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INTERVIEW: Orphan Boy

July 26, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW: Orphan Boy

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.: We are the mighty Orphan Boy, aka the orphans, from Cleethorpes to Manchester and back again.

2. Describe your music.: Well the first album was christened as Council Pop, and this time round I’m calling it Lad Art. That is, music by lads with ideas. If you need a reference point, the original Lad Art band was The Beatles.

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.: Smithy joined. Then Chris joined. Then I joined.

4. What did you do before you were in a band?: I listened to a lot of Clash and Primal Scream and Pink Floyd and used to get thrown out of nightclubs a lot.

5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.: Mine was ‘Don’t Bore Us, Get To the Chorus’ by Roxette. Chris’s was ‘Doop’ by the band Doop. And Smithy’s was In The Mood by Glen Miller.

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?: We’re releasing our second album, Passion, Pain & Loyalty on August 2nd. We’re releasing the singles Popsong and Some Frontier either side of it and doing a selection of exciting gigs. Then we’re just gonna sit back and wait for the phone to ring.

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?: Well, we get emails and stuff like that, and letters written in blood by some bloke called Tony Collins. He just writes the same thing every time: “I Love U”

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus? : In the Fiesta we got a tape-deck, and the only place you can by cassettes from these days is this second-hand shop in Grimsby. So I went in and had a look and came back with albums by Level 42, Bronski Beat, Supergrass and The Cranberries, all 50p each. There’s also a Pulp cassette in the glovebox too. And we have an iPod which is broken but only works if you shuffle it. So that’s about it really. It’s not like there’s ever anything good on the radio.

9. What gear do you use?: We know nothing about gear. The only time we’ve ever had any money is when the label gave us a few quid to buy equipment. I got this expensive, 1960s telecaster which just sounded weird so we took it back. I’ve had this Squire guitar ever since and it’s like part of the family now. I bought it from Deaksy (from The Heartbreaks) for £150 quid.

10. What’s your best on-tour story?: The good thing about playing at this level is that there’s nothing routine about it; every venue and every crowd is a different shape and size, one night you’re in a wine bar, next it’s an Academy gig. You’re always meeting with other bands, staying on people’s floors. You don’t just visit their town, you enter their world, their circle. And people like Smithy and Chris generally refuse to go to bed, and a lot of stuff happens. But let’s not go into details. More than anything else, you see a lot of service stations.

11. What do you demand on your rider?: The best thing you can give us is cold beer. So many promoters leave you with unrefrigerated cans, and some even bring you triangular sandwiches and lemonade…what the hell are we supposed to do with that? Such divas….

12. What’s your website?: http://www.redhotvelvet.co.uk




 

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