INTERVIEW: Marvin’s Revenge



Marvin’s Revenge


I have been talking with Marvin’s Revenge


about their current track, Overlook, and what its background is. The Derbyshire-based band tell me how they all got started and what sort of music they are inspired by; whether there are any gigs coming up – they recommend some rising acts to look out for.

The band tell me about the influence of U.S. music and whether they all share tastes; which albums are most important to them; what they want to accomplish before the end of the year – they provide some useful advice for musicians coming through.


Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?

Hey. We are great, thanks! It’s been an exciting week.

For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?

We are a three-piece Grunge band From Wirksworth, Derbyshire - which you’ve definitely never heard of. There’s Luke Eaton, who sings and plays bass; there’s Oliver Sammels-Moore who plays guitar and Job Gregory who plays drums and sings a little.

Overlook is your new single. What is the tale behind the song?

Job used to mess around with the main guitar melody a lot - as just a little riff I’d come up with - but then he built on it a bit and bought it to practice and it kind of evolved into what it is now. The recording of it was a bit of a surprise; we spoke to someone high up at our college and they recommended we get in a studio right away so we ended up recording this in Dubrek Studios in Derby within a month of that conversation.

Might there be more material coming along next year?

As a matter of fact, we are planning out the next single as we speak so you can expect that for January/February time. We think we like this new song more than Overlook, so be excited I guess.

Do you have shared music tastes? What was the sort of music you were raised on?

We are all into very similar stuff: The Beatles, Radiohead; Q.O.T.S.A. (Queens of the Stone Age), but then also we all have our own things we were raised on like Nirvana, Sabbath; Led Zep - all the good stuff.


It seems like American music is important to you. Would you say the U.S. and its history is important to you?

We love music from anywhere really but I suppose the U.S. just has a thing for producing massively influential artists - and its history is important to anyone who likes music because it started what we listen to today.

What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?

We want to have another single recorded and ready for the New Year. I think that’s the main goal.

Have you each got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?

Our joint-favourite memory is probably from when we were recording D’EP in Luke’s bedroom just because it was so fun to do and it felt new and we were all chilled out about it.


Which one album means the most to each of you would you say (and why)?  

That’s a really tough question...

For Job, it’s Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age because the drums are crazy.

For Ollie, it’s Paranoid by Black Sabbath. It was the first album he bought and he learnt pretty much every part of it on guitar...

And for Luke its Roman Candle by Elliott Smith; he says “Cuz it’s good”.

If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?

Probably IDLES, because they are growing really quickly and it seems like it’d be hilarious just being around them.

Our rider would just be like twelve cans of San Pellegrino (Blood Orange flavour); loads of Jammy Dodgers and maybe a few beers.


Might we see some tour dates coming up? Where might we be able to catch you play?

Well. With focusing on the single loads, we haven’t booked to many gigs at the minute but we are always playing around Nottingham so you can look out for us there.

What advice would you give to new artists coming through?

I’m not too sure as we are still pretty small and don’t have loads of advice to give, but just make sure you are enjoying it I guess because otherwise it gets pretty boring pretty quickly. Also; play live lots and lots and make sure you’re playing the absolute best you can.



Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?

Hell, yeah. There’s a band called Clonk who haven’t got any music out as of yet but you can find them on YouTube and they gig around Nottingham. There’s Youth Hotel too which have some new music out on Spotify and it is awesome so check that out.


IN THIS PHOTO: Youth Hotel

Do you all get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?

We all have our own hobbies but, really, most of what we do every day is something to do with music; whether it’s writing, practicing or just listening. To unwind, we mainly just go out with friends to be honest.

Finally, and for being good sports; you can each choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).

Okey dokey…

Ollie’s choice is Bullet in the Head by Rage Against the Machine

Job’s is Rock me Amadeus by Falco

Luke’s is Stupidity Tries by Elliott Smith



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