*(J) I've not heard a lot of your music but Rosey sent me some links
to some songs on Youtube and Myspace, so what can you tell me that's
good about your songs?
- What, stuff we like about them? It's something new and refreshing,
it's a definite step away from what's going on in music in this country
at the moment.
* (J) Are you enjoying the tour?
- Yes, very much so!
* (R) So you don't mind playing with indie bands like The View and
- Well you can take it two ways, either see it as tagging along with
bands we're not really interested in or see it as a chance to play to
2000 people every night, most of whom have never seen you before.
* (R) What's the reaction been like? I read on the internet that
you got bottled off one night, is that true?
- NO it's not true. We have had a few bottles thrown at us, but that
just goes to show how we polarise people, and while there's people that
don't like us there's a gang of two or three hundred kids going crazy
down the front at every show we play.
* (R) I think that's really healthy, all of my favourite bands have
polarised people - The Manics obviously but also The Jesus and Mary
Chain, The Pistols of course, lots more
- And there's no one who does it anymore. It wasn't a conscious, deliberate
thing on our part, it just turned out that way. But the fact that this
hasn't happened for so long, surely shows that we're doing something
right, it's time for something good!
* (R) So you're not worried about being hated?
- No, not at all! I think it's something that's just naturally going
to happen, if you're making great music or great art for people to really
enjoy rather than just music to jog to or play in your car as you pick
your kids up.
* (R) I love the comments on Youtube, the way people are split dead
down the middle between loving and hating "Sheena is a Parasite".
- Yeah, it's definitely 50/50 with as many loving it as hating it. And
that's one of the good things about this tour, seeing the wide range
of people that like us, such as kids who're really into Oasis and have
come along to see The View. People we'd never expected, who'd have tried
to mug us back in Southend, are telling us they really love what we
*(J) Who was dancing in the video?
- Samantha Morton, she's an actress and a friend.
*(J) I read that you had a fight with The Automatic
- No that's not true! They once, or on a few occasions, said that they
greatly disliked us but in fact the keyboardist loves me! I don't think
we have a lot of time for each other's music but I'm not going to spend
the tour scowling at people, it's a waste of fuckin time. The thing
is, it's slightly infuriating that if you spend an entire interview
enthusing about bands that you love, and trying to spread the word about
bands that don't have a lot of publicity, such as the Xerox Teens or
These New Puritans, and right at the end you go "I hate X",
and then you find that the headline is "The Horrors Fucking Hate
X!" - it's such a waste of time! I find out about new bands by
reading about who other people are listening to, I'm not interested
in who they hate - it's not a fucking soap opera!
(J) What's the best and worst things about touring?
- The best thing is that you're playing everyday, that 20 minutes every
day is such fun - the worst thing is the other 23 hours 40 minutes!
It's so boring, driving round the country in a small, cramped van and
then hanging around waiting for things to happen - you start to realise
why bands get drink and drug problems! The whole day leads up to this
20 minutes on stage!
*(R) But that's why you can put so much energy into it, that's why
you can be so focussed on it. So yours is the little van out the front
- Yeah, that was a real surprise, on the last tour we did all the bands
were driving around in identical spacers but on this tour everyone's
got big buses!
*(J) What do you miss most about being away from home?
- My records. There's a few people too but we really enjoy spending
timed with each other so it's not that bad.
* (J) Who influences your music?
- I have a really hard time answering this question cos I listen to
such a range of genres of music spanning the last 50 years. I don't
think you'd expect it but we have some Acid House and Electronica in
our record collections. We try to incorporate whatever we consider to
be good music into what we do. We all love Joe Meek, the 60s producer,
he loved pop music but he also wanted to expand sounds and to see how
far we could take pop music, and that's what we try to do. We're not
inspired by bands, we won't listen to a song and be inspired by that,
it's more the spirit of how things were done. We're very influenced
by the spirit of punk, by doing things yourself, and we're trying to
do something different; I build a lot of equipment and spend time trying
to find ways to make things sound different and going about songs in
a non linear fashion.
* (J) I've just recorded my first CD which I'm hoping R*E*P*E*A*T
Records is going to release, can you give me any tips?
- Have you? Great! Do something interesting and new and don't do anything
like anyone else.
* (J) You went to Rugby School, what was it like and how did that
- It was really boring! I definitely wasn't your stereotypical student!
It was just a school. I was renowned there for being the biggest freak,
dressing like a dandy and wearing extravagant velvety clothes.
* (R) Do you think you reacted against it?
- No, not really, I think in a place like that you just have to make
it work for you. I don't think it really had that much effect on me
* (J) Does Faris still do art?
- Yes, constantly! I think he's slightly compulsive about it, he's always
drawing in his book and if you take his book away from him, he can't
*(R) Has he got any artwork on the album?
- Yes, on the inner sleeve.
*(J) When you die, would you like to be buried or created?
- Cremated I think, I don't like the idea of being eaten! And being
buried alive sounds horrible, something that happens quite regularly
*(J) And what song would you like at your funeral?
- Ha ha, we were talking about this the other day and it's a really
hard question. I'm actually going to write out a list soon, it requires
a lot of thought. What about 'I Hope You're Well'? Something by Joe
* (R) Is attitude or ability more important in a band?
- Personally I think both are extremely important and I think you should
always strive to improve you ability. I think that the way we play doesn't
rely on conventional ability and I don't think there are any bands around
now who play like we do, who experiment the way that we do. But there
is a line between musicianship and technical ability; we all know guitarists
who are technically brilliant and can play all sorts of things perfectly,
but they wouldn't be able to write a song or do something interesting.
We all taught ourselves to play our instruments so we may not technically
the best, but we have other attributes.
* (R) Can you remember what was the first song you learnt to play?
- (T) The first things I learnt to play on bass were Pixies songs, I
started by playing along to records.
- (Josh) The first thing I remember playing was Catholic Block by Sonic
Youth; I vividly remember it cos I had to retune my guitar into some
mad, horrible tuning!
* (R) I've been teaching my classes both some View and Automatic
songs, so which one of yours should I teach next term?
- People often ask me what the bass tab is to 'Sheena' and it's actually
just 2 notes, so maybe you should do that. That'd be a good one
* (J) Do you have any consoles on your bus?
- We've got a Playstation but we just use it to watch DVDs.
* (R) But according to Sheraz's interview with Faris, you don't watch
horror films, he was quite adamant about it.
- No, never been into horror movies. We tried to watch 'Jaws' the other
day, does that count? I've never been one to be into the gore and all
*(J) Have you seen 'Phonebooth'? It's well good.
- Yeah I have, isn't that an 18?
* (J) I think it's a 15
*(J) And this is the R*E*P*E*A*T must ask question to finish with;
what's best - chips or cream buns?
- I don't really like cream so it'd have to be chips. Unless I could
have Belgian buns, I like them. I used to live on them, I love them!
*(R) I think there's a posh shop in Cambridge that sells something
*(J) I like those Viennese Whirls and buns like that.
- Yeah, they're great!
*(R) Now we have to get a question from you, can you give us a question
for our exciting competition please?
Win a signed Horrors promo CD...
And here it is
Competition now closed
(there then follows an off the record discussion about The Horrors plans
for world domination, and a confession that while they might do better
in States than the Manics, they'll never have the same attraction in
Thanks to the band for their time, to tour manager
Darren who was having a bad day and to Warren at Chuff Media for sorting
it all out.