Post by Mrs Clarkeycakes on Nov 1, 2009 2:51:59 GMT
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Paul Thompson (Franz Ferdinand): interview (28.10.09) Lessons frantsevskogo
"Wow, John Cale (John Cale) on the other side" - Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thompson (Paul Thompson) brought by a little surprised at the signature plate with a cover of LCD Soundsystem "All My Friends", - "we, incidentally, recently started to play it live. " . The conversation takes place in a restaurant club "B1 Maximum", where the Scots have to close the ceremony RAMP 2009. Franz Ferdinand have just finished soundcheck. Journalists are a lot of time - not enough, so entire quartet had to answer questions in four streams. Get me in this roulette Lapsany Thompson, dressed in a plaid shirt, and - with a thick beard, vyscherbinoy in the teeth and tattooed fists (on the right is written "love", on the left - "Paul") - not like the "new aristocrat, but rather a porter or plumber. In Thompson, we are discussing disco and dub, red carpet, the love of northerners to the rapid rhythms and fight with bad clips.
Sounds: Do you often play cover songs at concerts? I remember your funny cover of "What You Waiting For" by Gwen Stefani (Gwen Stefani).
Paul Thompson: BBC Radio 1 asked us to do a cover of some pop song, sent us a list and "What You Waiting For" was the best among them. We like to do covers, we are not doing that every day.
Sounds: You probably were on the set of the award ceremony. What is remembered most?
Paul: Actually, we have long not been invited anywhere, and do not think that will invite in the near future (laughs). Perhaps, at the "Grammy" (2005-year - approx. Sounds) was great. We do not quite understand, as we were there, on the red carpet between Hulk Hogan and James Brown We stood there and heard the photographers were whispering. "And who is this?" "It's Franz Ferdinand" - "Aaaa." It was fun to play there, seeing before him, Jerry Lee Lewis, seated in the second row. A strange feeling as if you walk through the museum revived.
Sounds: Musical press is replete with lists of "best songs of the decade", "best album" and so on. And what record would you take with you from 00th in the next decade?
Paul: Let me think, such be typed a lot ... The Fall Returned a lot of guitar music that was heard in the 90's. The Fall have released several excellent albums, they once again they rule, as in the 80-ies. The last album, Animal Collective, again good.
Sounds: Three years ago a well-known critic Paul Morley wrote that each new generation of musicians begins with denying the heritage of the previous generation, referring to what was before him. This group of 90 . denied the 80's and inspired by the 70-mi.. Well it's true. . While there are always exceptions.
Sounds: In my opinion, this is a good explanation of why the 2000's increased interest in disco and related genres.
Paul: I'm trying to remember what it was disco last 20 years, and, perhaps, it was extremely out of fashion then, and now people once again his love. When we started in Glasgow was a disco club, a cellar with no windows, under the base of the shopping center, and there put the old plate 70-ies. And I remember the feeling of the music, it just is not aggression, just "dance, dance, dance". Pure hedonism.
Sounds: I'm what - you have a third album quite a bit of disco that unites it with the rock album of the late 70's - early 80's who on the dance floor and took on the cheers.
Paul: At the previous album, we decided to take the acceleration, and when I went on tour, began the concert to the concert to play faster and faster, purely unconsciously. At some point we realized that further accelerate nowhere, pushed the tempo and began to give some kind of dance music. And suddenly, we notice that people in the hall show us (points his finger at the ceiling) "Hey, what are you?" Faster, faster "(laughs). In different countries, in different parts of the same country have different ideas about what should be the best rhythm. In Britain it can be seen: the north, the faster the music people prefer to listen to happy hardcore In Scotland, the last 20 years wildly popular happy hardcore (offshoot of acid house, the characteristic rhythm - 160-180 beats per minute - approx. Sounds), so stupid molotilovka. And even traditional music, folk in Scotland faster than the south.". Sounds: Northerners because historically fond of "northern soul". ;. Sex: Yes, again, in the northern soul fast rhythm.
Sounds: On the other hand, the album is "Dream Again", pacifying the song, "Screamdelica" practically.
