Paddy Considine's band Using The Low return: “It’s at all times been music above every part else for me”

Actor Paddy Considine has returned along with his band Using The Low. Try the only ‘Carapace Of Glass’ under, together with particulars of their new album ‘The Loss of life Of Gobshite Rambo’ and our interview with Considine under.

Considine is most well-known for his frequent cinematic collaborations with the likes of This Is England’s Shane Meadows – in addition to his work as a director in his personal proper – however his old flame has at all times been music, as he tells NME. In the present day he has introduced the third album from his long-term band Using The Low – ‘The Loss of life Of Gobshite Rambo’. It’s a document impressed by musical touchstones together with Adam Ant, Guided by Voices and The Decemberists.

Lots of the songs are written with stream-of-conscious narratives like their newly launched single, ‘Carapace Of Glass’. “It’s about how fragile all of us are actually,” Considine advised NME of the music’s inspiration. “I created this difficult shell of defence. It was my safety in opposition to the world, and you can put it all the way down to me having Asperger’s. I created this obtuse shell round me that saved folks at arms-length. Individuals thought I used to be prickly, however that wasn’t the case in any respect.”

The document was made with Editors and Robert Plant collaborator, Gavin Monaghan at Wolverhampton’s Magic Backyard studios. “He was the man our band at all times wanted to satisfy,” mentioned Considine. “He noticed us as a reputable, actual band. You possibly can’t bullshit authenticity and he noticed that in us.”

Having starred in movies like Meadows’ A Room For Romeo Brass, 24 Hour Social gathering Individuals and Sizzling Fuzz in addition to Hollywood outings alongside Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man and Matt Damon in The Borne Ultimatum, Considine has admitted that being taken severely as a musician could be difficult. “You already know what it’s like,” he mentioned, “somebody who is thought for performing is out of the blue making music and it’s at all times perceived as just a little bit naff or a conceit venture: one other actor simply getting on stage and flexing his guitar muscular tissues.”

Nonetheless Considine has argued that his need to make music shouldn’t be about vainness, and in reality goes all the way in which again to his college days – when shaped his first band with Using The Low bassist participant Richard Eaton. “After I do an performing function, as a lot as I wish to personal it, I discover that you simply’re actually, actually compromised,” he admitted. “However once I make music, I simply really feel complete freedom. It’s the truest type of expression I’ve that’s with out compromise. It’s at all times been music above every part else for me.”

Considine’s love of performing and music first collided in 2006 when he starred in Arctic Monkeys’ video for ‘Go away Earlier than The Lights Come On’. A lesser-known truth is that Considine, who has written and directed two characteristic movies – Tyrannosaur and Journeyman – additionally co-wrote the video’s script. “Years in the past, I despatched Arctic Monkeys’ supervisor a duplicate of our first EP,” he mentioned. “I’m wondering in the event that they nonetheless have the identical supervisor now? Anyway, I by no means heard something again!”

It wasn’t the final time he crossed paths with the band although. Within the movie Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee, Considine performed the band’s roadie. May all this be constructing towards a help slot with them at some point? “If one got here up, in fact we might!” he replied. “I’m undecided of our probabilities simply but although. Sooner or later perhaps!”

Paddy Considine in Using the Low – CREDIT: Press/Francesca Considine

Using The Low have already supported The Charlatans after frontman Tim Burgess invited them to play his Tim Peaks stage at Rock Metropolis in 2019. Previous to that, the band spent years honing their craft in grassroots music venues round Burton-on-Trent the place Considine was born and nonetheless lives. He shaped the band along with his oldest buddy over 15 years in the past, together with mates from his hometown – adamant that he didn’t need his band to get any particular remedy due to his performing credentials.

“I believe you’ve obtained to be taught your craft and minimize your enamel and we did that,” he mentioned, recalling how his band earned their stripes by gigging round pubs within the Midlands. “Years in the past, we obtained somebody taking the piss out of us, calling us a pub band after placing a video on-line of solely our second gig. However we have been a pub band at that time: we have been taking part in every kind of venues and honing our craft and I believe that’s actually necessary. We didn’t need any favours.”

Returning to the massive display screen, Considine followers are at the moment trying ahead to his function as King Viserys Targaryen in upcoming Sport Of Thrones spin-off, Home of the Dragon. Requested if it been exhausting, balancing music and performing with this high-profile function, he replied: “Oh God, you haven’t any concept! I’m nonetheless doing Thrones now. I’m supposed to complete in three weeks time. This has been probably the most demanding factor I’ve ever completed, not least as a result of it’s the one factor I’ve completed that’s lasted for this size of time. It’s been a extremely lengthy job.”

He continued: “I play King Visery’s Targaryen. I did watch the present earlier than, and I actually loved it. That is set 200 years earlier than the start of Thrones and it’s the story of the Targaryen dynasty.”

Would he take into account following Wilco Johnson and Sigur Ross, doing a musical cameo in Thrones if the chance got here up?

