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Heads We Dance

Leeds' custom-chromed aerodynamic popsters Heads We Dance set us straight about celebrity wrestling and spice up the national anthem.

www.headswedance.com


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you
describe your music?

Custom-chromed, aerodynamic pop music!

2.What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
We all have a great love of working immensely long hours for little or no financial reward. It was either this or community service, and we can't stand gardening.
3.If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
We can't condone celebrity wrestling; it should have been banned along with bear baiting and cock fighting. It's appalling to let such simple creatures fight for our amusement. Gentle Ben Vs. Mika could be interesting though...
4.If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Yes. The sound of existential despair. We've been through that a few times.
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour?
Collectively....no fighting!

Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
Justice - Waters of Nazareth
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin And Juice
Tepr - Minuit Jacuzzi
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
6.Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
We'd prefer a cartoon...
7.Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that
Tepr, a French guy who did a remix for us, is an artist that people really need to know more about - he's absolutely brilliant.
8.What are your top five favourite albums?
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
Pet Shop Boys - Please
Daft Punk - Discovery
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Guns 'N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
9.CD, MP3 or vinyl?
There's nothing better than owning a nice slab of vinyl, but realistically, you'll never be arsed to play it so download the MP3 as well.
10.If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
It'd be nice to change the national anthem... Maybe 'Anarchy In The Uk' would make the start of football internationals more interesting.

The Half Rabbits

Singer Michael Weatherburn answers our questions about Oxford guitar geniuses The Half Rabbits

www.halfrabbits.co.uk


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you
describe your music?


Personally, I think that The Half Rabbits are a band who make an honest attempt to strip away a lot of the rhetoric that many bands seem to feel the need to use. For instance, we don't bore countless people talking about the band in pubs, or spend hours and hours writing about it on websites, as we're too busy actually playing music and going to gigs.

2.What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
I used to listen to albums and notice great parts in songs, and then loads of parts that were less good. I got annoyed that few songwriters write songs with only the good bits, so I took it upon myself to try to do so.
3.If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Steve Albini against Iggy Pop. It'd be like an irresistible force versus an immovable object.
4.If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Absolutely. Then they'll tell everyone it was their greatest ever gig and no-one will be able to disagree.
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour?
Collectively....no fighting!

We like to bring completely different music each time so it doesn't get stale, but at the minute, it's probably 'Before The Curtains Close (Part II)' by iLiKETRAiNS and 'Zero' by Smashing Pumpkins for me, 'A Minute' by Shellac for Alice, 'The Hand That Feeds' by Nine Inch Nails for Sally, and something by off 'Kid A' so Chris can point out all weird noises he can recreate. We like to think of ourselves as a little musical democracy.
6.Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Probably Jake Gyllenhaal or the guy who plays Harry Potter. For some reason I feel I have an affinity with them both
7.Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that
It's hard to remember them all, but some recent highlights for me have been The Scarlet Letter Union from Southampton, From Mars from Wales, and Antec Sonata from Luton. It seems I never know where I'm going to find my new favourite band!
8.What are your top five favourite albums?
I'm sure that everyone says that this is a difficult question, and I can see why. I guess at the minute, I'll have to go with Shellac's 'At Action Park', That Fucking Tank's 'A Document Of The First Set', yourcodenameis:milo's 'Ignoto', The Secret Machines' 'Now Here Is Nowhere', and Primal Scream's 'Xtrmntr' for some retro action. That said, I reckon that when Future Of The Left's album comes out, it'll be on that list somewhere near the top. They're a great band.
9.CD, MP3 or vinyl?
MP3 all the way. They don't take up any room in my house, and they don't get scratched when some drunken fool knocks them over at a party.
10.If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
It's funny you should say that as the band have asked me the very same question in the past. I think it would have to be something to do with a compulsory amount of black worn. It'd save a lot of thinking time.

The Kut


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you
describe your music?


Kiki: I recently heard that someone described us as an all female version of The Stone Roses, have no clue to be honest, you decide, but I quite liked that bizarre comparison i.e. Ian Brown in drag?? hmmmm questionable! ;-)

Maha: hmm… yeh I don’t know if I like the connotations, but I love the Stone Roses… haha…. We are basement rock!!!

