Glasgow-based ska-punk-metal band Pablo Eskimo have been uncharacteristically quiet in recent months – in fact, the last activity on the trio’s Bandcamp page dates back to 2010. However, the band have assured me that all is well: they’ve been in the studio honing their ferocious and hilarious debut album, Dawn of the Eskimo. Rumour has it that the band will emerge triumphant on stage at The Roxy 171 on Saturday night, and that there may be zombies.
If so, they too are liable to shuffle like motherfuckers.
Who’s in the band, and how did you get together?
Alaine on vocals and bass, Rob on guitar and John drums and shouts in the background. After a couple of line-up and name changes, John joined us in 2007 and we’ve been a settled lineup ever since.
Three words to describe your sound…
The best description we’ve heard about our music is “stoner pop metal” – we think that covers most bases!
What influences you?
ALAINE: I’ve been playing music since I was 6 years old, it’s always been part of my life so being in bands was always on the cards! Early influences cover everything from Eric Clapton to Abba. These days I’m influenced by tunes that are interesting and get my feet tapping. Music is about emotion for me, so there has to be some kind of connection there.
ROB: Ennio Morricone, Burt Bacharach and the ethos of punk…
JOHN: A compulsive need to tap a rhythm on any nearby surface and being in a band provides a good outlet. I’ve wanted to play in bands since the first time I saw The Blues Brothers – Carrie Fisher has yet to try to kill me though!
What releases/shows do you have planned at the moment?
Our debut album is about to be released – the launch party is at The Roxy 171 on Saturday the 6th of July. We recorded it late last year and we’re very happy with the way it turned out. We’ve struggled to capture our live sound in previous recordings and all the songs on the album were a live take with the vocals over-dubbed. We’re very proud of it and we can’t wait for others to hear it.
And what are you listening to at the moment?
ALAINE: I was at the Stone Roses gig at the Green so I’ve been listening to them and Primal Scream a lot. The Clash have also featured on my music player recently, as well as Bob Marley & the Wailers, perfect music for whenever it’s warm and sunny.
ROB: Nile Rodgers / Prodigy / Daft Punk / Skrillex
JOHN: Love, plenty of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, really digging the new Queens of the Stone Age album and Checkmate Savage by the Phantom Band.
Pablo Eskimo play The Roxy 171, Great Western Road on Saturday, 6th July with support from Ratistas and Sleepy Eyes Nelson and a DJ set from The Claw. Tickets are £4 on the door. Dawn of the Eskimo will be released shortly.