Music Q&A: Henge

The alien band present their brand of cosmic dross at EBGBS, Liverpool (1 Dec); The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (7 Dec); and Gorilla, Manchester (8 Dec)

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Life, the universe, the subconscious, a desire to have fun and the intense pleasures that can be generated by the benevolent use of soundwaves.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I have learned not to care about the things that don’t matter.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Fine tuning cosmic dross for human ears.. Cosmic dross is music from another galaxy that we brought with us to Earth to help evolve the human species.

What’s on your rider?
A picture drawn by human hand.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

I do not know the human emotion of embarrassment, though we experienced a strange situation some weeks ago. We were presented with what you humans call an award – best live act of 2018 at the AIF Festival Awards. This experience was strange to us as we have never before seen such customs. The concept of competition in art does not exist in the advanced civilisations that we have visited elsewhere in this galaxy and so it was indeed surreal to be honoured by the human species in this manner.

What song do you wish you’d written?
We are big fans of human music. Though there are many songs I greatly admire, I do not waste time on such foolish wishes.

What’s your worst lyric?
In our song called The Great Venusian Apocalypse our Venusian brother Goo wrote of the fate that befell his planet. To witness an extinction event is a terrible thing, but for brother Goo it was truly awful as he saw his entire species wiped out. Here is the very worst lyric from the piece in the original Venusian and its translation in English.

“ɭʊka ɭʊka d͡ʒa: didi
dɾa dəbə gigʊ dəbə də dɾa.”

“and now forever I lament the mass extinction of my race…”

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