This month, Murph from The Wombats runs the gauntlet of our random, stupid queries.
What is your most treasured possession?
My shoe collection.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
My daughter, Dylan.
What compliment would you most like to receive?
That I’m a good father and that I don’t look my age.
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
I mean, can I bring back dead people? I guess they’re technically extinct? I would probably bring back a Woolly Mammoth and ride it around snowy areas of the world just chuckling to myself.
Have you ever written a fan letter?
What’s your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is probably that my brain turns to mush, I guess.
Do you believe in aliens?
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
I once tried to pick up a woman when I was eleven at my Grandad’s 80th birthday in Liverpool, and I obviously had no idea what I was doing and started doing squats with my hands above my head to try to impress her. Her and all her friends laughed at me, and I ran out of the party and sobbed in a football field somewhere in north Liverpool… thank you.
If you were on Mastermind, what would your specialist subject be?
Top 100 golf courses of the UK and Ireland.
Reading or Leeds?
I love both, but generally, Leeds is a little bit more fun because there is slightly less pressure.
How punk are you out of ten?
What was the first record you bought?
Michael Jackson, ‘Thriller’.
Who was your favourite musician or band when you were 14?
When’s your birthday?
23rd July 1984.
Have you ever been to a showbiz party?
Yes, and they’re always pretty terrible. I remember going to one once in Hollywood and getting so wasted I was an embarrassment.
What is your earliest memory?
It’s weird actually because since I’ve had a baby, I’m having these bizarre unconscious feelings/memories. Like when my daughter’s head is flopping around (she has no neck muscles), there is something I kind of remember about that from being a baby myself.
Have you ever sold your own CD or merch on eBay?
No, absolutely not but I did know someone who used to work at a venue in Liverpool, and if a band left a setlist she would go online and eBay it, which I thought was quite dire.
If you won the lottery, what would you spend the cash on?
I’d probably use half of it to further my daughter’s life/career etc. and use the other half to do lots of good. Maybe try and invest in dog shelters and spreading the word of adopting and fostering dogs rather than paying for them and lots of other good stuff I could do to offset my absolutely horrendous carbon footprint in this world.
Who’s your favourite pop star?
I am pretty partial to a bit of Taylor Swift.
Tell us a secret about yourself?
I don’t have any mild secrets to share really. I only have uber dark ones which would just be completely out of context in this interview… I like oat milk?
What did you last dream about?
I had this really weird dream that my dog Drake got electrocuted and turned into a half-dog half-bird, and he looked back on me with this harrowing look on his face, and I was cradling him while screaming, and I woke up covered in sweat. That was the other night.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on Love Fame Tragedy, my new project. I just recorded a new song yesterday, and I’ve got a new track coming out in a couple of weeks. Generally really excited because I have a tonne of really great songs now.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
No, I haven’t seen a ghost.
Why are you like this?
I am the sum of a lot of great and terrible choices that I have made in my life and that other people have made for me and that’s why I’m like this.
Taken from the September issue of Dork. The Wombats play Reading & Leeds from 23rd-25th August.