Interview :: Dive Dive

“I fucking loved Reuben and I think Very Fast Very Dangerous is one of the great lost albums. Somebody needs to say, ‘that is one of the best rock albums of the past fifteen years’.” – Nigel Powell

Dive Dive are a band that are hard to categorize. Often compared to Reuben, the Oxford four-piece have been kicking it since 2001. In that time they’ve managed to release three albums and help launch the solo career of a certain Mr. Turner. Seeing as three quarters of the band would be heading out on Turner’s UK tour anyway, it only makes sense for Xtra Mile’s latest recruits to reintroduce themselves. We chatted to Jamie and Nigel for a while in Sheffield about the trials of touring and how they might deal with being thought of as ‘Frank’s band with a different singer’.

Anthony Barlow: How’s it going guys?

Jamie Stewart: Good

Nigel Powell: Very Good

AB: You seemed a little stressed when we saw you before Nigel, are you alright?

NP: I’m not stressed, no. It’s just that I’ve got a cold and I was just going out to the bus for something…

AB: When you got jumped by a bunch of people.

JS: [to Nigel] Someone stole your crumpets

NP: Yep, somebody stole my crumpet. I was getting the Marmite from the bus to put on my crumpet in the venue and someone took my crumpet. How about that?

Ian Critchley: Who’d do such a thing? That’s just sick.

JS: So low.

NP: That’s the kind of tour we’re on, guys. I don’t know what to tell you.

IC: How’s the tour going?

JS: We’re with a bunch of ruthless, merciless…

NP: It’s fine. I mean, it kinda felt to me like last night in Preston was the first proper night of the tour, because Aberdeen was fucked. We couldn’t get there. Trying to get to Glasgow for, what was, the proper first night of the tour was so stressful. A lot of our crew were in Newcastle so the bus picked us up in the South of the country and tried to get them from Newcastle. We couldn’t get to Newcastle, because Newcastle was covered in snow and the whole thing was just like “oh no, this isn’t going to happen!” So Glasgow, I think, for both Dive Dive and for Frank, things were a little bit tense, because everyone involved with the whole show was just going “oh my god, oh my god”. Last night was good.

JS: Everything dropped into place. In Glasgow, it was all so last minute and it came across as last minute. It was almost like watching a really long sound check, I’m sure. It was fine but, in terms of how much fun people had on stage last night compared to the night before, yeah. We’re rearing to go now.

AB: I thought it was a little weird actually for the tour to go North and then back down South again. Nigel, you’ve experienced one of Frank’s mad tours before…

NP: Yeah, that’s down to the people who book the shows. They try to make it sensible. This is actually a lot better than some tours I’ve been on. When you’re in a van and it’s kinda like Aberdeen, Southampton, Glasgow and you go “you really don’t know what’s going on, do you?” *laughs*. It’s fine, it’s good to be busy with this kind of thing. I’m actually, even though I’m playing in the support band and the main band, I’m slightly less busy on this tour than I was on the last Frank tour, because I was doing the lights as well.

AB: Jamie, you’re kind of the ‘tour rookie’ compared to the rest of the band, as it were…

NP: Yeah, yeah, yeah

IC: How’s it been?

JS: I try to preempt a lot of the bullshit that I was expecting from the rest of the band and Frank and stuff like that, so all of this condescending crap that they give me like “oh no, you don’t sleep in that bunk” or “you don’t ever poo in the toilet” I try to get it out of their systems by asking loads of really dumb questions over a series of days leading up to the tour, so they got really pissed off with me and now it’s ok. I think I’ve slipped into it quite well. I understand that the crew that we have on the bus are fairly superhuman and to not try and keep pace with their drinking or anything like that, because then there will be no more signing from me. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s luxurious. You talked about the routing being all over the place, I don’t give a toss. I go to sleep and I wake up in the next town. It could be badly routed and I’d never know. Yeah, it’s great.

AB: Dive Dive has recently just been signed by Xtra Mile and you’re two previous albums are being re-released. Is this something you guys wanted to do or just a requirement from the label?

NP: No, it certainly wasn’t a requirement. They were mainly interested in the new album, but our first two albums were released on two different record companies, who have both since gone belly up. I don’t know if one fact is to do with the other… *laughs*. It meant that, ultimately, they actually weren’t available anywhere, but we had the rights to them so we asked Xtra Mile to put them up on iTunes.

IC: The new album is being released digitally on the 6th [of December], but isn’t coming out, physically, until January. Why’s that?

NP: Partially because the industry, despite the fact that it’s kinda dying on it’s feet, there’s still some things in the industry which hold true. One of which is, Shops, between October and December, are full of compilations, Christmas carol albums, all of the big hitters – Take That – will release their album running up to Christmas, so people will buy it for people as a Christmas present. As soon as you get into the new year, that kind of all disappears immediately, so there’s more room for a smaller band to try and get actual CDs on the shelves.

AB: Could you not have just released a Christmas carol album?

NP: We could, but I fear…

JS: I like it!

AB: A Dive Dive Christmas?

JS: Totally. Oh, imagine it.

NP: Picture us with walnuts by the fire.

JS: I’d definitely go traditional with it. I mean, we have friends in bands that have done Christmas singles and they’re always a little bit comedy or punk versions of ‘White Christmas’ and stuff like that. Ed Harcourt, who’s playing tonight, has got a fantastic Christmas song called ‘Satan Came Down The Chimney’. It’s a great Christmas song. No, I like the traditional idea of doing it as well as possible, with sleigh bells and stuff like that.

NP: Yeah, absolutely.

AB: I can’t wait *laughs*. Are you guys expecting any kind of backlash after signing with Xtra Mile? People saying stuff like “oh they’ve only been signed there because they’re Frank’s band”

JS: I couldn’t give a fuck in all honesty.

NP: Possibly, but in order to have a backlash against a band they need to, at least, be reasonably successful.

IC: So you’re hoping for a backlash then? *laughs*

NP: *laughs* I think we’re pretty safe for the moment. It just makes sense to be with Xtra Mile, because a lot of people are gonna be interested because of the connection with Frank. Although he’s gone on to massive success, we actually pre-date Frank. We met him when we were supporting Reuben, before he left Million Dead. We got him his agent and kinda helped him out and stuff. From our side, it kinda feels like a parallel development, except someone’s gone a little further ahead *laughs*.

JS: And the label judge it on it’s own merits as well. They kinda listen to the album and go “can we work with this?”. Obviously, the answer’s yes and Matt’s got a band as well. I don’t see him releasing an album *laughs*.

IC: *laughs* What do you guys think of the song title ‘Swim Like A Shark, Not Like A Rock’? I thought of it last night, and thought I’d just put it out there. You can have that. That’s my gift to you, Merry Christmas!

JS: Swim like a shark, not like a rock? I like it. It makes me think of that Futurama monologue, There’s two kinds of people in this world, the sharks and the sheep *laughs*

IC: Yeah, I know the one. So do you think you’ll name one of your songs that?

