18th May 2004
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I did read that you want to start another band... how is it gonna sound?
I have no idea! I want to find a singer first, before I decide on the sound. I have found a few great ones so far, and they give me the feeling that the new band will be very musical and based around great songs and performances.
Do you like the Dropkick Murphy's and did you get chance to meet them at all?
Don't know much about them. We passed each other in taxi's in Japan a few years ago. They told us who they were, and vice versa, while leaning out of the windows in the traffic. We were the only two cars on the road that had passengers drinking heavily inside.
What is your relationship with Tim Smith and The Cardiacs? I've just bought 'Sing to God' and its f-ing incredible
He's a good friend, I am a huge fan, and I love him. Dead right [on Sing to God]. Try 'Heaven Born And Ever Bright' next
What's your favourite song to play?
It changes every night. I really like playing the newer stuff, and 'Someone That Won't Let Me Go' always gets the crowd going. But I like playing any song that makes the audience go mental.
Do you have any plans of returning to Leeds festival next year?
Only if we are asked to play.
Have you ever thought about releasing a tab book with some of your songs in?
No, I have no idea how to write music.
Where did you get your hat?
In a little shop just outside of London. You can get 'em in Nottingham too. Every taxi driver knows where the shop is. If you find yourself there ask for the Country and Western shop, and they'll take you right there.
Do you think your audiences are getting younger and younger?
Either that, or we're getting older and older.
I guess young people are fed up with the whiny nonsense that people their own age are peddling. It's nice to offer them a more quality filled alternative.
I was trying to describe your set to a friend of mine and could only come up with "Thumping harmonic chunky rock!
I couldn't have put it better myself.
What is the song Jonesing For Jones about?
It's about the similarities between coming off drugs and splitting up with a girlfriend.
Do you still have your Les Paul? Because I have seen you play your new guitar and I am wondering where did ya Les Paul go?
It's in retirement. It's been a loyal old boy, and I'm sad to see him put out to pasture, but he has served his time well. We will, of course, be dusting him down and using him in the studio where he enjoys the attention!
Any chance of another Silver Ginger 5 album coming out?
I would love that. Except that every time we plan on going back into the studio The Wildhearts get another flash of good fortune. And after struggling, in the face of adversity, for so long, we find it difficult to turn down great offers and a chance to make up for lost time. Expect another SG5 album when everything stops going so damn well for The Wildhearts!
Who was the guy at reading who came on stage naked with a sock on his dick? And did you know he was gonna do it?
It's Dunk, our guitar tech! And unfortunately I had a feeling. He likes to undress regularly, especially if there's an audience.
Must be nearly time for more recording?
Yeah, too right. We start demo-ing the album any day now. The new songs are fucking great!
Who decides when it is time for a new album?
Well, it would seem that God is in charge of that. We would have started recording a new album much sooner, but for the new good fortune offered to us in America where the album came out this year. I'm itchin' to get back into the studio tho'.
...I'm thinking of that Turbonegro song that lifted the chorus straight off of Just in Lust...
Met up with the Turbonegro guys at a Spanish festival, and they admitted that it was a direct lift, but not an intentional one. They said that they must have heard the song on the radio and become influenced by it. It's much more of a compliment to have someone say that your song stood out on the radio and infiltrated their brain, don't you think?
What's your opinions on other lesser known bands such as Kyuss, Clutch etc?
I have yet to hear enough of Clutch to really give my opinion on 'em, but I have so many mates that tell me they're amazing, especially live. Kyuss, on the other hand, are fucking awesome. I love them. More than QOTSA, in fact.
The new live album, what could you say about that, is it something the band had been involved in or is it just another Gut records solo project?
Our good friend Jase Edwards (Wolfsbane guitarist and all round genius) came along to the tour we did in UK in April/May, and recorded a bunch of gigs. The recordings turned out so good that we decided to put them out as a live album. It's a really amazing collection of songs, with some outstanding performances.
Are there any new tours in Europe or in the UK coming up, have your deal with Sony Europe made it easier to get out of UK and come to Scandinavia?
There was a lot of talk of coming back out to Europe, when we were there with The Darkness. Up 'till now that is exactly what it has turned out to be, talk. I sincerely hope that the fine people we have met over there actually meant what they said about bringing us back over, and stick to their word.
