Going by their answers and their EP artwork, TV COMA have a great sense of humour. But they also know that Balamory is a hub of creative talent.
We like to think we’re from somewhere cool like Seattle or Balamory but we’re not. We’re actually from St Albans, which is a highly affluent suburb of London full of artisan bakeries and boutique coffee shops. Most of our time is spent eating organic bananas and complaining about how bored we are.
How did you meet?
We met amongst many other people in a land of colour and dancing where we all shook each-others big hands, wishing for a better future. Then we decided to fart kazoo all over happy doo-wop punk songs, hence TV COMA.
How long have you been playing as a band?
We have been playing together for so many years now, probably 10, maybe 6. It’s hard to tell because we no longer understand time and believe it to be immeasurable, like our immeasurable endless sadness.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Our band name comes from, you know how like, you sit on that wet sofa there and you watch that big screen on the other side of that hot room, and then you get, like, really tired or something, like, or you get really hypnotised by all the cool colours coming at your face really fast and quick. That’s it. That’s TV COMA.
What are your influences?
We’re mainly influenced by Ken Dodd, Fozzie Bear, and chefs. We like the food they make especially when its hot, wet and oily, because we also want to be hot, wet and oily for all of you to see.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It sounds like what happens when four cool and hot guys take their shirts off, drink some wine and oil up.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We mainly just talk about like, social stuff, man, like really getting to the core of what’s like, really going on now. We just have to know what the world is gonna be doing when we’re here and everybody’s watching and it’s all really totally cool.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We want our live shows to be immersive art experiences where everyone is entirely immersed in the art of TV COMA. We have played so many shows now, that if you stretched a physical representation of them it would reach all the way to the moon and half way back.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Once when we were playing a gig, Jamie was flicking his wet legs up really fast flicking water everywhere. We were all looking at him and saying “what is going on with your legs” and Jamie was like “I don’t know”. We all laughed so much together as friends, but really, deep down, deep deep down, we were actually so immeasurably sad.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Leo is about to buy a new guitar because he carries on throwing his on the ground and it carries on breaking and we carry on fixing it but then he throws it on the ground again.
Jamie has our nice friend Rowans Yamaha bass, which we’ve used in bands since we were 13 years old. It is old.
Laurie’s cymbals have loads of cracks in so he carries on drilling holes in the cymbals because he says that’ll make it sound better. We’re not sure if that’s true, but he does it anyway.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We’re plugging up each others ears with wax mainly, because we don’t want to hear all of the sounds that come from every direction. Life is too loud. Time for some wax guys.
What are your plans for 2019?
We’re planning on constantly releasing everything and crying in the evenings. Then releasing more and then crying a little bit, maybe at work in front of customers, then releasing more and only spending money on wine and PR and then crying all together as friends.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We played with a really sick and cool band called Werecats yesterday. Also Lazybones are a great band and The Dollymops are flipping great so any of those bands we’d love to be on a bill with again.