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We caught up with Max Clarke AKA Cut Worms before his show at Monarch, Berlin last week. The intriguing singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is bound for big things, if you’re a fan of Foxygen, Lemon Twigs or Alvvays then he’s right up your street.
The wonderful Krista Lynch member of TicketWeb favourites SuperGlu was on hand to document Cut Worms’ Berlin journey through some funky photographs and she even sat down with Max to chat & pick his brain. Check it out:
You recorded your first EP ‘Alien Sunset’ by yourself on an 8-track digital recorder. Do you approach songwriting in a different way now that you have the full live band?
I always write with full instrumentation in mind. If anything, playing with the band live has made me think more about whats possible to play live. It’s easy to get carried away with overdubs in recording and then you can’t reproduce the same thing live, which can be disappointing.
Did you ever imagine yourself to be supporting massive acts such as the Lemon Twigs? Do you think these support slots have helped Cut Worms grow as a band?
I hadn’t thought about it all that much. The Lemon Twigs weren’t necessarily that massive when I opened for them—or maybe they were—I don’t really have a very good barometer for that kind of thing. But I think opening for more established bands has definitely helped us reach more people.
You’ve been playing music since you were twelve. Can you remember your first gig? Did this have any specific impact on your current music style?
I was probably always headed towards this ‘style’ or whatever it is. I started playing open mic nights when I was maybe 16. As soon as I was old enough to drive far enough away to where I could play without the risk of running into anyone I knew. Doing those types of things teaches you a lot about what not to do As a performer.
You’re currently in the middle of your European tour. What would you say has been the biggest change in your live performance now that you’re playing bigger venues and touring more often?
I think our performances are tighter from playing so much. .. that’s really the only difference I can see.
Have you found any new music discoveries during this tour? Who’s been your favourite support act so far?
I was real fond of John Moods who opened our Berlin show. I thought he had a good thing going on.
Whilst in the U.K you’re playing a few festivals such as End of The Road. How does your festival set differ from an intimate venue performance?
It doesn’t change much in my own mind… apart from sometimes having to spread out more on stage to fill all that space.
Get your ears on his new album Hollow Ground released this year. Here’s a taster in the form of “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye”
Who would be your ultimate festival headliner and why?
Probably someone like Neil Young. I still have never seen him live and I’m sure it’d be a real treat. Though I did see Patti Smith headline at La Route du Rock and that was very special.
Apart from End of The Road what else do you have coming up in the U.K?
We have a short run of dates supporting Amen Dunes which I’m looking forward to.
What can we expect next from Cut Worms once you’re back home?
Me resting. And then hopefully more new music.
For upcoming Cut Worms shows including his FREE headline gig at the Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday as well as support slots with Amen Dunes check here: ticketweb.co.uk/cutworms