With one American, Englishmen and a Swede, its easy to see how Placebo
induce confusion. With no common background they all met while studying
and decided to form a new band. Steves path seemed to be the rockiest.
Commitments to another band, Breed, were getting in the way. After a year
away he re-joined in 1996, the original chemistry was then burgeoning
trends of Britpop. Instead they claim influences from those more in the
vein of Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey and even claim a bit of Tom Waits.
Without You Im Nothing is the huge follow up after
Bruise Pristine gave the world its first taste of Placebo
back in 1995. According to Steve, three years of touring and hard work
seems to have been well worth it.
The album doing really well, even in that states. Its harder
and this is our fourth tour of America. Pure Morning has really
helped us get our foot in the door. We came out in December and did a
lot of really shitty little radio shows on stations that were supporting
us. We would play these half hour sets where we would just come out and
play, always saving Pure Morning for last. It was ridiculous,
wed play, get no response, then start jumping around and going nuts
on the last song. Now when we come out, because of Pure Morning,
everybodys got their head around the album and really get into it.
This tours been like ninety-five percent brilliant, its been extensive,
its gone very deep into America, all over.
They are even recieving that Holy Grail of marketing when it comes to
breaking the American market, commercial airplay.
Shitloads of it, says Steve. The kids are really picking
it up. Weve got four gigs left on this tour, all the audiences have
been superb. Well come back in August or September, youve
just got to hit it again and again. America is so big, you go to sleep
at night on the bus, nine hours latter you wake up and the bus is still
rolling, then you realise that theres another ten to go.
But did Placebo really expect Without You Im Nothing
to do this well?
This album really set us up to go global, weve had three number
one singles in South Africa and also made it as their number one album,
Ive never even been out there. People pick it up around the world
and its like, what have we created? It still bends my
For months now the press have been referring to Placebo as having Glam-rock
roots and talk about how theyre all such good mates with David Bowie.
I know theyre friends with the man and that they got some of their
first big shows playing support for him, but why Glam-rock? Placebo themsleves
describe their music as Punk or as a sort of funky power-pop, nobody has
ever called Sonic Youth a Glam-band. So I asked Steve.
Its purely a case of lazy fuckin journalism, answers
Steve. Lazy British Journos. Just because were in the
movie Velvet Goldmine. Its a movie about a Glam band
in England, but its only a damn movie. I mean were a fuckin
Punk band thats been touring Europe for the last three years, then
you do a film like Velvet Goldmine and its like Oh youre
in a Glam Band. In a movie, were playing a part in a movie
you fuckin idiot, they should open their eyes.
Placebo will be in Perth for one show on May 4th at Metroplois Perth.
What can we expect? Well Steves only comment on the matter was that
it will make your nose bleed.