“Following the king, Mr Wilco Johnson, can be exhausting,” he replied. “The reality is, I wouldn’t need these worlds to satisfy in any respect. It’s very straightforward to get sucked into the [acting] world and get insecure and paranoid desirous about the place your subsequent job is coming from and all that. I’m grateful to have one thing that isn’t tarnished by that, one thing I can do away from this, that’s my very own inventive endeavour. I really like doing this.”

Considine advised NME how he was a bit jaded with the movie world proper now, regardless of the success of his first directed characteristic Journeyman struggling to entry movie festivals.

“The struggles I needed to get folks to learn Journeyman was exhausting,” he revealed. “More often than not, they simply couldn’t be arsed. It wasn’t the pageant darling that Tyrannosaur was, and folks simply gave up on it. Movie 4 have been begging festivals to have it and I felt ashamed. I haven’t made a movie since. I didn’t count on the door to open in privilege, however I don’t know if there’s a world there anymore the place I could make the work I’ve made beforehand and that’s actually irritating.”

Considine determined to channel a few of that frustration into The Using Low’s newest album. “There’s positively anger there” – he mentioned, revealing that it additionally touched upon “a particular lack of regional identification”.

“The place are the Mark E Smiths? The Shane McGowans?” he went on. “This city right here, it’s like that Stephen King ebook, It – it retains drawing you again. There’s some darkish power right here that retains me right here. It’s a supply of inspiration for me and I exploit it lots in my songwriting. I wish to doc the place, the folks, the voices.”

Paddy Considine (Image: Getty)

He additionally mentioned that the album contained Considine’s most private music to this point to this point, with the frontman opening-up concerning the psychological well being points he beforehand suffered with, together with his Asperger’s prognosis. The album’s darkish title observe explores this candidly.

“Years in the past, I used to drink,” Considine defined. “I wasn’t prolific or something, however I drank lots over a interval throughout a really unhappy time in my mid-30s. I’d turn out to be this gnarly, angular one that I actually wasn’t inside. I’d rant about issues, generally onstage, and it was uncomfortable and probably not me.

“I gave that a part of my ego a nickname – Gobshite Rambo. In some cultures, loss of life means rebirth this music is concerning the loss of life of that a part of myself and the rebirth of one other.”

The music has one other hyperlink to loss of life too: the passing of his father. Considine wrote the music concerning the afternoon his father handed away. “I arrived on the home not lengthy earlier than he died,” he mentioned. “Watching him deteriorate, watching him go translucent. He began to seem like a corpse. I watched this mighty man who I cherished and doubtless hated at occasions too laying there dying.”

To course of what occurred, he began to suppose like a filmmaker he says, breaking down what occurred into vignettes in his head. “It was a extremely unusual coping mechanism,” he mentioned. “Him dying had an enormous impact on my siblings and I, and I assume this music is a notice to them. All these hidden emotions that have been hid on that individual afternoon come out within the music.”


At gigs, he would typically wrestle with social interplay. Previous to his remedy, he would depart the gig as quickly as attainable afterwards. “Doing the gigs was by no means the issue however being round folks at occasions after the gigs was tough for me,” he mentioned. “It nonetheless is, however I’ve gotten higher with it and at taking care of myself. I respect the followers a lot, even when I can’t at all times say hi there or come out to shake arms afterwards. However I see all of them; their help hasn’t gone unnoticed.”

In addition to hoping to carry out at Glastonbury this 12 months, Considine mentioned that he was determined to get again out to dwell music venues each as a music fan and a performer. “It’s so necessary to go and see and play at these venues now greater than ever,” he mentioned. “Gorilla in Manchester, The Key Membership in Leeds – I really like going to those locations and can be honoured to get in there and play.”

He admitted that he was indignant the place many venues have been put in after the pandemic. “No regard for the humanities but once more from these absolute scoundrels,” he mentioned of the federal government’s help for the trade.

Likewise, the mess over Brexit, which has left bands unable to tour Europe, has left him equally enraged. “These scumbags in energy on the minute, Brexit has made it a whole and utter nightmare for bands,” he mentioned. “Touring is how bands generate profits now, not Spotify. It’s a compete mess and I really feel for bands as a result of there’s no denying it’s not trying good. I’ve obtained one other job, however for bands the place it’s their primary job, it’s terrible.”

As quickly as Sport Of Thrones has completed filming, Considine mentioned he can be heading straight again into the studio to make the band’s subsequent album. “I’ve obtained a wealth of fabric written already for that,” he revealed. “This band offers me extra problem than the rest in my life.

“If I didn’t adore it, belief me, I’d not be fucking doing it. However it’s making music I really like with folks I care about, and what could possibly be higher than that?”

‘Carapace Of Glass’ by Using The Low is out now, with album ‘The Loss of life of Gobshite Rambo’ due for launch on April 8. 

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