When the Super Furries were huge, you had the absurd situation of bands from South Wales singing in the (very different) North Walian accent to sound more like Gruff Rhys.
I had a mate from Accrington who wouldn't go on holiday without a couple of boxes of Kellogs cornflakes. Do you have any similar tips for those bent on foreign travel?
I’m a rock’n’roller so I’ll get up at 6am and write straight through until 6pm and then get absolutely trashed.
...there were twenty-five Slovakian motorcyclists in this Little Chef and every one of them just got up and legged it as soon as we walked in...
...Why didn’t you run with the popstar thing?
JC: Because I was surrounded by cunts...
Julian Cope is lost. He went off on a mission to get some sandwiches, took a shortcut, made a U-turn and lost mobile phone contact with the crew.
...If you set yourself up to put yourself on the edge of human experience what comes forth is your uber-human side. It’s just a fantastic feeling.
Information overload has a numbing effect. One "solution" is to avoid as much "news" media as possible. Choose fewer sources of inspiration, not more."
The best gig we did was up in Cumbria in Barrow in Furness. It was really odd, all the locals and some artists, it felt like a youth group…
We are at music school, and 90% of the people there listen to Led Zeppelin, or some blues shit and they don’t want to make anything new. They only do guitar solos and drum solos and waste their time.
You get distracted by the whole rock star myth. Fame and money and all of those things, they’re seductive things.
I know what it sounds like if I just plug my voice up front but what happens to the song if you don’t do that?
I flipped it over and there was Loveless by My Bloody Valentine on the other side and I was just "what the FUCK is this?" - it's my favourite start to an album ever, those four drumbeats and then everything just goes whooooaaaah, you know?
The whole point of Sonic Cathedral is that although it comes from a shoegaze background it does try to cultivate an open music policy; you don't just hear shoegaze, you hear its inspirations and the things it turned into.
Our drummer draws cartoons too, right-handed mind; incomprehensible mini comic strips about a pig and a beer drinking Slayer fan with an upside down face. You see, it all adds up.
During the whole creation of the first album we didn't even meet, so we didn't really know how we were going to pull it off live or anything - we didn't care; we didn't really feel like it was something we were going to need to do live.
A band like Julie Mittens is a band that Leiden should be proud off and without us they would not be able to perform here.
I like the East of Holland. Before I lived in Groningen, I lived down in Maastricht and… I’m not really attracted to the Randstad, I find it a bit too crowded I guess. I’d like to live on an island and do my things.
I love choruses where you have to put your arms in the air. And I love male / female harmonies. The tension that you get when you sing with each other is amazing.
We’re not polite anymore about things anymore, you know we just think right, we like that sound, and we’re gonna play it and tear down the fucking house! (Laughs)