e-mail interview, November 2005
Rock and roll adolescent hoodlums
storm the streets of all nations. They rush into the Louvre and throw
acid in the Mona Lisas face. They open zoos, insane asylums, prisons,
chop the floor out of passenger plane lavatories, shoot out lighthouses,
file elevator cables to one thin wire, turn sewers into the water supply,
throw sharks and sting rays into swimming pools, in nautical costumes
ram the Queens Mary full speed in to New York harbour, play chicken
with passenger planes and busses, they shit on the floor of the united
nations and wipe their ass with treaties, pacts, alliances.
So said William Burroughs. And Princess Drive wish it had been written
Princess Drive - who, what and why?
Who? Jah Pat (guitar, vocals), Tom (bass) and Nemo (beats).
What? We're just three normal kids stuck here, trying to escape through
rock and roll.
Why? Because we're trying to make a difference to everything and anyone.
Describe your sound to a brain-dead, deaf, Burberry wearing alien.
I don't think he'd understand, but we're his favourite nobody teenage
rock and roll guitar heroes. We're the sound of bored kids with nothing
to lose, trying to make a difference to everything and anything.
Who are your heroes, musical and political?
Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Joe Strummer, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, Mohammed
Ali, Jack Kerouac, George Orwell and William Blake.
What can you tell us about your track on the Dear Cambridge La La
'No Jail For Thought'. It's the soul of our philosophy, made from our
bloodied fingers, sweaty palms and tuneless vocal cords. It's about
trying to be yourself in a society which forces you to be anything but,
which continually constricts you into a target market you when all you
wanna do is run free. Given the title, it has obviously gained relevance
since it was written. I don't care for guitar wankery but it has the
best guitar solo ever.
Do you think that it's possible for projects such as
Dear Cambridge La La La (and its launch gig) to undermine the way culture
is controlled and popular tastes created?
If an event presents an alternative to the established, then it's undermining
it. Whether it affects popular culture or not is down to the amount
of people who take it on board, not a measure of the quality of the
project. Music has always controlled culture, but popular artists choose
to promote their own moral free egos than something worthwhile, which
at least what we're all trying to do. "Dear Cambridge
is such a great idea because it's four bands who all share genuine respect
working together with a genuine sense of community.
Is there a place for CDs or is downloading the future?
You can't give free mp3s away at gigs, so as long as that remains CDs
are perfect. Mp3s cost nothing to transfer though, all ours are on the
website for free, and so are great to promote bands. But if you're a
signed artist, controlled downloading's been the future for the last
8 years or so, it's just the braindead industry insiders were too conservative
to acknowledge it. Now they've bothering to do something when they really
should be concentrating on the quality of the music they're releasing.
What can people expect at your gigs?
Vain attempts to make a difference in a world that doesn't care. Some
scissor kicking against the pricks. Words to open your eyes and your
mind and music to kick you out of this. And enough rock star posturing
to satisfy our demanding egos.
What are you reading?
I'm going through a beat period, Hunter S Thompson, and 'On The Road.
Jah Pat says he's reading Crime and Punishment but he could be lying.
What do you listen to when hovering?
Bob Marley or Trojan reggae/dub. Maybe The Ramones, but they're more
Who would you want to hold in detention without trial for 90 days?
Genuine suspected terrorists who pose a ready and serious physical threat
to innocent civilians when backed by sufficient and incriminating intelligence.
U2. Bush & Blair can share a cell. John Gurney. The British National
Party. Ricky Ponting. Conor McNicholas (NME editor). And Franz Kafka,
just for poetic irony.
Who's best, Warren Feeney or Lee Trundle?
Fatty Trundle, because his name's a pun on his running style.
And of course, what's best, chips or cream buns???
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