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BBC Radio 1 Article From August 2001

First heard on the Evening Session's Session Unsigned, Steve Lamacq has described their current run of live shows as one of the most important new band tours of the year. They are The Music - coming from Leeds, there is already a massive buzz around them as they sell out dates around the country.
Entertainment News' Russell Crewe went to see them in Birmingham then caught up with Robert, Stu, Adam, and Phil after the gig for a chat.

What was the gig like for you?

"Cool, cool. It's getting better."

"I think it's been one of the best. It's really good when you play well and the crowd connect - it makes it all worthwhile."

What dates have you done so far?

"We've finished a tour of the North about fourteen days ago, and we went straight back out afterwards doing more gigs basically. It's just come to the end of this stretch so we've got two days off, then we have another four gigs. Then we are doing a really big stretch through September. So there is going to be a lot of gigs to come. Hopefully we'll just keep getting better."

Are there any London dates on the tour?

"There is in September. Don't believe the NME stuff that we've vowed never to play London. There's no hurry in getting down there, everyone seems to think you have to play London as soon as you get any popularity, but we haven't and we are still doing alright. We'll go down there in our own time."

"We are not so much avoiding it, there's people everywhere else so why should London be special."
"It's no more significant than a place like this."

How long have you lads all been together?

"About two years and one month."

When did you start to get recognition?

"I don't know… we just suddenly turned up and there's loads of people come to see you. Obviously we've had you guys supporting us, which is really cool, and I think that's the only way people have heard about us, as well as the NME."

"Last night, before going on stage in Bedford, Phil said to me 'all these people have come to see us' and it's quite a nice feeling."

And you've got an unofficial website?

"I think we've got three. One guy has made this proper website that's almost better than ours."

The next question I've got to ask is: Groupies?

"We cannot disclose that information."

"Not really because we just come and sit on the bus and chill out. People come and sit on the bus and talk to us. It's all really cool at the moment."

"It's at a nice stage now, you can meet people and talk to them, rather than meet someone and be rushed off."

What happens next?

"We are going to do an EP when we get back from this leg of the tour."

Do you think you'll become commercial music?

"It depends what you class it as. If you class it as becoming big there's different principles involved."

Do you think you'll become big, because the people in the crowd do?

"There's nothing wrong with becoming big, if that happens it happens. We haven't compromised anything yet to get here, we are not taking **** from people telling us what to do. We just do it our way. It's all working fine at the moment, and if it grows it grows. There is nothing wrong with natural progression, it's when you try and force things."

Who does most of the writing?

"Everyone does their equal share."

How would you best describe your sound?

"I don't know, different, clean, something original."

"It's like groove, dance, rock, old reggae - all sorts."

What are your influences?

"I don't think music really influences me. I think they [the band] influences me. I do what I do around them. I don't listen to a CD and go that's good guitar work I'm going to rip that like certain people. I listen to what he's doing on bass, he's doing on drums, what he's singing and just graft it around that."

"And that's what each of us do. No one is anymore important than anyone else - that's where bands go wrong"



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