Broadcast 14 May 2002
Robert, Peter and Nick from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were in the Live Lounge and were very tired. They'd been performing in Glasgow the night before, and the show dragged them down to London for a track which was performed in virtual darkness. With the lights off and an assorted collection of record company people, sound engineers and this webmonkey ready for hand claps the "Bikers" talked to Jo...
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You've turned down all the lights! I've never done an interview before with anyone I can't see cos it's pitch black in there.
Well, it's better that way, I think…
Do you reckon?
Yeah, we just woke up so…
I know, you just travelled down from Glasgow cos you were gigging there last night - so I apologise for the early performance that you're having to do this morning. You're all alright, yeah?
Yeah. For you Jo, we'll do anything…
Thank you. Ah, no one's ever said that before.
We kill the lights, we put in the vibe, you know.
Was it a good gig last night?
Yeah it was. I think a lot of people felt that way. I did. It was one of the best times playing we've ever had.
Are the venues getting more and more packed at the moment? Are the fans getting more and more devoted? Cos you've got quite hardcore fans.
Yeah, it's been getting bettter…
Do they ever push it too far? Do you ever get stuff thrown on stage? Anything interesting?
Er, we had a jacket and a hat. Some beercans…
And you just keep them I presume? If they're any good you wear them… Obviously you drink the beer…
It's how we stay in fashion.
How many times have you toured the UK now?
This is the first one with Nick on drums, cos last time he wasn't able to come over - in February I think. That was it.
Favourite place you've played in the UK?
Glasgow or Manchester actually. The last two. Nick says Manchester. Gladchester…
Do you think the success of other bands like The Strokes and White Stripes… is that been a help or a hinderance to you?
I don't know. I just think it helps everyone's spirit actually. There's a lot of bands now that have come along and it makes everyone… you know… a little more optimistic, you know? That's good for everyone, to feel something that's maybe moving in the right direction you know. So it helps me.
You're enjoying yourself at the moment though? It must be feeling good? The success growing?
Of course, yeah. Couldn't say anything bad about it.
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