February 19, 2011
Please explain what just happened.
The chorus started. It’s Dire Straits.
What is your earliest memory?
Trying to compete with my big brother by walking along the side of the bath like he did, then falling and breaking my arm.
If you weren’t a rock and roll drummer, what other profession would you choose?
Librarian. What could compete with that adrenaline rush? The rock star thing would do if all else failed, though.
Describe a typical work day.
Spider solitaire and internet, with a break for nibbles.
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
Not really, no…
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
“You should’ve enjoyed six while it lasted — it doesn’t get any better than that!”
If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
99 Problems, by Jay-Z. I know it says “album,” but this would be fine on repeat. It probably wouldn’t be very fair but it’d cheer me up. It’d also be a good record for a wedding.
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
I don’t really know if I think like this question. I mean, I tend to just carry on because that’s what you do and inspiration can fuck off. I’m a bit of a nihilist, maybe.
Name three books that have impacted your life.
Cerebus by Dave Sim, Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple and We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Cerebus is a graphic novel — does that count?
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
Not sure, wouldn’t that get a bit boring?
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
My best friend’s great uncle was one of those worms from Tremors.
What makes you feel most guilty?
Not coming up with better answers to these questions.
How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?
Well, I’m not really the songwriter in the band, but I’m pretty sure Carl (Voodoo Johnson guitarist Carl Gethin) just nicks stuff.
Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind Black Skies Mist.
With the Diamond Head (the collaboration with Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler) connection, there was some inspiration to write a much thrashier song than we’d usually do, and also to incorporate those elements into our own sound, so we didn’t come off as a completely different band. I think we did pretty well, but you’ll have to judge for yourself when the track is released in March. Which may inspire you to purchase some of our other fine releases, such as our EP Into the Red and our new release 10,000 Horses. My band mates would like you to know that t-shirts are also available. Is it OK to say that? It is? Cheers.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
“Don’t sit on that.”
List your favorite in the following categories: Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.
At the moment: Josie Long, Anathema, Alan Moore and maybe Jon Hamm.
If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?
I was thinking the other day how it’d be really cool to do something incredibly lavish with a live performance. It’s not an area that musicians explore much, as the focus tends to be on recordings, but it’d be amazing to do some kind of show with music (including orchestras and all that bombastic stuff), film, effects and maybe even some theatrical elements. It’s a bit unformed and I’m not sure how it’d work, but I like the sound of it. Of course, that’s on an unlimited budget. At the moment, we’d struggle to get much more than a telly in the corner and a man shining a torch in your eyes.
What do you want to know?
Am I as hilarious as I hope I am?
What would you like your last words to be?
I don’t think I’m as hilarious as you think I think I am.
Please explain what will happen.
The verse will start. It’s still Dire Straits.