A Disorder favourite, HVMM’s sound is hard-rock-blues, blissfully rhythmic, sex and swagger. Lyrics are snarled with venom and purpose. Piqued by their hunger, we asked the band who their icons are in their respective fields. These are their responses. Photography by Marieke Macklon.
ANDY TEECE – LEAD VOCALS
Star turn: Tom Waits – Big In Japan
"Discovering Tom Waits, Nick Cave, The White Stripes, Leonard Cohen, guys like that... the combination of that control met with the unhinged performance, the vulnerability; it was very hard to ignore."
EBONY CLAY – GUITAR
Star turn: B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
"At a young age my dad introduced me to the blues. B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters... From there I discovered Hendrix, SRV, Jimi Page and Rory Gallagher among others. The blues had a big influence on me and my playing style for many years. Now I have stepped outside the box and take influence from all genres and all playing styles. I like to experiment and step away from the rule book."
JACK TIMMIS – BASS
Star turn: Norman Watt-Roy – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
"I first heard Norman Watt-Roy, playing for the Blockheads, when I was 14. From that moment I knew I wanted to take bass seriously. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick was the first song they performed that night. It remains one of the most exciting basslines around; it's the glue that holds that track together. For that alone, he should be admired by all players. Years later I was lucky enough to open for Wilko Johnson for two tours. He had Norman on bass. Aside from blowing me away every night with his energy and passion, he was gracious enough to take the time to teach me some of his iconic lines. A true master."
SAM JENKINS – DRUMS
Star turn: John Bonham – In My Time Of Dying