Interview: Films Of Colour
We have it on good authority that guitar music is allowed back on the radio. Well, the guy who runs Distiller Records told us that about a month ago. We went around telling this to a few people subsequently, and the general vibe is that this information is proper and correct. Although in the wee hours of this morning, we did stumble across a paradox of sorts: the radio, apparently, dictates what people buy in regards to ‘chart-eligible’ music (although taking that in context, in a larger sense supposedly the media in general does). The Beeb have since said, following the insidous culling of guitar-led music on most major stations playlists in the UK this, that said playlists are dictated by consumer opinion – as in they play some songs to some people on the radio, they receive feedback and playlist or drop the song in question accordingly. The only problem we see with that is how, exactly, consumer opinion can be so against guitar bands when they never hear it on the radio anyway? Can you like or dislike something that you never knew exists? Have we successfully managed to confuse the crap out of all of you? Either way, this is good news y’all. And we can bet that, being right at the front of the queue of British mainstream radio’s brave new step back into guitar bands, that Films Of Colour will also be quite happy about all of this. Not that they need the help really. Already with a single release under their belt (from our good buddies Fierce Panda/Club Fandango no less), citations and big ups from the likes of The Guardian, Music Week, The Independent, Evening Standard 6Music (how come THEY play guitar bands but Radio 1 won’t?), our other buddies Amazing Radio, yaddayaddayadda, these dudes were already well on their way before BBC Head Of Music type George whats-his-face decided to sort it out. After getting wind of one Tony Visconti getting involved on the production side of things, we wanted a word or several with this bright outfit from London…
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Good day to you, Sirs and Madams of the World Wide Internet. We are Films of Colour, a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Individually we are Andrew, James, Jack and another James for good luck. Answering your questions today will be Jack.
KM: Pleasure’s all ours Jackster. We much appreciate you identifying yourself as the designated band’s representative in this instance. It really pisses us off when we’re interviewing more than two people from the same band, at the same time, via email. Two is okay. But three is just mental.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq329-MJhrI&feature=youtu.be]
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
I was about to say Wall of Arms by The Maccabees and then I realised that its over two years old and I don’t know when this happened because it still sounds new to me. I would like to think that is more the music being excellent than me being behind the times. I liked Wild Beasts Smother or [Radiohead’s] King of Limbs despite the haters.
KM: Haters gon’ hate Jacky. Always have done, always will. We will allow all The Maccabees reference you cheekily snuck in there by “about to say it”, because we happen to think it’s reet good as well.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNNip1MMjJI]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
It would actually be the last time I saw the band I’m going to see tonight. It will only be the second time I have seen them, but The Chap are truly awesome. A bunch of seriously talented people, not taking themselves too seriously, making excellent music, and putting on a show. Money well spent.
KM: WE SAW THEM ONCE! AT THE LEXINGTON! LIKE LAST YEAR OR SOMETHING! YEAH![youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ye18aMVD7Q]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
Can we moon at the moon? But it wouldn’t be a nasty moon at the moon, more appreciation, like this is the best we can do, moon. If not, those very happy to be anonymous Youtube commenters.
KM: You may moon the moon. Mainly as we have a decent image on file, and we’re too knackered to search for an fitting image for those bastard Youtube commenters. It’s nearly 11pm on a Friday night. We know you understand.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Kashmir by Led Zepplin because its incredible and its 8 minutes long so I can put it off a bit.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Killing in the Name of the Moon. Now that would be an album. It has to be Rage every time.
KM: Whilst due to work-related fatigue we really can’t think of anything remotely smart-arsed to respond with here, we would like to point out that Jack ended his email interview with the following:
“Hope this is okay. Regards, Jack”
Jack is a GOOD GUY. Everyone BE MORE LIKE JACK please.
Thanks: Lousie Minter at AMP Publicity. And Jack, of course.