Tuesday, 9 June 2009

That time I got locked in a dressing room with Nicky Wire...

All this week Drowned in Sound have been running my epic three part interview with Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers which took place earlier this month backstage at the London Roundhouse. It all came about as part of the series of Artist on Artist interviews that they've been running and they pitched for Tori Amos and the Manics for me (which I didn't dream I'd ever get to interview...) and I got to interview both!

I'd prepared this huge sheaf of questions for James Dean Bradfield (who I had thought I was interviewing) and then when I got there, in walks Nicky Wire and I nearly had a heart attack... You see, this band pretty much changed my life (as I talked about with Nicky but cut out a huge chunk of the transcript as it felt a little personal and self-indulgent...) I ended up being the first person in my family to go to university after using The Holy Bible and Everything Must Go and This Is My Truth.. as a make-shift "reading list" where I'd go and order stuff like Andrea Dworkin, Sylvia Plath, Henry Miller, Primo Levi from my local lending library to the point where, years later, I got into a university my school told me I'd never have a chance at winning a place at... which has led to here ; )

All thanks to a rock and roll band. 

Which, as Nicky said, is "a
pretty lovely thing".

So, after getting locked in the dressing room with Nicky we talked about bad backs, chiropractors, yoga, libraries, champagne and sugar lumps, and Balzac. And then we got onto the important stuff of the surprisingly (for some) incredible new album, Journal For Plague Lovers, which has made me remember all over again why I started doing this in the first place.

Here are the links to read the three different interviews:

Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

c x

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Davd Gilmour Crisis Show

Last Monday I was invited to open the show for David Gilmour's special collaboration with Amadou & Mariam in aid of CRISIS. Someone had seen the show at the Great Escape in Brighton the previous week and I guess they wanted to facilitate my dream of only playing shows in churches : )

We had a wonderful day getting lost in the labyrinthine back corridors of the Union Chapel where the amazingly helpful production team set up a make-shift rehearsal space for us as we were down a band member and trying to fill in the gaps with Mr. Mackintosh the IV. Also met some lovely people in the queue on our many food runs including one guy who had flown all the way from California to see the show! (to see Mr. Gilmour of course).

Thank you to everyone who's sent messages since the show and bought the EP. I feel most at home playing churches because of how much you get back from the acoustics. We were made to feel really welcome by all of Mr. Gilmour's admirers too and it was truly incredible to watch Amadou and Mariam and their band from the side of the stage- they are some seriously impressive musicians.

You can find out more about the CRISIS and the great work that they do here

Photo taken by @gashead