NME Article From August 2001
The Music are going to change everything. A quick look at this year's festival line-ups will tell you all you need to know about the current stagnation in British music industry, and about the desparate need for a group to come through and tear away apathy and complacency. The Music are that group.
Four 17-year-olds from Kippax in Leeds, they've been together for two years and they play chaotic, life-affirming psychedelia. Their gigs are overwhelming rushes of weird energy and reverberating guitar noise. And in the psyched and flailing frame of Robert Harvey, they might have one of the most charismatic frontmen of recent times. Starsailor might be the new group with all the tunes, but The Music are the ones with the attitude and self-belief.
When NME meets up with Robert and fellow band members (Adam Nutter - guitar, Phil Jordan - drums and Stuart Coleman - bass) in a city centre bar in Leeds, they quickly justify that, immediately launching into an assaault on the current state of British music.
"It's all very well making music, but you've got to have the attitude to go with it," declares Robert. "You've got to have something to say. Everyone seems happy to let the world pass them by and to let things decay around them. Well, we're not happy to do that."
"The last time I was truly inspired by something was when we went to a modern art museum in Paris," adds Adam. "That was more inspiring than any modern music."
"We're just bored really," sniffs Robert. "Bored with the concept of life. Life in general is shite. it's all about routines. Why on earth should you get up in the morning at a certain time, go to a certain place, work for so long, come home, watch TV, go to bed and then do the same thing all over again the next day? That's what I want to avoid. We all do."
And that's what informs their music too. They want it to be spontaneous and difficult. Next week, they release a brilliant debut single called 'Take The Long Road And Walk It'. It's the perfect example of their manifesto, both lyrically and sonically.
"That song's just about what I've had to do to get where I am today," smiles Robert. "When I was 13, I sat back and realised Ididn't want to be a part of normal life. There's this thing we call The Wall and it's a circle. Inside the circle is life and outside is freedom. Fortunately, us four have been able to see over The Wall. Most people aren't so lucky. We just want to get over it, that's what we're all about."
"We want to give them an extra door to go through," concludes Robert. "Give them something to believe in."
The Music have the potential to be the most important British group since Oasis. They want to change things. And they want to do it now