What about your plans to move to the Philippines, are they put aside for the moment?
We decided against it.
Had you anytime to check out the New York Dolls (or what's left) at the festivals WH's played?
Yeah, I saw them at Leeds festival. They were fantastic. I loved being in an audience singing the words along with the entire crowd, while the living members of the band played. Very moving
I'm so glad you didn't play Sky Babies [at Azkena] :-) I just hate that song live, so boring!
It's funny, but we only started playing that song in the first place because people kept bugging us to play it. Now people say it's boring!!!
How to did stumble across the phrase 'Locos Tambien'? Or can you speak Spanish?
I got the phrase from an early 90's comic book called 'Love and Rockets', which I adore. I wish I could speak Spanish, I love the language, but I sadly don't. I hope to learn it with my Son.
Is there gonna be anywhere i can buy Wildhearts t-shirts from?
RIP Johnny Ramone your thoughts pleeze?
I will miss him. he was one of my favourite guitar players ever. A massive inspiration and influence.
Yes, we saw all the slapping and throwing of guitar [at Austin]. The Darkness were good, but honestly, I felt that if you guys were given a little bit more luck, you would have laid waste to the venue
Oh man, I'm ashamed. I will make it my sole intention to come back to Austin and play a great show. I can't live with the though of not coming to Texas and kicking huge amounts of ass. Trust me, we will be back.
Just been listening to Endless Nameless - How did you go about getting those big fuck off sonic booms and Star Wars style sound effects the end of Thunderfuck?
Just lots of drugs, and trying to out-do the rest of the album. We really wanted to fuck some people's speakers up with the last 'bang'. It worked in a few cases.
I know you have said in the past that you wont listen to fans demos cos they get annoyed at the kinda feedback, but does that still stand?
I will listen to them, but I won't give any criticism.
I am still trying to figure out what the Jings (and indeed the Crivens) was going on with the Bollox/Cunt/Arse flip-chart affair, as depicted upon the inlay of 'Great White Monkey' [Ginger's acoustic CD].
The place that we played had hosted a 'songwriters forum' a few days prior to our show, and still had one of those flip charts backstage. Between sets I scribbled down some obscene words and took them onstage for a spot of improvisation under the subject of songwriting. The rest, as they say, was a visual thing.
What style of music will the band be playing [that you're advertising for a singer for]?
It all depends on the singer I eventually choose. It's all to do with what he sings the best. Therefore sing whatever comes natural to you, that's what I'm really looking for.
When are you coming back to the US for another tour!? COME SOON please please please...
Yeah, I know...we want to sooo bad. It seemed like everything was going great until the shows suddenly dried up. Next time we'll stay awake the whole time we're there, just in case it takes this long to come back again.
Why did you name your album that?
It was a play on the title of an old B-movie, 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed'. We had a B-movie title for our first ever album, and we wanted to go back to that idea as a 're-birth' kind of idea.
If you ever happened to see 'X factor', would you agree that Sharon Osborne is dead good in it?
I saw it recently and yes, she is great. Unnervingly into 'snuggly' bands that look like they need a cuddle, but great nevertheless.
Great news about the live album hope it has captured the energy of a live show, one question that I would like to ask is why is the track Weekend 96 on the vinyl but not on the CD version.
The vinyl didn't have enough time on it to feature the entire set as featured on the CD, and the CD could not feature the entire list of songs produced for the live album project.
The only way of ensuring that the vinyl and CD be good value, for fans of either format, was to give both camps something special, and exclusive to their particular choice of format.
Result: Impossible to please 'all' of the people.
Moral: Please 'some' of the people fucking loads.
Johnny Cash - discuss...
Big fan. Great man. A massive inspiration, no more so than in his unique way of achieving success at a later age. Makes me believe in justice more and fear the ageing process less.
Any tips on getting [your band] noticed and selling?
My only advice would be to be honest with what you decide is your style. If you do get noticed you will have to be consistent. Being yourself is easy to keep up. Keep writing, and always remember that your best material is in front of you, regardless of what anyone says. And....keep writing....keep writing.....keep writing....keep writing....