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INTERVIEW: Love Amongst Ruin

July 21, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW: Love Amongst Ruin

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.: I’m Steve Hewitt, geographically I’m from Northwitch in Cheshire. Musically I’m from The Boo Radleys, Breed, K- Class, Placebo and a few other bands. Now I’m fronting my new band – Love Amongst Ruin.

2. Describe your music.: Like any musician I am in part the sum of my influences, so basically we are a rock band. But within that you will find lots of different layers and elements.

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.: I suddenly and unexpectedly found myself out of a job. I was spending a lot of time at the bottom of a brandy bottle and decided that I needed that to change. I called some friends, booked a studio and the rest is history.

4. What did you do before you were in a band?: I had a few of those thing my father used to call a ‘real job’. I was a forklift driver for a while and a builder, I even worked on an F1 pit-crew but I always wanted to be a musician, it’s where my heart is.

5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.: Steve Hewitt – The Wall by Pink Floyd. Enough said.

Teresa Morini – my first single was K’s Choice – Not An Addict. I was actually banned from playing the B side (Somethings Wrong) because my mother didn’t approve of the lyrics. My first album was Bjork – Debut.

Donald Ross Skinner – my first album was Sheer Heart Attack by Queen.

Keith York – my first album was actually two albums because I bought them second hand. I bought The Beach Boys Christmas Album and ELO’s A New World Record.

Steve Hove – BAD by Michael Jackson

Laurie Ross – Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory purchased with twenty pence pieces that I saved in a large Smarties tube. If anyone wants to know you can get £16 worth of 20p pieces in one of those.

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?: Well our debut album, also called Love Amongst Ruin, comes out in September so we are pretty busy. We have a session for XFM coming up, we just got asked to play Sonisphere which is pretty amazing for our fourth live gig. We might do one more UK festival this year, the first single ‘So Sad (fade)’ is released at the end of August, then we will have a party for the album launch and our European Tour kicks off in The Netherlands on September 23rd. We spend a month over there and then come back to the UK for a tour towards the end of the year.

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?: That’s a tough one, so many people have sent lovely letters and beautiful things over the years. Recently though the most memorable was from a girl in Australia who won tickets to our UK debut @ The Barfly in Camden. She was worried that her tickets wouldn’t get there before her flight left. She flew from Australia just to see us so we made sure she got in, tickets or no tickets.

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus? : With six people in the band it’s hard to get something played once, never mind onto repeat. Usually it’s like Rusian Roulette with an iPod. Laurie and Hove are always bringing the ‘new and unusual’ stuff to play, Donneye knows that if he plays The Who then I’m going to play Led Zep.

9. What gear do you use?: Yes, and no. Each of us have personal preferences but in the end it all comes down to the right tool for the job. When I was drumming for Placebo I used a beautiful Yamaha custom kit but even then I had a Sonor snare because it has such great tone. Keith York is using that same snare now with LAR. Hove does love his Mesa-Boogie Dual Rectifier and Donneye is looking for a Marshall amp that goes to eleven.

10. What’s your best on-tour story?: I’m going to have to pass on this until the legal department gives me the green light. I’ve got a hundred of them but we could be on some seriously thin ice here.
Donneye: I can make up for Steve, I’ve got two, both from my time with Julian Cope. The first involves Rooster, the drummer, deliberately setting off the sprinklers at the Takanawa Hotel in Tokyo with a firework. I’ve never seen so much water in a corridor. He was (of course) shopped by the only other guest on our floor. The damage went down three floors. Rooster was genuinely afraid that he might not be allowed to leave the country. The second one was Julian Cope’s first gig with a radio mic. It was written in the stars that he should run off the stage and head to the gents to sing ‘Space Hopper’ to a shocked fellow who was in mid-pee at the urinal.
Keith: I have one too. On my first US tour with Bivouac five of us drove 20,000 miles. The circumference of the earth is only 18,000 miles… I’ve definitely been around the world with a rock band.

11. What do you demand on your rider?: Lots of good local lager, no mass produced international piss-water. Mineral water, clean towels, fruit juice. We’re not too hard to please.

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