Hey, everyone. This is Baddon Basement and I’m Emily Sands. Today we’re in the studio listening to tunes and singing jams, a typical day really. I’m with my co-host here – wanna chime in, say hi?
Hi. M’names Moss. That’s actually my nickname. My actual name is yet to be disclosed. Sorry. [laughs] I’m here to help out Em with the next interview we have set up with a band you guys may be familiar with.
Emily: Indeed. We have an interview set for our very own Baddon boys – please welcome and give a rowdy round of applause to…
Moss: Airy Fairy!
[giggles and applause erupt]
[chairs scrape back]
Dominik Hernandez: Shit, sorry.
Jon Judas: Can we swear on air?
[laughter] Moss: Was that a line?
Jon: Oh, wasn’t meaning to pick ya up. I’ve got a girl. [winks]
[laughter] Emily: Let’s try to keep it to a minimum, shall we?
Dom: My bad!
[more shuffling, everyone getting settled in chairs, sipping water, etc.]
[clears throat] Moss: Everyone good? Need more water?
Penny Alexander: Stellar, man! Thanks.
George Grey: Ah smelt summick brewin’. Hev any Ahrl Grey?
Moss: [takes off headphones] Excuse me?
[Airy Fairies erupt into laughter]
Dom: Speak English, Geordie!
Geordie: Ah was! [pause, looks at Moss] Dyer hev E-a-r-l Grey, mate? Ah thowt aw ‘eard the kettle on.
Emily: Coming right up!
Geordie: [holds up two fingers] Two sugars an cream, please!
[Emily comes back with a piping hot cup of tea, cream & two sugars for Geordie]
Geordie: Thanks, love.
Emily: [settles into her chair, headphones on, with a smile] All right, let’s start with introductions, shall we? Who’s first?
Moss: Let’s go clockwise, I guess. You’re up. [nods to Geordie]
Geordie: [clears throat] Me nyame is George. George Grey. The lads caal me Geordie cos Ahm a Geordie. Me family is frem tha Toon [Newcastle]. Tha is in England.
Moss: [quietly] Should we translate that for the transcript?
Emily: [giggles] Hmm, maybe. So, we’ve got George Grey from Newcastle. What do you do in the band, Geordie?
Geordie: Ahm the entertainment, mostly. Me an Penny, both. But Ahm dabbling on bass part-time. [looks at Jon to go on]
Jon: [shifts in his seat] Hey, everyone. I’m Jon.
Geordie: John Lennon.
Jon: [laughs] My name’s Jon Judas and I play lead guitar and do vocals.
Geordie: His lass is in the band too! Weor is sheh off te? Kick hor oot?
Dom: [laughs] She went to some anime convention, right?
Wynston Macabee: Yeah, she’s like one of them furries, right?
Jon: All of you, shut it! She went to Comic-Con so she had to miss. [crosses arms] Talk about my girl one more time…
Geordie: Eeeeeh, somebody’s ready fre a barney like. [makes fists at Jon] [Jon swats at him]
[Dom and Penny – chuckling ensues]
Emily: [raises eyebrows] Well! Pleasure to have you on, Jon. Who’s next? [shifts in her seat, looking round the table for the next guest]
Dom: [salutes] What’s up? I’m Dom.
Penny: I’m Sub.
Dom: [glares] Shut. Up.
Penny & Geordie: [laughs]
Dominik: Anyway, I’m Dominik Hernandez, but this town has a fascination for shortening names so I’m just Dom. [chuckles]
Moss: What do you play, Dom?
Dom: I do supporting vocals and the rhythm guitar. But I also play the harmonica too, at Jon’s nagging.
[Jon rolls his eyes]
Dom: [chuckles] Nah, just kidding. I got into it after listening to Bob Dylan for the first time. He changed my life.
Geordie: Bloody ‘ell! [rolls eyes]
Moss: Geordie! [tries to hold back laughter, fighting to remain serious]
Emily: [laughing] Minimal.
Dom: [shrugs taking a sip of water] Haterz.
Penny: [points to himself] My turn? [Emily nods, holding back laughter] [Penny runs fingers through his hair and tousles it about] The name is Penny Alexander and I play drums. And I sing. I play piano too but not for the band and I do like, crazy jumping stuff on stage with my sticks. Real fun.
Geordie: Ya taakin shite, tee.
Dom: Only one talking shit is you, Geordie!
Penny: Where’s the lie though? [Geordie starts shoving and rearranging Penny’s carefully styled scarf combination, wrapping it around his head] [Penny shoves back, giving Geordie’s frizzing curls a tousle]
Moss: Okay, okay – can we reign it in a bit? Are you always like this together? [chuckles nervously]
Jon: Couldn’t be any other way. [shrugs]
Wyn: It’s the reason why they never have girlfriends. Too wild. Scare ‘em off. [laughs]
Geordie: Eeeeeeeh, [points to Wyn] this one’s a true riot! Joost noo popping in! [sips tea]
Moss: Sorry, wait, yeah – where have you been? Introduce yourself before you’re interrupted. [laughs]
Wyn: [runs hand through his hair] I’m Wyn. [whispers] Do I need to say my full name?
Emily: [whispers back] As you please.
Wyn: [clears throat] I’m Wynston Macabee, but everyone calls me Wyn.
Penny: ‘Cos he’s a winner.
Geordie: Always winning.
Dom: He’s the manly one.
Penny: Geordie’s the pretty one.
Geordie: [flips long hair dramatically]
Moss: And you play what, Wyn?
Wyn: I play piano and synths mostly. I played violin before too.
Emily: Right on! My sister actually played that in grade school. Well, boys, it’s been a pleasure meeting everyone today… [smiles broadly, clapping her hands together] We’re already off to a great start!
Moss: Crazy… but good.
Penny: That should be our [band] name – Crazy But Good!
Dom: I like it.
Jon: Got that right… most of ya’ll are crazy…
Geordie: Piss off, Jon. Yer crazy by association.