Great new artists don't just appear fully formed in time for the January editions of the monthlies, sometimes they whack you round the back of the head with greatness in their own time. Although we mentioned them back in October, the East London/Essex duo Swanton Bombs really came into fruition with the newly released Mammoth Skull EP (buy from Norman Records if you're quick, there's only 500, but they've got a CD of older songs free), four tracks of subtle wonder spanning from fractured angular post-post-punk to charging, twisted piano pop, sometimes at the same time. It's a long time since a debut four-tracker has come out of the blue with such promise attached, so we decided to get in ahead of the curve and ask Dominic McGuinness and Brendan Heaney what's floated their boats. Which one these answers covers... well, that's for you to guess, because they didn't say. And going on the first answer, that's just as well.
First single bought: Eiffel 65 - I'm Blue
First album bought: The Very Best Of Chuck Berry
First gig voluntarily attended: Toploader at the Brixton Academy
The record that most made you want to get into music: The Strokes - Is This It
A song you'd play to get people dancing: Big Boi - Ghetto Musick
The last great thing you heard: I'd rather have a full frontal labotomy than a full bottle in front of me
Your favourite new artist: Video Nasties
Swanton Bombs are on tour with Threatmantics and the aforementioned Video Nasties across the land for the rest of this month - check their Myspace (link up there) for details.