Great Escape 2010: The Artrocker Stage Interviews 2
Ric Rawlins catches up with the bands fresh off the Artrocker stage at Great Escape 2010
It's day two in Brighton and Artrocker.TV is still trooping onwards with our coverage of the Great Escape.
We've got Rory Carroll reporting live from the site over on our Twitter page, while Ric Rawlins is conducting 30 second long interviews with the bands as they stagger off the Artrocker stage.
According to Ric, the bands are taking well to the idea of such quick conversations; "they do seem a bit nervous at first" said Ric, "but then they typically relax at around the 00:12 second mark."
Let's see how the bands are doing.
You two are related, aren't you?
Yes we're brothers.
What goes through your mind when you're playing?
That we're not good enough!
You're a really amazing drummer. How long have you played for?
Probably twelve years.
Where do you come from?
Illinois, United States.
And finally, when will we get to hear a record?
The album's coming out in August!
Did you enjoy your set?
Did you feel there was communication with your audience... telepathically?
Yeah we always communicate with each other, the audience... everything. Everyone.
What are the plans for tonight?
I'm off back to London!
Any final thoughts?
PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY
You've just come offstage - how do you feel?
Tired and confused!
You saw in my notes that I described you as looking like Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws. Is that OK with you?
Yes, I feel like that is correct and true.
There's a lot of audience participation going on there in your set.
I try to tie people up with my microphone cable, but today they thought it was by accident and it was weird and they didn't like it!
Is it theatre? Is it spontaneous?
It's rock and roll. But you know, if people aren't reacting you've gotta go down there and make shit happen.
How is the festival going for you so far?
Really good, we're having a great time! Just come offstage, so a bit tired and sweaty... but good!
Is this your first time at the Great Escape?
Yeah it is, I think it's a real cool festival. We saw The Cribs last night, they were good. Apart from that we've just been walking around the sea front! It's great to be here.
How is the Great Escape treating you so far?
Is it true this is only your second gig?
It's the second one and we're gobsmacked to have such a great reaction. Thankyou Paul we've had such a brilliant time!
You're funny as well as catchy - is it important to have a sense of humour in rock and roll?
Extremely. If you don't laugh you're always gonna cry.
Any plans for the evening?
I'm going to a Skin party and I'm going to get absolutely trashed.
Bit of a crazy start to today's gig then?
Yeah stuck in traffic. On sunny days everyone wants to get in their car for some silly reason.
But you managed to get to the stage and save the day! How did the gig go?
Very well! We had to scrap a couple of numbers and we didn't soundcheck... but it ended up nicely!
Do you have any plans for tonight?
Go home and watch the Chelsea match... they're going to win three nil.
You guys have traveled from Sydney to be here - how far away is that?!
It's almost a 28 hour stop-over!
Did you enjoy the gig?
I had a ball! We haven't played in a few weeks so I was looking forward to it.
It's a very Celtic, pagan vibe - is that an accurate description?
If you like... sure!
Any plans for tonight at all?
I'm gonna go see that surf band Real Estate...