So I was in the airport one day not to long ago, and the name of Satan’s Buttcheeks came across some social media of some sort. I admit, I was intrigued by the name and just could not help myself but to hit that bandcamp link. I altered between laughing hysterically and being in awe with the crazy lyrics and top end music. I got the chance to have a quick chat with these lads from Bath, and have decided I want to party with these crazy bastards.

The name, what, where, when, how, and…yeah just what? I will say this, there was another English band that I scoffed at the name and they ended up on my list of top 20 last year and I love them, they are Bovine.

The name Satan’s Buttcheeks has an uncertain origin. One day it simply…was. Perhaps it found us, rather than us it.

How did Satan’s Buttcheeks come into being, tell us some history?

Whilst on a school trip to the coastal Dorset town of Swanage, several of us stumbled upon an ancient Dumonian Celtic tomb in a cave. Upon reading the incantation the tomb cracked releasing abominable spirits which gave us curious looks before forcing themselves into our brains through our ears. Soon after, upon being asked to put a band together in 6 days to fill a slot in a gig, the spirits sprung forth and under week later Satan’s Buttcheeks were on stage with a full set of songs. We still can’t remember the name of our first drummer though. Jimmy…something? We don’t know.

How do you come up with these crazy songs and lyrics.

Occasionally inspiration will strike, a track name, or a hook, or an idea for the narrative of a song. Something opens the door a crack and you’ve got to push your way through it. In there is the song. Pick it up. Eat it. Karate chop. That’s songwriting.

What are your musical influences?

System of a Down, Rammstein, Meshuggah, Whitesnake, Early 90s Grunge, Duke Ellington, Pantera, Godsmack, Static- X, 3 inches of blood, disturbed, Manowar, Dio-era Sabbath.

Let do a quick track by track if you dont mind, tell us about Ball Out.

Balls out is the story of a man psyching himself up to become a flasher, eventually gaining pride and self actualisation at having done so.

The song started with the title, the riff was simple but nice and juicy. The secret of a good Buttcheeks songs is in the perpetual mismatching of anthemic riffage with tales of failure and sexual dysfunction. The joke must always be on us.

Tell us about Put It In Your Mouth.

‘Put it in Your Mouth’ was written while temping in a call centre selling pre-paid funeral plans. Giving the song a little twist ending where it is revealed to merely be a unsettling love letter to chicken is born out of a real life unsettling love of chicken. The rest just seemed to fall into place after that.

Behind the scenes fact: The Wah pedal during the solo was operated by Butch, the bassist.

Talk to us about Satan is My Osteopath, I mean I was amazed anyone could work Satan Is My Osteopath into a song. Oh and I love the a cappella version as well!!!!

With ‘Satan is my Osteopath’, the opening few lines have existed for years. When a great little riff came around it felt like an appropriate time to bring it out of the closet and finish it off for good. It contains some of our best work to date, perhaps not the funniest, but certainly the cleverest. We try our best to strike a hearty balance between the two. If you’re the kind of guy who appreciates rhyming medical terminology, we’re the band for you!

As for the a cappella rendition, such is the nature of our band geographically and job-wise that we rarely get more than one practice on the day of the gig. As a result, we often run through songs verbally before we play. We’re considering an album of all a capella covers of our songs called ‘Satan’s Buttcheeks: Bare and Raw’.

This may seem odd to you fellows and probably everyone else, but some of the riffing on ‘Satan is my Osteopath’ reminds me of Mark Morton and Willie Adler of Lamb of God are you fans of that band at all.

While the whole band can not be spoken for, it would seem Lamb of God needs to go high on list of bands we need to get into our ears as soon as possible. As of yet however, not as much as we should be.

So what does 2014 hold for Satan’s Buttcheeks?

The insidious spreading of influence reaching from the curious teenager getting his first taste of the metal, up to the highest levels of Government.

Like House of Cards but with a lot more shirtlessness, UV body paint and self-deprication.

Who are your top 5 artists you are listening to now?

The sound of Mythbusters of the telly downstairs

The wind.

I think there’s a cat outside fucking about.

Creed

Creed

Time for the last question and probably the most important one Arsenal or Manchester United?

While less than half of the band have any interest in premiership football whatsoever, the one thing we can all agree in is that we are all die hard supporters of championship underdogs ‘Sheffield Wednesday’. Their return to glory, much like the biblical apocalypse, is certain and will change the face of the world forever.

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