Interview with: Andy Young & Josh Browning (Lift To Experience)
Location: Camden Dingwalls
How was Reading festival?
It was cool.
Have you played a lot of festivals?
We didn't really start doing festivals until... I guess the first major festival we did was in France. We played Leeds and Reading. I mean August was like the first time we had really done a massive sort of festival.
How well recieved were you in Europe?
With the crowds? I thought it went really brilliantly, personally speaking. Leeds was the better show for us than Reading. Y'know it's a bit of a weird environment sometimes because you've only got a fifteen minute changeover between two bands.
Did you have any expectancies when coming over here? Were you expecting this much good press?
I don't think we had any expectations about the record. We were gonna be thrilled if it sold a thousand copies anywhere in the whole world. So yeah, we couldn't be more than happy with what we've done now. I don't think there's really any expectations about the way things were supposed to go.
Were you headlining your European gigs straight away?
Who were you supporting?
Steve Malkmus, Sparklehorse. We did like a gig in Amsterdam, like a small sort of one day festival. Did some dates with the Preston School Of Industry, the other guy in Pavement's band. I'm sure he really likes that one, 'the other guy in Pavement'.
When you do support slots, do you actually get to meet and hang out with the other bands?
From time to time. I mean it's really kind of weird, you know. We did get a little bit of a chance to speak to Stephen Malkmus, and the guys from Preston School of Industry we did, because we did shows with them in pretty small 300 capacity venues, and often at times we were sharing the same dressing rooms so we'd just sit around and have a chat.
Were they aware of you before the tour?
I don't know, we didn't really ask them.
Is the alternative scene in Texas a tight-knit community?
In a way, the musicians really support each other, no matter if that's there thing or not.
What abound band history, were you all in bands before?
I played in a bunch of big bands and combos and stuff like that. I mean I was really primarily a Jazz player before this. Once I got into like, in the early nineties, I started listening to more stuff like My Bloody Valentine and Creation, obviously all that. That stuff became a really big influence. Pale Saints, Swervedriver that sort of stuff. I was playing in one group that wasn't really a Jazz band, it was more like avant garde. Just Spaceman 3 shit but this is the first band I've played in that's like song structured and stuff.
Do you continue to write while touring?
Not really, I mean I would say that we've done more of that on this tour than anything but it's not like we would think that we were writing, we're just out there jerking off.
What can we expect from you live?
Well, you might want to bring some earplugs if you're faint of ear. Housewives and little girls . . . What I would say is i'm trying to play classic concerts. I've tried to put them in black and white and make it something legendary, I don't know.