JS: *laughs*

NP: If I could step in and say we can’t promise.

IC: Ok *laughs*. Musically, you seem quite similar to Reuben. Sort of like a more accessible take on what they were doing?

NP: Yeah, maybe. The melodic thing, I think our Jamie and Reuben’s Jamie have a similar grasp of…

JS: When we first started playing with Reuben and hanging out with them, we were very similar. Very, sort of, punk pop kind of bands. And then Jamie – Jamie number one – went a bit more hardcore with it and a bit filthier. I said to him, it was a little more metal and grungier and he said “you think it’s stupid or something?!” *laughs*. He got really arsey with me. But we went for a slightly more jagged kind of, poppy, side of things.

NP: I don’t see us as mainstream, strangely enough. Take us and Reuben at the time they were doing Too Fast Too Dangerous and we’re both about there [in the middle of a line demonstrated by Nigel’s arms] and we’ve kinda gone that way [left]. I feel that we’re equally away from the mainstream on different sides. We’re kind of more stop start and jagged.

JS: Did you see the video for ‘Liar’?

AB & IC: Yeah, yeah.

JS: That’s how he dresses! I said “is he just wearing that for the video?”, but no he just wants to look like that.

IC: We’ve got a bit of a joke question for you now. Do you think Reuben failed as a band finacially, because Jamie Lenman bought too many shit, expensive suits and too much tache wax?

NP & JS: *laughs*

IC: Sorry, that’s a terrible question *laughs*

NP: What a loaded question. I fucking loved Reuben and I think Very Fast Very Dangerous is one of the great lost albums. Somebody needs to say, “that is one of the best rock albums of the past fifteen years”.

Frank Turner: I have a question for you. Why don’t you play ‘Good Show’ anymore? *laughs*

NP & JS: *laughs*

IC: Will you play ‘Good Show’? *laughs*

NP: We can, if we can remember it. We’ve played that song two and a half thousand times. Every time we come to rehearsal we’re like “we can’t remember it” and then something just goes ‘click’ and we’re playing it again. Anyway, thank you very much.

AB: No, thank you guys. Cheers!

Video Interview :: Jonah Matranga

“It’s really nice to meet you, and I’m not just saying that”

Early last month we sat down for another chat with Jonah Matranga. We’ve established on the podcast that he’s the nicest man in the world and that’s been proven with his latest UK tour. Unofficially titled the ‘Manglefoot’ tour, due to his foot being mangled by a van in New York city, Jonah played a series of small dates in the UK and the one in Manchester was a whole lot of fun.

We talked to Jonah about writing a record with his fans, how best to deal with being heckled and a whole bunch of other stuff. Check out the video – yet another Dicking Around Production – below.

Interview :: The Menzingers

“How do you go on tour with a band you stole a whole record from?”

Earlier this month we caught up with Tom May and Greg Barnett from The Menzingers. This was the first UK tour for Philidelphia-based four piece and they seemed to be enjoying themselves quite a bit. We chatted to them, in the bitter cold, outside Manchester’s Tiger Lounge about their new album, touring with Leagues Apart, working with Brendan Kelly and we retire an old favorite.

Anthony Barlow: Hey guys, how’s it going?

Greg Barnett: Pretty ace man.

Tom May: Everything’s going great, yeah. It’s our first time over here, so we’re really excited.

AB: I was just going to ask how the tour was going so…

TM: It’s been great so far. All the shows have been awesome. Everyone that we’ve met has been great. It’s been very drunken *laughs*

GB: Yeah, it has been very drunken. Wales was really drunk. Southampton was a lot of fun. We’ve had a lot of fun everywhere. The first night was Kingston, that was a real treat. We came over and there was a lot of people there and Leagues Apart are great dudes so it’s really cool.

Ian Crichley: Where did you play in Kingston?

TM: We played the Fighting Cocks. They sold it out. It was a blast.

IC: Manchester’s a ‘home show’ for Leagues Apart, has this date been hyped up?

GB: Oh yeah, they’ve been hyping it up the whole ride. They’re like ‘I can’t wait until you guys get to Manchester. It’s gonna be so much fun. All of our friends are gonna be there.

AB: And now us two have turned up and dragged you outside.

TM: That’s what’s really funny too. You never really get good shows on a Monday night and we’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now.

AB: It’s going to be good. Lots of other cool UK bands playing tonight.

TM: Yeah, it’s a great bill.

IC: It’s been a pretty big year for you guys hasn’t it? You’ve toured with Anti-Flag, Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem and you’re heading out with The Flatliners and Fake Problems in December. What’s that been like? And are you looking forward to Canada?

TM: Oh yeah, it’s gonna be cold.

GB: That’ll be our fourth time there this year and every time we go there we have a blast. Especially in French Canada, I love it.

AB: You played with Fake Problems on the Gaslight tour as well. Were you introduced to the ‘Mr. Yucky’?

IC: Do you know about ‘Mr. Yucky’?

TM: I don’t think so.

IC: It’s where you lick your hand and put it on the other person’s mouth?

TM: Oh, I heard about that. They never did anything like that on the though.

GB: It’s lucky they didn’t do anything like that

TM: Very lucky

GB: I thought you were talking about those little green stickers they used to put on poison that said “Mr. Yucky”

TM: Oh yeah

IC: You released your new album in April, have you had a good response?

TM: Yeah. I was looking back on this year in the van earlier today, and it’s been a pretty crazy year. With all the tours and everything. I never thought I’d be standing here right now, In Manchester, about to play a show. It’s been a fun ride.

IC: It’s your second album, do you think you’ve progressed as artists?

GB: I would hope so. I mean, we’re not gonna be like ‘we’ve completely changed and made this concept album’, but I really think we’ve progressed as musicians for sure. And the writing, we took a lot more seriously and we put a lot of work into that album, so we’re excited to see that it’s doing really well. People like it. Our friends like it.

AB: You worked with Brendan Kelly on the track ‘So It Goes’, how was that?

GB: It was hilarious, man. He came in and said ‘I’m just gonna find a harmony for it’ or whatever and he did it whilst wearing a guitar, he was looking upward a little bit and he just nailed it. Like every one. He did a whole bunch of different things.

TM: He was just like ‘Listen, I always sound terrible when I do guest vocals for a band. Just tell me if it’s bad’. But no, I think it turned out great.

AB: Is there anyone else you’d really like to work with in a similar capacity?

TM: Yeah, we’re always down for those kind of things. Absolutely.

GB: Yeah, we gotta get some friends in on this next one. Like Ty from Broadway Calls or something like that.

TM: Yeah, yeah. We’ll definitely get some friends in on it.

AB: The first single has been released and the video for that is mostly tour footage. Was that a budget thing or a way for you to show people what The Menzingers are about?

