Mohawk Radio - Interview
Shortly before Mohawk Radio hit the stage at Night & Days Local Showcase event back in January, Manchester Rocks caught up with the band to find out what is going on in the land of the Mohawks. I firstly ask singer Mia Page about her origins as she is from Bermuda but has an American accent…
Well, kind of, when I go to America they say have a British accent, when I come to England they say I have American accent and some people even think I have an Irish accent. When I go home my accent gets a bit stronger because I am speaking with my family.
One of the other members of the band interjects what they don't tell you is that when you get to Bermuda it's just straight up Yorkshire that is spoken there. Aww reet!
The bands name comes from a Bermudian satirical stand-up comedy. There are a group of people in Bermuda who have a native American Heritage and they are called Mohawks even though they are not, I think they are mostly Iroquois explains Mia. So there is a political comedy troupe that used to go round called Radio Mohawk as part of their comedy sketch. Bruce Barrett, who is one of my really dear friends, was in the sketch and we asked him if we could use the name Mohawk Radio for our band, so it has the Bermudian little twist but is also very rock 'n' roll.
Last year was a big year for Mohawk Radio with a gig in New Orleans. Yeah responds Mia, and we have some exciting gigs coming up that haven't been announced yet but we're not going to broadcast it until we're actually there! They let me in on their little secret and it really is great news and shows that local talent can build on successes.
The band has made several appearances at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium as part of the pre match entertainment. We descended into a long discussion about football and the pains of supporting Stockport County (they are Stockport based) and that’s why I buy music muses James. [The Etihad] was a great opportunity for us. They have been so kind to us responds Mia, they treat us like kings and queens when we are there.
We move onto the subject of recording: we are signed to LMC Records who are a small boutique label and they are really, really great says Mia enthusiastically. We have been doing some recording at their studio with Nick Hollis and we will be releasing a new single in February. So we don't really have much going on in the next few weeks she laughs.
James explains that they are going to have the single launch party in February before the go off to the States, we are going to make a big night of it, it will be at Club Academy on 20th February so that will be our sendoff off and launch night!
There is such a great, vibrant scene here in Manchester at the moment with some really fantastic bands playing, the Northern Quarter is a great place to see live music and a lot of places are putting it on, this area is always developing, new places opening, new offers on. Music is really starting to develop here in Manchester; it is where we are from and we want to be involved in it says James.
The talk moves to the festival scene which Mohawk Radio going to be involved in, yep, the big G in Somerset, we love it down there. Outside of Glasto everything around it is just amazing not to mention the cider which the boys have sampled many times says Mia. There is an unwritten rule that says you cannot leave Somerset without visiting a scrumpy bar, you've got to take some scrumpy home, some cheeses as well responds James. The cheese is absolutely the best one of the other band members pipes up.
We return to the subject of recording and Mia announces we will be heading to Wales to Monmouth Valley Recording Studios (the sister studio to Rockfield) where Zeppelin and Ozzy and Oasis recorded, that will be in a few weeks so that will be cool. I know, I am so excited she says, unable to contain herself!
It turns out that Mohawk Radio had previously done a gig in Wales which was an interesting experience! They weren't really digging it says Mia and then when we started playing they loved it. The local paper slated all the other bands and wrote the nicest things about us… WE LOVE YOU WALES!!
We say our farewells as the band need to prepare for going on stage and I tell them I will see them in February as well. James pipes up yeah, Club Academy, 20th February - BE THERE!!
Check out our review of their Night & Day gig --> HERE <--
Words/Photos: Anthony Firmin