Interview: Strangers

We somehow had instilled into our fragile little minds that it was a big no-no to self-promote one’s own bands on one’s own website. For why, we have no idea. Most likely in a vain attempt to try to be cool. Well, that’s all changed now. We’re off to the Record Of The Day Awards next week (although we’re still not sure if we made the shortlist – we were just told “you should definitely come” and were henceforth issued with a ticket, which definitely means….something). We reviewed Strangers for Music Week. We’re BONA FIDE. So now that our vainity and self-indulgence has reached dizzying new heights, we see absolutely no harm in chatting up what we consider to be the most handsome and strong-looking three piece on the club circuit today, even more so as we relish any and all opportunities to chat proverbial breeze with Strangers, who since releasing their debut single way back in July – double-A sider It Was A Sin/If I Found Love, on our very own Killing Moon Records – have played shows up and down the land, been blogged to shit, launched their own clubnight in London and beyond, and generally established their reputation as the premium party-boy outfit of the UK. Now pushing their third EP of dark-pop anthems onto the masses which sees a launch in its own right at the Electricity Showrooms on the 24th November, we thought it was high time to annoy them with those six incisive questions that you’re just dying to know the answers to…


Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog.

We are a three piece dark electro pop group called Strangers from Northampton and London, mostly London these days. We are David Maddox-Jones, Raife Hacking and Piers Sherwood-Roberts. We also have a fourth Stranger lurking in the wings, Glen Nicholls, who produces all of our music, but prefers the studio to the live stage. Myself and Raife started the band about a year ago, from the idea that we wanted to do something completely electronic, dark and uplifting with the emphasis on great songs. Armed with a few demos I approached Glen at a party telling him I was the best singer he’ll ever hear (you gotta grab peoples attention right?), and after hearing the tunes he didn’t quite agree with me, but nethertheless saw potential. He set about producing some of the demos, adding his own dark pop stamp, leaving myself and raife utterly enamoured. We then got married, had 3 EPs, and here we are today. Released early next year is our debut album is but a few riffs away from completion, which is very exciting. We aim to oversaturate the market in 2012, and have you rushing to the radio dial to change stations after hearing that bloody Strangers single AGAIN!

KM: Gonna have to lambast you there buddy. Firstly, you’ve failed to actually name yourself as, well, yourself (it’s DAVID “MAD” MADDOX-JONES everybody!). Secondly, you failed to mention your band name (but don’t worry, I snuck it in there, it’s what I’m here for). Thridly, NEVER MOCK THE SINGLE.

Strangers – Promises (Curxes Remix)

Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?

Anything released on Killing Moon Records is a guaranteed gem, aside from that Lana Del Rey Video Games has to be up there.



Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why? 

It’s hard to decipher one London club gig from the next sometimes. I’ve been to many many shows, most of them at small pubs in East London though so I’d probably have to go with a show that had a little more grandeur…I definitely enjoyed watching Deftones at Reading Festival. It brought back lots of memories.

KM: Shit man, we were there too. With you. WE LOVE YOU TOO MAN! Also, thanks for admitting that you were a greasy-ass nu-metal bugger just like the rest of us.


If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?

Frankie Coccoza, cause he deserves it, or Jarvis Cocker just to get him back for his famous moonie at The Brits.

KM: Looks like Cokeupthenozza has beaten you to it bro.

You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode for sure, it has the perfect amount of darkness coupled with an amazing pop sensibility. I’d die wishing I had written it!

KM: Interesting that you’d choose to die in even more pain than you would already, albeit more in a psychologically-anguishing sort of way. Which really is kind of worse. But hey, it’s your life, and it very much is now or never…


Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?

Dark Side Of The Moon every time!

Thanks to: Chris @ Theo PR, and of course Davey Jones.

Strangers play Electricity Showrooms on Thursday 24th November.

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