TM: The way that we went into it, I think that it was the easiest bet and the most honest bet to make a music video. We didn’t really want to do anything that didn’t really represent us as people. We really wanted to portray our personalities though the video. We called up a buddy, he flew in from Florida, and he hopped in the van with us for five days and that’s what he got.

GB: It was all Northeast cities too. Kind of record release shows. It was just a lot of fun.

IC: Do you get a lot of naked guys on stage?

TM: *laughs*

GB: Sometimes you get naked guys

TM: That’s our good buddy Andy from Philly

IC: *laughs* Oh, so you knew him then. It wasn’t just some random naked guy.

GB: He plays in a band called Luther.

IC: On the video you’ve got these blue sunglasses on. Are they from MacDonalds?

GB: *laughs* What? No, there’s tons of those cheap sunglasses in America. People use them for promotional things. They’ll just write something goofy on the side of it…

TM: Yeah, I’m pretty sure Toby from Red Scare gave me those. He went to a basketball game or something and then was like ‘hey, have some sunglasses!’

IC: On the YouTube video, some guy called SuperWhoa97 has commented and said: “One of the dude’s moms is my math teacher”

GB: *laughs* That’d be my mom. My mom’s a math teacher, yeah. It’s funny, she always pimps our band out. Well, she doesn’t pimp our band out… *laughs* Sorry, that was the wrong terminology, but she’s always like ‘you should check out my sons band’ or whatever. Writes it into word problems *laughs* She doesn’t do that, we should write her one though.

TM: Yeah, totally.

GB: ‘If the van breaks down this far from wherever and you only have six beers left”

AB: That’s the obvious problem of course.

IC: Since you guys formed people have compared you to the likes of Against Me! How do you feel about that?

TM: Yeah, sure. I think it’s fair.

IC: I’ve got a quote here as well: “How do you go on tour with a band you stole a whole record from?”

TM & GB: *laughs*

TM: Yeah, that’s definitely my favorite quote I’ve heard about our band. I mean, obviously, they’ve been a big influence on our band growing up. It was definitely a privilege to tour with them this year. It was a blast.

GB: That was one of the bands that we all really came together on after hearing all their music, so it was exciting.

AB: So you guys have been on Red Scare two years now. How’s it been working with them?

IC: Toby doesn’t work you too much?

TM: No, he’s the best.We love working with Red Scare. I think Red Scare is the best independent record label in the states and they’ve been awesome to us and we love them to death.

AB: Do you think working with them has given you a lot more freedom than you might have had otherwise?

TM: Oh yeah, for sure. We can do whatever the hell we want.

GB: Not only that, but whatever we want to do, even if Toby disagrees he knows how to do it. He helps us along. He’s great.

AB: It’s a big thing to think about, but would you ever consider moving to a major label?

GB: This is one of those questions that you hear and you have no idea if you would. At this point, with the way the music industry’s going now, I can’t see it happening.

TM: It just doesn’t seem likely really.

GB: Joe Strummer was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine and he said the one regret he had from the 20th Century is that he’d signed to a major label at one point in his life. When Jesus says something, you kinda have to listen. They’re losing so much power now anyway. Nobody’s buying CDs.

IC: Illegal downloading as well

AB: Has that affected you guys?

GB: It’s bigger. Less money, that’s for sure.

TM: Yeah. There’s two ways to look at it. I don’t think our band would be where it is today if people didn’t get the record for free.

GB: Plus, it’s not like we buy records *laughs*

TM: So it’s a trade off right there, I guess.

IC: As long as you give some back, that’s alright.

TM: I just think that there should be more musicians writing albums, because then we could all share *laughs*

GB: Then we could all share and it’d be an even trade. Even pirated software to record music is used. It’s a strange beast.

AB: Finally, and this is the last time we’re doing this because the results are getting handed in…

IC: We’ve been doing this poll for the past year of every band and every person we’ve interviewed and you’ll be the last ones

GB: Are we a swing vote? Is this close?

AB & IC: No

IC: So yeah, if Chuck Ragan, Henry Rollins and a shark had a fight, who would win?

GB: Oh shit.

TM: Are we in water? Are we on land?

GB: Are they on the deck of a sinking boat?

TM: Are we Chuck Ragan solo or Chuck Ragan Hot Water?

IC: Chuck Ragan solo

TM: I don’t know if you’ve seen the pictures that show how good of a fisherman he is, so I think he can beat the shark.

GB: He can beat the shark, but not if he’s in the water

TM: True

GB: He’s a small dude right? He’s not a big dude.

TM: But he’s built.

GB: Henry Rollins is like intimidating

TM: Yeah, I’d probably go Henry Rollins

GB: Yeah, but I don’t want him to win

TM: *laughs*

TM: Let’s go shark

GB: Tim Armstrong…No, let’s go shark. Fuck it! No, I’m gonna say Chuck Ragan

TM: I’m gonna say the shark.

AB: Well thanks a lot guys, it’s been fun.

TM: Awesome. Thank you so much.

Video Interview :: Less Than Jake

When i got the chance to interview American Ska-punk band Less than Jake in Leeds it was too good to turn down. Since they were formed in 1992 Less than jake have come to define ska-punk with anthems about growing up, hometowns and good times combined with a constantly changing sound with each release. I was fortunate enough to interview vocalist/guitarist Chris Demakes, bassist Roger Manganelli and drummer Vinnie Fiorello.

Interview :: Buffoon

The Belgian rockers give an exclusive interview to follow up the release of their brand new album



Taking time out to speak to exclusively speak to Moon&Back music, Buffoon members Peter Vleugels and Dave Schroyen share their personal views and insights into the band that are making headlines. With a frank honesty and dash of humour, the Belgian rock n rollers have their own unique views of life, music and everything else in between.

Being veterans of the music scene for a while now, do you feel that you are now both as a band and individually at the peak of your musical and creative natures?

Dave: As a band we are at some kind of peak, because we’ve been playing together for a while now and aside our EP ‘Baloney’ this is our first effort at a full size cd. We worked hard on the songs and sound, we’re very proud of it. Individually I still need to record what I consider a masterpiece, maybe in a next life ???

Peter: Buffoon exist already more than 10 years. When I was 12 I started with writing own stuff, recording them on cassettes with an old microphone of my dad.  So, for me, writing feels very natural. Somehow, I need this. When I look at the way we play today and go on with each other, and I listen to new demo’s I recorded, I think we just on our way. Destination unknown. That’s a good thing! Creativity is not so predictable, you know. It just happens or it doesn’t. That’s life. I don’t think this is some kind of a peak, it’s more like getting out of the valley of laziness.

Do you find differences between audiences and their responses to your music in different countries, if so where is your favourite?

Dave: We only played Holland and Belgium , Dutch people tend to talk more, loud during quiet songs.

