Interview: Medusa Touch

This year, we’ve had the opportunity to chat to a bunch of bands from the Rogue PR label. Our latest one was with Scottish rock band Medusa Touch, still gigging after forming in 1983, where we found out about their new album, influences and the evolution of music.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2019 treating you so far?
So far, really well. After such a long break, getting your gigging head back on was a bit of a shocker, but it’s like falling of a log after a while. Great to be gigging again; love it!

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Yup, we had a new album out this year. It’s a 13-track album which is available on CD from our website for all the oldies out there who like to own their music. It’s also available on all the digital and streaming sites too. It’s all music from the ’80s, songs we played back then but recorded in 2012. They do polish up very nicely if I do say so [laughs].

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
The work on the new music will start in 2020. We still have another album’s worth of material from the ’80s to record and get that out first. So that will be done in the early part of 2020. The new material that we will start writing will be in the 2nd half of the year. Well that’s the plan. It took us 30 years to do the first album [laughs].

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
We have just finished a small tour of Scotland just to get us back in the groove. That was to get the cobwebs off. Next year 2020, we have a few festivals lined up and are active looking for gigs for the year. Our good friends Rob and Andy are helping us out with that and have taken on our management role, which is awesome.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
In the band you will find lots of different influences, but the main ones are Maiden, Metallica, UFO, MSG, Van Halen, Anthrax and Accept. That’s a real eclectic mix of metal providers right there.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
There’s quite a few good bands about at the moment, especially those with that ’80s vibe going on. Personally, I like Corelioni, Hammerfall, Savage Messiah, and Phil Campbell’s new album.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
It’s always a great fun, party atmosphere. The songs are proper sing-along, fist pumping, headbangers. It’s definitely a great night out.

Any last words for the fans?
Thank you for the interview, it’s great to do these again. Check out the band and our music at [our website] and get a long and see us if you can.