Tell anyone with stir-crazy, home-schooled kids, dawn-to-dusk video conferences or just a head full of covid concerns that quarantine isn’t hectic. And who could even imagine how hectic daily life is for all key workers right now, both in thought and deed. But how does a band with ‘hectic’ in its title get on with locked-down life? We asked Callum McAllister from Toodles & the Hectic Pity how the band is getting on:

“So we put out GHOSTS, GUILT & GRANDPARENTS about two months ago on Specialist Subject Records, which seems to have gone down really well! It’s a five-track EP about loneliness and isolation, which seems rather apt now. We were really proud of that record, but ready to work on some new songs.

“We were due to go on a UK tour last week and play some European dates in a few months, which have understandably been cancelled. So instead, I’m buckling down and writing. We’re working on songs that will eventually become an album, and we’ve also got a single ready to go whenever we can record it. We don’t have to facilities to record songs well from home, remotely, but we have been recording some less-polished content to keep us busy and hopefully to entertain folks. Plus I’ve done a couple of live streams and hope to do more.

“As well as Toodles songs, I’ve been trying to work on some fiction and catch up on my reading list. Right now I’m reading Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy – which is suprisingly fun for all its faults. But I’m missing Max and Dom. It’s really hard because we’re such close friends as a band. But it’s hard for everyone. We’re all in it together.”

Listen to ‘Ducks’ here:

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Three words to describe my music…

Folk. Punk. Emo.

Last photo on my phone…

It’s a photo of a video camera balanced on a snare drum, for some quarantine content we’re working on.

Favourite Instagram account…

Toilets with threatening auras.

The best venue I’ve played…

Not strictly speaking a ‘venue’ but St Paul’s Church Crypt in Southville for our record launch. So much fun.

Earliest song I remember…

Busted – ‘Year 3000’

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Waiter at a hotel in the Cotswolds serving food to rich, old arseholes.

Favourite food on tour…

The vegan doner, ‘Voner’, kebab from I Am Doner in Leeds.

Favourite word…

Incunabulum.

Things that cheer me up…

Right now, Buffy.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

A graveyard: maybe Highgate Cemetery right next to gigantic bust of Karl Marx’s head.

I think you should listen to…

The new Charmpit album is great!

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Would kill to see Sincere Engineer live sometime.

Listen to more Toodles & the Hectic Pity via Bandcamp here.

Featured Image by Ziggy Cole.