Peter: I think there are natural differences in main culture. In both countries we speak the same language, but it’s like Dave says, they seem to be more extravert in Holland . Belgian people are more introvert. We think more. They shout more. Girls in Holland start dancing on songs like GIRL or GLITTER AND AMORE. In Belgium , where people are more introvert, they would need more like a collective vibe I think. You see, we think more. They just dance. That would be a nice song!

Considerred a super group in your native Belgium, how do you as a band respond to a tag like that, good, bad, indifferent?

Dave: We are just a bunch of friends having a good time making music !

Peter: Indeed. I feel lucky about that. I feel we fit good together in this band, we’re just having fun really. If people consider us as a super band, I let them think that way. As I say, we Belgians think a lot.

With this being your first major album released to an international market, what are your expectations for it?

Dave: Lots of gigs, all over the globe,…

Peter: We take chances with our both arms open. It would be a pity not to enjoy the pleasures of some spontaneous recognition, if that might happen.

Who would be your target audience beyond your native shores?

Peter: Polynesian girls with flower tattoos on their bellies?

Dave: Nerds from outer space…

Who were the major influences behind the album and its songs. Both musically and personally?

Dave: Old school : Weezer’s first 2 albums, Pavement, Built To Spill, Pixies, Spoon, Supergrass…/New School : Dr.Dog, Surfer Blood, The Shins, Blitzen Trapper, Wolf People (great band from UK!),…

Pi: Let’s not forget Big Star, Modest Mouse, Raconteurs, John Lennon, Folk Implosion, Stephen Malkmus, Fence, Sparklehorse, The Beatles, The Lemonheads, The Who, Guided By Voices, Ween, Teenage Fanclub, Smithereens, Lou Barlow, The Kinks, Avi Buffalo, Fountains of Wayne, The Posies, Nirvana, …and my dad of course.

Will you be touring the UK on the back of this release?

Dave: That would be great ! Please book us now.

Peter: Yeah, please do. Just mail us: vleugels_p[at]hotmail[dot]com.

Do you prefer recording in the studio or being on the road?

Peter: During home recording, I feel adrenaline too. I love mixing a lot. I can’t wait to do the mix when I just recorded something. That’s a creative and emotional part of my brain. Playing gigs is more a full body experience. Different sensations! Both feels awesome. It’s al part of our musical behaviour…

Dave: 2 different worlds, I prefer the live shows, more adrenaline!

As a band are you very rock and roll style mayhem or is it quiet, controlled fun?

Dave: Daytime : quiet controlled fun, Nighttime : very rock and roll style mayhem.

Peter: Everyday feels like another day. There are more rock’ n’ roll days, quit days, loud moments, intimate moments, chill moments, holidays, controlled days,… Thata’s all part of every day life I think.

Jonathan Whitelaw

Buffoon’s official website is here: http://

A special thanks to Buffoon’s UK label Jezus Factory Records who can be found here:

Interview :: Andrew Jackson Jihad

© IJW Photo

“So what’s up with folk punk?”

Last month (yeah, sorry for the delay) Andrew Jackson Jihad embarked across the UK to spread their own brand of, the mystery that is, folk punk. During their stop in Manchester we had a bit of a chat to Sean and Ben about dumb Arizona laws, drinking and being on tour with Kepi Ghoulie. They’re really nice guys and great to chat to, but whatever you do, don’t mention Against Me!

Sean Bonnette: Every interview I’ve done, or nearly every interview me and Ben have done, we’ve had to talk about Against Me! for some reason

Ian Critchley: Really?

Sean: Yeah, and folk-punk, what we think about the genre of folk-punk

Ben Gallaty: Next time we’re just gonna play ignorant, and be like, what’s folk-punk?

IC: Yeah

Ben: Never  heard of it before

IC:  Yeah, we’re a hip-hop group

Ben: I listen to ABBA

Anthony Barlow: Yeah, we’re actually a Miles Davis tribute act

IC: That’d be well good

Ben: [To Sean]Wait, did you tell him that?

Sean: Nope

Ben: We had a jokeOne time, we were at Eatsa Pizza (?), and we were talking to somebody and we were talking about music, and we told them that we were going to see a show that night. We told them we were going to see a Miles Davis tribute act

IC: Haha no way, good coincidence

Ben: I didn’t know it was a thing people said

AB: It’s not haha. I was just listening to Miles and John Coltrane on the bus

IC: We’ve coined a new phrase

AB: Yeah, so, how’s it going guys?

Sean: It’s going good

AB: This is the official start of the interview I guess. How’s the tour going? You’ve been on the road, how many days now?

Sean: Errrmmm, 4? 5? 6?

Ben: We left the 29th, so we got 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, is it the 6th today?

AB: It’s the 6th today

Ben: So, err, 7 days

Sean: 7 days, cool

Ben: Since we left our houses in Phoenix, Arizona.

IC: How’re you enjoying Manchester? Have you had chance to look around?

Sean: We haven’t. [To Ben] Well, he has

Ben: I drank a beer. I drank one beer and i’m kinda feeling it so

AB: Which bar did you go to?

Ben: Odder?

AB: Odder Bar!

IC: Yeah, it’s a nice place to do like a beer and a pizza for a fiver

Ben: Yeah, i noticed that, they have a really good deal

IC: Nice pizza as well. Do you, well it’s easy to but, do you ever get, like, overwhelmed on a big foreign tour like this?

Sean: We’ve never been on a big foreign tour like this

IC: Well, is it overwhelming?

Ben: We’re not overwhelmed quite yet, we’ll see what happens when we get to Europe though. It seems like things could very easily become overwhelming once we get there

AB: You’ve had trouble securing an upright bass haven’t you?

Ben: No, actually, for the UK, it’s surprisingly easy. A really great guy that we met in Bristol, named Will Oxtoby (?), supplied me with an upright bass for the entire UK tour. He lives in London

Sean: He’s gonna come to the Brighton show too

Ben: Really great guy. He contacted us about 3 weeks ago and said “I have an upright bass, you’re welcome to use it for the whole of the UK tour”. He showed up to Bristol and had it ready. He sold merch for us because we were busy, like, playing our set, packing up and people were at the merch table. Nicest guy in the world. I don’t have anything lined up for the European dates but I’ll probably end up playing with an electric bass

Sean: Kepi has got a little pink electric bass?

Ben: It’s not pink

Sean: Aww, it should be.

Ben: I like the way the pink ones sound a lot better

IC: How’s it been touring with Kepi Ghoulie?

Sean: Ah, it’s the best. He’s the most pleasant person to tour with ever. Of all time.

Ben: This our 4th with Kepi.

Sean: There was The Queers tour, then there was West Coast, and then another West Coast. Yeah this is our fourth tour with Kepi.

Ben: He’s a really great friend, an amazing musician

Sean: brilliant songwriter.

