Interview: The Last of the Fallen Angels
We chat to Conrad McQueen, founder of UK collective The Last of the Fallen Angels, who have just released their epic new single 'One Mistake'
The Last of the Fallen Angels seem like a very mysterious band; who's a member?Haha, yes. Mystery is my middle name! Conrad 'Mystery' McQueen does have a nice ring to it! Last of the Fallen Angels is my collaboration project where I work with different singers and musicians from around the world. It has evolved into a dream pop / trip hop supergroup. Members have included Peter Hook (New Order), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Brinsley Forde (Aswad), singers from New Jersey, Sweden, Ireland and closer to home regular collaborators Victoria Owsnett and Mark Dickinson. Production is handled by the ever present Simon Ellis who has worked with Spice Girls, Westlife and who wrote those addictive songs for S Club 7. What made you decide to start the band?It was in lock down and I thought I'd just have some fun and make the kind of music I love without worrying about making it commercial. I approached some of my musical heroes with the idea of collaborating on some songs in aid of the homeless and they were only too happy to help out. We released the CD only album "Radio Babylon" last November with all sales from that going to Musicians Against Homelessness supporting Crisis. There are still a few left at only £10 and all of that £10 goes directly to Crisis. Click here.... https://radiobabylon.bigcartel.com Since then, I've continued collaborating. We've played a few cool gigs, had some great radio play and are currently working on Album 2.0 which will be a more traditional release. Your latest track 'One Mistake' sounds like it would go down well with fans of Massive Attack; are you inspired by these guys? And who else inspires the music you make?Pete Gustard (the singer) and I met on social media after a Manchester radio station played our latest singles on the same show earlier this year. We bonded over a shared love of beat driven indie pop like The The, Cabaret Voltaire and Orange Juice. "One Mistake" was the result. If you were stuck on a desert island with just one album, what would it be? "A Light For Attracting Attention" springs to mind!! Seriously, it's so hard to pick just one, but it would be one of these... "Soul Mining" by The The, "17 Seconds" by The Cure, "Man Machine " by Kraftwerk, "Maxinquaye" by Tricky, "Sound of Silver" by LCD Soundsystem, "Rip It Up" by Orange Juice, "I Am Easy To Find" by The National, "Treasure" by Cocteau Twins. Sorry I can't pick just one! ...but if you put all of those albums in a blender, you've got Last of the Fallen Angels!