The Reverse - Sex With Kylie at All Tomorrow’s
Mmm...they wish, instead this London foursome will have to make do with
producing some of the finest maudlin pop music around.
to the rutting-mad young tyros...
Tell me a bit more about how the band came together.
Jason (drums): To start with it was Nathan and my good self with just guitar
and drums. Sam then came onboard to help with recordings ‘n stuff and
through stealth merged into the band proper. Joe is a life long friend of
Nathan’s and when he joined the circle was complete.
(guitar, keyboards, beard): Well i knew nathan through his likkle
sister, and i started helping nathan and jason out with some engineering
when they were recording some of their tracks - and bit by bit ended up
becoming a fully fledged member. that must be 2 and a half years ago now. we
did our first gig as a full band, what, 2 years ago?
Nathan (vocals, guitar): For quite a while it was just Jason and myself, Sam
began by recording us, though it wasn't long before his input became more
involved and he joined the band. I'd known Joe for years and aware that he'd
played bass in the past I'd suggested he might like to get involved. He'd
declined numerous times until we sent him an early demo, really because he
was producing a fanzine at the time, however he loved the demo, realizing we
still needed a bass player offered his services and within a week had gone
out and bought a bass!
(tha bass): Erm, think the others have explained his one... nothing earth
shatteringly interesting I'm afraid...
If you could name three equally as diverse influences, who would they be?
Jason: My Mum, Steve Gadd and Bruce Willis… umm…
Sam:Tricky, The Verve, Voix de Bulgares (not sure about that spelling
Nathan: Leonard Cohen, Fela Kuti, Pavement
Here's 3 bass players: Steve Querault (Ride), Billy Sheehan (Mr Big),
Flea (RHCP, you gotta love im)
How would you describe your music?
Jason: Fookin great! Like a million cascading colours swirling around
one another, creating a new colour no one has ever seen before. Hang on my
joint’s gone out…
Sam: moody but jangly, like an angry morris dancer
Nathan: Probably through a hesitant and stumbling monologue where I
attempted to describe our sound without using any obvious reference points,
instead relying on more oblique adjectives like spiky, warm, beige?
ultimately I'd give up, gaze at the floor for awhile, mention the words
alternative and Bob Dylan and offer to send the person asking a demo.
Joe: Unwillingly to be honest. People ask me all the time and I
always come out with the usual "Erm, sort of indie... guitary... erm... some
keyboards... erm", which says absolutely nothing. But for PR purposes we've
used in the past, "The Reverse combine pure velvet vocals, twinkling
guitars, and a juggernaut rythmn section to devastating effect." Equally
non-specific, you might say...
What do you want to achieve with the band?
Jason: Everything that my mind and body will allow.
Sam: I want to be sat on the sofa of a studio listening to a brilliant album
that we've just spent months toiling over - I'd love to tour as well.
Joe: True and lasting happiness, preferably by being able to make the kind
of music we want to make and not have to work shitty jobs.
Who do you see as making worthwhile music these days…apart from yourselves?
Jason: U2, Beck, Radiohead, Kylie.
Sam: Manu Chao is fucking brilliant, anything Timbaland produces as well
(Missy Elliot etc).
Nathan: Recently been listening to The Bees, Roots Manuva, The Notwist and
Joe: Despite what a casual read of NME might suggest, I reckon there are
loads of good bands out there if you're willing to look hard enough. Lately
I've been listening to a lot of The Jim Yoshi Pile-Up, Shannon Wright, El-P,
Explosions In The Sky, Cinematic Orchestra, Nina Nastasia, and Pedro The
Lion... amongst others...
What’s in store for the future of The Reverse, ideally?
Jason: Sex with supermodels, freedom of the World and expensive trousers.
Nathan: More gigs at better venues playing to as many people as possible.
Sooner or later Simon Cowell is bound to hear about us on the grapevine.
watch out for the reverse reality tv program which involves us auditioning
groupies. Ok I'll stop now.
Nathan: Releasing the music we want to on our terms.
Joe: My ideal would be to hook up with some kind of band collective that
puts on its own shows - sick of dealing with shitty promoters only
interested in takings not music - put out a couple of singles on a small
independent, before selling out for a big tour bus and crippling coke habit.
Preferably via curating All Tomorrow's Parties at some point along the way.
See The Reverse’s
website at http://www.thereverse.co.uk
The band can be contacted