WHAT'S ON YOUR RIDER? KRIS DREVER OF LAU
What’s on your rider? Beer, wine, fruit and profiteroles. What would be on your fantasy rider? As above but posher; maybe some truffle derivations? What’s your pre-gig ritual/ routine? We all have different ways, but we try to play together for a while to get into it. It actually seems to work sometimes. Other than that, it’s star jumps and team-building interpretive dance. What’s the best gig you’ve
been to? Beck supporting Radiohead at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. He had a puppet show of the band going at one side of the stage. When he came on dressed as a bear, a little puppet bear appeared, too. Come on!
And the worst? That’s tricky. In the interests of not slagging off anyone else, I’m going to say my own performance at a festival in the north of Scotland. Having finished for the weekend and having had several gin & tonics, I was persuaded to replace a no-show. Disastrous. What are your favourite and least favourite venues? My current favourite might be the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, but really I’m not terribly fussy. There are none I dislike particularly; that said, I’m never too keen on having to do my own sound. Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs? We did a gig with Jack Bruce from Cream. Does that count? Most embarrassing on-stage moment? Forgetting lyrics is always a bummer, or falling through a chair mid-set at a festival. One guy in the audi- ence started shouting “Lay off the pies!”. I carried on for the rest of the number with my arse hanging out the underside of the seat.
What’s your crowd-pleasing
number? People seem to like the “lang” set. There’s a fair amount of tension in it, and the release at the end often results in a bit of animalistic roaring.
What’s the most you’ve ever
paid for a gig ticket? I can’t be sure, as I don’t go to a lot of arena gigs, so probably £40 or so. I’d pay a fortune to see Tom Waits, though. How many roadies does it take to change your lightbulbs (ie, how big is your entourage)? There are four of us IN total, and although the amount of stuff we take on tour has grown exponentially it’s still doable with that number. Have you a special stage
wardrobe? Gig shoes; it’s quite important to put on something different to achieve a sense of occasion. If you do a show every night it’s easy to get a little blasé, but folk pay good money to come along, so the little wardrobe changes help remind you of why you’re there. Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig? Absolutely. We’re always out at the end
having a yarn and basking in the glory.
Any useful stage tips? Relax, own the space, don’t overplay unless it’s really called for. If you start at 100 per cent there’s no headroom for later. What’s the worst thing ever
thrown at you? An egg from a moving car while I was dressed up to the nines and on my way to a wedding. Who does that? If you could be in any other band, which one? Led Zep seem to have had quite a lot of fun. Who’s invited to your aftershow party? Anyone who fancies it. Do you fancy it?
In conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea. Lau play Dublin on Saturday and Cork on Tuesday
Kris Drever (centre): stays away from pies