BEN â€“ Introductions, please!
TOM â€“ Iâ€™m Tom and I play Drums.
STEVE â€“ Iâ€™m Steve and I play guitar
JAMES â€“ Jamesâ€¦trumpet.
BEN â€“ Youâ€™re on tour with Big D and The Kids Table â€“ whatâ€™s it like touring with bands who have higher profiles or are perhaps more established than you guys?
TOM â€“ This is kinda the first tour weâ€™ve done with anyone thatâ€™s a bit more established. We havenâ€™t found it intimidating in any way
STEVE â€“ We get on really well with them, theyâ€™re a nice bunch of lads.
TOM â€“ It does make a big differenceâ€¦if they were arseholes then it could be difficult but because theyâ€™re really nice guys itâ€™s cool.
STEVE â€“ Obviously it helps because theyâ€™re bringing in loads of people to see them so we get more people seeing us who wouldnâ€™t normally see us. Itâ€™s all good really, weâ€™re having a great time.
BEN â€“ Whatâ€™s it like generally being on tour?
TOM â€“ It depends really. Weâ€™ve been quite lucky so far, itâ€™s been quite hitch-free. We had a bit of a bad night last night because we were late to the venue so we had to literally just run in, chuck our stuff onstage and play. As it goes itâ€™s really cool. Itâ€™s really tiring and gets a bit intense at times but otherwise itâ€™s really cool.
BEN â€“ Do you prefer being on tour or recording?
[Chorus of â€œOn tour, definitelyâ€]
TOM â€“ I think itâ€™s fair that.
STEVE â€“ Considering that when we record we donâ€™t have any money so we stick it all into a week and try to get as much done as possible. It gets really stressful and we all get on each otherâ€™s nerves, moreso than on tour. I prefer doing live shows to being in the studio, just because thereâ€™s a crowd. You get to show off more to be honest!
TOM â€“ But the outcome of recording is alright, itâ€™s good to sit back and see what youâ€™ve done. Itâ€™s worth it in the end.
BEN â€“ The more shows you do, do you notice that there are more kids at the shows saying â€œI saw you playing with so and so, now Iâ€™m here for you guysâ€¦â€?
TOM â€“ Definitely. Obviously it varies from place to place, and there will be people walking in buying our shirts and stuff, and people coming up to you and saying â€œI saw you last timeâ€ as you said. The more you get out on the road the more you get back.
STEVE â€“ We canâ€™t get out on the road as much as other Household Name bands, weâ€™re all stuck with jobs. Weâ€™d love to be able to be out on the road constantly but because weâ€™re all in gainful employment itâ€™s not possible. On days we donâ€™t get days off we have to drive back to Bristol at like 3am, go to work for 9am, finish maybe an hour early then go up to fuckingâ€¦Sheffield or something. Itâ€™s a bit of a nightmare but we manage to pull it off.
TOM â€“ I feel a bit more regenerated today. Like some days are just awful and you feel like shit, but todayâ€™s good.
BEN â€“ Are there any places you play that are your favourites, where you always seem to have a good show?
TOM â€“ I guess soâ€¦Salisbury Arts Centre was really, really goodâ€¦TJâ€™s in Newport was great too. This place [Camden Underworld] is also always good.
BEN â€“ Are there any bands youâ€™ve been on tour with that youâ€™ve got on so well with that itâ€™s been a really memorable tour?
TOM â€“ This one more than anything. We hit it off with Big D so well, they kinda got the British sarcasm thing too which some of the other American bands maybe donâ€™t have but we get on well with them and like to smoke pot and stuff!
BEN â€“ You released â€˜Nothing To Loseâ€™ a few months agoâ€¦
TOM â€“ It was about this time last yearâ€¦
BEN â€“ OK, Iâ€™m a bad journalistâ€¦
TOM â€“ [Laughs]
BEN â€“ Fair enoughâ€¦
TOM â€“ And itâ€™s called â€˜Nothing To Sayâ€™â€¦
BEN â€“ Shall I just go now?