Ben: Yeah, and as far as having, dunno, if you guys have ever toured or anything

IC: Yeah, I have

Ben: It was like a road trip, y’know like, he is our rock. He’s such a solid, like, mentally, physically, just in every way he’s a really solid individual. So, it’s nice to have him and we’re honored that he’s become a good friend of ours

Sean: Let me just say something about kepi really quick Take a look at this, check this shit out.

IC: Is this the t-shirts?

Sean: This is Kepi’s brain at work. This is Kepi’s work

IC: The Roll technique is the best. It’s all about rolling your t-shirts up

Sean: We always roll but we never roll as deep or as hard as kepi

IC: You’re, playing with some up and coming UK acts tonight, like Apologies, I Have None. Have you had a chance to hear them prior to tonight?

Sean: No

AB: They’re a really good band

Sean: Aren’t we playing with Crywank tonight? That’s honestly one of the best names I’ve heard. One of our UK merch buddies, or merch puppies as I call them, is like Simon Gabriel’s friends with Crywank

IC: Does he have t-shirts? Because so how many people are you gonna offend walking around with that?

Sean: I’m gonna buy a t-shirt tonight

Ben: Or how many people are you gonna impress?

Sean: I’m pretty sure i’ve heard Apologies I Have None though. From what I’ve heard on the internet they’re really good

IC: They’re a good band, yeah

Sean: I think I was checking out their MySpace or something

AB: Speaking of Apologies I Have None and that, what do you know of the UK punk scene?

Ben: Current punk scene? Well, our driver, Nick, has turned us on to some of the UK bands. It’s weird like, all the bands that I was really excited about, I like this band Glasvegas, and it turns out nobody in the UK likes Glasvegas that i’ve asked about. I’m a huge fan of Toy Dolls which is like an old band. I love a lot of music which has come out here in the past. Our driver Nick played us, what is it, something ghosts? It’s like a new band, they’re getting pretty big, I think one of the members is in… I can’t remember.

IC: Yeah, i’m not sure

Ben: He played us the Arteries

IC: Oh the Arteries? Yeah yeah, they played here on Saturday.

Ben: Yeah, who else? He, like, showed us a few other things. Oh, we (something), have you guys heard Caves?

AB: I’ve heard of Caves

Sean: Caves are sick

Ben: We played with Lou who is the lead singer and she did a really good set. I guess she was playing Caves songs but just with an acoustic guitar, so that was really great. So we’ve been learning a lot We’ve met Frank [Turner], of course, he’s from here. We finally heard Million Dead which is his old band and I’d heard of them, so that was cool. We’re definitely being schooled.

Sean: Bring Me The Horizon


Ben: We’re getting schooled quite a bit now that we’re here

IC: Good stuff. Is there any local Phoenix bands you’d like to promote or mention?

AB: To give us the other side of it

Sean: Right now, we think about like bands that I’ve,that  I’ve actually been enjoying that are currently operating in Phoenix. I’m kind of a fucking old man

Ben: Roar

Sean: Oh yeah, Roar. Oh God Roar’s so good. There’s The Roar, Sweet Bleeders, Color Store, Treasure Mammal. I’d say Treasure Mammal is probably the best one doing it right now, in Phoenix.

Ben: Porches is a lot of fun, I’m a little bit biased, I played drums in that band right before I left so I dunno if that counts

Sean: It counts. Porches is awesome

Ben: I don’t know if I can say that

Sean: I have no affiliation with that band

Ben: I’m trying to think of some others. There are a lot of good Phoenix bands. We’re going on tour with a band called Royal Monsters in December and I’m really excited about that *laughs* Who else? There are a lot of really great bands in Phoenix, and and also bands that have been broken up. Footox. We do some covers of Footox songs. French Quarter is a band that Steven Seinberg is the lead song writer of, and he’s not performing music right now but that was a really good band. There’s a lot.

Businessman’s Lunch. They’re not really playing but they think they’re still semi-active. They did an amazing album. Sleep In The Sea, rest in peace. Tiger Team, rest in peace

IC: We have got a kind of cliché question but…

Ben: Sure

AB: It’s a name question

Ben: I’m sure we have a cliché answer

IC: Having  Jihad in your name, have you encountered any problems coming over?

Sean: We have a great story

AB: Do tell

Sean: No one has ever given a shit about (something something something) at the airports. I mean we do our best to like

IC: Play it down?

Sean: Play it down, yeah. Never conceal it, but y’know, they’ve opened up my suitcase and seen like a stack of Andrew Jackson Jihad twelve inches, and they’ve been like, “oh, can you move some of these records in to here, we need to make this 50lbs”. But this time we brought over these three big boxes of merch, and we got through customs no problem. Have you guys ever like, travelled outside?

AB & IC: Yeah, yeah, yeah

Sean: We just had a cart with these three giant boxes on it with ‘Fruit Of The Loom’ written on it. Basically just screaming merch, but we walked through the ‘nothing to declare line’ and there was like four security guards. We just kinda smiled at them and walked through

AB: I can imagine that. It’s kinda daunting in a way, coming through the airport and you go through the nothing to declare line. I go through with nothing, and I’m still nervous *laughs*

Ben: Well, yeah, it was crazy because we’d heard from some people that like you’re not gonna be able to get that much stuff over and then I went on to, and i’m like, we get two free 50lb packages and then it was like $55 for the next one, like i’m gonna fucking pack them all. We got to the airport, we checked it all in, we showed up in Philadelphia and we met up with Kepi and he’s like “Oh shit, you guys brought all that – that was all merch? That’s not a good idea. They’re not gonna let you through with that” and i’m like “really, they’re not going to?” and he’s like “yeah, they’re gonna give you a really hard time”. So we got to the airport and we got our boxes and it was really like daunting because there’s just a line of customs agents like standing right next to the undeclared line and we were just walking by, and i was just like “hi guys, what’s up?” I just kept walking, and thought “they’re gonna stop me if they wanna stop me.” We just walked straight through and nobody did anything, it was amazing.

Sean: We’d heard that if you, if they do call you on having merch just to say it’s promo. ‘ah, we’re just gonna give this to radio stations and promoters to, y’know, for putting up the shows and stuff.’

Ben: It’s hard to sell that though, y’know, when you have like 200 t-shirts

IC: It’s a big radio station, they’ve got lots of listeners

Sean: Well, y’know, you could say we’re going to, we’re going to that big festival and we’re just gonna give a load of free stuff out. Get our name out there. We’re really ambitious. *laughs*

AB: *laughs* You released a new record last year, but can fans expect any new AJJ material soon?

Sean: Erm…Yes. We’re writing songs right now for a new full length album, and that’s coming out in 2011 at some point. We also recorded a really fun radio session last night and, depending on how good that sounds, we might have a little tour EP or something out.

Ben: We’ve been working on a split. I don’t know how many inches it’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be a record. A split with O Pioneers! from the states. We’ve been working on that for about two years now, and it’s almost locked in and ready to go. That should be coming out before…

Sean: …the Armageddon

Ben: I’m not gonna say, because it might jinx us, but it will be coming out at some point. It looks like the ball is rolling on that one.

