Leeds’s Dead Naked Hippies made a fiery entrance in late 2016, unleashing themselves on the world with a crunching concoction of whip-crack guitar lines, guttural noise and floor-shaking drums.
Since then, the art-punk trio have made giant strides, picking up plaudits from BBC Introducing, DIY, and Dork, and hitting the stage with the likes of Dream Wife, IDLES, Queen Zee and DZ Deathrays.
Next, the fast-rising band are set to support Hey Charlie for our second Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store on Saturday 2nd March, so we caught up with frontwoman Lucy Jowett to talk all things Dead Naked Hippies ahead of their trip to Brighton.
How would you describe Dead Naked Hippies to a stranger?
“A sharp, yet strangely pleasant slap in the face.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“We all have our personal influences, loads of stuff we like crosses over and loads of it doesn’t. As a band, we’re inspired by anything that has passion and commitment to art at its centre. It can take the form of pretty much any genre, something from Kate Tempest to Lady Leshurr to Black Sabbath and Deftones. We listen to loads of music.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“It’s too hard to pick a single gig. We’ve played lots of shows up and down the country and every city has a vibe and feel that is unique to it. It’d be like being asked to choose your fave child. Not possible!”
You’re based in Leeds – what’s your local music scene like?
“We’ve had plenty of great experiences playing in and around Leeds and there is lots going on to support bands and artists here – everyone supports each other too. The most recent release we did was with local label Come Play With Me, who have done lots of great things to support up and coming artists in Yorkshire. We rehearse at Temple Of Boom and have done since day one – it’s a very quirky and really important creative little home for us.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Polevaulter, Low Hummer, Sit Down – awesome people, awesome live bands, awesome music. Need we say more?”
And finally, what does 2019 hold for Dead Naked Hippies?
“Lots of touring and new music too! We’ve been lucky enough to secure the first ever Do It Differently fund provided by Help Musicians UK – an amazing charity with mental health in music at its centre. We were super surprised that we got it. That will be going towards creative output and our adventures for the year.”