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BBC Radio 1 Article From September 2001

How were the gigs with the Charlatans and Oasis? Do gigs like that make you feel stronger as a unit?

Great yeah. Playing in front of so many people, if you pull it off, you think 'Oh well...'. Playing together every night you're bound to get better...

How many gigs had you played when you first got seen?

About two proper ones

And what was your first ever gig like?

That was at the Cockpit...

How long have you been together?

2 1/2 years

It feels almost like it was done out of frustration

Just outside Leeds, it's really boring, nothing to do, nowhere to go...

Do you listen to things which are contemporary?

Mostly older stuff, A lot of contemporary music is a bit of a joke really... ...so many people say they'd love to do it but there's only so many people willing to get off their ass and do it...

Do you hope that a band like yourself will then make other people get up and start forming groups?

Yeah, somebody who can play their instruments, hopefully. It's alright if somebody's got the right attitude but if they can actually play their instruments then you've got a top band, 'cos we can't play very well... we get by...

Do you feel so far you're still looking for a proper set of songs, the stuff you've got now is partly accrued from your influences, that's why I think seeing you live gives a better impression?

Everybody should always be looking for that in a band... best way to that is just not to think about it

Did he always dance like that?

It evolved, as his confidence grew... it's just natural but went a bit crazier...

When you play live do these songs start taking on a life of their own?

Yeah... we still haven't finished writing 'Long Road'... we go through stages, we rarely do one song the same - it's always changing...

Do you see yourselves as some kind of statement of what can be achieved?

I think we kind of destroy the illusion that people like us are special 'cos I don't think we are at all... just normal people who've picked up a guitar, been in the right place at the right time, had the right people seeing us, and being allowed to develop... anyone can do it, it's not hard... it's whether you want it enough

What do you want to achieve next? You got the attention, the record deal, the cash... that fleece is new...

We don't have one ultimate goal, we're just playing...

Once you've supported Oasis and the Charlatans in your first year, people are going to be expecting more things from you. Are you working on the album?

That's what were doing now, we've got a couple of months over Christmas...

Is it going to be difficult making the album concise?

It's going to be difficult making the album full stop. From the experiences we've had in the studio it's difficult to capture our sound. We kind of want it to sound the way it does in our own little room where we all set up and we all play. When you start tightening it up it kind of loses the plot a bit...

What about the Coral? A band within the same scenario... wide trousers?

Great band... yeah...



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