|Love Ends Disaster!|
It's an exciting time for Love Ends Disaster! Having been together since 2005, they have just released 'City of Glass', their debut album, and have been picked by BBC Introducing to play the Reading and Leeds Festivals this Bank Holiday weekend...
Hello, how are you?
Matthew Oakes: Fine thank you. I've just had some Weetabix for breakfast and I'm raring to go.
Jonathan Dix: Terrible.
Matthew Waterfield: On good form, thanks.
Matthew Dix: Muy bueno gracias.
Who are Love Ends Disaster and how long have you been together?
MO: We are four, sometimes five and sometimes six, human beings who like to make challenging yet accessible noise together that seems to be vaguely popular in New Zealand and Canada.
MW: LED! are seasoned veterans of the local music scene who have been together 6/7 years, recently replacing a founder member who moved to pastures new with Matt Waterfield, formerly of Among the Missing.
MD: Escribiremos música nueva epoca.
You are set to play the Reading and Leeds Festivals this Bank Holiday weekend - how does that feel?
MW: Like being selected to appear on a reality TV show.
MD: Pero mejor. Le deremos mas tarde.
MO: Good. It was a pleasant surprise to get the call.
What can people expect from your set at the festivals?
MO: The usual accessible yet challenging noise. I'll also be having a shave.
MW: 25 minutes exactly of unpredictability.
JD: I suppose you want us to say the usual wacky indie answers, like “we'll be dressed up as trannies” or “expect the unexpected”.
MD: Todovia no se.
Are you festival-goers yourselves?
MO: This would've been the first year in ten that I hadn't gone to a summer festival. I'd spent this year's festival savings on a ticket to the Belle and Sebastian ATP in December, so playing Leeds and Reading is quite nice as I was rather missing the idea of getting drunk on cider in a sunny field.
MW: There’s more to festivals than main stages and Guns N’ Roses cover bands.
MD: Vamos a jugar Sweet Child Of Mine.
Do you have any tips for people going to festivals?
MO: Take bin bags (always randomly useful) and loo roll (always obviously useful). And don't over plan your days, leave a little space to wander around and surprise yourself by finding some new music - like Love Ends Disaster! of course.
JD: Yes, don't bother. You'll only embarrass yourself, wake up feeling terrible, and you and all your friends will lie to each other by going on about how much of an amazing time you're all having, when really you're all dead inside.
If you could put on a festival locally, where would you stage it and what local acts would you have playing?
MW: It would be a free event in the Arboretum Swimming, Stop Eject, Moscow Youth Cult, Souvaris, LHOOQ, Rescued by Wolves, and I’d force Actionforce to reform, and how about Nottingham legends Paper Lace?
MD: Seises Por Siete jugar.
You have also just released your debut album, that must be pretty exciting?
JD: Nope. It took about 100 years to finish it, so we all hate it, and hate each other.
MO: It took two years to record, so it was more a relief than anything.
How did the recording go?
MW: I don’t know but I’d say ‘long’.
In five words how would you describe the album?
MO: It has the X Factor.
MW: Worth at least five pounds.
|Sorting out a band squabble LED! style|
What has been your favourite experience playing live with the band?
MW: The soundman peeing in the sink
MD: INXS, Scouting For Girls, Babyshambles.
What has been the worst experience playing live?
MW: The soundman peeing in the sink.
MD: INXS, Scouting For Girls, Babyshambles.
Where are your favourite places to play in Nottingham and why?
MW: Spanky Van Dykes has a great space and a great PA.
MD: Wollaton Park was nice for Splendour. I like playing outside among the trees, the animals and the Madness fans.
JD: I suppose Peggars is OK.
If you could play in any other band or with any other musician, who would it be and why?
MW: I would have loved to play with At The Drive-In just for the live energy and experiencing the performance.
MD: Bueno Vista Social Club.
MO: Moscow Youth Cult. I hear they're very good. Failing that, Wings.
What was your first ever gig as a punter, when and where was it?
MO: The Lightning Seeds supported by The Crockets at De-Montfort Hall, Leicester in 1995.
MW: Radiohead at Doncaster Dome, OK Computer tour.
For you, what is the perfect night out in Nottingham?
MO: A night in.
JD: Puking all over Bar Schnapps. Then getting the hell out of there.
MW: Playing a gig at Spanky Van Dykes, then getting free entry into the Silent Disco at Stealth with the rest of the band.
What was the first album you ever bought?
MO and MD: Michael Jackson's ‘Bad’.
MO: I'm proud of that.
MW: Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory on tape. Sorry.
What was the last book you read?
MD: Michel Thomas ‘Foundation Spanish Course Sessions 1-8’. Soy brillante.
MO: Franz Kafka's ‘The Castle’.
MW: ‘The Sheltering Sky’ by Paul Bowles
If you died and were reincarnated what would you like to come back as?
MO: I'd rather not come back if I have the choice.
JD: A vampire gorilla.
MW: Any kind of bird with the freedom to travel without the need for visas.
Do you have any final words for the LeftLion readers?
MO: Thank you for your time and patience. It will all be over soon, I promise.
MW: Buy the album, come see us at Reading or Leeds, join the facebook page and visit the website, if you do all this we’ll buy you a pony.