electric soft parade
panic at the disco
shout out louds
albert hammond jr
state of the heart
shout out louds
the blue van
panic! at the disco
nova rock 06
rock am ring 06
schools of rock
The Wombats, 7.
April 2008 (PPC, Graz)
(von Magdalena Punz)
A guide to love, loss
ultimative Antwort auf Liebesprobleme und anderen Gefühlskummer
Wombats: hot new shit aus Liverpool, um es hier mal kurz zu machen. Mit dem
2007 erschienen Album „A guide to love, loss and desperation“ spielen
sich die drei Musiker, die vor allem für ihre erfrischenden Lyrics bekannt
sind, in die Herzen der Briten und natürlich auch der Nicht- UKler.
Dancefloor- Krocha (Entschuldigung aber das musste sein) „Let´s dance to
Joy Division“ bringt wohl jeden Tanzverweigerer und Anti- Fred Astaire
dieser Welt auf die Tanzfläche, um dort die Luftgitarre zu schwingen und
die Haare so richtig durcheinander zu wirbeln. Alles andere wäre nämlich
Ja diese Band, bestehend aus Matthew „Don´t compare me with Luke
Pritchard“ Murphy, Dan „Moonwalker” Haggis und Tord “the viking”
Øverland-Knudsen, bespielte schon so manche Bühnen dieser Welt, so zum
Bespiel in den USA, in Australien, Asien und natürlich Europa, wo sie zu 90
Prozent in ausverkauften Locations aufgeigen.
Wenn man so lange auf Tour ist wie diese drei Tonkünstler, vermisst man
schon mal die menschliche Nähe. So kann es dann auch mal passieren, dass
man sich nachts unbewusst im Doppelbett des Hotels zusammenkuschelt und
morgens mit einem beschämten Lächeln aufwacht. Solche bittersüßen
Geschichten, die alle auf wahren Begebenheiten basieren, führen dann wohl
auch zu Lyrics wie denen von „Patricia The Stripper“, „Backfire at the
Disco“ und „Kill the director“, die von einer unerfüllten Liebe zu
einer Prostituierten, verpatzten Dates und versüßlichten Hollywood-
Schnulzen alá „Bridget
Eine weitere britische Band, die unsere Herzen höher schlagen lässt.
Freuen wir uns also auf ein zweites glanzvolles Album, welches uns bei
Liebesangelegenheiten wieder mit Rat und Tat zur Seite stehen wird und uns
genau beschreibt, wie man es definitiv NICHT machen sollte.
Britishrock: You all studied at the “Institute of performing arts”
founded by Paul McCartney. I guess you are either very talented that you got
a scholarship or your parents are just really rich. What is the fact?
Dan: The Institute doesn´t cost more than any other university in the
, maybe a thousand pounds
a year. They don´t teach you how it is to be in a band. It is places where
you can grow as a musician.
Tord: It is all about doing what you are already good at and then make it
Britishrock: Is it the same school where The Kooks went to?
Dan: No, they went down south.
Britishrock: Is there a certain British-Scene where bands from the UK
support each other?
Dan: There is some sort of competition but that is a good thing because that
pushes everyone to do better and better. You have to find a way to stand-
out. We are not friends with that many bands but we try to help bands out
who are not signed with
any label. It is hard to get in the music industry. But I would say that
there are no fights between the bands. Well a couple of bands talk shit
about each other but we try to stay out of it.
Tord: We just give shit on the bands in our tourbus and not in public. (general
Britishrock: You have this very tight tour-schedule. Do you try to get as
much as you can out
of that current success because you
don´t know how long it is going to last?
Dan: Yeah, things are going so well for us at the moment. It is better to
not have any regrets, so we rather feel tired at the end but have a good
feeling with no regrets about anything like a city we didn´t play in.
Tord: And we are living day by day. We want to grow and do a lot more albums
and they will all be very different. We are influenced by so many different
Britishrock: Yeah, I want to know a bit more about your influences. So let´s
imagine there would come a flood and each of you could take 3 bands with him
on the “music-saving ark”. Which bands would you like to take on your
Tord: That is too hard, I can´t do that.
Dan: It is so hard because there is so much good stuff out there.
Tord: I can´t do it, I can´t.
Britishrock: Well then just pick 2 bands, one from the past and one recent
Dan: Ok, I really liked Nirvana. Kind of a boring answer but I think they
where there for a reason. Then one from even earlier: Neil Young. And
recently Fleet Foxes, a Popband from Seattle.
Tord: I would take The Beatles and I take (thinks)…It depends on my mood.
Britishrock: Well ok, you don´t have to decide.
So, what song would let you freak out on the dancefloor?
Dan: “You can call me Al” by Paul Simon (they start singing)
Tord: Then of course “Carma Cameleon” by Culture Club. (they sing again)
Dan: You can´t just not dance to that, can you?
Tord: Any song by Michael Jackson…
Britishrock: So you can Moonwalk?
Dan: I got told how to do it (note: and he did it ;))
Britishrock: Fantastic! Are all your lyrics autobiographic?
Dan: Pretty much! It is actually about what happens to Murph (note: the
Britishrock: Oh he is a poor guy! So he fell in love with the stripper? (note:
A Song: Patricia The Stripper)
Dan: Well that was him. But, it is a bit of an exaggeration.
Tord: Or maybe it is less than what happened (general laughter)
Britishrock: What is the worst thing that could happen during a date,
related to Backfired at the disco?
Dan: We made fun about that when we were in
. Imagine you would tell
a girl “Oh, you´re so pretty and such a cute girl and suddenly you say (note:
he sniffs) `YOU FURTED!` Imagine that! (general laughter)
Britishrock: You have the reputation of being a very funny band. Are you
under a sort of pressure to always be funny during an interview or on stage?
Tord: We never try to be funny.
Dan: It is different from gig to gig, it depends. We are not pretending to
be funny. We try to have different chats with the audience. But of course we
have some classics we use all the time.
Britishrock: How often do you need a time-out of each other?
Tord: We need actually more than we get. It is like a marriage, we work
together, we eat breakfast and dinner together, we pause together. But we
don´t have sex. (laughter)
Dan: Well, not with each other (laughter).We generally miss human contact.
Britishrock: If you could be a classic rockstar for one day, who would you
like to be?
Tord: I want to be Elvis
Dan: I want to be Michael Jackson in the 80s, when he was handsome. Well, we
want to be dancers.
Britishrock: When we drove to
we heard a couple of
Guns n´ Roses Songs and there under “
”. Now that you have
seen so many places in the world, where would be your paradise city, where
the grass is green and the girls are pretty?
Dan: Hmm, I think girls are pretty everywhere aren´t they?
But I would say
, that was amazing.
Tord: Well I thought
was a bit too much
Dan: I go for
. I spent enough time
there to actually say “I like it”
. We like the European
Britishrock: What are your favourite recent Britishrock bands?
Dan: I would say The Pigeon Detectives. They are also friends of us.
Tord: The Enemy is a great live-band. I like Los Campesinos, they are a
great band as well.
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