IC: Good stuff.

AB: Yeah, definitely. So you guys are from Arizona and there’s a pretty controversial law surrounding your home state. I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about it, but guys like Rise Against, Kanye West and Rage Against The Machine have said they’re not going to play in Arizona because of this law. I just wondered how you felt about that.

Ben: I mean, if they want to do that that’s fine *laughs* I like to think that the law doesn’t represent the majority of Arizona’s residents, but the polls would suggest otherwise. I disagree with the law and I’d also like to mention that the Governor who passed the law wasn’t voted in by the population, but elections are coming up and, I hope not, but it looks like she could become our legit Governor so…

AB: Do you think this militant approach is the right one to take? Can it work?

Sean: It’d probably be way more effective if it was like Kid Rock and Toby Keith boycotting Arizona instead of a bunch of bands like Rage Against The Machine. Well college bros like Rage Against The Machine, but I notice, on the Sound Strike roster, there’s a lot of indie bands and they’re not really gonna make a difference. Being so small, they could actually do a lot better by coming to Arizona and having voter registration booths at the very fucking least. Boycotting has worked with Arizona in the past to get Arizona to recognise Martin Luther King day as a paid government holiday. We were one of the last states. It took a Public Enemy song, Stevie Wonder and all of his friends boycotting, the Super Bowl bring moved from Arizona. They hit Arizona in their wallet and then Arizona finally tapped out to justice, but the boycott’s not big enough yet. If the Super Bowl, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana, all those big money making entertainment streams decided to cut their flow from Arizona, yeah it’d totally work. That’s not militant. That’s smart to me.

Ben: I’d say that, even more than that, it’s the conventions that have been canceled and those are huge. Phoenix in particular,  because it’s a destination people travel to from all over the world, because it’s beautiful in the winter and nowhere else is like that in winter. So canceling those and moving those elsewhere will have much more of an economic impact on Arizona than a rock show.

IC: Has it affected any of your shows?

Sean: Just kids asking about it. It’s affected our interviews a lot.

AB & IC: *laughs*

IC: We thought we were really original with it.

AB: You’ve broken my heart now

Ben: Well you’ve done your research. I would also just like to mention that most of the bands I’ve seen since the legislation was passed have brought it up during the show. They typically say ‘we disagree with this and we’re preaching to the choir’, because most of the people who go and see the bands that I go and see are pretty much on the same wavelength.

IC: Yeah, definitely. Finally, if Chuck Ragan, Henry Rollins and a shark had a fight, who would win?

Ben: Are they all fighting against eachother, like a Royal Rumble?

IC: Yeah, yeah

Sean: Three creatures enter, one creature leaves. I’m not going to call a shark a man. Is it a man shark? Is it a shark with beefy arms?

AB: No, just a shark

Sean: Is it in water or on land?

IC: We’ve had to discuss this quite a bit, so we’ve decided it’ll be in space.

Ben: If the shark had a gun…

All: *laughs*

Ben: …I think Henry Rollins would win

Sean: I agree.

Ben: And that’s all I have to say on that

AB: Well thankyou

Sorry for the delay on this everyone. We’d like to thank Sean and Ben for putting up with us for those twenty minutes. Thanks to Naomi Barker for transcribing this as well. It may never have gone up without her.

Interview: Sean from Your First Mistake

I took a tour of Edinburgh with Your First Mistake’s lead singer Sean to get the ins and outs of life in the band.

ND: I’ve heard that to get to the final line up of the band it’s been a bit of a tale, so how did the
band form?

S: Me and Stewart were originally in a previous band together with two other guys, when we started taking it a bit more seriously and started to push on we then got my brother Sam in who’s the rhythm guitarist and second vocal because he was doing his own acoustic, singer/song writer stuff and he wanted to get involved. Obviously we knew what he could do already.

After that it was then a case of me, Stewart and Sam really wanted to take things forward with the band and the other members decided they had other things they wanted to do. So we got Matt and (our now former drummer) Ben who were in another band at school and they had just recently split up so it was an easy transition to get them in the band, ‘cause we already knew them and were good mates with them and knew what they could do.

Recently Ben left, because he’s decided he’s really into his extreme sports and he’s going to do a course with that. Another person we knew, Stevie, who’s now our current drummer was drumming for another couple of bands at the time but wasn’t really happy with the style of music and we knew he was a phenomenal drummer, so we got him in. It’s actually Ben on the recordings and Stevie now, so he’s yet to make his imprint of the airwaves but he’s looking forward to it. We’re all in the same boat now and we’re all looking to push on with it now.

ND: You’ve recently recorded and released “Wide Awake and Watching” is that the first EP?

S: Yeah it’s the first EP we’ve done. We had done a couple of demo recordings previously with the
old band members but they were shocking to say the least. You don’t want to hear them.

We done it in four hours in one day. In four hours we recorded four songs, so you can imagine. It
was kind of live recordings but with a wee bit of editing but you can imagine the quality. It was
enough to get us our first few gigs in Edinburgh and stuff and give us that wee start.

ND: What’s your favourite track off the EP and why?

S: Speaking for myself it would have to be Michael It Was Just an Illusion. Purely because I like the
tempo of it and it’s one I really enjoy playing on stage and I really get involved with. Also it’s one of
the songs I did a lot of the writing for so it’s got that wee bit of closeness to me. The end section
when we scream as well is really fun on stage.

ND: How does the song writing go with the band? Is it a solo effort or more of a group contribution?

S: It’s a group effort; we’ve not got a set structure for it. If someone’s got an idea then w try and run
with that and see what comes with it. If anyone’s got set ideas for how the song goes, they can tell
each other what they’re wanting from them and that’s how it goes. It’s always a band effort. Lyrics
are decided between me and Sam because obviously we need to sing the parts but we always run
them past the rest of the band as well because they’re representing the rest of the band. Usually
song titles are decided as a band together, that’s why some of the song titles seem close to the
songs and others are just like… Michael It Was Just an Illusion was decided five minutes before we
went on stage. We were playing at Classic Grand (Glasgow) and we said well we kinda need a name
for this song. Matt and Sam had just been watching Arrested Development for days on end and it
was Gob impressions all day long, “Illusions Michael!” so it came from there.

ND: Have there been any memorable experiences in gigging or recording the EP?

S: We also did a tour off the back of the release. We did Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Sleeping in the van during that was an experience, eight of us in a transit. That was quite an
experience; the whole tour was an experience. Your first tour, there’s just nothing like it. The best
part of the tour, not even the gigs, was us in the pool in Dundee and me nearly breaking my neck in
it. There was a chute about three foot up from the water and I was getting a wee bit too fancy
coming out the pipe, face planted and the rest of my body just went over and almost crippled
myself. I had to just like swim out of the pool like I was fine because my pride was hurt and I couldn’t
show I was physically hurt.

