I don’t really trust freezers. You end up putting chips and stuff in them.
I didn’t really think it was possible to be in a band until I heard certain types of music. Punk music in all its forms, especially the New York stuff… James Chance and Teenage Jesus. Picking up an instrument and being intuitive with it excited me. But I’ve gone the opposite way as I’ve got older and I see the value in theory and stuff because I find it interesting, rather than wanting to force it on other people.
It was the same sort of venues we played with The Arctic Monkeys five years ago, and the reaction was the polar opposite. The Arctic Monkeys’ audience was engaged in throwing coins, but I’d rather have that than people standing with their arms folded. Thankfully, we don’t really get that.
Faris Badwan on touring with Florence + the Machine
I remember the first rehearsal. I just sat there in silence. When you sing
for the first time you have to get past the point of no return.
Faris Badwan on his first band
Doing that Cat’s Eyes record I definitely learned a lot. It was very rewarding. Writing songs with one other person is more direct whereas with The Horrors it has to be more organic, a loose idea gradually finding shape. Rachel’s also been doing a solo album which I’m quite envious of.
I think the intensity of the live performances have stayed the same. I don’t know that I’ve become more diplomatic. Maybe I’ve softened a little bit, but I still have my moments.
And someone sits here like this and goes, ‘Look, boys, sadness sells. You know, you wanna get on that. That’ll make you cool. That’ll make you cool. Think about that.’
Interviewer: If you died tomorrow, what would you want inscribed on your gravestone?
Faris: Why did no-one tell me I was ill?
Interviewer: If the Arctic Monkeys were to fight the Kooks, who would win?
Faris: ah… It’s hard to imagine The Kooks winning anything… I mean, yeah, I definitely side with Arctic Monkeys.
There’s an English band called Toy, who we are touring around with in Europe. There’s Cerebral Ballzy, who will be with later in the year in Europe – we saw them at the Reading Festival, and they are mental. They’re from New York and are hilarious. Their show was just a fantastic hardcore show, and afterwards we met them backstage and asked if they would open for us in November. It was so easy. And I love S.C.U.M., they’re from London, and we will take them on tour with us as well. It’ll be great to be able to watch them and hang out with them – so, fun for us.