The High Wire

Interview: The High Wire

Being our first interview of 2011 is no small feat. Being prompted to answer some of the most probing, inquisitive, most BURNING six questions that quite frankly everyone deserves an answer to requires true grit desired by many but possessed by few. Well, it just so happens that one of our favourite acts of 2010, The High Wire, were ready and willing to rise up to the task. Having released their debut album The Sleep Tape in both the UK and Japan, played most club venues up and down the land, been rated by everyone from the fucking NME, Q, and Guardian, and made their big festival debut at last year’s V Festival, 2011 looks set to be even more eventful for these 4 dudes. Heed their words…

Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?

I am Tim Crompton, I play in The High Wire with Alexia Hagen, Ross Forrest and Ben Evans. I think Spacemen 3, Teenage Fanclub, The Beach Boys, Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock and David Shrigley are great.

Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?

My favourite songs from 2010 were Power by Kanye West – because it’s original, heavy as hell, manages to use King Crimson as it’s main hook and still makes you want to dance – and also Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire – because the of the line ‘give up these pretentious things and just punch the clock’ and because it’s great when very serious bands just go disco stomp like Blondie.

Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?

Dean Wareham playing Galaxie 500 at the Highbury Garage. He is my hero. Never thought I’d have the chance to hear him use his crazy high voice live on songs like Snowstorm, Strange and Blue Thunder. Dean and Britta’s soundtrack album ’13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests’ is my top album from 2010.


If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?

Mitchell Johnson.

You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?

O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps. Just because I love it, as opposed to because of the message (…at the moment of inevitable death, perhaps not the most appropriate).

Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?

Dark Side of the Moon.


The High Wire release new single ‘Pump Your Little Heart’ on 6th February, via Grandpa Stan Records

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