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Rocksucker’s Quotes O’ 2011 (part 3)

Published on December 30th, 2011 | Jonny Abrams

Why, here’s part 3 of Rocksucker’s Quotes O’2011…(click here to read part 1 and here to read part 2)…

Click on the artist name to read the relative interview in full!

North Sea Radio Orchestra singer Sharron Fortnam on her band’s album title I a Moon

“The title refers to a psychological state experienced when one separates oneself from painful memories and experiences. It is a process by which one person can become two co-existing people: one controlling the present and the other holding on tightly to the past from which it cannot escape. It is also a metaphor for that detachment; where two heavenly bodies co-exist but can never meet. But it is also beautiful, like the Earth and its moon. Like a mother and child. There is an unseverable attraction or bond. The irony, of course, is that to continue to exist, fully, they must meet, unify, acknowledge, accept and learn to love in order to live well as opposed to just surviving.”

The Silver Seas singer/songwriter Daniel Tashian on his craft… 

“I consider myself a great purveyor of stylized dreck.”

Fruit Bats leader Eric D. Johnson on his then forthcoming kids’ show…

“I think we’re gonna do one about juice boxes. Or blankies.”

Dave Davies on why his only recently issued Hidden Treasures album wasn’t released at the time… 

“I didn’t want the thing out, it was too depressing. Because I was in a really bad place in my mind at the time, I thought it wouldn’t leave the right impression. I wanted people to associate me with inspiring sounds and being a driving force behind The Kinks: party-going, optimistic, outgoing and all that. That album would have had the opposite effect on people.”

Dave Davies on overly elaborate lead guitarists…

“Music’s not about loads of flashy scales, it’s about soul and inspiration. That’s why I thought [Pete] Townshend was underrated. I think Eddie Van Halen was better when he was drunk and didn’t know what he was playing. When he was sober, it was more like a mathematics exam.”

Dave Davies on the inscrutability of art…

“Art is the most impossible thing to nail down, thank god. If there was a practical manual on how to do any sort of art, it would be awful. I think the best stuff comes from outside the mind, not from within it.”

Brad Petering from TV Girl on why they record relatively short songs…

“It happens by accident. The way we work is we brew a hallucinogenic, psychoactive tea made from cactus leaves, then we drink it and wander into the desert with nothing but microphones and our computers. When we regain consciousness, we have about fifty-to-sixty multi-colored pop-hop songs which just happen to be about two-to-three minutes long.”

Marble Valley leader and former Pavement/Silver Jews drummer Steve West on how often he encounters fans as customers in his other profession as a stonemason…

“Never, but I think that will change as my fan base grows older and starts to make boatloads of cash.”

Scroobius Pip on his WE.ARE.LIZARDS club night…

“I’m there all night drinking and chatting to people and then I play some music with a massive rubber lizard mask on, and then I go home a little bit drunk and fall into bed. What more could you ask for?”

Rhys from Goldie Lookin Chain on deliberately avoiding Gruff Rhys…

“He’s crazy – you’ll ask him a question, like ‘how’s it going?’, then there’ll be a big pause…then he just goes (impersonating Gruff quite accurately, it has to be said), ‘Erm…yeah…er…spaceman.’ I saw him the other day at this farmer’s market in Cardiff I sometimes go to – they do a curry there that I sometimes get when I’m hung over – and I thought, you know what, I’m in a bit of a rush, so I just swerved round him, you know? I didn’t have twenty-five minutes to ask him three questions!”

Ugly Duckling MC Andy Cooper on English food…

“None of us are big beer drinkers (Dizzy likes his Jack Daniel’s) but we do enjoy the food – fish and chips, kabob shops, walker crisps, sweets… – but Einstein has a near-obsession with Nando’s, to the point where he’ll eat there meal after meal if the opportunity presents itself. It’s really quite alarming. We also enjoy dough balls at the pizza express but most of our diet is made up of sub-standard backstage sandwiches – the meal of champions!”

Gernot from Modeselektor on Thom Yorke citing them as the reason he got into electronic music…

“Of course it feels good but it feels even better to know that he’s a normal guy who makes his tea with water like everyone else.”

Click here to read part 4 of Rocksucker’s Quotes O’ 2011!

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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.