” Manchester artist Periscope (Martin Swinny) has come  full circle as an artist since his days fronting The Hungry Socks, the Manchester band he put together back which ended up cult-like in their status not to mention boasting the line up of Clint Boon ( Inspiral Carpets ) , Mani ( the Stone Roses )  , Chris Goodwin ( Electronic )  and Andy Housley (The Cradle ) . The Hungry Socks split with each member going on to their respective bands, Martin went on to play in a couple more bands and it was after that he made the move to become Periscope, a solo artist in every sense of the word; producing video as well as sound, stretching his own influences… the results so far have been outstanding.  Louder Than War took the opportunity to speak to Martin  ” 


LTW: What goes into that sound of yours?

MS: Combinations of anything and everything, what ever I need to get the sound I’m after. On some I play all the parts on others I’ll bang lots of samples in, sometimes sample myself to save time. Don’t care how it gets there, as long as it gets there..

LTW: it’s a sound that holds many influences isn’t it?

MS: Yeah I love all sorts of stuff, never got tied down with the one genre, I like to mix it all up and see where it goes. It takes forever doing it all myself but I always turn up and there’s far more space in the van

LTW: Tell me about your former band, The Hungry Socks

The Hungry Socks

MS: I was the singer, Mani on bass, Chris Goodwin on drums , Clint on keys , Andy Housley on guitar and we occasionally had a sax player . 
The Socks used to do some banging punk covers back then as well as our own stuff , may possibly be an E.P out later next year of the punk stuff , it was always going to happen but am holding it as don’t want to seem to be cashing in on the Roses reunion, will see what happens with that anyway.

LTW: What happened after the band

MS: Mani and Chris had already played together before the Socks, as The Waterfront, when we disbanded Mani joined back up with them ( The Stone Roses ),  Clint went intoThe Inspiral Carpets ,  Chris formed The High then played with Electronic and Buzzcocks ,  Andy joined The Cradle with Craig Gannon from The Smiths , I went into the Birdroom then played with Head and am now solo under the name Periscope .

LTW: Plans for the future ?

MS: to get the album out, possibly put a band together to tour it live and to not die before 2013

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