Aboard the NME Bratbus parked-up at the back of the Junction, Woj and Hagop are relaxing before the night's sure-to-be-strenuous gig. Woj is casually sketching a scene from Peter Pan and Hagop has just returned from a spot of skating. This lull before the storm is completely necessary, in fact it's a credit to the two of them that they're up at all--the remaining three members of the band are still asleep and likely to stay that way for some time yet. Singer Ross' antics at the previous gigs are still fresh in the mind of Hagop: "He's been doing some classic stunts. Last night he jumped the 10-foot gap into the crowd and everyone thought he wouldn't make it, even the bouncers. Then in Manchester, the crowd carried him all the way to the back of the room. Cool".
I joined the pair of them for a quick jaw over the newly re-vamped Lazy Journalist machine. Still based on a Magic Robot toy, Woj and Hagop point the magic robot at one of twelve forms of transport on one side of the board and the robot magically spins round and chooses a Smash Hits question for them. In addition though, we now have the Number 8 Words and Objects Clint Eastwood? which is essentially the same thing with Clint-related questions selected by choosing a random word/object. As before, you have to guess the questions.
Ross emerges from his bunk, he gets called over to choose a question..
Having completed the statutory number of crap Smash Hits questions, we moved onto the Clint board, virgin territory for all three of us. If you're question-spotting, you need to think a bit laterally now, although there's a few clues dotted around.
If I squint, I sometimes think the chap on here looks like Clint Eastwood.
I thought you didn't have philosophical discussion on the bus.
Heh heh heh. I'll go for, err, moon.
wanted to discuss the relative merits of pasta and potato shapes but Hagop
wouldn't let him, preferring insead to crack on with another question.
Hagop couldn't wait for Woj to finish contemplating his answers (you should
be thankful I've edited all the pauses out of this) and rushed on to the
And there we must leave it, the two of them interrupting each other as they did for the whole of the interview, good-naturedly taking the piss and conveying a mood of youngsters having a good time, along for the ride. Behind all this though there lurks a monster, ambition: "it'll last if we want it to, if we're shrewd and clever...it'd be nice to sell out stadiums, be established and have respect and recognition." Of course, it's early days to be talking about stadiums and the cynic in us all is probably thinking "haven't heard that one before, let's see what you're doing in two years". Still, for the moment Symposium are at the front of the pack, giving a Lucozade live show which puts paid to any doubts you might have...for 35 minutes or so.
"Some people have said we're the missing link between The Monkees and The Sex Pistols...I don't mind that" -Wojtek
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