by Dr. Buzzard & Squid
- When I first listened to the album, "No More Heroes"
came to mind...
- Was it "Waking Up",or, was it just generally?
- Just generally... the overall sound. I don't see that
you're copying, maybe just a couple of the bass lines.
- It's just [Justine imitates the bass line to "waking Up"
which is somewhat similar to the Stranglers' "No More
Heroes"] and the last bit is different... You know it's
like there are people who spend, who get paid , who are
all they're paid to do is to find out if anyone is
ripping off one of their roster's bands. And, people on
the radio,DJ's on the radio playing "Waking Up" backed
with "No More heroes", and I actually heard that
thinking "Shit, I hadn't realized..."
- I found the album quite refreshing...
- Well there's like three or four songs that we could
probably get in trouble for, technically...
- Now, Epic is in charge of the stranglers in England?
- No, it's Carlin (sp?), who is quite small, and obviously
jumping for joy because they have not had any money off
anything for a long time.
- Seems like they ought to put their effort into something
different, seems awfully petty.
- Do you find when you're coming up with songs that you'll
have something in your head and you're not sure whether
it's just a memory or something you heard...
- I always do that, you know, you're playing chords and
you're trying to think of new ways to go, and so many
times you think of one, and the reason you think it's
good is because it's something else, and that's such a
dangerous thing. I mean it happens all the time. You
know, you might realize like a minute later or you might
realize when the band listens to it and they're, like,
"you know, that really sounds like this or that" OR you
might not realize. Sometimes it's conscious, sometimes
we think "let's arrange something that starts off or
let's try to make it sound like this band 'cause you
Due to technical difficulties the entire interview was not
recorded (Sorry, readers), but one item that was covered was the
British press. From speaking with Justine it seems that the
British writers have a little too much time on their hands.
Although Elastica deserve every inch of page that they take up in
those magazines, too little of that is dedicated to their
musicianship and their opinions about the current scene. The
concert that night went splendidly. Of course they played their
radio hits ("Car Song", "Connection"). We were also pleased to
hear the single track "Rockunroll". Usually the radio hits garner
the most attention and applause, but tonight, each song ignited
the crowd into seething pop frenzy. While the neon "Elastica"
sign flickered, the support for the foursome remained steady. The
actual performance quality makes a person wonder if the album
would have sounded even better had it been recorded live. You
think I'm kidding? Well, just the same, each song hit right on
target. Hopefully, the younger crowd will learn to more fully
appreciate what a pop band is. Pop has much more to do with punk
than the Jackson family. The encore brought the band out in green
Budweiser sunglasses (do I smell endorsement here?) to finish off
the crowd with "Blue" and the ultra-smooth and painless
"Vaseline". For the older kids in the audience the calendar
seemed to have been turned back to 1978. This is not to imply
that they are ripping off the early punk scene, they aren't. What
they are doing is rejuvenating the music scene instead of
becoming another unnecessary Pearl Stone Pepper Temple band to be
added to radio playlists (namecheck Candlebox or Collective Soul
here). Thankfully, Elastica are not wasting our time nor our
energy. So, if you missed this band when they came through your
town, feel sorry for yourself, buy their album, hunt them down
and catch their show. You won't be sorry.
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