Paul: Oh, I remember, this is very paradoxical record - acid house and ballads in one bottle. "Dream Again" was conceived as an acoustic number. We picked chords, Alex wrote the lyrics and recorded vocals. . But then we decided that the album will be acoustic ballads, so we "section of vocals, I played on elektroorgane, Nick - bass, Alex - on lead guitar, and was obtained by a sort of dreamy little thing.
Sounds: In the studio work is almost always an element of spontaneity. When you recorded your last album that was planned, and that it is in the process work?
Paul: Honestly, the only rule that we followed was this:&. And since we are just going, played something and look, it turns out we have something or not. There is an element of research - we will never know the end.
Sounds: And whose idea was to complement the main album disc with dub versions of songs?72;. Usually, when a group wants to make a collection of dub mixes, she invited some famous dub producer. and you did everything yourself.
Paul: Our producer, Dan Carey has cooperated with Lee Perry (Lee "Scratch" Perry), and Mad Professor - actually, the Mad Professor, and he learned to work. . And he invited us for the sake of fun to make remixes of songs. It's a curious thing - to use the mixer as a standalone tool. ;... Dub shovel structure of songs, extends some pieces, looped back into a magnifying glass .... It was a pleasure to look at how Dan conjures over our material. It turned out something like the first album, Burning Spear, or version of the album Massive Attack, which made the Mad Professor. I must admit that the dub remix albums I often enjoy more than the originals.
Sounds: All of your videos have something in common - as if it were your own handwriting - with that removed their different directors. How do you do it?
Paul: "Can't Stop Feeling" shot Russell Weekes (Russell Weekes, he came up with this installation with the "hand" movement of personnel, a powerful move, which keeps all videos. They took us to quickly and cheerfully. Shootings "No You Girls" took few months, we have been transcribed by e-mail with the director Nimoy Nurizade (Nima Nourizadeh), which gave us some very good clips. We discussed with him the idea several times been ready to shoot video, but something has been frustrated. And what happened in Finally, we did not like. Then we took their version - the camera built into the laptop, in his studio - and hung it on the site.
Sounds: Some groups say they are like one family. Others - that they can not stand each other, but without each other, too, can not. You have a team in any relationship?
Paul: Good.. From the beginning we were friends. And we managed to stay friends. Perhaps if hired musicians, to maintain a healthy relationship, it would be rather difficult.
Sounds: You had a sense of belonging to a scene - in Glasgow in the UK? Or are you mostly "floated" on its own, by themselves?
Paul: When we started, next to us were friendly gang, with whom we often shared equipment. We supported each other. Of course, then we have become rivals, because our group has achieved some success ... Many of those teams and then collapsed, while we continue.
Sounds: to you often, especially early in his career, stuck the tab "post-punk revival", but I remember that Alex said something like, "We rather wanted to be like Duran Duran, than Joy Division".
Paul: Well said, I like the post-punk, this is a great period in music history: the freedom that gave punk musicians, then passed on to the post-punk, and from it came a lot of pros. But we are at that time were quite children, and by the time we started a band, the music has a lot of things had time to come, so that post-punk - this is just one of our roots. I would not like to think that one over a narrow impact on everything we have done these past six years.
Sounds: Well, finally. What words would you choose for your own slogan?
Paul: It's hard to choose one thing ... Let the slogan of "This is Spinal Tap": "Have a good time. All the time" (laughs).
Post by Mrs Clarkeycakes on Nov 1, 2009 19:28:38 GMT
It's beautiful - I'm sure you'd love it. As for Paul - it must be so frustrating - I remember when Tour de Franz was first out and lots of people couldn't understand what he was saying. Personally I find his accent isn't so full on as when I've been further up to places like Campbeltown/Tarbet etc But surely a bit of common sense should have been applied by the restaurant staff - if a customer has just had a fairly substantial meal, they're hardly going to be asking for canapes are they?!
I had to read this interview twice, translators are fun ;D
And I don't get that juice - soup mistake either. The problem's with the staff not Paul. English isn't my native language (obviously...) and still I'm able to understand 90% of what he's saying. Maybe I just got used to his accent, don't know.