INTERVIEW: ANDY BELL

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“You can’t fake it. You’ve either got it or you haven’t. That’s what bends my mind about the life I’ve had, because I’ve played in bands that have had great chemistry, and I’m still very lucky about that. I mean, obviously Ride had a good chemistry because we were all school friends … The version of Oasis that I was in—we really did have a great chemistry on stage, even though it wasn’t the quote-unquote ‘classic’ lineup. We still had something special. You can’t go on stage at River Plate Stadium in Argentina and just be five guys on stage and tear it up like that.”

Andy Bell at length about the Ride reunion (and the possibility of stretching it past a handful of 2015 shows), the American preservation of shoegazing, Dave Sitek’s influence on both sound and an eBay gear binge, Beady Eye’s battle to stay in the vinyl world and trying to break into film- and TV-scoring by way of Steve Marriott. Oh, and also why an intense fandom of the Beatles and the Velvet Underground caused a schism in the Ride discography …  Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: ANDY BELL

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Back in the saddle with Ride and running the Psychedelic Machine, the former Oasis, Beady Eye and Hurricane #1 man (surely by now we’ve answered the “Who the f*ck is …?” question) takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: KEVIN ROWLAND

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“There was lots of people that were living in my area of northwest London—their dads were also builders … So some of their dads would have companies, and they’d be making big money. But they weren’t as exacting about the detail of what they were doing as my dad. I worked for him, and I would see. Something you would think would be alright was not good enough for him. He wanted it really, really right, you know? I’m like that.”

Kevin Rowland at length about why it took 27 years to make a new Dexys album, the art of conversational songs, the “indefinable” element Big Jim Paterson brings to a band and why songwriting is “f*cking hard word.” Oh, and also why younger musicians need to learn to appreciate dynamics … Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: KEVIN ROWLAND

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The Dexys frontman and Celtic Soul Brother number one takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: PAUL ‘BONEHEAD’ ARTHURS

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“I’m still more than capable of doing the big Bonehead power chords, but I’ve matured as a player and I think that comes across in songs  … The days of standing on the edge of the stage, staring people out, playing huge, big rock chords are sort of behind me now. You move on, don’t you? You turn a corner, which I think I’ve done.”

Bonehead at length about his career, from following the Stone Roses around since 1984 to traveling the world with Oasis in the 1990s, post-Oasis reassurance from Johnny Marr and a more “mature” future with Parlour Flames. Oh, and also that matter of Oasis and Travis songs reducing him to tears … Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: PAUL ‘BONEHEAD’ ARTHURS

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The current Parlour Flame and former Oasis axe-man takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: ISOBEL CAMPBELL

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I just thought, ‘Wait a minute. You’re supposed to do things that make you feel good. Do I feel good? I don’t feel good and I’m not taking care of myself.’ I was just so exhausted by everything that I think I just needed to go …  I had that feeling at the end of the band, too. You just have to go and recalibrate. I’m a really quiet person anyway, so I think a lot of the touring stuff takes a lot from me. It’s been really good to just think about myself and do really boring things like go to the supermarket.”

Isobel Campbell at length about re-establishing herself as a solo artist, preparing to write her book, riding the storm of album-and-tour cycles with Mark Lanegan and becoming more comfortable about looking back at her time with Belle & Sebastian. Oh, and also why it’s hard for a “little girl from Glasgow” to not look out the window at California’s beautiful weather and think, “#$%@.” Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: ISOBEL CAMPBELL

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The singer, songwriter, producer, sometimes-Mark-Lanegan-duetter and ex-Belle and Sebastianer takes five from us. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: NEIL INNES

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“I am one of the shrinking violets in this business because I’ve never been that keen on being famous. I like to share observations and feelings and things like that, but I can’t stand the idea of being popular. I think people who are hugely popular have to work at it quite a bit. And I’ve never worked at it.”

Neil Innes at length about the life of the Bonzo Dog (Doo-Dah) Band, the legacy of the Rutles, a solo career that’s oscillated between television and radio and how instant karma got both himself and Noel Gallagher in a similar predicament. Oh, and also why Benjamin Britten’s stuff is “just the most unthinkably bad music you’ve ever heard.” Continue reading

FIVE QUESTIONS: NEIL INNES

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The Bonzo/GRIMMSer/Seventh Python/Rutle/Idiot Bastard/Ego Warrior and all the other descriptions his CV includes takes five from us. Continue reading