From the casually classic debut e.p. "Autopia" which boasted four effortless pop songs with the angularity of Elastica at their best and the languid ease that comes from the knowledge that quality will out, through the Kraftwerk cover from the "Never never" single and on to the confident and stylish 3 minutes of exquisite guitar tuneage that is recent single "Hurricane" the Warm Jets---name procured from a Brian Eno LP, fact fans---have the class to worm their way into your hearts and lodge themselves there for the duration. "I see us as early Pink Floyd and late Beatles, a pop group but experimental" says singer Louis, "the missing link in 1997". And he's not talking Neanderthal Man, this is a forward-looking link, backed up by the album "Future signs", to what might be if only a few more bands would start thinking for themselves instead of taking their lead from the boneheads who retro their way into the charts.
Backstage at the Cambridge Junction, on tour with the Wannadies and West Pier, Paul (guitar) is in an expansive mood "..it's been great, the bands are good, the Wannadies are very nice, they have rituals though: burning Viking longboats in the sink, well, small models of longboats, it's still pretty impressive" and the rest of the band are very much into the idea of being interviewed by a Magic Robot boardgame that generates Clint Eastwood-related questions. Which is something of a relief. A fistful of answers from Paul, Louis, bassist Colleen and drummer Ed.
makes your day?
you feel lucky?
fairground attraction turns you into a Pale Rider?
the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
was your narrowest escape?
you talk to the trees?
It counts in our book, although he seems to do pretty well without it as well. In fact the whole band completely fail to come across as jaded and bitter at the industry as you might expect, having been through the mill in other bands. It turns out they'd rather not have to talk about their music all the time anyway, side-stepping the hackneyed old faithful "we'll let our music do the talking" trap with consummate skill: "they ask you all sorts of questions in Europe, like what's your favourite comic? or what do you think of disco?". For the record, Colleen is into Hate and old-school Robert Crumb ("he's beginning to lose it now that he's moved to France") and Paul thinks that disco is "Brilliant! it's one of the greatest modern musical forms..it's like pure.." Sex? "..there is that, but it's more abstract, like pure primal..stuff. And I like that." And you'll all like the Warm Jets, not exactly primal sex, but certainly a luxuriously-extended foreplay.
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