ND: What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever said or done to you, or anyone in the band?

S: I don’t know, I’m still trying to get my head round people asking me for photos after gigs and stuff.
It’s strange.

ND: Who has been your favourite band to play with?

S: There’s been quite a few, we’ve been quite lucky. Obviously a lot of our gigging has still been in
Edinburgh, we’re still waiting to make that step out but we’ve played with a lot of my favourite
bands in Edinburgh. We played with Young Guns, they were a really good band and it was a really
good gig in a really wee venue. That was really good; we played with Yashin as well, we’ve played
with Yashin a few times. We played with them one time and the lead guy, Mike, had just left Yashin
and the lead guys from Deaf Havana that did the vocals. That was kinda cool to see, it was two bands
merging into one, it was quite a cool experience. But probably the biggest one for me has to be
playing with Senses Fail because that’s one of the bands I’ve listened to for years and they’ve
influenced where I am just now, the type of music I listen to and the type of music I’m making. That
was a really big one for me and just the fact that we’re sitting backstage with them like normal guys.
Buddy asked me if I wanted a cigarette, I said “no I didn’t smoke”, but I really wish I did right now. I never thought I’d be as fanboy as I was right then but yeah, that was really cool; they were a band I
never thought I’d get to play with and the chance came up, it was unbelievable.

ND: If you could play with any band who would it be?

S: Ooh, any band… I could probably give you the answers for around the band too. Sam would be
Pearl Jam. Stewart would be Blink 182. Stevie would be A Day To Remember. Matt would either be,
probably Jimmy Eat World or, he’s got a really big fixation right now with The Dangerous Summer.
For me, it’s probably the hardest one… I don’t know whether to go big or… I’d probably say either
The Blackout or Paramore, just because Paramore would probably be the chance of a lifetime.

ND: What’s been your favourite venue to play?

S: I don’t know about picking one out, we played Classic Grand in Glasgow; that’s a really cool venue.
It’s deceptively big, the stage is deceptively big. When you look at it, it doesn’t look like that big a
stage but when you’re on it, it’s huge. We headlined at Cab Vol (The Cabaret Voltaire) as well, packed
the place out which was really good. Probably my favourite though would be Studio24, because we
played there quite a few times and the sound tech seems to get our music. The sound, clarity in
there is always top notch and it has perfect proportions for fitting our band. I’ve saw so many
brilliant gigs there as well, I’ve seen You Me At Six, Twin Atlantic and Fightstar and stuff there and
when we first came to play there that was when it first felt like we could do something here.

ND: So if you could play any venue or festival what would it be? The one that would make you think,
“We’ve made it”.

S: Festivals, the problem is you want to play as many festivals as possible; ones that suit our music. I
would love to play Download and I would love to play Leeds and Reading.  It has always been a dream of mine to play on the Vans Warped Tour though so I’d have to say that.

ND: Are there any bands or artists that you feel influence your performing and writing as a band?

S: We all kind of draw on separate influences. I’m a lot more inspired, more recently anyway (I’ll
basically listen to anything), I’m more inspired by A Day To Remember, The Blackout, Deaf Havana. I
quite like the singer/screamer kind of thing. I’ve been listening to a lot of heavier stuff recently as
well, like Architects and stuff like that. Whereas Stewart will listen to You Me At Six, the Welsh
Attack!Attack!, Paramore and Twin Atlantic; Stewart has really been influenced by Twin Atlantic. I’d
say within the band we can take influences from everywhere; Kerrang genre type things. Stevie is
into heavier stuff; you can even tell by some of his drum parts, his double bass is phenomenal. Sam
is a lot more classic with it. Sam always listens to Pearl Jam and stuff but his main one would
probably be Jeff Buckley, especially with him doing the singer/songwriter stuff. Earlier on he used to
be inspired by Damien Rice, a lot more indie than rock. Matt was massively inspired by Kings Of Leon
for quite a while but his main inspiration now is Jimmy Eat World and Paramore.

ND: So what’s in the future for Your First Mistake?

S: We are, at the moment, in the process of booking recording time for our next EP. I can’t drop any
names of who we’re speaking to in case they get disgruntled, but it looks like we’re going to be
working with some big names, people who have worked with various big artists –bands that we
really like and really influence us so it should be a brilliant thing for us to do. Also we’re also
recording a video for the first single of the EP, which we’ve already got Okayed for getting on music
channels and stuff.

We are also going to be embarking on our first ever UK tour in March which will be a very daunting and scary experience but one we will never forget. 2011 is going to be a busy year for Your First Mistake.

There you have it, some insight into what looks to be the next big Scottish band. I had a lot of fun wandering around the many venues of Edinburgh trying to find a half decent place to have a conversation, if anyone else finds themselves in that situation just do what we did. If all else fails, just go to the park.

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Video Interview :: Austin Lucas, Jon Snodgrass, Cory Branan, Chloe Manor (The Budget Helicopter Tour)

“…The best bits of The Revival Tour”

Austin Lucas, Jon Snodgrass (Drag The River), Cory Branan and Chloe Manor agreed to chat with us for a bit at Leeds’ Brudnell Social Club. The Budget Helicopter tour was in full effect and the guys were ready to head out to the rest of Europe. Instead of boring your arses off with a wall of text, we made this a last minute video feature. We discussed everything from touring with the family to the drawing of helicopters. Enjoy!

Thanks to Austin, Jon, Cory and Chloe for letting us do this, and to Joe Brownridge for standing there for ages and filming it.

Interview :: Oli Wood (Above Them)

“I’m not going to lie, I can’t feel my hands.”

Refuse To Lose is always a drunken affair. That kind of debauchery is what makes people want to come back, and Saturday was no different. The tiny basement club at Retro Bar (Manchester) played host to three of the finest punk bands in the UK at the minute: Above Them, Bangers and The Arteries. We managed to catch up with, a rather drunk, Oli Wood from Above Them and ask him a few questions. Or was he interviewing us?

Oli Wood: I reckon you’re gonna be shitter than me.

Ian Critchley: Probably yeah, you’ll be alright.

Anthony Barlow: We’re shit interviewers, don’t worry about that. We’re fucking terrible.

OW: Thing is, you’ve interviewed the wrong guy out of Above Them because I have not got a clue what’s going on. Ever.

AB: Well then, I guess the first question is, how’s it going?

OW: Really… Really great. Yeah this is really, I think I’m the most drunk I’ve been in a while like.

IC: Well one of the questions was, you were drunk at the Southsea fest and you still did that without a hitch.

AB: That was a brilliant set.

OW: Tonight is a different level of drunk.

IC: Was that before or is that now? You didn’t seem too pissed on stage.

OW: On stage was, decent. Like now… I’m not gonna lie. I can’t feel my hands.

IC: I hadn’t realised until the other, but you’ve got a video for one of your songs. Has that been received well? Any major play?

