WHY? INTERVIEW

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September 18 2012, Spindle Magazine

Confession: coherency isn’t always something I’m blessed with. Especially when I’ve got someone like Yoni Wolf on the line: epiphanic lyricist whose prowess at delivering his neuroses over a fusion of hip hop and indie rock has been lauded from everyone from the major music press to a body building website’s forum (the response to the suggestion he’s the best lyricist currently making music, “u mad he’s a white Jewish indie kid [sic]?” an …read more

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BATTLE OF THE TITANS. AIDEN GRIMSHAW INTERVIEW

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August 7 2012, Spindle Magazine

Those of you who have been good enough to read my interview with Lemar will be now be aware of a few salient facts: I’m immune to Tom Daley’s Speedos; Lemar and Aiden Grimshaw are ‘battling it out’ (in a competition that exists solely in my head) in the charts come August 12th, with both releasing singles from their upcoming albums; and once you mention Lemar’s name to Aiden Grimshaw, he really won’t stop singing Lemar songs. “He did one track, …read more

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BATTLE OF THE TITANS. LEMAR INTERVIEW

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August 7 2012, Spindle Magazine

I don’t watch sports. The closest I have come is watching the ball sail pass me, followed by a stampede of roaring team mates urging me to kick/hit/catch it, while being forced to play some form of organised sport. The Olympics? They leave me cold. No, not even the sight of Tom Daley in his Speedos can spark a vestige of interest (much to my colleagues’ consternation). So news of two former reality television contestants set to battle it out in the charts …read more

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CHRIS BAIO INTERVIEW

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July 25 2012, Spindle Magazine

“I usually do a crazy legs dance when I play bass on stage. With DJing it’s more of a sway. I have some moves but I consider my dancing outsider art,” Baio tells me with a wink (or- given this interview is conducted over email as he remains residing in Brooklyn- a semi colon and bracket).

I’m not sure what exactly it was that I expected from Chris Baio’s solo debut EP, Sunburn. Well, ok, I do: something that, at the very least, gave a …read more

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TEAM GHOST INTERVIEW

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March 2012, Spindle Magazine Issue 5

When it comes to discussing heritage, Team Ghost have a pretty hefty one of their own making, which is fairly hard to ignore.

Front man, Nicolas Fromageau co-founded M83 with Anthony Gonzalez, before leaving the band in 2003. Moving from his native South of France to Paris, he formed Team Ghost in 2007 with Cristophe Guérin and Jean-Philippe Talaga (M83’s former manager).

“We took a lot of time to find our sound and the right musicians. Now we’re …read more

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CLOCK OPERA INTERVIEW

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March 2012, Spindle Magazine Issue 5

Clock Opera do ‘chop pop’.

What the sod is chop pop?

“Our tracks start life as sampled instruments or anything else close to hand. Those samples are then chopped to smithereens and from these tiny parts we construct the basis of our tracks. Chop. I’m not really sure what ‘pop’ is, but in this instance it’s maybe a reference to the songs; that despite all the chopping they might become songs which form an emotional connection.”

Clock Opera are a …read more

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BAXTER DURY INTERVIEW

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March 2012, Spindle Magazine Issue 5

Baxter Dury’s heritage is a well-chronicled affair. Appearing on the album cover of New Boots and Panties!!, having the Sulphate Strangler as a babysitter and ending his first foray into the work force by burning down the building are the kind of nuggets made for a rock n’ roll biography. It would seem pretty inevitable that Ian and Baxter would join the ranks of John and Sean, Bob and Jakob and Elvis and Lisa Marie. It wasn’t always a given though. “I literally tried every …read more

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TALL SHIPS INTERVIEW

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March 2012, Spindle Magazine Issue 5

At What point does ‘not being that Well known’ Cross over to the league of having a ‘Cult following’? Is it quantifiable in gig tickets sold or does it really Come down to having a decent PR on your side to spin it properly?

My point is, I’d like to say Brighton/Falmouth/Brighton trio, Tall Ships, fell into the latter category pretty quickly, without sounding like a complete pretentious wanker about it.

That’s not just to say that their mums …read more

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PONY PONY RUN RUN INTERVIEW

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March 2012, Spindle Magazine Issue 5

Why do you need Pony Pony Run Run?

You’ve heard the Spiel: Pony Pony Run Run are the exciting new band to emerge from France; The Guardian used their sound as an affirmation that the French can trounce us at our own game when it comes to synth pop; and they make the kind of power pop that will make you want to get up and dance in public, even if your best moves fall at the feet of any middle aged father of two.

Ultimately though, it comes down to one …read more

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DIE! DIE! DIE! INTERVIEW

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March 2012, Spindle Magazine Issue 5

“We’re retards. Well I’m a retard, but I can play the guitar,” Die! Die! Die! front man Andrew Wilson tells me.

Noise punk trio Die! Die! Die! hurtled out of New Zealand in 2005 with their eponymously named debut. In the years since, they’ve released two more albums to critical acclaim, toured with everyone from the Pixies to Wire and have spent years at a time on the road. Now, talking to them at The Great Escape, they’re about to head back into …read more

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