2.What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Kiki: My dad

Maha: I don’t know actually… probably a mix of things, but as far as I’ve been told I was writing songs and playing instruments since the age of 4…. music sounds so good!!!!
3.If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Maha: Keifer Sutherland and Wharf

Kiki: Dead ones, living ones or both? I'd quite like to see a wrestling match between Dolly Parton (obviously still living) and Marylin Monroe (obviously the dead one) in a Corpse Bride sort of scenario....Why? I'd be quite funny to see skeletal representations of the female image with big breasts fighting...
4.If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Kiki: Well yeah...is it a good sound? Well that would depend on the capacity of the place and whether the sound is echoey or not???

Maha: Hmm… is it even empty if there is a band there?
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour?
Collectively....no fighting!

Kiki: Leave it to Maha, Elvira and Christina...you said no arguing!
Maha: Well… seeing as Elvira & Chris r in hiding, I’ll have 2 say Pixies, RHCP, Nirvana, Faith No More, Green Day… at least that’s what we got through last time we went trecking….
6.Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Kiki: Why would you want a movie version of just one individual's life? Ok Courtney Love cause she can pull off the dark haired look very well.....

Maha: Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn and Batfink, an accurate mix in that order…
7.Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that
Kiki: The Many Brothers!!!! Tin dogs!!!!! Tax Collectors (I have to support the mother land at some point! they are all on myspace...)

Maha: The Garuda Commute, The Separation, The Exits, Gundown Sunday, Morviscous, DTI & Hypercube, Calcutta, Not Advised, Lights, Figurines… hm… far too many to mention!!!
8.What are your top five favourite albums?
Kiki: a) .....Sorry not possible!

Maha: Faith No More (Introduce Yourself), Type O Negative (October Rust), Air (Moon Safari), Body Count (Body Count), RHCP (Blood Sugar Sex Magic)
9.CD, MP3 or vinyl?
Kiki: All three

Maha: CD, then MP3
10.If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would you make/change?
Kiki: Private research funding for research in Greek universities would become legal....

Maha: That all laws I pass in the future are valid… oh and I would also change that stupid one from back in the day… you know… If you kill a witch and take it to the police station, and you can prove that it was a witch, by law they have to give you a penny... Well, inflation says that should be at least £1 now.
 

The Pierces

Alabama-born-neo-New Yorkers The Pierces release their debut album ‘Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge’ on Lizard King Records in the UK on April 2nd 2007.

www.thepiercesmusic.com


1.In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you
describe your music?

Lets put it in a conch shell. Then fill the shell with absinthe, a drop of your lover’s blood and a lock of Marilyn Monroe’s hair. Now, stand by the Dead Sea on the night of a full moon and hold the shell to your ear.... That’s what we sound like.... Basically.

2.What is the reason you first wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Ultimate power. And... It’s better than a day job.
3.If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Probably the young toned Britney against the new aggressive, disturbed Britney. No explanation necessary.
4.If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
Yes, but everyone who plays there magically sounds like Robbie Williams. Very mysterious.
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour?
Collectively....no fighting!

I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (The Scissor Sisters)
Heartbeats (The Knife)
I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse)
Papa Was A Rodeo (The Magnetic Fields)
On The Road Again (Willie Nelson)
6.Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
Eddy and Patsy.
7.Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that
you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any
bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Let’s see.... Amy Windehouse, Lily Allen... What? You’ve heard of them? Ok then... The Pierces.
8.What are your top five favourite albums?
Grace (Jeff Buckley)
Abbey Road (The Beatles)
Court and Spark (Joni Mitchell)
Is This It (The Strokes)
Rufus Wainwright (Rufus Wainwright)
9.CD, MP3 or vinyl?
We know it’s cooler to say vinyl, but who are we kidding? MP3.
10.If you could be leader of your country for one day, what laws would
you make/change?

Make love not war, baby!

The United Kingdom of America

www.myspace.com/theukofa


1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Punk Couture

2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
Because there was no music being released i was liking. So i decided to write my own.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Russell Brand and Hulk Hogan because Russell Brand deserves to be hurt
4. If a band plays a gig in an empty hall in Stoke do they really make a sound?
What's an empty hall?
5.What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
We listen to TalkSport 1089/1053AM on all car journeys.
6. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Johnny Depp or Ben Stiller. Patrick McGoohan if it was an old version of me.
7. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Avangaad are great. And top lads. BabyPinkstar as well. Both are from Sheffield.
8. What are your top five favourite albums?
Greatest hits of Bolan,
Michael Jackson,
S Club 7,
David Bowie
Girls Aloud
9. CD, LP or MP3?
Vinyl
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I'd remove speed cameras and build more prisons.

