March 17, 2020
The Lancashire Hotpots are a comedic Folk-Rock band from Lancashire, England. They write songs about everyday life problems and situations. This makes people feel “normal” and allows them to have a great night out. I have watched this band many times and have been blown away each time.
James: Why did you start creating music?
Lancashire: There is a burning within each and every musician which signifies a desire to create, to entertain and to stand on stage. Though for a lot of our band, that burning is quite often indigestion.
James: Where did you guys meet?
Lancashire: Many decades ago, Bernard and Bob were working at Knowsley Safari Park and they’ve been accumulating band members for their various musical projects ever since.
James: What would you do if you weren’t in The Lancashire Hotpots?
Lancashire: Ha, we’ve all still got day jobs from web programmers to lecturers so that means we’re very busy and indeed very tired people.
James: How do you manage to combine songwriting with humor?
Lancashire: Humor and songwriting? It’s just one of those things that we’re good at. Everybody tends to be really good at something and writing the “lols” with the chords is just about what we do best. Which is lucky because that’s what we do on a weekend. It was either that or fell-walking and none of us had the boots to do it.
James: What music do you like listening to?
Lancashire: With six people in the band, the stereo in our band van is a very broad church: from 80s pop classics to hardcore techno… and lots and lots of Queen.
James: What hobbies other than music do you pursue?
Lancashire: There’s not a lot of time for hobbies if I’m honest. You start with the jobs, throw in the family commitments, then add in the Hotpotting and there’s very little space to do anything else. Bernard has been known to do a bit of golf which doesn’t fit in with our image but there’s not a lot I can do about that.
James: What are your favourite books?
Lancashire: We tend to go through a lot of music autobiographies more than anything else. It’s always interesting to compare other people’s experiences to your own. In some respects they make our antics seem very tame.
James: What is your go-to the meal before a show? What’s the pre-gig routine?
Lancashire: People expect us to have a chippy tea before every gig but we don’t do it all that often as you tend to want to have a bit of a kip after one which isn’t good when you’ve got to play in front of 500 people. We’ll probably have a pizza or a kebab before the show as we can still function after one of those. As for a pre-gig routine, we spend a lot of the time getting everything ready for the sound check then before you know it the show is on.
James: What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Lancashire: Best thing about being in the Hotpots is the adventures you get to go on. Travelling around the country (Britain), meeting loads of new people and getting up to all sorts of hijinx that most people don’t have the opportunity to do.
James: Where do you see your band in 10 years?
Lancashire: I see us being on the same stage, but with a greater desire to use the loo. Age does that to a person.
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