with El­bow front­man Guy Gar­vey

Brit alt- rock­ers El­bow may be en­ter­ing a new or­bit, but the boys are in­tent on keep­ing their feet on the ground, writes Neala John­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - BUILD A ROCKET BOYS! out now ( Uni­ver­sal)

Q. El­bow hit the strato­sphere in the UK with The Sel­dom Seen Kid and your new al­bum Build a Rocket Boys!, de­buted at No. 2. Are you fa­mous now? A. ( Laughs) Yeah, I’m on the front cover of mag­a­zines and stuff, it’s odd. It’s not cat­a­pulted us into a dif­fer­ent so­cial strata or any­thing like that – still com­ing back to the same mates and the same pubs. It’s just that on my jour­ney from the house to the pub, peo­ple recog­nise me. Q. So you’re al­ways run­ning late to the pub now be­cause you have to stop to have your photo taken, right? A. That hap­pens more when peo­ple bring it on them­selves. If I was daft enough to go to an in­die club on a Fri­day night, then I could ex­pect to not move for three hours for peo­ple do­ing that. But gen­er­ally speak­ing, peo­ple in the north of Eng­land, they don’t re­ally want you to know that they know who you are, they don’t want to give you the sat­is­fac­tion. So you get com­ments like, ‘‘ Oi El­bow, get a job’’. That means, ‘‘ Congratulations! I ad­mire what you’re do­ing.’’ Q. You’re a north­erner, from Manch­ester. So if you’re in the same room as, say, Bono, do you ig­nore him? A. No, I’d give him a nod. I’ve been in the same room as him. I’ve said hello to Bono. He’s very gra­cious. For the most part, it’s man­ners, same as al­ways. Q. You’ve said Build a Rocket Boys! was the eas­i­est record to make. Did it feel too easy? A. I was slightly wor­ried at one point that if you haven’t sweated over some­thing, that some­how it’s worth less than the other records. But that’s bulls---. It’s just a state of mind you get your­self in when you re­ally, re­ally want to suc­ceed at some­thing. You say, ‘ Well, I must suf­fer for this!’ It’s ridicu­lous, that. That’s the kind of work ethic that keeps peo­ple in the same job their whole lives. It’s like this idea that you can’t be happy un­less you’ve ab­so­lutely suf­fered all week and then you’re al­lowed two days hap­pi­ness and then back to suf­fer­ing. It’s ridicu­lous. Q. Is it true you’ve been ex­per­i­ment­ing on your band­mates in re­hearsals? A. Re­hearsal, if all you have to do is open your gob and sing, it’s the most drea­rily bor­ing ex­pe­ri­ence! So I’m bored out of me skull ev­ery day. So I do all kinds of things to amuse my­self – I’ve be­come very, very pro­fi­cient at An­gry Birds, I’ve al­most got three stars on ev­ery level. And I con­duct lit­tle so­cial ex­per­i­ments on the lads while they’re dis­tracted. The one I tried the other day was us­ing their for­mal first names through­out the day – it didn’t change the way they played or acted to­wards me, I just got a re­ally sar­cas­tic ‘‘ Gu­u­u­u­uuy’’ in re­turn from one of them. Q. Per­haps you need to get more de­vi­ous. A. Yeah, I might, ev­ery time one of them puts some­thing down, move it closer to an­other band mem­ber and see if they start notic­ing that hap­pen­ing. I’ve writ­ten some rude mes­sages on their syn­the­sis­ers which they won’t see un­til to­day. So that’ll be a good 10 sec­onds of amuse­ment for me. Q. Hey, wait – isn’t this new al­bum sup­pos­edly all about ma­tu­rity? A. ( Laughs) Oops, to­tally rum­bled. I’ve re­gressed slightly, to write about the past.

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