Introducing: Kernel Panic
New grunge masterclass from Leeds…
YOUR NAME: Andy Jessop.
BAND NAME: Kernel Panic.
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Bass guitar and dancing.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC? Pedro (singer) and I have been playing together since 2014 but as a full band in its current form, since early 2016.
GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1. We enjoy playing our music, even if no one else does.
2. We’re influenced by grass roots and underground music that is played by people who work in coffee shops and bars.
3. We haul our ass to play music – going 30 to 40 miles with full equipment for scraps without a van or car.
WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
We fit best in clubs and pubs and anywhere that we can get up close in to a crowd. We like to smell everyone’s sweat.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST…
RECORD? Personally? Shit. The Marshall Mathers LP, I guess.
CD? Likely Nirvana – Nirvana
DOWNLOAD? Legally, I suppose it was on iTunes in 2008 or something. Perhaps Oh! What a Lovely Tour by Babyshambles. Illegally. I don’t know, probably something on Napster in 2003. ‘The Final Countdown’, yeah, I’ll go with that. Why lie.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRL/BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
Fucking off to some Latin American country and not logging on to or in to the world for six months.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
Sucking up to the people I’d obviously betrayed beforehand and begging for forgiveness. Re-starting the now-withered and varicose-plagued band when we all hate each other but can charge a few million a festival.
CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
Everyone likes different music, really. My favourites are mostly electric these days. Bryan loves jazz and classical guitar, TJ his grunge and Pedro a whole host of weird sh*t he finds from YouTube videos.
WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
Grigio. A band from Barnsley/Sheffield. If you get the opportunity to see Grigio, please, go see them. Better yet, here’s their Soundcloud.
NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
Christ, I don’t know. [That’ll do as a band name]. Iggy dancing, Grohl on drums, Graham Coxon on guitar and Mish Way from White Lung on vocals, why not.
GO SEE THIS FILM: If.
GO READ THIS BOOK: Suttree by Cormac McCarthy.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Chumped, Blowout, Cody, Katie Ellen, Trophy Wife (US) – there are so many lost sounds out there it’s worth spending an afternoon digging around for them.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: That guy from Razorlight. I can’t be bothered to Google his name. But he’s a dick head.
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS? Leeds. We can’t afford tickets to L.A or London.
AND FINALLY… AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS.
Thanks a lot for coming, we really, really appreciate it. [We seriously do.]
Editor’s note: In October 2019 Kernel Panic announced they were breaking up