Interview on XFM, submitted by Tasha

I brief to start with, the boys said they like early Radiohead, Ash, At The Drive In, Hive and Primal scream. "Anything thats a bit exciting"

WHY ARE YOU RERELEASING BIONIC?
- "Different producer"
-"Wanted to do it a different way really"
-"No disrespect to the first producer, we just felt it needed a little bit more balls behind it really, and we tried to deliver it a bit better and make it a better record but it was always one of our favourite songs"
-"We were always gonna bring it out again anyway"

IS THAT WHY IT WAS ONLY ON LIMITED EDITION TO BEGIN WITH?
-"Absolutely"

THEN IT WAS YOUR DECISION TO RE-RELEASE IT?
-"Absolutely, I mean no-one argued with us"
-"If they had there would have been trouble-dead!"
(Laughter)
-"Oh God yes!"

NOW, ALL THE TRACKS I'VE HEARD OFF THE ALBUM- I HAVEN'T HEARD IT ALL, HAVE YOU GUYS?
(To studio)
"NO"

SO NONE OF US HAVE HEARD IT
-"Nor us!"
(Laughter)

ARE THEY ALL SHORT TRACKS CAUSE' YOU DO TEND TO BANG OUT 2 AND A HALF MINUTE TRACKS, WHICH I LOVE
-"Yeah well there is a couple of longer tracks on the album"
-"3 minutes!"
(Laughter)
-"Which is just stupidly long!"
(More Laughter)
-"No, its just the way we write, we like to keep it short and stuff like that. A lot of people say "you play really short sets" but, you know, we play a whole albums worth in a set-it's just the way it is."

HOW MANY TRACKS ARE THERE ON THE ALBUM?
-"There's 12"
TWELVE?!
-"31 minutes"
31 MINUTES?! (Laughter from studio)

WOW, THAT'S REALLY GOOD BUT IT'S GOT TO BE ONE OF THE SHORTEST ALBUMS IN THE LAST GOD KNOWS HOW MANY YEARS
-"You can listen to it over and over again, though. You don't get bored with it."

AND IF THERE IS A TRACK YOU DON'T LIKE, OBVIOUSLY YOU LIKE THEM ALL, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT LONG FOR THE NEXT ONE!
(Laughter)
-"Very true, very true!"

DO YOU GO TO GIGS OFTEN?
-"When we can, when we're not rehearsing at home-"
-"You keep on saying rehearsing!"
-"Sorry, sorry- when we're not hamming them we go out. We went to Ash in London the other night at the album launch party."
-"Emm, who've we seen thats any good? Actually thats a complete lie, that we go to gigs."
-"No, we dont go and see anyone at all- only our support acts or if we're supporting someone else."
-"Yeah, we see our support bands."

AND YOU DID SOMETHING WITH LAST MAN STANDING DIDN'T YOU?
-"What's that?"
-"Who's that then?"
-"Oh, they did that thing with us"
-"Oh yeah!"
(Laughter)
-"I was feeling poorly that night, I didn't see anybody."
-"I didn't see anything that night!"
(More Laughter)

RIGHT, FIRST SINGLE YOU EVER BOUGHT, LET'S START WITH YOU MATT?
-"Well-"
-"Uh-oh"
-"I was sort of at junior school and you know those little school disco's and you get a slow dance at the end, well, a girl asked me to dance and I'd nevewr danced with a girl before so I was really chuffed by that, and it was, err, Debbie Gibson with "Foolish-
(inaudible due to cries of "I'm leavin the band")

DID YOU GO OUT AND BUY IT?
-"Well I had to, it was like- oh come on I was only ten years old! It was quite an emotional moment"

I'VE GOT TO RESPECT YOUR HONESTY FOR ADMITTING TO THAT. NOW, WHAT'S YOURS?
-"I was about 12 or 13 years old and I went to WH Smiths and I bought "Black Velvet" by Alanah Miles"
-"And he's saying my choice is bad!"
(Laughter)
-"Let's just leave this band now and start a new one"
(Laughter)

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU LADS. ...WHEN ARE YOU PLAYIN LONDON?
-"19th May. Just keep on buying tickets. If they tell you there's non on sale they're lying, there's loads left!"

AND AS WE SAID BEFORE, YOU'RE A GREAT BAND LIVE SO WE'VE GOT A LIVE TRACK, RECORDED AT SOUND. THIS IS "SCREAM AND SHOUT." THANK YOU LADS.