Well, we're still doing our stuff, obviously after being with Sony for eight years we definitely felt that in the last three years how easy it is to lose your edge and not realise it at the time. So we are about to do some gigs in London and hopefully have a couple of singles out very soon through an independent label. Basically we want to get back on the road and play to our fans. We definitely haven't peaked as a band yet, no way.
he thing is, when we first signed to Sony in 1992 we had no experience of major record labels at all, but at the time you got a feeling that things weren't as bad as they are now. I mean we signed to Sony (Epic), and put out two EP's on a side label and no one was involved, we didn't meet people at all. We used to go in the studio and the A&R guy would come down, we'd deliver the music and artwork and that would be it. For us we were just really excited and no one ever questioned the music, and because the marketing department had fuck all to do with us anyway I just thought that was what it was like to be on a major. It wasn't until I wrote 'Tourniquet' that people started thinking 'this could be a hit' and suddenly all the cogs are put in motion and after a few months you begin to get freaked out.
There are a few bands that I like and admire but when it comes to listening to music I don't really buy them. The thing that made me want to play guitar was 'Pete Townsend', that's not to say I'm a massive 'Who' fan, I am, but they also did a lot of shit, but he was my inspiration to play guitar. Since then it's been everything from Black Sabbath, Nick Drake, Miles Davis, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Hip Hop, basically 'what ever turns me on'.
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