Santa Dog

Bristol's Santa Dog spill the beans about Jonny Depp, speed cameras and solar panels.

www.santa-dog.co.uk

1. CD, LP or MP3?
Rob A: 7"
Rob W: LP LP LP LP LP
Rowena: They all have their own merits, but LP gets the warm and fuzzy vote

2. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter)how would you describe your music?
Rowena: Sparkly, literate guitar pop
Rob W: Shiny Pop music with energy and soul
Rob A: Sludge Doom

3. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
Rowena: Because it's lonely on your own
Rob A: Mass adoration, a big house complete with a guitar-shaped swimming pool and gold discs on each and every wall, a supermodel wife and my own helicopter to travel to gigs in.
Rob W: I like the noise a guitar makes
4. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Martin: Paris Hilton and Jeffrey Archer. the vacuous and the vapid in a clash of the vulgarian. In a pit of vipers
Rob W: George Bush and Tony Blair - I'd like to see them get hurt
Rob A: I'd like to see whichever tosspot gobsh*te is on the front of the NME this week wrestle with a real-life bear.
Rowena: Johnny Depp (naked please) and Big Bird from Sesame Street, purely for my own twisted pleasure.
5. If a band plays a gig in an empty hall in Stoke do they really make a sound?
Rowena: I really don't care, I'm still thinking about Johnny and the yellow bird.
Martin: Yes. The sound of a tree falling.
Rob A: Yes
Rob W: Yes - I've proved it
6. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Martin: Judy Garland
RobA: John Deacon from Queen.
RobW: Johnny Marr
Rowena: Frank Sidebottom in a frock.
7. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
RobW: Yes - the best gigs are always underattended. Another good reason for being in a band and seeing as many other acts as possible.
RobA: All the best bands are criminally underrated.
Rowena: Babel, The Wraiths, Treehouse Burning, The Francos, Countryside, Attic Lights, Bucky. All great and deserving a wider audience.
8. What are your top five favourite albums?
Rob W:

1. Hawaii - the High Llamas
2. Revolver - the Beatles
3. The Commercial Album - the Residents
4. Marquee Moon - Television
5. Can you still feel - Jason Falkner

Rowena:

Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Strokes - Is this it
Nick Drave - Five Leaves Left
Blondie - Parallel Lines

Rob A:

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson
Super Furry Animals - Mwng
Bucky - All The New Mistakes
Various - Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the first Psychedelic era 1965-68
Them - Them Again
9. Who are your heroes and villains?
We could only narrow it down to a top 10:

Canned Heat - On The Road Again
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coupe
Super Furry Animals - Back On The Road
Hawkwind - Silver Machine
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Prefab Sprout - Here on the Eerie
Teenage Fanclub - Cells
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
Martin: Legalise cannabis/outlaw religion/sack all politicians and replace them with scientists
Rob A: I'd pass some laws that would prevent bands like Kasabian and Razorlight releasing records.
Rob W: Abolish the speed limit and speed cameras on motorways : decriminalise cannabis.
Rowena: remove speed cameras, stop trident missile and spend the money on solar panels for roofs.

Sol Dive

It’s all about melons, melodies and the Marx Brothers for grunge-pop practitioners Sol Dive, who play Alan McGee’s Death Disco in Notting Hill on September 6th. Here’s to the three day weekend!

www.myspace.com/soldive

1. Why are you called Sol Dive?
STEVE: It sounds pretty cool, looks good on the page and it doesn't need to be preceded by "The..."

IVAN: Something about french melons... mmm, melons... sounds like a good band name...

2. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter)how would you describe your music?
S: Good songs, melodic, lots of dynamics. Then played as if our lives depended on it.

I: Uplifting, rock/pop with a splash of punky grunge.

3. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
S: Mainly going to see gigs and thinking that it looked like the best job in the world.

I: Playing guitar in my bedroom got really boring and it looked like fun.
4. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
S: Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks. Enough said.

I: Trinny and Susannah, surely there can be only one...
5. Best and worst gig experiences?
S: Playing or watching? Playing gigs is always cool although we did once play to 6 people in The Borderline. I think we got them all in for free too.
I have seen too many gigs over the years to pick one as the best. I saw Wilco last year and they were amazing. The worst is easy; Tricky. He had his back to the audience, the stage in darkness and did bad metal versions of obscure album tracks.

