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INTERVIEW: Templeton Pek

December 23, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW: Templeton Pek

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.: We are a three piece melodic rock band from the gutters of Birmingham. We are known collectively as Templeton Pek, or sometimes ‘pikeys.’

2. Describe your music.: Fast Paced. Melodic. Visceral. Epic. Anthemic. Bangra influenced.

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.: Through adventures and experiments in excessive fermented beverage consumption. Within dingy nightclubs with poor disco lighting, our heroes stumbled upon each other purely in a case of mistaken identity. They then accidentally got married in Vegas in a bizarre three way elvis influenced ceremony, presided over by what can only be described as ‘unsavoury’ characters.

4. What did you do before you were in a band?: Kev poked holes in mobile phones in a factory. Simon was an announcer in BHS, which is wierd as he does not posess the ability to shout, and Neal was a Little Chef (literally).


5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.: Neal: The Simpsons ‘Sings The Blues’, Michael Jackson ‘Bad’, Kylie and Jason.
Simon: Enya, Shania Twain, Gary Glitter.
Kev: Reggie Wilson’s ‘Sounds Of The Supermarket, 20 Shopping Greats’ Volumes I,II & IV.

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?: It’s Christmas so mainly getting fat and drunk then arguing with families. Same as everyone else really. We’re putting together final preparations for the release of the new album ‘Scratches & Scars’ in Febraury. Making a new video and getting ready to tour.

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?: We’re blacklisted by Royal Mail because of an isolated incident in the late 80’s involving a weasel and a franked parcel. I’ve apologised and baked many cakes for postmen, but they still refuse to deliver fan mail.
(Ed – we know all about the retards at Royal Mail…)

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus? : Bryan Adams ‘We’re Gonna Win.’ Because it is the most influencial and genius song ever written. The lyrics are pure inspiration, how he manages to rhyme ‘Win’ with ‘Champion’ is a credit to the pot faced Canadian’s ability to manipulate the English language.

9. What gear do you use?: Pliers, Crowbars and Spatulars…. but always lubrication. Or when those things aren’t available Laney amps, Ibanez guitars and Tama drums.

10. What’s your best on-tour story?: I think our December European tour last year with The Blackout was the most eventful generally, basically with tyre blowouts, breaking down, arriving late for every show and hostpitalization. On our day off in Vienna we stupidly took up the offer for a free bar on a boat (school boy error) which resulted inme (Neal) face planting into some ill placed stairs. For the remainder of the tour I looked like a cross between Sloth from The Goonies’ ugly little brother and a Toxic Crusader.

11. What do you demand on your rider?: That we actually get one. We’ve toured for many years when we’ve only had the priviledge of ‘council pop’ on our rider (or water to the middle classes). Times are hard but we’re pretty happy if there’s beer and pastry products. And some sort of lubrication. For Simon’s ‘Drummer’s nipple.’ It’s a terrible affliction most people aren’t aware of, or care about.

12. What’s your website?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSzHU9hazY



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