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?
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!"
-"Oh God yes!"
NOW, ALL THE TRACKS I'VE HEARD OFF THE ALBUM- I HAVEN'T HEARD IT ALL, HAVE YOU GUYS?
SO NONE OF US HAVE HEARD IT
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"
-"Which is just stupidly long!"
-"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?
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!
-"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?
-"Who's that then?"
-"Oh, they did that thing with us"
-"I was feeling poorly that night, I didn't see anybody."
-"I didn't see anything that night!"
RIGHT, FIRST SINGLE YOU EVER BOUGHT, LET'S START WITH YOU MATT?
-"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!"
-"Let's just leave this band now and start a new one"
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.