night Band Practice?
TNBP is Robin Graves, guitarist and illustrator from East London UK. Mark Murder, guitarist and menswear designer from London. Ben Bones, singer song writer and denim designer from Sydney, Australia and Dan Dangerousness, percussion,designer and management also from Sydney.
Do you have backgrounds in fashion?We all have slightly different backgrounds. Mark and Ben studied at fashion schools on opposite sides of the globe. And have since worked and lent their signature designs and rock n roll lifestyles to some very forward thinking fashion brands. Robin studied illustration at Brighton University before moving to London where he found a platform for his illustration in the fashion world. Soon being commissioned to design tour merchandise for the Rolling Stones ‘Bigger Bang Tour’ and Most recently U2‘s ’360 Degree Tour’. Dan has a business background, but after meeting Ben soon realized he had a talent for inspiring design and organizing our motley crew.
You seem to be strongly influenced by music. What are some of your influences?
Wow there are so many, its a real big part of our lives. Listening to music and writing music.We are in to all sorts. I guess we’re still stuck in our teenage years: from Alice In Chains and Nirvana to Skid Row, Guns n Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, The Melvins, Jesus Lizard, of course Hendrix,The Stones, Zepplin, Sex Pistols, The Stone Roses…I could go on and on. Basically anything with bone crunching guitars or soul searching screaming vocals.
Is your logo the Tree of Life? Do you have a strong interest in the occult? If so, what parts of it?
It’s more the tree of death. LOL. England has a long history of the occult which definitely touches upon what we do, Murder and Graves families have Masonic connections. We love the imagery and sense of mystery to the past, its great to reference weather it be music, horror films or rituals long forgotten. Mark actually is a Zombie, but I don’t think any of us have actually sacrificed anyone yet, although we tried to set Ben on fire once.
How did you all meet and what made you decide that you could work together artistically?
We all met socially to begin with. We found very quickly that we shared the
same sense of humour and love of music and fashion. We decided to meet to write music and band practice every Tuesday night, which soon developed into chatting about clothing and developing a range of clothing fit for the stage. Artistically we thought is was very interesting the contrast and similarities of our upbringings from London and Sydney. We all have our little quirks as designers and characters which when brought together seem to really compliment each other. I guess we know we can be honest with each
other in the studio which in turn brings an honesty to our brand.
Will you guys be doing any tie-ins with music? With who?
We have already paid tribute to our heroes with the ‘Dead Rock Stars Fan Club’; designs based around some of the artists that died at the young age of 27. We are currently very focused on our own song writing and hope to release some tracks to coincide with our new collection.
If you had to pick an album to be the soundtrack for each season that you have produced, what would that be, and why?
Season 1 ‘If I wasn’t born already rock n roll would have to invent me’. Guns n Roses, Appetite for Destruction – mainly because we can remember Ben singing it the hole time we were designing and many nights of karaoke singing ‘Sweet child Of Mine’. Also remember listening to a lot of the Rolling Stones and Kings of Leon in the studio. Season 2: ‘If you’re so famous why aren’t you dead’. Nirvana played an important part at this time. In Utero set the mood for thought and inspired the ‘Dead Rock Stars Fan Club’. Season 3: ‘The 3rd chapter, Glory may only last for one day but obscurity will last forever’. Motorhead‘s Ace of Spades. We were really flying at this point. We had just moved in to our new studio and for the first time had a permanent base that we could just let loose in. We would stay to all hours designing and chatting about all sorts of stuff. Filling the studio with raucous guitars, buzzing off the energy. ‘Bleach’ by Nirvana also featured a lot in the studio as well as some well crafted hair metal.
Your accessory line is very stylized and seems to go with your apparel so well. Do you design the accessories to go with each season, or is there a standard idea behind your accessories?
The accessories line is quite often based around our graphical stories in the collection, but, to be honest, we just design what we feel at the time and what we would like to wear. We are fortunate enough to have friends (Old
Greg) that design jewelry and like to help us develop our ideas. Inspiration may come from anywhere: our passion of motorbikes, Amazon women and the occult.