After spending the last few years unleashing a bold and ferocious frenzy of blistering punk-inspired belters, Sunderland-based outfit Dead Wet Things make their return on the anthemic new single 'Camp Freddie'.
Channelling the same raw and energetic pace they are known for, 'Camp Freddie' makes for an incredibly intense listen. With its pounding direction, killer hooks, and unstoppable tenacity throughout, this new one sees them deliver one of their most vicious offerings to date.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with frontman Pablo Parker to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What were the first instruments you fell in love with?
Kazoo, the guitar, and the didgeridoo.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
Living in the hole that is Sunderland, our hometown.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
Growing up we listened to a lot of music - anything from trance, alt rock to techno.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
Yes, a long time ago I heard Scissor Sisters' There ain't no tits on the radio’ and that was the moment when I realised that that is where I wanted to be - on the radio with my tits out.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
A Variety of awful songs. Mashed up playlists which I've never sorted properly from when I was young including venue boys to minimal techno.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
Lots of songs, the most recent is about someone who's been in my life a long time who thinks it's okay to disrespect his girlfriend. It felt important to me.
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
It's not a good memory, but we had played a gig and the promoter told us we had to pay to get back in. Naturally we said no and told him what we thought of him. He backed down until his friends joined him at which point, he decided he wanted to play fist cuffs. Stupid man!
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
Eating, drinking and sleeping. I excel in these things.
If you weren’t musicians, what other path do you think you might have taken?
Food testing, alcohol testing and bed testing.
And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to start a career in music?
Do not do what everyone else is doing, and don't be afraid of what people will like and dislike. Be yourself.
Dead Wet Things' new single 'Camp Freddie' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.