appeared in Probemusic,
debut 7" received "rave, mass, critical acclaim.. not really" but
was enough to hook them up with Earworm records, that hostel for
the terminally distracted, the psychedelic daydreamers and those
musically-obsessive moody fuckers who hassle you in record shops.
works in a well-known record shop in Notting Hill Gate: "I'm one
of the moody fuckers who abuse you when you're buying records."
He is also one half of Southall Riot and their back-bedroom Victory
Garden record label. After self-releasing Into The Chicago Abyss
in 1998 several low-scale mind-bending releases for the Earworm
label followed. The archetype, if there is such a thing for a band
so joyously scattershot, being A Warp In My Dreams. That's dreams
involving the Mary Chain's "Upside Down," an obvious Brian Wilson
fetish, a huge fuzz bass, an ultra-reverb vocal and a warp, of course.
It was catchier than Foot and Mouth but sold like British Beef.
the back of this success the band were almost rampant on the London
gig circuit, clocking up three gigs in as many years. In May they
head out on the road with Japan's Acid Mothers Temple collective
for eight dates in ten days. How did they get on the tour? "The
promoters needed a band who were young, fit, stylish and had a drum
kit. The deciding factor was that we've got a drum kit."
trap set is about the only thing that's constant in the live band.
"By the time we play Manchester, we'll have had five drummers in
it's very Spinal Tap." Their preferred drummer is
in the Czech Republic until June, the drummer for the Acid Mothers
tour can't make the Irish dates and their stand-in Irish drummer
can't make the Belfast gig.
be a laugh. What can a curious punter expect from Southall Riot
live? "We listen to a hell of a lot of music and we just try to
do something better. Writing a song is a very fucking simple art.
A song has been done so many times but there are so many bands who
won't branch out from it. Southall Riot are not one of them." Its
the difference between artisans and artists. "Or art and entertainment."
So are they an art-rock band? "Unfortunately.. yes. We don't want
it to be chin-stroking, we want people to come along to our gigs
and have a good time. But at the same time we don't want to be Oasis."
Riot are warming-up for their tour at RoTa on Saturday May 12th.
Hot Chip's Mexico EP is out now on Victory Garden records. www.victorygardenrecords.co.uk