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Music Q&A: The Meffs

Since exploding onto the UK scene in 2019, The Meffs – aka Lily on vocals/guitar and Lewis on drums/backing vocals – have built up a reputation as purveyors of frantic punk bangers and an absolute must-see live sensation. After a multitude of talked-about performances, 2021 saw The Meffs invited on stage at London’s legendary Roundhouse for Frank Turner’s four-date Lost Evenings festival. This led to the band hitting the studio with Frank Turner to record, arguably, their best work yet. Pulling no punches as ever, Lily calls out societal inequality at every opportunity over a wall of hard-hitting melodies. She chats to Blackpool Social Club ahead of their opening night set at Rebellion Festival this Thursday.

Tell us about the Meffs who you are and how you came together as a band?
We are a two-piece from Essex who like shouting what needs to be heard. I used to see Lewis behind the bar of a pub I spent too much time in. One day I saw a picture of him playing a practice kit so sent him a message. He was game. The rest is history.

You played Rebellion in 2022 and now you’re heading back for 2023. 
The Rebellion crowd was mad. Our set clashed with Steve Ignorant, Sham 69, The Stranglers and Ruts DC. That turned out not to make a difference – we filled the room and met some proper good people.

Tell us about the political content of your songs and what concerns your music addresses.
You get people who want the politics left out of music. They’re the people who don’t get it. We want to open their minds. Politics runs our lives. Imagine not singing about it. Imagine singing about love and break ups. That’ll never catch on.

Does punk still have the power to challenge politics and systems of power?
Music 100 per cent has the power to challenge corrupt systems. Even small things add to that like someone listening to our lyrics and questioning something that they’d never thought to question.

Who are you musical influences?
Lyrically I’m influenced by what’s going around me, not by other musicians. I’m getting new ideas down by the hour. I don’t know about influences but one of our go to bands to chuck on in the car is Amyl and the Sniffers.

Your last two EPs were produced by Frank Turner. What was it like to work with him?
He’s a proper genuine bloke! He made the process easy and got exactly what we were trying to achieve. Both EPs are out now so everyone can have a listen for themselves.

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