When asked to describe their sound they said “Marching, Supercalifragilistic- exbealidoschus and fireworks.” We’re more than hooked on Dead Wolf Club!
It’s not long until you head out on the road. How do you prep yourself for a tour? We think it’s best to never practice before a tour. We instead like to keep to this regime: climb mountains of chocolate, march up and down the street with a yellow bucket shouting Mash, Fish – dunno! Feed all stray cats, lift cans of beans, drink cups of tea, fly Spitfires, sleep and drink vodka a lot and watch Nirvana live at Reading ‘92.
Are there any particular items that you must have with you? Yes, John has a lucky jumper and must take Lemsips and eat Twirls every 4 hours. Martha has Magic Knitting Needles. Alwin has to drive without a steering wheel and Serra needs to take her pet toy Snake Zippy with her.
What’s a live Dead Wolf Club set like? It’s like watching a murder mystery as you don’t know who did it until the end.
Your album ‘RAR’ is out in Feb. Do you base your album on a particular theme, or does it all just nicely fit together? The whole album is a complete story. It starts off about a father who is trying to find a present for Xmas for his son. He stumbles across an ancient shop in China Town and finds the perfect present, a rare animal called a mogwai. When the mogwai is given to the son as a present he must uphold 3 rules, don’t expose them to light, don’t get them wet and whatever you do, however much they plead, never feed them after midnight. Hold on that maybe someone else’s story to tell…. We just tend to go with what sounds right really, complain about the disorder in the world, and eat sugar.
Your single ‘Strange Letters’ is released on the 14th. Could you tell us the idea behind the track? In ‘Strange Letters’, we examine the Hebrew text of Genesis and its relationship to the alphabet. They show how each letter is both concept and gesture, with the form of the gesture matching the function of the concept. There is thus an implicit relationship between the physical world of function and the conscious world of concept. Geometric metaphor is the best framework for understanding the deepest meaning of the text.
Rabbinic tradition asserts that every letter of every word of the Torah is a word in itself. Each letter is also a hand gesture, and it is at this level that Hebrew forms a natural universal language. All people, including children, before they speak and people without sight, make natural use of these gestures.
What gets the creative juices flowing when writing a song? We would say it’s: Jack Daniels, Jimmy Walker, Jimmy Beam, Long Island Ice Tea, Corpse Reviver#2, Death in the Afternoon, Earthquake, Green Vesper, The Modernista, Moloko Plus, The Monkey Gland, Sazerac, Black Velvet, Hangman’s Blood, U-Boot, Jack Rose, Pink Gin, Singapore Sling, Campagne Cocktail, Kir Royal, Spritzer and Flirtini.
Your songs are extremely catchy! What musicians inspired you growing up to create the type of music you do? That’s very kind of you to say so! We are mainly inspired by Dib Dab’s, Paris, Castles, Christmas Trees, Party Poppers, Fate Vs Destiny and The Jamaican Inn in Cornwall.
And lastly, what can we expect from you in 2013? We wish to try to make World Peace Order and put an end to all Economic and Social problems. Tour lots and create a new stage show with fog and lights and thunder and lightning! Create a new metric system based on umbrellas and cookies. Make people realise that they don’t need to heavily rely on the internet so much.
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