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We caught up with fuzzy alt music makers Waves Of Dread to find out a little more about them, their new track In Your Mind is out now.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
On actual record? I think I bought Remain In Light by Talking Heads and Dire Straits’ first album at the same time from a charity shop in Jesmond, an Oxfam I believe. If we’re not talking literal vinyl records though, I’d have to hark back to the winter of ‘94 when I was bought Stay Another Day by East 17, on cassette no less! Simpler times.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
It has to be 90s pop/dance stuff, even the shit music was good back then! Spaceman by Babylon Zoo was a cross between Smashing Pumpkins and The Prodigy. What a decade, anything was possible in the 90s.

Favourite film of all time?
Off the top of my head I’d say it was Lost In Translation, definitely one that I’ve went back to a lot. The choice of music is exquisite. Soundtracks are often the difference between a good film and a great film, as much as the story itself is amazing, the music takes it to another level.

Your guilty pleasure film?
Tough one. I really want to say the Brat Pack films, but they’re great aren’t they? Especially the music, again. If I can’t say them then I’d have to go with the Disney stuff from my childhood, The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Toy Story, etc. But they’re great too right?

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
I’ve found myself going back to The Sopranos at least once a year since I first watched it about 6/7 years ago, so good. Either that or Twin Peaks, the new series was well worth the wait.

Your favourite book?
I don’t read anywhere near enough anymore. I’d like to say it’s cos I’m busy writing music or something but that’s really not the case! I’ve been back to the Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography a lot over the years, what a bizarre upbringing he had. I’m not even that big a Chili’s fan but his book is well worth a go.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
The people around me make me laugh a lot, girlfriend, friends and family. It’s important to have people around you that can lift your mood and pick you up when the world tries to knock you down.

Who or what makes you sad?
The world today. Everyday it feels like the human race is slipping further and further into madness. It sometimes seems like we switched into the wrong timeline just before Brexit and Trump. You see glimmers of hope every now and then, it’s great to see the students of the Parkland shooting taking a stand, for example.  But when the people with all the power say that they want to arm teachers as a solution, as if they’re not under enough pressure. The world is pretty terrifying at the minute.

If you had super power, what would it be?
World peace would probably be a good super power, wouldn’t it?

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
David Bowie, John Lennon and George Harrison. I know they’re pretty obvious choices, The Beatles were always hilarious in their films though. I’ve just looked up board games with the longest playing time in order to keep them there a while. Apparently a game called The Campaign For North Africa has been known to take 62 days! I could record some music with them in that time.

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