Spotlight Kid poke their heads above
the recording studio trench parapet to talk to Tasty. Rory McGregor
blats out the questions in machine gun fashion:
How did you come together?
This line up arrived after a night in a brothel in Madrid when
six by seven where touring in Europe. They were playing a gig
in the brothel and Rob and Chris M were in the city at the time.
They met up with Chris D, got drunk and talked about getting
a band together and when the time was right they started rehearsing.
Within a couple of months we released the Crystal Dreams EP.
Whatís the story behind the name?
Itís a reference to Captain Beefheart; he was always someone
who did things differently and against the grain. We didnít
realise the problems though of naming your band after a seminal
album by one of the great artists of his generation. Not good
Describe the dynamic of the band; is there a clear
leadership or are democratic to the point of discussing everything?
We all play different parts. Chris and Chris are more involved
in the recording side whereas Rob will sort out gigs and promo.
Matt and Karl have strong opinions on how we want to sound and
where we go forward. We argue all the time because of the importance
of getting it right and we believe in what we are doing. We
tend to have clear roles which make it easier to get on with
Who would you consider your idols?
Lester Bangs, Wes Anderson, Brian Clough and Creation
Who would you consider your contemporaries?
We've recently played with Esben & the Witch, Joy Formidable
and Engineers, bands on Club AC30, like Ringo Deathstar, Exit
Describe your writing process?
At the end of the summer of last year we had a load of demos,
some from rehearsing as a band others from individual ideas.
We took them into the studio and just dismantled them and restructured
them with guitar layers. When you have three guitarists it means
you can do things differently. We like to experiment with dynamic
Do you prefer playing live, or being the studio? And
is live music there to complement the recording, or vice versa?
We are a live band. We make music to be played loud and in a
big space. When we record we always record live, the album was
recorded in two days. We went into the studio and they mic'ed
it up and hit record; thatís what we wanted. Itís important
to be able to produce it live, and many bands disappoint live,
so we make sure we put on a good show and play well. We never
understand when you hear about bands that prefer to be in the
studio rather than tour - whatís the point?
Best gig ever/worst gig ever?
Last years Summer Sundae was special for us, we were the first
band on and pretty much unheard of. We got to play in a massive
room with a massive sound system and it felt like this is where
we should always be playing, in front of 2000 people every night.
Worst gig - we donít have any. We did travel to Berlin to find
the venue had never heard of us and the promoter, who was supplying
all of the equipment, turned up with a 10 watt practice amp
and half a bass cab. We ended up having to hire out all the
gear from some dodgy local pawnbroker. Gig was amazing though.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Warpaint, Soft Moon, Joy Formidable, PJ Harvey, Tron Soundtrack,
Whatís the band got planned for this year?
We are mixing the album as I type. We are currently in Norwich
at Purple Studios getting the tracks together and we expect
for a release later in the next few months. We will probably
put a single out first but it depends on what happens with touring
commitments. We want to play the festivals and get on some tours.
And finally, the best piece of advice youíve heard?
Donít follow the trend, be a big fish in a little pond. It just
refers to bands that go running down south and yes it can be
good for bands but if you are good then you will be noticed
wherever you are.