Flux Of Pink Indians Interview
Was it a hard decision to bring the band back together,
and who is playing with the band these days?
Col: When we were first asked to do the gig we said we’d think about
it but with no intention of actually saying yes. As the next few days passed
the idea grew on us; I guess it seemed like a one-off opportunity and we
(Kev and I) ended up agreeing to do it and then afterwards started to think "What
have we gone and done?!" The line up will be the same as on ‘Strive
To Survive’ but Ian Glasper will be playing bass instead of Derek
Birkett, who we presumed would be too busy with his record label One Little
Kev: Col and I had been asked before about the possibility of a reformation,
but it hadn't seemed like the right time. One major factor for me in deciding
to do this one was that it was supporting Steve Ignorant, who I respect.
You say it is a one off gig, is there anything
which will alter this decision? Did you all stay involved in music
whilst the band split?
Col: Yep, it’s a one-off gig but it’s impossible to say
that it’ll be our last gig ever. The Shepherds Bush Empire certainly
wouldn’t have been our normal choice of venue and I’d be
just as excited to play in front of a hundred people in the middle of
nowhere. But there’s no tour set up and my gut feeling is that
it’ll be just a on-off. Back in 1986 we all went our own ways but
I carried on in various bands - Hotalacio / Influx until 1992.
Kev: After I left Flux at the end of 1982 I thought that was it as far
as playing was concerned, but in 1986 I saw a local band called Thee
Primebeats who were brilliant, and when their bass player decided to
leave, I switched from guitar to bass to join them. (Their guitarist,
Pete Restell, has now got a good band called The Antibodies.) After Thee
Primebeats disbanded completely, I didn't really start playing guitar
again until a few years ago.
What will you be doing to prepare for
the gig? Who else are you looking forward to catching on the
Col: Our plan is to play songs from ‘Strive’ and ‘Neu
Smell’ and sound as tight and full-on as possible. I'm
obviously looking forward to seeing Steve but I’m not expecting
to have the same lump in my throat as the first time I saw Crass
- that would be impossible.
Kev: So far we've had one rehearsal, and I really enjoyed it;
I want us to play really well on the night or there's no point.
I realise that we've got a fair bit of work to put in as I think
we're the only band over the two nights that hasn't played together
for 25 years.
How have members
views changed from when you first started? What difference to you
expect to see in your fans?
Col: Well it’s 25 years on, the world has changed, nothing stays
the same. But I don’t regret what we’ve done or what we said
and I still believe in all the things we sang about back then; now it’s
2007, things are different and I’m presuming the people at the gig
will have all changed a bit too - that’ll be the fun of it.
Kev: I don't think my views have changed very much at all; my lifestyle
now is pretty basic, I don't do 9-5 and I've never wanted to. However,
I was more into the band for the musical side anyway, and I still am -
that's my contribution to Flux.
Is your music and punk in general as relevant
today as when you first started?
Col: Perhaps for some people. It still means a lot to me, but back then
there was no history involved. Stuff was happening for the first time and
in front of your eyes.
Kev: I think the music in general is relevant today, probably more than
ever, as you can hear the sound and the influence in so many current bands.
What has been the high point and lowest point
of the bands history? Would you do anything different?
Col: The highest point was recording ‘Strive’ at Southern
Studios in 1982; the lowest point was our drummer (Martin) being bottled
at a gig in 1983.
Kev: Recording "Strive" was definitely the high point for me;
it was so good to be in the studio solidly for five days just concentrating
on getting the songs right. Low points were when people expected too
much of us, those times when nothing we did was ever good enough. We
were often expected to justify every single thing we did and that's unreasonable
and unrealistic; we shouldn't have to justify anything to anyone, ever.
What bands do you hear the Flux
of Pink Indians influence in? And are there any particularly good or bad
Flux of Pink Indians covers you have heard over the years? Is there any
band you would feel particularly honoured if they covered a Flux of Pink
Indians song? If so, who?
Col: I used to think The Pumpkins followed our route a bit. We used
to hear other bands where we rehearsed playing "Tube Disaster".
The UK Subs version of it is interesting and Culture Shock’s version
Kev: Not sure about hearing Flux's influence in any particular band.
There was a great cover of "Tube Disaster" a few years back
by a London band called S.O.R.B. who really heavied it up rather than
doing a straight copy of it like the UK Subs did. I'm not sure what to
make of the Subs' version.. it sounded a bit like Gary Glitter to my
I'd love to hear the Donnas cover "1970s" or Death From Above
1979 covering "Tube Disaster".
Tell the readers five facts about the band / band
members they will not know.
Col: 1. The vocals on the ‘Fucking Cunts’ LP were recorded
in the toilet at Southern Studios;
2. Our second gig (as the Epileptics) was supporting a Hell's Angel band
because all the other local ‘punk’ bands thought we were
3. When I called myself Colsk the Terrible on the ‘Neu Smell’ EP
I didn’t know that my grandad had been a professional boxer in
the 1930’s known as Tommy the Terrible;
Kev: 4. Back in late 1975 I played rhythm guitar (very briefly because
I wasn't good enough) with a band whose guitarist later went on to be
5. When we recording "Strive" I wanted to use a 12-string acoustic
for the intro to "They Lie We Die" but as it was a Sunday I
couldn't hire one, so I ended up using an effects box to similate that
kind of sound instead.
Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2007.
Col: Well, just the gig in November.
Kev: Yep, we'll see how rehearsals and the gig goes before we
make any other plans.
Any final comments?
Kev: I just hope we're really fucking good on the night and people will
get into it for what it is.
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