Viagra Boys Mad Cool Festival 2019

Viagra Boys challenge Iggy Pop to a rap battle at Mad Cool Festival

They weren't being very serious. About anything

You know how it is at festivals: that mix of sun, beer and writhing around shirtless on stage while singing a song about ‘Sports’ puts you in giddy spirits.

That certainly seemed to be the case for Viagra Boys when an, to be fair, equally merry NME caught up with them backstage at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival, where they played at the opening party on Wednesday (July 10) alongside Bring Me The Horizon, Lykke Li, Metronomy and Rosalía.

The heavily tattooed Stockholm band, fronted by the force of nature Sebastian Murphy (himself Swedish, but raised in California), have been turning heads with their extreme live shows and music that blends post punk and punk funk and even includes a saxophone.

Viagra Boys (Picture: Andy Ford/NME)

In one of the stranger interviews you might see this week, the band throw down the gauntlet to punk hero Iggy Pop, demand that small children stop going to festivals and get jobs instead, and decide whether darts is or isn’t a sport.

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Stay tuned to NME for all the action from Mad Cool this week, which continues today (July 12) with sets from the likes of The National, Smashing Pumpkins, Empire of the Sun, Vince Staples and many more.