Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Bison Face vocalist/guitarist Ernie Hill.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
HILL: Bison Face started out as my therapy project in a way, I’d been on the road playing session guitar and had started penning a few tracks in my downtime. I hadn’t had my own band for a few years and had a lot to say and a lot of pent up creativity. I wrote what would become ‘Ladybird’ and the upcoming EP back in early 2019, and when Alex (Bowden, Guitars) moved back up from Brighton we started jamming them together. Fast forward a year of sweaty, scrappy shows, a bunch of recording and a slew of lineup changes we’ve landed here; Amidst a worldwide pandemic, sitting on a treasure trove of new riffs.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
HILL: The bands that kick-started my real love for music were Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and The Stooges. Bison Face has elements of all of those, it’s fundamentally an alternative rock band. There are elements of Pixies, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and also some cinematic themes; I grew up with John Williams and Ennio Morricone so there’s a lot of that bombast present, same with Muse. Pretty much any guitar music from the 90s is embedded in my songwriting.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
HILL: Our first single ‘Ladybird’ came out back in March and that’s all we’ve been able to get done properly throughout the pandemic. It’s a good mix of our main sounds, it’s grunge with a hint of desert rock and some film soundtrack elements smattered throughout. It was the first song I wrote for the band, and we used to open all our shows with it, so it seemed fitting for a first release, and it almost didn’t happen but we’re all glad it did now. Plus, it has an animated lyric video by our friend Tom Sharp that’s killer!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
HILL: We put our all into putting on a show, but it has to be organic. I refuse to use backing tracks. For this band, I only write songs that we can accurately play live, and it’s better for it. The music is more human. We can mess up but we’ll be having a blast, and hopefully that comes across. We’re all about the music, and everyone that turns up to the shows is there for the music, it’s a great vibe. I’m meticulous about getting the music down in rehearsal, once you’re playing it perfect you can start working on playing with heart and enjoying a show. That’s when the best performances can happen.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
HILL: Who knows what the music industry will look like in 5 years. I know I’ll always be playing music, and we’ve got some big plans lined up for when we’re allowed to tour properly again. This lineup we have now is the strongest it’s been, and I’m absolutely stoked to work on some music with the guys and get their own flavours on the tracks. In 5 years I want us to be touring regularly and all over festival season, with a couple of EPs and a full length record out!