Does It Offend You, Yeah?


Written by Daisy Jones
05 Monday 05th December 2011

You've been to various spots around the world. How do the crowds differ or are they all pretty standard?

Robert Bloomfield:There's a few weird things - like in Japan. They're great. You say “put your hands up” and everyone does. Even the staff.

James Rushent: You're like “Jump! We're going to film this one.” and they go fucking crazy!

Robert Bloomfield: We were told before we got there they clap and cheer during the song and in between songs they're silent. But that wasn't true.

Any pre-stage rituals?

JR: Mine is a nice little vodka or something. But not tonight. Nothing that serious that early!

RB: It's just a sort of loosener.

JR: And a wet towel. Dan sort of crumbles a bit and Chloe has a cigarette.

You've been together since 2006. How do you keep up being spontaneous and keeping things fresh?

JR: We're not at all.  We're locked in our own little world.

RB: When we played Madison Square Garden with Linkin Park - big gigs like that - those gigs are the ones where you get a really professional show out of us. So the bigger the gig, the more professional. The smaller the gig, the more sweaty and the more things break and things fall over, the more Matty spills his drink all over the place then the more exciting and spontaneous things are.

JR: I think that's where we exist. That's when it's really debauched. When it's just hot and it's just wet and it's just loud and dark. Like the Linkin Park gig it was nice and everything but they had air conditioning on the stage. It was really weird. You need that grungy spark. You know when you watch Nirvana videos and it's a 200-seat venue it's really exciting.

What have your favourite gigs been that you've played this year?

JR: Reading was a fucking great gig. We just smashed it.

RB: We absolutely annihilated it.

JR: Exit Festival was great. I really enjoyed that and Bejing I really liked.

RB: We have had moments as a band when it's like you're watching an old punk video. Just chaos. There was once gig at the Barfly when we had to stop playing because there was just too many people getting up on stage. I remember we had to stop, clear everyone off stage and carry on.

JR: That's when the guitarist crowd-surfed to the bar, got himself a beer and crowd-surfed back! It was great.

RB: The funny thing was, we had the same manager as Bloc Party at the time and a week later there was a story in the NME about Kele from Bloc Party doing exactly the same thing.

Did your guitarist have to pay for that pint?

JR: Oh no. That's the one thing about being in a band is that you can become an alcoholic real easily.

So you're releasing your second album in March. I've read in interviews you have a love-hate relationship with your debut. How do you feel about this one?

JR: Nah, I hated it!

RB: If someone comes along and loves everything they do they're a bit conceited. It's an upshot of the time and when you've done it you've moved on in tastes and feelings. You just move on. I'll listen to an album and love it and the artist will probably hate it and think “That was that era.”

JR: There are songs on it I think are great but there are songs on it I think are crap.

You've said before that a lot of 'talented artists are going to the dark side'. What did you mean by this?

JR: When you get on this treadmill that is the music business it really is a business. You get a lot of artists that come a long and they do their first record and have success because they are expressing themselves and it connects with people. Then they're surrounded by people who have their opinions about what they should be doing and they get chipped away at until they're writing rubbish pop music.

RB: We had a decision to make about whether we did a cop-out and made some money and completely flop or do what we love and make no money. We always talk about difficult artists and the artists that are known as 'difficult' are often the ones that know their vision.

JR: That's the whole point! But don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with listening to other people’s opinions. It's just when they're opinions are catered toward making money and it's quite obvious. I'd like to buy a house and stuff but we're not doing this to make money...That said, we'll probably be doing this interview next year in a hot tub and we'll have done an album with Lady Gaga and I'll look back at this interview and be like 'so young!'


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