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tasty 10 - the fifth 10


Tantrums

Here are the answers from Stuart Boyd-Crosby, Tantrums' lead guitarist plus two free tracks to download.
Download 'If I Don't Try'
Download 'Mek Ya Feel Hype'

www.myspace.com/tantrums


Why are you called Tantrums?
Because us and our music are barmy.

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
We’re inspired by the little house raves we used to go to as teenagers where we had different kids putting on Slipknot, So Solid Crew, Roni Size, the Strokes and everyone just going nuts. We try to blend all these different types of music we grew up with and keep the energy high.

What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
We're all such big music fans, which sounds obvious but we meet so many bands who only stick to one genre and claim to be music fans but are really just narrow minded. We listen to everything from gangster rap to heavy metal to French electro to Dutch jazz to UK urban. There's so much music out there and the best way to explore it all is to experiment with it yourself.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Probably Kenan VS Kel! Were big Nickelodeon fans and I'd love to see Kenan’s weight advantage against Kel's agility.

Best and worst gig experiences?
Probably Josh pissing on us at nearly every show at Glastonbury. That's for worst and best.
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Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?

The cast from the Goonies would be perfect to play us in a movie! They're a bit old now tho, but technology is only getting better…
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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 that you feel are criminally underrated?
There are a lot of bands in Birmingham who get overlooked because of their location. It’s a vibrant scene with young acts like Savant and Silver Souvenirs playing more and more gigs. You can literally go to a show every night in Birmingham and see 3 good bands.

What are your top five favourite albums?

Well variety is the spice of life so I'd say 'Radiohead - OK Computer', 'Dr Dre - 2001', 'Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion', 'Nirvana - Nevermind' and 'Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life'.
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Who are your heroes and villains?
Hero, John Peel. Villain, Flo Rida.

If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I'd make a national naked day. Josh loves to be naked, and I think he'd have a blast once a year.

 

The Sunshine Underground

Bassist Daley Smith has a crack at the ten questions that matter most. We'd like to see Jordan and Katona do irreparable damage to each other, too.
http://www.myspace.com/thesunshineunderground


Why are you called The Sunshine Underground?
The name comes from a Chemical Brothers song. They took the name from a book about secret underground clubs. Business men used to go to these clubs during the afternoon, to get high and have a good time without people knowing.

In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter) how would you describe your music?
I would say we write great songs, with good melodies, heavy guitars and big beats. We like to write anthems, we want people to sing along as well as being able to jump up and down in a mosh pit.

What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
The reason I picked up a guitar was because of Nirvana. Then I suppose a bit later on it was Oasis. When I was first getting into bands, there were so many guitarists so I picked up the bass to fill the gap. I wouldn’t swap back now, for anything.

If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would they be and why?
Jordan and Kerry Katona would be good. Possibly a bit one sided, Jordan would thrash her. I always enjoy it when politicians fight, they always turn out to be handier than you’d imagine. It also shows they are actually passionate about something.

Best and worst gig experiences?
One of my best experiences was having the entire crowd at Reading sing Borders back to us. That was a lump in the throat moment. One of the worst was being so pissed I couldn’t play. You know that feeling when you lose the ability to speak coherently, that frustration you feel, well it’s like that but in front of a room of people. Thankfully that doesn’t happen these days.

Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life and why?
I think Macaulay Culkin is an under-rated actor and I think he could pull it off. I love the way Johnny Depp completely throws himself into his roles, not sure how they would be able to get his teeth into with my life story though. Plus he is just over 16 years older than me.

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 that you feel are criminally underrated?
There’s a band from Leeds called Club Smith. They have some great songs, and I hope they have good things coming to them.

What are your top five favourite albums?
In no particular order
Abbey Road – The Beatles
For Emma, Forever Ago - Bon Iver
All Hour Cymbals – Yeasayer
The Bootleg Series – Bob Dylan
Dig Your Own Hole - The Chemical Brothers
These are a few of my favourite albums.

Who are your heroes and villains?
It’s a lot easier to think of heroes. Bob Dylan, Hunter S Thompson and Ricky Gervais are all heroes of mine.

If you were leader of your country for a day what laws would you change?
I would make it compulsory for City Centres, Town Centres and Shopping Arcades to install big screens showing news and current affairs. I think it’s too easy to turn away from reality these days. The difficulty would be making sure that it was a “free and fair” press. But I think the more information people have access to, the more people care.