BlueMoon Spotlight: Hooligan Collective

[Shelby Loasby| News Sub Editor]

Sheer madness, utter chaos and contagious energy. These are the only words that can describe the four-piece hardcore punk band, Hooligan Collective.

Back in December, BlueMoon was lucky enough to attend Hatfield Rocks! to see Hooligan Collective supporting Zoax and headliners Baby Godzilla. We were able to sit down with the ‘Hooligans’ and get the full scoop on the band; their origins, their inspirations and their plans for the future.

Hooligan Collective at Baby Godzilla - by Jonathan Yip

Hooligan Collective at Baby Godzilla – by Jonathan Yip

Meet the band

The band is formed of four third-year students from the University of Hertfordshire, all from different backgrounds and studying different things. Lead vocalist, Sam Taylor from Norwich, is studying to become a paramedic; Lead guitarist, Dael from CambridgeSHIRE (emphasis on the shire), is studying Primary Education; Drummer, Greg Pain from Cornwall, is studying Events Management with French; and Bassist, Greg Burns (or Greg 0.2) from Surrey is the only one actually studying music.

By Daniel Bush (Left-Right) Bassist - Greg Burns, Guitar - Dael Brookes, Drums - Greg Pain, Lead Vocals - Sam Taylor

By Daniel Bush (Left-Right) Bassist – Greg Burns, Guitar – Dael, Drums – Greg Pain, Lead Vocals – Sam Taylor

The Origins

The band came together through the Alternative Music Society in 2012. Dael and Taylor were interested in starting a band and were on the hunt for a drummer when they found Greg Pain. After a lot of arguments with several members of the society over who would have the rights to the only drummer, Pain finally joined Taylor and Dael. Finding a bassist, however, was a whole other issue.

The band explained that the first guy they tried, just didn’t work out and only attended a few sessions. The next guy, ‘Jimmy’, went to one practice, and even then he “showed up hungover as f***” and was definitely not what the band was looking for. Pain went on to say that two months later he was sitting in Telford Court and heard a couple of people jamming on a bass guitar. He later tracked the guys down and found Greg 0.2. The band was finally complete.

The next obvious question – how did they get their name? They explained that they were throwing one-word things around for a while like Screens and “other random stuff”, when Taylor eventually blurted out ‘Hooligan Collective.’ They agreed that it worked well as a conflicting and oxymoronic phrase; a bunch of ‘hooligan idiots acting together in an organised group.’ Definitely works well for a hardcore band.

Hooligan Collective logo on the front cover of their demo album; Demolitions

Hooligan Collective logo on the front cover of their demo album; Demolitions

And why were they a hardcore punk band? Dael and Taylor knew they wanted to play heavy music, whereas Pain was more interested in something quite punky, and Greg 0.2 simply wanted to play in a band. So when the two genres of heavy hardcore and punk met, it was the perfect mix for everyone.

At this point Pain also added that none of the band are actually playing the instruments they are best at. “Every band I’ve been in, I’ve been the worse drummer. Greg 0.2 is like grade eight drums!” he said, “and Dael did grade seven singing so is probably the best vocalist!”

Well boys, if it works that way then don’t complain! It’s clear they are all talented musicians. They don’t, however, own enough gear and instruments of their own and often have to beg, borrow and steal in order to perform their gigs.

The ins and outs

We went on to ask about how the band works, how they write their songs and how they perform. Dael explained that he writes the riffs first: “They come to me in dreams, visions, if you will.” Then Greg 0.2 will write a bassline to accompany it, and Pain will then write the drums on top of that (and then change it. And then change it again – the perfectionist of a drummer). Once the music has been written, Taylor consults his bank of lyrics that have been compiled over the years and chooses a song that suits.

In terms of influences, Hooligan Collective are heavily associated with Gallows. They hav