about 14 times so we actually have no ‘come from’ as such.
Charlotte: I’m from Essex but my second home is their house really
Joy: How old are you all?
Billy: I’m 19, Josh is 17 and Charlotte’s 18
Joy: How long have you been
Billy: About 3 years you lose track after a while
Joy: Can you name for us a
few of your influences and inspirations?
Charlotte: There are so many, but at the moment we’re listening
to The Doors, Blur, Foo Fighters, Muse, Garbage and T-Rex
Joy: Does anything other than
music inspire you?
Charotte: Films with interesting philosophy behind them
Billy: If it’s completely uninteresting it inspires me
Joy: What are some of your
Charlotte: The Quentin Tarantino…. what’s the word……saga?
Josh: It’s not really a saga more a collection of art
Billy: Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface…I’m a big Al Pacino fan
Joy: Winning the ‘Be
a new band and play the Glastonbury Festival’ competition must have
been a great feeling, what was it like to play the greatest festival in
the country, if not the world?
Charlotte: It was really good, we had such a good weekend and saw load
of other great bands
Joy: Did you meet any of your
Billy: Noel Gallagher
Joy: What was Noel like?
Billy: He looked pretty trashed, I was having a discussion with Dougie
from Sony and Noel Gallagher just walked by, while everything was in a
haze he just walked past, it was great
Josh: We also had a little chat to the Von Bondies
Joy: Did you agree with the
press that Oasis’s performance was a bit aloof?
Billy: Who gives a shit, its Oasis, if in 5 years time after 5 albums
if someone judges me on a single performance…how fucking dare they.
Joy: Can you see yourselves
around in 5 albums time?
Billy: I can see us around in 8 albums time; I’ve got so many ideas.
We’re really gearing for this for the long term
Joy: Have you got any more
festival dates lined for the summer?
Billy: Reading & Leeds festival on the Carling Stage, a festival in
Jersey with Razorlight, The Thrills, The Delays
Josh: Pilkton, that’s more elitist, that hopefully guarantee’s
us for next years Glastonbury
Joy: Why are you not playing
T in the Park?
Charlotte: You can’t play Reading and T in the Park. We had all
these agencies bigging us up to the festival organisers saying “book
them up” but they wouldn’t, as they hadn’t heard of
us and then a week ago we got a call from Reading, so I guess T in the
Park were just too late
Joy: Do you like the Subway
Sandwich chain and did if influence you in naming your band?
Billy: No I got it when I was travelling on the underground
Joy: So why not The Tubes?
Billy: If anyone else asks me that I’m going to say of course it
was the sandwich chain they’re my biggest inspiration!!
Joy: You’ve played with
The Datsuns, International Noise Conspiracy and The Buzzcocks, who’s
the best band you’ve played with?
Josh: They’re all brilliant but in my opinion I loved the Stella
Charlotte: The Datsuns were really nice people, and The Dirty Birds were
also playing so we were all hanging out back stage, we had a really good
Joy: What’s on your rider?
Billy: I don’t think we’re big enough to have a rider?
Joy: Well if you could have
one what would be on it?
Billy: Pizza and Ale, none of this lager shit.
Charlotte: Stella for me
Josh: No lager, you can drink Celtic Ale like us
Joy: Have you got any plans
to tour outside the UK anytime soon?
Charlotte: Yes, it’s not confirmed yet
Josh: We have a tour in the UK in October around universities for a few
Billy: Sucking in the university atmosphere without doing any of the work
Joy: Who will have the worst
habits on the tour bus?
Charlotte: I think we all have our vices, like my need to go to the toilet
to do my makeup every 5 minutes
Joy: Have you had any label
interest as yet?
Josh: Yes but nothing we can really talk about
Joy: In an ideal world would
you prefer to sign for an Independent label first or head straight for
the big boys?
Charlotte: That’s another thing under discussion
Joy: Outside of your own band
what’s the best gig you’ve been to?
Charlotte: I had a great time recently at Franz Ferdinand, The Von Bondies
and The Rapture at Brixton
Billy: Mine would be AC/DC which was my first ever rock concert at Wembley
Joy: How old were you?
Billy: 12 years old, that was my first experience of pure adrenalin rock,
we were so wasted as well at 12!!
Joy: Was that the kind of thing
you listened to growing up?
Josh: I was listening to Smoky Robinson and The Carpenters
Billy: I listened to T-Rex, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, because of my sister
and The Prodigy
Joy: I read a review that said
you were ‘the band Geffen would’ve loved Sonic Youth to be’
how does that make you feel?
Billy: Sonic Youth are the greatest band ever
Charlotte: It’s quite a lot to live up to
Josh: It’s like being called the next Oasis, we’re not, because
we’re nothing like them and we’re nothing like Sonic Youth
Joy: We read in your Forum
that Charlotte is described as the new Kim Deal, what’s that like?
Charlotte: Yeah apparently so, I don’t know why
Billy: I’m compared to about 8 different people; I think that they’re
trying to give people an idea of what we’re like as we’re
up and coming.
Joy: You obviously don’t
Charlotte: No not at all and we haven’t been compared to anyone
we don’t like yet
Joy: What’s you position
on downloading and file sharing of music?
Billy: I’m actually debating this with myself at the moment; I personally
wouldn’t be into half as much music as I am without downloading.
It’s the labels who are having a big problem with this not the artists
and it’s purely a monetary factor.
Josh: There’s nothing like buying a new CD and rushing home to listen
to it and enjoying the artwork.
Charlotte: I agree, I don’t think downloading will ever completely
destroy the record industry
Joy: What song would you most
like to cover?
Billy: Big Exit by PJ Harvey or Sing by Blur
Joy: Have you ever played any
covers in your set?
Charlotte: Oh c’mon 3 years ago we used to be a Nirvana Covers band
Joy: What’s next for
Billy: We’ve got a 7” single coming out in September which
will be Limited to 500 copies and then lots of gigs
Joy: Is there a particular
venue that you’d love to play?
Billy: We’ve all had our dreams but I think it has to be The Astoria
Charlotte: I’d love to play at the Shepherds Bush Empire.
Joy: And Finally…the
Subway or the Tube?
Billy: A nice walk in the country.
Interview by Robert Bassett
& Sonia Pagliari