Joey: How have Robots in Disguise progressed since the LeTigre gig?
Sue Denim: LeTigre?
Joey: Yeah the one that you "met at"!
Sue: (sarcastically) Oh yeah the one that we met at!
Dee Plume: No we didn't really meet at a LeTigre gig; we've been there
a few times but no.
Sue: Faulty information.
*Joe curses the "promotional leaflet" he got sent by their
Joey: Tell us a little bit about your single "The sex has made
Dee: Well it's just simply about some of the distractions like sex and
drugs, and that's it really.
Joey: Who or what have been your main influences for this album,
Sue: Berlin's been a big influence uh
.. places have been more
influential then any other artist for this album. Botswana, Brazil,
Dee: Basically places beginning with B have been really influential
Joey: You do quite a lot for the Mighty Boosh as well...
Dee and Sue at the same time in a northern accent: Oh we do do quite
a lot for the Mighty Boosh!!!!
How did you get to know Noel and Julian?
Dee: Through friends in Camden really, we performed in this place in
Camden called the "Hen and Chickens" and we did a short sketch
with them so they signed a part for us, and that's it really.
Joey: Have you got any other plans with the Boosh?
Sue: Well we were all going to bake a cake together .
Dee: We might be playing there after show as well and we might actually
be playing with them live though because they've got a live tour coming
Joey: How would you describe your sound to a Burberry wearing brain
dead alien, suffering from amnesia?
Sue: Wouldn't bother if they were brain dead and suffering from amnesia!
We'd probably just play the songs to them, then they could actually
make up their own mind about what it sounds like.
Dee: Argh god do you know what, I think I've left my bionic toothbrush
in the travellodge.
Sue: Oh yeah actually I saw that on the table in the bathroom.
Dee: Why didn't you tell me.
Sue: I thought you'd pick it up!
Dee: Oh shit, what am I going to do now, what am I going to do. I'm
going to have yellow teeth.
Sue: I have a spare one in my travel pack; you can borrow that one if
Dee: I want my bionic one though, argh.
Sue: You see Robots are all about Bionic toothbrushes.
Joey: What's a Bionic toothbrush?
Sue: It's just a magic toothbrush, the answer to life they are really.
Dee: I don't really know how it works to be honest, you just sort of
wet it and then its supposed to like attract bacteria.
Joey: How are you feeling about tonight?
Sue: No we played here before, it was good fun.
Dee: Yeah we walked over the bridge in Cambridge, its been a really
picturesque day and we walked beside the river. It was the CAMbridge
so I think it's the proper one that goes over the River Cam.
Sue: The original bridge.
Joey: What does the future have in store for Robots?
Sue: More touring, we're supposed to be playing south by south west
and then we're going to France and Spain, just a lot of gigging.
Dee: And we have quite a cult following in France, well we started in
Joey: Your label's French as well isn't it?
Dee and Sue: No
Sue: It was but they owe us loads of money.
Joey: Seeing as your name is taken from "Transformers"
did you think about doing a theme tune for the new movie adaptation
of Transformers that came out recently?
Dee: I haven't seen the film yet actually, I've heard that the first
twenty minutes are good and then the rest is shit!
Joey: No it's not that good, it's kind of just mainly focused around
this bimbo and the storyline is flimsy.
Dee: Well you're the critic. (laughs)
Joey: How do you feel about some of the current bands at the moment,
be it electro, indie, pop, rock?
Dee: I feel good that bands are making money through playing live, because
we never really made money from that, and our live thing is like a big
part of what we do. You can sort of be your own thing and develop it
in this industry now which I think is good!
(Continues to knit a green scarf)
Joey: Will you be bringing the unicorn horn out tonight?
Sue: No, that's just a thing that I do in Berlin I think the unicorn's
locked up over there.
Joey: How much are Neon, Ultra, Anthrax and Ebola (Mighty Boosh
characters they played) related to you as people?
Sue: Well they're just caricatures aren't they, I suppose they are a
side of us, but we're not that one dimensional, and also those characters
are pretty harsh which doesn't much relate to us!
Dee: We'd never have boys in our band as well.
Joey: Yeah that feminist image does come strongly in
Robots image doesn't it?
Dee: Yeah it's good, because we've always thought of rock music as quite
male dominated and since we burst onto the scene it's been good to see
so many girls rocking out at our gigs making the boys feel more of a
Sue: And also I think one of the reasons we inspire so many girls at
our shows is because we inspire our fans to dress up by having this
DIY kind of image and then it makes all of the fans a part of it as
in a kind of cult way and they can relate to it as well. We change our
style very often as well.
Dee: We've also always thought about ourselves as a punk band as so
many of the bands that were from the punk scene were female dominated,
we think of punk as a very feminist genre.
Joey: And lastly a question about cereal, Shreddies
(Due to my some what grumbley accent they mistake wheetabix for wheatex
and ponder over what I said for abit)
Dee: I prefer wheatabix.
Sue: Yeah Weetabix It is, but I like the mini ones with the fruit and
There may not be too much originality about Robots in Disguise, but
on stage it is clear to see that there is a stage bond between the two
girls with their home made t-shirts and glow stick swords to add to
the groups DIY "girl rave" persona; at the end of the day
they are not trying to be too deep and meaningful, they are about having
a good time.
Thanks to the band and to Mark Wainwright of Infected
for fixing things up.