OW: Nah, to be honest, it wasn’t something we did to like, we didn’t think we’re gonna do this video and we’re gonna take it out there and everyone’s gonna love it. We did it through a friend, everything about it was really relaxed. We turned up, it was a Saturday night, it was through a guy from inhaler records, he worked at an airport so we had like an old aircraft hanger…

At this point a girl came over and said she was going to join us as her friend had gone to the toilet, then apologised profusely when she had realised she’d interrupted an interview. We told her it was fine and she hung about for the rest of it.

OW: ….yeah, we played that aircraft hanger?

That Girl: The what?

OW: You play in Above Them as well!

TG: Yes. I play the recorder on the secret tracks on the album.

IC: Yeah, it’s like, REALLY in the background so you’ve gotta turn it up a lot.

TG: Turn it up really loud and I’m the music in between the track, and the extra track.

IC: You just hear a little, Doodeleedoo. It’s like when you level up on Pokémon or some shit.

TG: I’m sorry. I’ll be quiet now.

OW: So basically, we didn’t have a clue what we we’re doing.

IC: Well it looks really professional.

OW: I think they paid like £70 for it to get put out on MTV and shit, but I don’t think we ever got played.

IC: Maybe once?

OW: Not even that.

AB: We heard talk of a new album coming out next year. Any details on that?

OW: I dunno, maybe like January, it’s gonna be all recorded and out there. We’re close to it. It’s not fully done, we’re only ten songs in, we want like 12? At least.

IC: The songs you’ve played are sounding good.

OW: Aww. You guys. You guys.

IC: Shucks.

AB: You said that you were pretty much on the bill too late at Southsea, do you still feel that way?

OW: Yeah. Definitely. We were far too drunk and far too rubbish to follow Attack! Vipers!

IC: There’s always a crazy crowd atmosphere when you’re playing. Does it ever aggravate you when people rob the mic or basically just knock shit over?

OW: No. No. Not at all.

TG: Oh! Can I ask a question? Do you remember at ManchFESTer when someone kept shouting in your face and you were like, “Fuck off, you’re not my manager” or something?

OW: I don’t know.

IC: That wasn’t me, don’t worry.

OW: Aww, was I a dick head?

TG: No, no. This guy was the dick head!

AB: Have you anything in the pipeline before the new album then? You said you were doing a split?

OW: I think we’re doing a few splits. After the (first) album we had the Amistad split. We had err… I’m the worst person to be doing this.

AB: Who’s the new split with?

OW: Cheap Girls. Such an awesome band. If you haven’t heard Cheap Girls…fucking.

AB: Have you noticed at your gigs, there’s some guy who always shouts “get your dick out!”

OW: Errr…

IC: It’s okay if you haven’t, but it’s me.

OW: Thing is, if I heard ya, I’d probably go “oh, good idea. Great idea! Why didn’t we think of that before?” But, I haven’t noticed.

IC: I’ll shout louder.

OW: Yeah, you should shout louder. Can I ask you a question?

AB: Yeah, do it!

OW: Have you noticed that, I haven’t done this a right lot?

IC: It’s alright!

AB: Drunk interviews are the best ones.

OW: I am so useless at everything.

AB: Our final question is, if Henry Rollins, Chuck Ragan and a shark had a fight. Who would win?

OW: Not Above Them. So we’ve got Henry Rollins, Church Ragan and a shark?

IC: Just any general shark, probably a Great White, maybe Jaws?

OW: That’s the hardest question you’ve asked so far. None of them. I reckon the bar guy would come out and behave and they’d be like “yeah, okay, sorry.” But to be honest, it’s gotta be Chuck hasn’t it

IC: Yeah.

OW: I’m gonna sound so stupid on this.

Interview :: Films of Colour

The boys from Films of Colour chat to M&B

Films of Colour As a follow up to the advanced preview of their latest single, Actions, released on October 4th, Films of Colour agreed to a few intimate questions regarding their past, present and future. As ever they have been excellent sports and  have opened up their memories and imaginations for a good old plundering.

M&B: When exactly did the band come together in the format it is just now?

F.O.C: The band has been together for about two and a half years now and the lineup has remained the same since the beginning. The two James’ and I met at university, but we met Jack through chance. We’d seen him around and were convinced he must be a musician, we asked him and it turned out we were right, so he came and played a few songs with us and that was that.  To clarify, Films of Colour is Andy Clutterbuck on Vocals/Guitar, James Hatcher on Lead Guitar, Jack Allinson on Bass and all things electronic and James Rees on Drums.

M&B: I understand that Andy was very close to quitting the music industry as a whole, the almost ethereal intervention from Chris Martin being the deciding factor. How much of an influence was he as an artist in the first place?

F.O.C: Coldplay have influenced our sound, particularly their older material like ‘Parachutes’. But they’re definitely not one of our biggest influences, I’d say that Radiohead grab that slot. But bands like Coldplay and Radiohead etc are all inspirational in terms of how they’ve built their band from something so small, to being known all over the world.

M&B: The upcoming single has quite an eclectic sound to it, what is the inspiration behind that?

F.O.C: I’m not sure it was inspired by anything as such.  It just seems to be the way it has turned out. Our producer Duncan Mills is always great to work with and has done a great job at making the single sound unique. We enjoy writing both uplifting songs like ‘Actions’ equally much as we enjoy writing moody and mysterious songs more like ‘Circles’.  I suppose everybody experiences these contrasting moods at some points and hopefully people can relate to that when they listen.

M&B: With the excitement and hectic schedule I imagine you have at the moment with this upcoming single, what are your hopes for it, both realistically and in your wildest fantasies?

F.O.C: Realistically we plan to come out of the single in a stronger position and to start building up a team around us that will help us to progress further and I guess the main thing we would like is to have a recording/publishing agreement in place with a company who are passionate about us and our music.  In terms of wildest fantasies – Japanese/American tour would be very cool.

M&B: Who would you say your target audience is? Ages? Gender? Music tastes etc.

F.O.C: I’d like to think we appeal to quite a broad audience, but more specifically I’d say it’s 18-99 year olds.

M&B: Is there a fully loaded album in the works? Can I have an exclusive preview of the title, track names (that’s brave of me I know!)

F.O.C: We have about 25 – 30 songs in the running to be included on the album, but as of yet we have not done the cherry picking so to speak, so unfortunately we are not in a position to give track names away. We’ll be heading back into Strongroom or AIR studios over the next couple of months to record a few more tracks ready for the next single and B-side, which will probably be released early next year. We know which tracks we’re recording, but best not give too much away at this stage!

M&B: With the advent of the tour, is it all very rock n roll or are you a band who generally likes a cup of hot cocoa and an early night after a gig?

F.O.C: We mix our hot chocolate mix with alcohol rather than water and milk, to create a rock n roll, yet very comforting experience.

Jonathan Whitelaw

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