Beaker, what the fVck do you do with band members? And how do you keep managing
to find new victims/esteemed team members (delete as appropriate).
Beaker: “All the original members have gone except me cos I'm too
good ~teehee~/I'm a slave driver. Stoney left to be a Goth 4 years ago,
Dave joined some dodgy pub rock band, and Mick left cos he were told to...
not by me! ~snigger~ How do I find them? Rohypnol… no seriously,
I knew Paul weren't doing anything and I rang him up. Gaz was the only
person who answered the ad for a drummer after Dave left... and Gaz is
really a guitarist! And Papa Luigi makes fantastic Pizza, just like when
he was in Lemon Enema with Paul. Delete "esteemed team members" !!
What has it been like working on the new album, and what
can people expect?
Beaker: It's called Barstool Preaching. It's been different...
more relaxed. We're taking our time with it. It'll be ready in 2010!!! ~lmao~
Yea, it's different and it's new. It sounds heavier than our last 2 albums,
it has proper songs and everything.. and there's a token cover (song).
It’s better recorded than our previous efforts, you can actually hear
what Beaker is on about and at times he's even singing not shouting!!
taken more time over this album, which has been both good and bad. It’s
more rock than the first 2 CDs, too. I don't think there's any OI on it at
all this time.
Which is each band member’s fav track on the new release
and what is it about?
Beaker: Ugly and Proud, it's about the fact that we're not a kid punk
band group and that we actually do have something to say
Piss Boys, about townie dickheads drinking alcopops and spoiling your
Andy: Straight To Hell, it's about drinking and over indulgence,
but not really
Gaz: Tom Tit 1... and 2, they're about wading through
the sh1t. What exactly do we have to say??!!!
How has the Lowlife's audience changed over the years? And
who is your strangest fan?
Beaker: We've got quite a wide spread audience these
days... a broader spectrum of the population... even kids love us. (In Staveley
were 2 year olds dancing at the front....) Strangest? Kaz!!!!
I’m sure! Whoever promotes Lowlife UK has got to be a bit mad...)
don't have any really. They're all lovely. (!) Well there was that bloke
who chopped up his wife and ate bits... he was in the newspaper... he had "Subhumans" tattooed
on one side of his head and "Disorder" on the other... he came
to a couple of gigs. ~snigger~ Oh and there's Mad Tony.
What lyrics from someone else's track do you wish you had
There are absolutely loads...
Beaker: My perfect Cousin
by The Undertones "he thinks I'm a cabbage cos I hate University Challenge".
There's TOO many...
Paul: 27 yards of dental floss and she still wont flash
me a smile" Half Man Half Biscuit... anything by The Macc Lads.
All mine are far too gay to feature in a punk interview.
(The lads went on
quoting for a bit but I couldn't possibly write all that down too!! Kaz)
What is the strangest rumour you have heard about Lowlife?
(Excuse me while I wait for them all to stop laughing....
There's quite a few.... that Beaker's a gay icon (??)
That people think
we still get too p1ssed to play
Gaz don't drink at all, and me (Beaker)
and Andy drive to the gigs, so we're always sober.
It's only Paul that drinks
during the gigs - unless it's Saxmundham, then we all do. It's great in Saxmundham.....
That's basically it - people really do struggle with the idea that the band
isn't as drunken as it used to be. Yeah, it's all rock 'n' roll, but you
can't play well and don't enjoy playing as much. Having someone slaughtered
onstage is insulting to the rest of the band.What else? That Stoney is still
in the band... Stoney hasn't been in the band for about 4 years!! Oh, and
Andy is not Peter gabriel...
What advice do you have for bands just starting out?
Beaker: Practise, practise, practise. Don't put up
with bullshit, don't kiss @rse just for a gig, don't practise for a whole
year before you start gigging...
Gaz: Forget about getting signed. I've spoken
to so many people who claim to be signed, but when you ask them about it,
it's to some kid in his bedroom with a load of money. You could do that yourself
and get far more out of it than swanning about while someone else pays for
it. How many bands have disappeared because they didn't want to spend any
money putting a record out because no-one wanted to sign them? Boll@cks!
Tell people about the scene in your area?
Beaker: There aint one! It's alright when you get outside
the ringroad! It can be clique in Bradford. We rarely play in Bradford. Yorkshire
is generally shite for bands and because there's so much to do in Leeds,
people swap and change, so it can be really fickle, "Big City Syndrome".
Does anyone know who we are in Bradford? ~snigger~
Paul: (Leeds) The only
time any punks skins etc get together is when the bigger bands play and even
then it can be a bit hit and miss, unless you count all the young skate/mosher
type kids who hang around outside the corn exchange in Leeds there's not
much of a scene around here.
Gaz: Despite all that, people just prefer to
stay in, or go to the pub. Ironically, live music hasn't really recovered
from having punk smash it up and throw up all over it back in the 80s. The "kids" don't
know any better, it's what they've grown up with. Things are improving, but
Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2004 / 2005.
Well, there are a few things in the pipeline, like our
new CD Barstool Preaching due for release any time soon. The album was supposed
to be ready for the gig at The Vine in Leeds, on 6th December, but due to
yet another setback we’re still unsure when it will be ready.
gigs at the moment are:
Wed 10/11 The Studio, Hartlepool, w/ Glueball
Thatched House, Stockport, bands tbc
Sat 4/12 Kendal, venue and bands tbc
We’re organising 2005 gigs at the moment... they’ll be at least
two at Saxmundham, cos we love it so much. One is supporting Vice Squad in
Plans are being put together to do something special in March for
our 10th anniversary. This will hopefully be announced in January. Hopefully
they’ll be some mini tours during the summer months. We're hoping to
play at more festivals in 2005 and even abroad has beckoned. So you never
know where we'll end up.We're planning a live studio recording in the next
few months.Paul and Kaz are working on a Lowife documentary to coincide with
the bands 10th anniversary, a sort of history of the band with interviews,
studio footage and live tracks on it, it's worth watching for the opening
minute alone (thanks Captain!!!)
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