Give It Some Choke
Mavis Grind are a 4-piece rock band who are impossible to pigeon-hole. The last person who tried lost his hand in the attempt. Top of the list of Mavis Grind FAQ's is this: how can four scabby idiots from millionaire's row in Hampshire's fashionable northern commuter belt produce such smashing tunes? Some have suggested that the key to the Mavis sound is it's existential probing of the post-9/11 post-modern consumerist dichotomy but that, the band members say, "is a load of bollocks. Put us lot in a chicken shed with a large Stilton and our instruments" says bass player and singer Pete "and this is what happens. It was always kind of inevitable, a bit like the complete loss of Michael Jackson's nose." For some it is the band's sheer musical brass neck which makes them so compelling. Drummer Steve 'Maisie' Mayes in fact had three brass vertebra inserted into his neck following a particularly nasty scrum collapse in the Winter of 2002, a fact Steve insists is significant only because it is the thing which is keeping him from losing his head. Asked to describe their individual contributions to the Mavis sound there is an uncomfortable silence from the guys. Is this because the synchronicity of the whole unites the members and transcends their individual egos? "Shit no" says Frank; "without my guitar solos Mavis would be nothing". Then there are the stage antics of Pete; often acclaimed as the band's most disturbing member his 'brilliant quirkiness' resembles a horrible mix of Coco the Clown and Hannibal Lector. "I'm interesting to watch" says Pete "and I think that is important". Keyboardist and singer Dave, who recently acquired a shaven head in a freak strimming accident is modest. "I am a multi-talented singer, song-writer and musician" he says, chewing absently on a hefty round of Gouda "and I make an adequate cup of Tea". For Steve, his contribution is simple; "my sticks are an extension of my soul" he says. "If rugby is poetry, then music is...is... even more poetry". He wanders off, confused.