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In a new regular feature we talk to some up and coming bands about the past and present. Did they learn their first chords on an Encore guitar bought from Argos? Did they find themselves stalking Northern Uproar in their youth? Have their musical heroes changed from John Power to Jacques Brel? We shall endeavour to find out.White Swallow are a 2 piece from Chorley, Lancashire and they play dirty rock n roll with a creeping sense of menace. Their second single, the dark and brooding “Belong Song” was released at the end of last year and their equally impressive follow-up “Yourbloodhisloss” is out now on Brock n Broll Records. Their guitarist/singer Bobby Mambo answers the questions in part 4 of our First/Last series.

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Musical hero/heroine

John Lennon/George Harrison, honestly though, I don’t really idolise famous people or musicians anymore.

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Song that I learnt to play

“Waterfall” by Stone Roses. Again, my dad taught it me in the morning before he went to work in the summer holidays, when he got back, not only had I learnt to play it, I’d creatively missed out certain notes and added extra discord notes…

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Song that I learnt to play

“Waterloo Sunset” Kinks. Learnt it 24 hours ago, but had a party last night, now I cant remember it at all.

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Song that I wrote

Called “Hit and Run” about shooting someone and running away. Jesus.

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Song that I wrote

A couple of days ago. Haha, it’s called “Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish”. I was messing about with Mariachi sounds and came up with some crazy lyrics about going fast. Man I sound simple…

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Album that I bought

“We Are Shampoo” by Shampoo. Think it was coincidentally around the time of my first erection as well.

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Album that I bought

Brian Jonestown Massacre “Bravery, Repetition and Noise”. Fucking Brilliant.

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Gig I attended

Not a clue, my parents took me from a young age.

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Gig I attended

My mate is playing in a band called Milk Maid. They were brilliant. Other than that, I don’t get time to go to many.

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Gig that I played

Mates back garden at a party. Pretty shit but we were convinced we were gonna be headlining a stadium show soon after.

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Gig that I played

Some horrible shithole in Preston called The Assembly. Played with a great band called Slaves, on tour from Kent, got along well and gonna be gigging together.

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Musical hero/heroine

Jimi Hendrix 100%. Hence my cream Stratocaster. Just need a penis extension and a tan now.

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Instrument that I learnt to play

Well, I bought a micro-korg the other day. Having fun with the vocoder!

First

Instrument that I learnt to play

Drums! My dad got me a kit to play along with him when I was young then I discovered Hip Hop and wanted a gun instead.

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Song that I heard and loved

“False Jesii Part 2” by Pissed Jeans. Really cool attitudes and a simple, yet hard hitting hook to the song.

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Song that I heard and loved

“I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” by the Ramones. There’s a video of me about 4yo with a Mohican and a blow up guitar singing it. Unfortunately, I grew…