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Questions on the Go: Bison Face

Bison Face are an alternative rock band formed in 2019 by songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ernie Hill

The lineup is completed by guitarist Alex Bowden and a slew of talented individuals performing live.

3rd single ‘Private Joke Party’ was released on July 30th, 2021.

We got to ask them a few Questions on the Go.

Welcome to Metal Digest!

Please describe the band in a single sentence.

Ernie (Vocals/Guitars):

We’re a loud, honest guitar band from the depressingly archaic island known as “Great” Britain.

What’s your latest project and what are you working on right now?

Ernie: We’re heading back into the studio down in Brighton at the end of September to finish recording our debut EP, outside of that I’ve been writing a lot and trying to mentally reset for the next chapter before we jump on tour.

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

Ernie: I guess I just want people to connect with whichever part of the music that speaks to them, whether it’s a lyric or a melody, I want people to feel an affinity with that and feel understood. Exactly what music does to me I suppose, that’s what it’s there for, to evoke emotions.

Major influences: Who put you on this path?

Ernie: Nirvana were the band that really turned my head and made me want to dive into songwriting and learning to play instruments. Zeppelin and The Stooges followed shortly after and I pretty much just lost myself in dirty guitars for a while. I’ve got a huge melting pot of influences after that, there’s obviously a lot of 90’s guitar music, grunge, shoegaze etc and then 70s rock, recent indie.  Elvis Costello is a big one for me, and Blur too. I like about 20% of most genres.

If you had to flee the country as a band, where would you choose to live?

Ernie: Somewhere remote and natural. Give me Canada or Norway so I can decompress and write a bunch, then I’d like to be in New York. It’s probably my favorite place I’ve ever been, so a loft there and a Canadian mountain retreat would be the dream.

What’s the ‘wow factor’ that makes YOU decide which songs to keep, record and release?

Ernie: I think once I’ve written a song, once we start jamming it for shows is where they reach their final form, and we can get a sense of how the song works as a unit that’s when we know what clicks and what doesn’t. Some songs I kind of know immediately. And others develop over time. Something like ‘Mallrats’ came about in about 10 mins, and it’s just got this spark to it.

What’s the most hilarious band memory you can think of?

Ernie: Alex (Bowden, Guitars) and myself wrote some pretty mad demos back in the day, we had a QOTSA style track called ‘Latin Day 1’  with every shaker, loop and maraca logic pro had to offer that we jammed with a few too many whiskies. We pretty much laughed for 4 hours making it as dumb as we could. Maybe one day it’ll see the light of day.

What would be the title of the band’s biography?

Ernie: Probably ‘Too Many Pedals’.

What’s the next milestone you’d like to achieve as a band?

Ernie: Once the EP is done, the goal is to get out and play some shows a bit farther afield, now the country is opened back up and venues are able to put on gigs. I can’t wait to put out some new music and get gigging, so we’ll see the timeline clearer by October!

Until we meet again,


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