Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

When you discover new bands you often discover new friends, and that was certainly the case when I caught Pegasus Bridge supporting General Fiasco in Manchester a few years back. Despite the band splitting in 2011 and moving stateside I’ve managed kept in touch with former member Callum Roxborough. When I heard the exciting news he was making music again I spoke to Callum to find out more about his debut EP “UDO”.

AMBY: Young Frankenstein is your new solo project tells us a bit more about this and the story behind the name?

CR: Young Frankenstein is just me playing instruments, writing songs and getting the chance to record things that have been flying round my head for the past two years. The name came in late 2009, I had been writing music in my room when my Dad approached me and told me I needed to get out of ‘Frankenstein’s Lab’ and get some fresh air-I liked it, toyed around with the name and ended up taking the name from the Mel Brooks comedy.

AMBY:  After Pegasus Bridge you had essentially given up music what changed?

CR: It was a hard time. My confidence was shaken, I had a life-crisis, was unsure of what I was going to do. It took me a hell of a long time to get to a point where I felt comfortable picking up a guitar or sitting down at a piano. I had a bad turn last year, spent 4 days in bed, lost about a stone in weight through not eating for almost 2 weeks-I spoke to some people, got some help from family and friends and that really helped me get my mind back on track. I knew that I needed to get my shit together; it just took me a very long time.

AMBY:  How difficult was it going from being part of a band to a solo artist?

CR: Very different; for a start you are the only one you are writing for, which is odd, you have to be so much more critical of yourself. My personality changed a lot so I went from being an outgoing sort of person to being rather quiet and introverted, so I was quite nervous about getting Young Frankenstein up and running properly.

AMBY:  You’ve just announced details of your debut EP UDO what was the inspiration behind this?

CR:  The EP was just something that came about one day, I opened a few of my lyric books and realized that I had something close to 40 songs; I felt that maybe I should do something with them. UDO was something that took a while to conceive-it’s the basic need for me to vent some of the things that I felt during my highs and lows and for other people to hopefully listen, like and relate to.

AMBY:  Now you’ve started recording do you have any plans to tour in the near future?

CR: Maybe. I think I will just see if anyone likes what I do.

AMBY: When it comes to making music who or what influences you the most?

CR:  Definitely my dogs and family, they make everyday a better one.

AMBY:  Who have you been listening to lately?

CR: Elliot Smith, Daniel Johnston, Sigur Ros, M83. Not much new stuff I’m afraid.

AMBY: How does the music scene differ stateside?

CR: Hugely. It’s a strange concoction really, you have totally saturated pop music on the radio but then again you don’t have to dig that deep in order to find some absolute gems. There’s a nice emphasis on “grass-roots” and the unfiltered, which I really like.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you while on tour?

CR: I got really high in Amsterdam and was convinced that this wall covered in Graffiti was the Internet and started madly raving and laughing about it. I had to be guided out of the coffee shop and assisted around the streets of Amsterdam till we got back to the hotel. I was messed up.

AMBY:  Last, but not least, tell AMBY something about you no one else knows?

CR:  I got really into woodwork as a hobby and I love to restore old furniture.


You can find out all the details of this upcoming EP and support new music at here.

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Fi Carroll@dirtyroknroller

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