Both albums so far have got the sort of high energy of a band who love playing live, do you prefer gigging or recording?
Recording the album was a lot of fun, its fast paced in the studio, usually only two or three takes till the songs down. However not much beats the feeling of playing a great show.
As well as a musician you’re an artist working largely with oils and charcoal, would you consider yourself an artist first or a musician or do you feel both are intrinsically linked?
If anything I’d consider my self a painter. I suppose they are intrinsically linked in the sense that they are both done through me, but I tend to keep them in separate boxes.
A lot of your paintings appear as self portraits, is this an intentional decision to form a continuum from your fathers work?
My self-portraits aren’t, they might be more to do with an over active ego. However the isolation of lockdown certainly prompted me to make a fair amount of them, with no one else around I can see this would be a reason to look inwards. My work in general could be seen as a continuation of my fathers work, he taught me how to paint.
Skulls seem to be a running theme in your work, is this a fascination with the morbid or something else?
The skull was originally to practice anatomy for painting portraits, I realise its quite a changed subject matter, but it never felt that morbid me.
It’s quite an honour to be named after Leadbelly, do you feel any pressure having to live up to both your first and last names?
Re Huddie Leadbetter, I haven’t murdered anyone yet, I suppose there’s still time. As for Hamper, I don’t really feel any pressure, I’d like to make my family proud like most people I’m sure, but don’t think i’ve been raised to think in those terns.
Is there a Chatham music scene, outside of Damaged Records we should be aware of? Any local bands for our readers to check out?
Im sure there is scene but there’s not much hunger for the kind of thing we do, we never really played in Medway.
Never considered calling the band “Thee” Shadracks?
Now that really would be the last nail in the coffin. Even my dads had the sense not too since 1999, he tells me he only ever used it because they thought it was funny.