Here is an interview we did for a website a few months ago that for some reason never got put up. I found it in a folder at work the other day and decided I liked it, and no-one ever interviews us anyway. So here it is, enjoy.
What’s the best Minutemen album and why?
William: I know it’s pretty obvious but I do think that Double Nickels on the Dime is one of the best records of the last 30 years. People are still catching up with some of the ideas on that record. I like the fact that each member of the band literally had an equal input in terms of writing, and just the sheer audacity and balls to release an album of 43 songs which still only runs at just over an hour.
You've made a few charity related posts online, and even done a CDr for cystic
fibrosis. Can you maybe talk a little about the importance of charity/being active
and involved with issues through your art?
Andrew: Our interest in charity stuff comes from who we are as people and our personal experiences rather than any sort of band aesthetic. Music is the medium we work in, and if it occasionally gives us the opportunity to do a benefit show or release and that is something we’re really grateful for. We don’t make much money out of the band so it feels satisfying to channel some of the little that does come our way into causes we feel engaged with.
You made a video for Retired to stud which doesn't seem to have seen the light
of day. What was the premise? How come it's not online?
Andrew: We're saving it for our 30th Anniversary retrospective Bluray, set for release in 2041. No, the truth is we made a video and for various boring reasons we didn't like it. We'd like to make one in the future if we get the chance again.
For you guys, what's the most inspiring thing in London right now?
Andrew: There is always a bunch of stuff happening. A lot of small labels are putting out exciting music, like Sleep All Day records and Marshall Teller Records. Every band Rory Attwell records seems to be doing interesting stuff; I always listen out for what he is doing.
It's cool that you put your lyrics online. Do you feel like that's an aspect of music
that often loses attention in underground/local scenes?
Matt: Yeah definitely. Nowadays it seems like lyrics are hidden under layers of fuzz. I want to hear what a band is talking about and whether it’s important to me.
Are lyrics primary to an extent?
Matt: For me. I’m primarily a writer, so yeah. To me they are the most important thing if you want to relate your music/band with someone.
How come sexuality and fertility is such an important theme?
Matt: Ha, not sure really. I think they are the most important things in life and nobody really writes about them without being boring, vulgar or cliché. I’m just trying to write about something that people might find interesting to listen to and want to question.
Your catalogue is spread across vinyls. Do you prefer working in short bursts like
Andrew: There is still something really exciting about 7'' singles, it’s the perfect way for a band to present their first recordings. I'm a big fan of other bands first singles. We like working on Vinyl, it feels more substantial and there is greater scope for good artwork and packaging it in a cool way. Plus, I like how Vinyl sounds, for me it’s warmer and more condensed than other formats.
Can you maybe talk about how that constraint influences how you make music?
Andrew: I wouldn't say it influences it at all. When we started we wrote lots of fast short songs that worked on a 7'' format. But our mini album will be 12'' with a download code. There is a song on it that is nine minutes long. I think we'll carry on writing and recording material, and then thinking about how we can present it, and not the other way around.
What've you got planned for the future?
Matt: Our mini-album ‘Rugged Raw’ is coming out on Sleep All Day Records in August. It’s 12” vinyl with download code.
William: Hopefully playing a lot more shows up and down the country, and we've also got a song on a split 7" with Cheetahs, Colours and Dignan Porch which is being released on Marshal Teller Records this summer.
Any closing words?
Andrew : check yourself, don't dis-respect yourself
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
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Friday, 17 September 2010
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Friday, 9 July 2010
Pre-Order our split with Dignan Porch, Cheatahs and Colours HERE >>>>
Here is the song on it >>>>
Way South, South East by notcool
Here is the song on it >>>>
Way South, South East by notcool
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
One of us was on here talking a lot of nonsense about some soccerball...but you can here the 3rd song off our mini-album 'Perfect Hair Forever' sandwiched between the banter.....
Friday, 11 June 2010
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Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
I found this on the printer at work, no idea who it belongs to, but I love that someone is on the summer vibes already.
You learn to keep quiet about being in a band at work. You let it slip and before you know it you're comparing stratocasters with Derek out of accounts, who's mate has a really good covers band in Dunstable. Come to think of it, they need a new drummer, do you fancy a 'jam'?
Monday, 5 April 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
At the start of the year I decided I needed to scrap my junk food diet, don my short shorts and try and do something worthwhile for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity I have immense respect for.
Their work to provide financial, medical and emotional support to people with Cancer , as well as pushing for constantly better standards of Cancer care is really as important as it gets in our times.
I'm running the London BUPA 10K on May 31st, above is a crap picture I drew on my lunchour at work. It's me and the finish line, basking in saintly glory.
Training is going well, I'm up to about 7K without stopping. Listening to a lot of Fucked Up and Blink 182 to keep me going.
Here is my online fundraising page, please dig deep and help me raise as much money as I can.
My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewMoranLondon10K
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Here is a video shot at our, like, second gig by the uber talented Danny Sangra (http://vimeo.com/dannysangra)....
It has our first (bassless!) demo of Desks on it....
Friday, 5 March 2010
We are releasing a split cd thingy with our friends Chapter Sweetheart to promote Cystic Fibrosis Trust. all proceeds go to the CF Trust.
The songs on it are unheard.
1. Man Up
2.Certainly the End of Something or Other
Oh and it's at The Victoria, Mile End...doh!
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
£8.00 - On Sale
Split release with the Italian Beach Babes Label collects eleven bands on one 12".
Artwork by Jesse Spears - http://www.imsosuredude.com/
500 copies with plastic sleeve and doggie insert
**Released 1st March 2010**/Pre Orders ship early!
Teen Sheikhs - 'Germs'
Mazes - 'A Metric Tower'
Plug - 'Fresh Pleasures'
Cold Pumas - 'Tropical Guilt'
The Human Race - 'Kicks'
Spectrals - 'It's very kind of you to put up with me'
Graffiti Island - "Perverse Savage'
Male Bonding - 'Carrying'
La La Vasquez - 'Don't Rush Me'
Fair Ohs - 'Christmas Tree'
Not Cool - 'Limbs are for Liars'
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