I: Worst must be playing to about a handful of people at the Borderline, everything went wrong that day...
Even though you progress as a band as time goes on, the best has to be the first Sol Dive gig we did at the Bull and Gate. There was a lot of energy on stage and off it and everyone seemed to be up for it.
6. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
S: Harpo Marx. I would like my life to be played out in honks. With a harp solo.

I: Kiefer Sutherland (if they can portray me as a Jack Bauer type that would be ace) or Jack Black perhaps?
7. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
S: We have played with My Echo a couple of times and they seem a nice bunch of guys. Every gig we play I'm amazed by the standard of bands on the bill. There is always someone who I reckon is better than most of the tuff we're subjected to in the mainstream. As for underrated I have never quite understood why the Super Furry Animals aren't the biggest band in the world

I: There's a lot of talent out there and so many bands and good music that goes unheard, it’s a big shame. My Echo is a great bunch of lads and their music rocks. We played with them a couple of times and I really recommend them. Also, The Great Blind Degree was pretty cool when we played with them.
8. What are your top five favourite albums?
S: This week and in no order:
Super Furry Animals - Radiator
Nirvana – Nevermind
Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Everybody knows this is Nowhere
Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper

I: Toughie, too many favourites, but if I had to mention five today (in no particular order):
Bob Dylan - Blood on the tracks
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Pixies - Doolittle

This would probably change in the next few days though...
9. Who are your heroes and villains?

S: Heroes: Captain John Yossarian
Villain: Henry Fonda in 'Once upon a Time in the West'

I: Dave Grohl, hero; Pop Idol is the devil incarnate...
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?

S: I'd get rid of the monarchy. We should be citizens not subjects.

I: Weekends need to be three days long, minimum...

Sunny Day Sets Fire

Onyee from psychedelic pop ferrets Sunny Day Sets Fire tackles the Tasty Ten to the floor and gives it a thorough slapping.

www.sunnydaysetsfire.com

1. Why are you called Sunny Day Sets Fire?
GAME OF CHANCES WITH FRIDGE MAGNETS

2. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter)how would you describe your music?
FIREWORKS UNDER WATER

3. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
LIKE COOKING, WITH JUST ONE INGREDIENT IS DIFFICULT TO MAKE A TASTY DISH
4. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
WE DON’T LIKE CELEBS, SO MICHAEL JACKSON VS 50 CENT
WOULD BE PRETTY QUICK TO FINISH
5. Best and worst gig experiences?
BEST: WHEN THERE’S A DRESSING ROOM WITH CHILLED BEER WAITING FOR YOU
WORST: GO BACKSTAGE AFTER THE GIG & FIND OUT SOME RANDOM GUYS HAD DRUNK ALL THE BOOZE WE’D BEEN HIDING AT A SECRET CORNER
6. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
don't know, but it has to be a sci-fi movie
7. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
MORE AWARE OF: THE CHAP. THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD A HEADLINING GIG AT ASTORIA ALREADY BY NOW, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN & IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT…
CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED: THE BEATLES THEY WERE REALLY GOOD. THEY SHOULD RE-ISSUE ALL THEIR ALBUMS.
8. What are your top five favourite albums?
(AT THE MOMENT…)
THREE PENNY OPERA - K WEILL, SUNG BY LOTTE LENIA
SPIDERLAND – SLINT
LOVELESS - MY BLOODY VALENTINE
THE GOOD SON – NICK CAVE
MUTANTES – OS MUTANTES
9. Who are your heroes and villains?
TOM & JERRY, AND, TOM & JERRY
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
BAN LISTENING TO MUSIC ON MOBILE PHONE SPEAKERS

YOU CAN FIRE YOUR OWN BOSS

Attic Lights
Kev from “Glamericana”-heads Attic Lights has a crack at the Tasty Ten. He once urinated on a prostitute, y’know…which makes the act of not reading this interview as futile as sucking a Fruit Pastille.

1. Why are you called Attic Lights?
We started practicing in Colin's (bass player/vocalist) mum's attic. We decked the whole place out with candles and fairy lights, and got stoned and drunk playing and writing music for hours.

2. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Like a drunken, drug fuelled, hopeless romantic sitting on his own in his house, playing Guided By Voices on the living room stereo, The Beach Boys on the one in his room and The Flaming Lips on the one in the kitchen. Then he stumbles about the house until he finds the perfect place where he can hear each stereo equally.

3. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
1990, listening to the Beach Boys in the back of my parents car, travelling through France, wishing I was backpacking on my own instead (but was clearly too young at the age of 11), looking out the window at all these beautiful French women and thinking, 'God this music is so good. I bet if I played music like this for a living I'd get girls like that.'
4. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Ohh. I dunno.. I'm not really into wrestling. Is it mud wrestling? If so, probably Bill Oddie vs Noel Edmonds. The Battle of the Beards! I reckon Bill, with his stocky frame and low centre of gravity would triumph although you just know that Noel's not adverse to the odd dirty trick like beard pulling or eye gouging. Be a good fight though.
5. Best and worst gig experiences?
Worst - There was a gig we played in Dundee a couple of years ago where we all got utterly smashed before getting to the gig. On the way to the venue, we all stopped for a quick piddle over a wall, and almost saturated a guy and his prostitute with the contents of our bladders. She was doubled over with him behind her. "Go away", she shouted at us. We went away. We played the gig and it was a disaster, Noel our drummer had to run offstage mid song to pee, I was convinced my guitar was out of tune and was trying to drunkenly retune mid song. I think we all had different set lists as well. It wasn't pretty. Oh Yeah, and I think my fly was open. I couldn't see the audience. Maybe the stage lights were too bright? Maybe they were hiding at the back of the venue? Maybe they ran away? Is there anything more embarrassing than when a gig goes spectacularly wrong? Well, apart from taking a prostitute up the rear and getting pished on by five steamers, perhaps? But there's not much in it. Still, we've learned our lesson. Go easy on the booze.

Best - Mind you, we've come a long way since then. Our two EP launches have been magnificent. Actually, most of our gigs are pretty special these days. Which is nice.
6. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Jamie from our band. He's got acting experience (he's in the new Scottish TV idents) and he's better looking. Short of that, people say I look like the guy who plays Robert the Bruce in Braveheart (terrible film) so I guess he'll do.
7. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
Glasgow bands Glasvegas and Johnny and The Debutantes are both fantastic and are gonna be big. As for criminally underrated… Bobby Conn and Phoenix need to be heard more. As does Jens Lekman who is one of the best songwriters in the world today.
8. What are your top five favourite albums?
Bee Thousand - Guided By Voices
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Bandwagonesque - Teenage Fanclub
The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
Weezer - Weezer
9. Who are your heroes and villains?
Heroes - Neil Young, Flaming Lips, Spike Milligan, Vic and Bob, Lucas Moodysson, Dylan, Beatles...  Anyone who is willing to push the envelope and be excited and exciting.

Villains -  Anyone who closes their mind to new things or won't accept anything beyond their own world view is a villain in my book. And Nanobots. I don’t like those creepy little invisible guys. You never know what they're up to.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I'd introduce the word 'Fudger' to the vocabulary coz it's kind of sexual sounding but you can probably eat it as well.

Chop Chop Bear Touch

Dave Salisbury from gonzo-metal curiosity Chop Chop Bear Touch? sprays his verbal diarrhoea in big meaty chunks all over the pages of our nice clean website. He hates Johnny Borrell though so all is forgiven.

www.myspace.com/chopchopbeartouch

1. Why are you called Chop Chop Bear Touch?
Welllll. it all started at university....we started with three guitarists; me, jay and sam (all still in chop) and we used to do covers like 'put him out' and 'cry me a river' when these songs songs were in the hit parade. we were called 'your mum' at that stage which lasted quite a while and then we saw a barbers in Purley called 'afro touch', so we were called that for a week or so. That's where the touch came from......the chop chop bear came from a module handbook at university during a lecture. the sentence ended chop chop, as in 'u best do this work chop chop'. The next sentence started bare, as in 'bare in mind'. it stuck and then when we got our first gig on a farm, we kept it and added the colons (the punctuation, not the extra members), the commas and the question mark after. its sorta like a question ain't it?
2. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter)how would you describe your music?
'street anthems that rise to the skies....'
3. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?

i don't think ive ever wanted to be in a band, i don't think ive ever wanted to do anything! even when i was studying graphics, i never thought this is what i wanted to do, or when i used be times tables champion at senior school i never thought i want to be a mathemetician. it was pretty natural, and theres no downside to it all. i finding writing lyrics and playing guitar helps me get a lot off me chest and i get to do the graphics too! and when we play live i feel really relaxed and enjoy myself, so i guess that doesnt really answer your question.......its prob best to say that i wanna be in a band cos u get really small sandwiches delivered to ya, and me wanna meet the new one out of sugababes!

4. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
ultimate warrior vs british bulldog. as far as i know it never happened. if not, then cornell vs vedder. vedder would blatantly feign injury mr perfect style and then use the chair on cornell whilst he celebrating in the corner.
5. Best and worst gig experiences?
at our own? all of our gigs so far have been well good apart from maybe cartoon in croydon and halfmoon in putney. both had a bit of a cack atmosphere. cartoon is like a business and has no desire to make the bands welcome. half moon was a bit pony cos all the fans of the other bands fucked off when we were playing and went to the bar, and i hate never having the chance to impress new people.everyone was a bit ill too innit. every gig so far has had a bit of a different twist so far, but if i'd have to say one thing that stands out so far was the pyjama party at black sheep bar in croydon which involved dennis the menace duvet covers and a snow machine.....
6. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
phwoar. postman pat is the most likely candidate, but he never moves his lips when he acts.....maybe julian barrett from mighty boosh cos then noel fielding could play me best mate ad cos theyve both got massive noses and real nice hair.
7. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
out of all the bands we've played with i've only really liked a couple, cos most of em just don't communicate very well, either musically or vocally. we just played the comedy with some good bands, von were pretty good, the lead singer had an adidas jacket on which was nice. sandra and the memory machine were different i liked them. i like coda, but only cos the lead singer is fit.
i reckon nuff more people should be listening to richard hawley! he's bad! elbow and the coral are the most underrated bands i know. they could make greatest hits already! they  ain't really underrated but i really wanna hear more from larrikin love and guillemots
8. What are your top five favourite albums?
me got a jacket of me fave 10 albums of all time, which i made about 3 years ago. it might have changed since then, but i think it would take me about a month to decide......in no particular order........

Grace - Jeff Buckley

Ok Computer- Radiohead

Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers

Want One - Rufus Wainwright

Bad - Michael Jackson

9. Who are your heroes and villains?
Heroes: Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona, Matt Le Tissier, Roy Keane, Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Rufus Wainwright, Johnny Depp and the British Bulldog.

Villains: Ronald Koeman for bringing down David Platt in World Cup qualifiers. Johnny Borrell for being a twat.

10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
definitely have a siesta. everyone falls asleep after lunch.

The Lodger


 

1. In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
Joe (bass guitar): The latest clatter-pop splash from the Leeds new wave.
2. What is the reason you wanted to be in a band/be a performing artist?
Ben (vocals, guitar, songs): As a means of complaining very loudly in public whilst getting paid at the same time.
3. If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
B: The Queen and John Major, after which the history books will need to be re-written so they say "The Queen punched John Major", everything else will just be a footnote.
4. If a band plays in an empty hall in Stoke, do they really make a sound?
J: They make a sound, but there's nobody there to know or care.
5. Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life?
B. Well due to my obsession with the man's films, it'd have to be Woody Allen circa Take The Money and Run...which would mean going back to the late 60s. If not it'd have to be some heroic actor of our age, maybe Martin Fowler from Eastenders or something.
6. Are there any new bands that you have played with, or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or for that matter, any bands the you feel are criminally underrated?
J: The Research spring to mind. Pop genius... Wet Dog are great, as are Mitten. I also like Good Shoes. In general I don't
really believe in bands being underrated. If you're good, at least some people will listen. Anyone who disagrees is probably in a rubbish band.
7. What are your top five favourite albums?
J: Today's results in no particular order:
 - Pulp: His N Hers
 - The Magnetic Fields: Holiday
 - The Go-Betweens: Send Me A Lullaby
 - Aztec Camera: High Land Hard Rain
 - Wire: Pink Flag
8. What are your top 5 tunes to listen to in the van while on tour? Collectively....no fighting!
We're having a bit of a problem with transport at the moment as none of us own any....on the last tour we were going from city to city on National Express's and trains, and I'd forgotten to pack my Walkman so Katie and Joe were listening to their own CDs and I was desperately trying to pick up a signal using a small plastic radio that I'd purchased in for a quid in the Aberdeen branch of Poundland....it's a touchy subject, maybe ask us again after the next tour...
9. CD, LP or MP3?
B: A toss-up between 8-track and Laser-disc.
10. If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
J: I'd form a council which would dispense permits to those wishing to do so. Applications from anyone who played a guitar solo would be disallowed, and those responsible would have to pay a hefty fine.