The Funky Music of Queequeg’s Coffin

“I’ve got the funk, I’ve got the funk yeah… funky music everywhere,” sings Meggan (Meg) Stewart, one half of Queequeg’s Coffin – the electro-funk band who definitely bought the funky music to Book Yer Ane Fest on 30 Nov.

“We had an awesome time,” explains Meg. “Jonno says he thought the general vibe of the whole weekend was cool. Bands he liked were Bratakus, The Twistettes, Tragical History Tour and Cairngorms Young Team. I really enjoyed those bands too. The Fisty Muffs were incredible and Dream Nails are my new favourite band. I just really loved seeing the amount of women in bands. We also enjoyed Lewis’ vegan burritos.”

Inspired by The Twistettes, Meg and bassist Jonathan (Jonno) Reid realised that they could be a band with just two members – and a drum machine.

“We just wanted to do something where we could play the music we wanted to play, without having to play other people’s songs,” says Meg. “I still really want a keytar but they’re incredibly expensive and I’m rubbish on keys.”

Recently they’ve added a loop pedal, on their song ‘My Love’, which they’re finding both useful and scary. “I wanted to add bits to songs but couldn’t sing two parts at once,” says Meg. “It’s terrifying because it’s new and if you don’t get the timing down it sounds terrible. Advantage is it’s great for backing vocals and harmony parts.”

Catch them at Conroy’s on 31 December for New Year’s Emo (see below). And expect an EP soon.

 

Words: Ana Hine

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