TOM â€“ Nah, he [points at James] forgets it all the time!
BEN â€“ Have you got plans for another release?
STEVE â€“ We have plansâ€¦
TOM â€“ Yeah, plansâ€¦weâ€™ve got about 5 new songs, weâ€™re pretty slack at writing stuff at the moment. Weâ€™re hoping to get something down for the latter end of next year.
BEN â€“ Will it be an EP or straight to the album?
TOM â€“ I think straight to the album. We donâ€™t have enough time for an EP.
STEVE â€“ Because we need to record everything at once and take as little time as possible itâ€™s not really feasible to do an EP.
TOM â€“ To be honest, if we do do an EP itâ€™s because weâ€™ve recorded a bunch of stuff and only half of is it any good!
BEN â€“ Do you find that the internet helps you a lot?
TOM â€“ I wouldnâ€™t say that downloading music is a problem with the level that weâ€™re at, Iâ€™m into sharing music. At the same time it could get dangerously out of hand. I think the internet is only a good thing.
STEVE â€“ Our website is always fairly busy on the message board, usually one member of the band is on the internet at any one time because most of us work in computers so we can keep in touch with our fansâ€¦
BEN â€“ So even when youâ€™re at work youâ€™re not actually working?
TOM â€“ Our website is run from Steveâ€™s work serverâ€¦
BEN â€“ Do they know about this?
STEVE â€“ Yeah, yeah. They know I do the internet site. Basically I spend a lot of my time programming our site instead of doing workâ€¦which is really bad! But we have a cool site.
TOM â€“ Everyone slacks off at work.
BEN â€“ Youâ€™ve been playing together for a number of years, can you see a change in the direction of punk rock, like with TV channels and the internet?
STEVE â€“ I think p-rockâ€™s pretty good, itâ€™s not just a machine.
TOM â€“ Yeah, itâ€™s not just people fucking you in the ass and taking your money. P-rockâ€™s good but itâ€™s only really accentuated whatâ€™s already there. From what I gather it was started up to prove a point, that there is an interest in this kind of music. If you look back twenty years this would never happen. Itâ€™s good, because people do go out and buy the music, Weâ€™ve recorded a video for itâ€¦
BEN â€“ Which one?
STEVE â€“ Know Who I Amâ€¦.and if we can sort out the continuity errorsâ€¦
TOM â€“ Fuck off! I changed my T shirt halfway though, one was fluorescent blue and the other was greenâ€¦so it kinda screams it out!
STEVE â€“ I didnâ€™t even notice the first time I watched it.
TOM â€“ Probably drunk or stonedâ€¦
BEN â€“ Sounds normal from what I can gather!
STEVE â€“ For the drummer, anyway!
TOM â€“ What about you?! [points at James]
JAMES â€“ Maybeâ€¦
TOM – Half past seven in Scotland this manâ€™s fucking drinking beers!
STEVE â€“ [pointing either side of him at James and Tom] Youâ€™ve got the two worst people here who are constantly pissedâ€¦
BEN â€“ Have you got any plans to go overseas?
STEVE â€“ Weâ€™d like to. Itâ€™s tight with money.
JAMES â€“ Iâ€™d like to go to the States next yearâ€¦
STEVE â€“ Yeah, he knows people who can get us gigs over there.
TOM â€“ We did two shows in Holland, around â€™98. That was really good fun and Iâ€™d like to go through Europe. Weâ€™ll get there eventually.
BEN â€“ Do you reckon thereâ€™ll be a time when Kenisia are up there with bands like Capdown or [spunge], bands people have heard of without actually hearing?
TOM â€“ If we continue doing what weâ€™re doing at the moment thereâ€™s no reason why not, and just keep chipping away at the old block. If nothing drastic happens then I donâ€™t see why not.
Cheers to Kafren for sorting this out.