Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Scissoring the Sisters Part II



You guys have been to Japan a few time, at least twice for each tour, this is your fifth time... How did you feel about your performance at Fuji rock?

DEL: This was the last show on the 2 month leg we’ve done of just promotion... i think we expected to come on and see a few people, like soaked and passed out in the field, but to come on and have everyone still up for it was pretty awesome... it was the best synchronised movement in the past two months. Everybody would [move how we told them] was really executing the movements professionally.
Jake: It was a lot bigger than i expected, i really thought we were going to end up with half a crowd, tired people, but it was the opposite.  I was really happy, and super pleasantly surprised, it was not expected, because at festivals, no matter what stage your playing on, or time your playing, you cant really take for granted that anyone is going to be there. For instance during Roxy Music I heard they had half a crowd. It doesn’t matter if your headlining, you’ll never know what the crowd will be like or what you’re going to be facing.
What are your thoughts on Fugi Rock Festival in particular?
Jake: The Line ups are always amazing!  It’s one of the best festivals in the world as far as the line-up and whose playing, and I thought that this year was really really cool.  There was Yeahsayer, MGMT, LCD Sound System, and the Horse Meet Guys, there was a lot as far as my own taste goes.
How in your opinion did Fugi Rock Festival compare with Splendour this year?
DEL: I thought that this line-up and the Splendour line-up were two of the best line-ups for this summer. 
DEL: You know what? They are both run really efficiently and so there is a sense of peace, where as sometimes you can feel, not so much as bad energy, but drunk weird behaviour.  Both Splendour and Fuji are serene, the settings were really interesting, and people seemed relaxed and appear to enjoy themselves. Versus other festivals we’ve been to with an element of drunken sadism and weird weird energy.
Do you prefer one to the other?
JAKE: My only thing is that I prefer the heat.  Even though the weather at Splendour was really good, I like a festival to be really sweltering and at night time at Splendour you have to dress warmer and that’s a little strange.
At Fuji Anna said that every time you come to Japan you guys have the best time ever. Why is that?
DEL: We all go shopping, we all have our great places and little rituals that we do...
JAKE: I go to Disney! But show wise, it’s just that the fans are really amazing. They are really devoted and sweet.  We have the same sort of stalkers we have had for years here, which are really lovely, so that’s something really special.
DEL: I’m also impressed by the attention to detail here in Japan.  From the most basic clothes in a store, to a fan coming and bringing a picture from the last time to get it resigned, to just the customs.  Japan is really welcoming, the foods really good, the pastries are a more perfect version of Parisian pastries…they do everything just a little bit better!
One of my favourite things in Japan has to be the Karaoke.  Have you guys dabbled?
JAKE: We’re really good at karaoke! Actually the last time we were here it got really really messy…
DEL: I don’t remember that?
videoJAKE: Probably because you were in a black out! It was really messy! Do you remember when I was pulling the spaghetti out, and I literally dumped a bowl of spaghetti on my head, ha ha!  We trashed the room, yeah we trashed trashed the room! And got wasted and were literally not far from taking the furniture and fucking banging it up against the walls.  I think our record label were either horrified or egging us on, i’m not quite sure. We are seldom so destructive though.

What’s your song Jake?
JAKE: Anything by the Stones… ‘Give me shelter’
 



So talking about the new album, you’ve said that it’s a dance and club album, would you say that this album is the most suited to festivals?
DEL:  Its been really, not effortless, but easy to put together set list for this first round, because we want to keep it up tempo and we now have more songs to fill up our set, to keep the energy high and especially for festivals. Depending if you have and hour or hour and 15 mins so there isn’t as much time as you have in a show where you can arc and dip in and out and come up and hit people over the head , so this album is really suitable for that.
The last track on the album, invisible light leaves listeners with a high, as do you guys when you close a festival. How does that make you feel?
JAKE: You want to leave people with a sense of them being higher, and a sense of more energy than they had so people with a really great taste in their mouth.  That’s the way we structure our shows: it gets darker and dancier as it goes along, playing all the rock ‘n’ roll stuff out in the first half.
I here that Kylie appeared in Melbourne when you guys were there, and Sir Elton was at the iTunes festival when tiy opened. What would you say is a stand out for you so far?
(Can you describe a few of your highlights from this years tour?)
JAKE: Kylie has definitely been a big highlight of this summer, she performed with us at Glasto, then in Melbourne.  She’s family...being with her in the first place is fun but being on stage with her is a really good time and she loves it.
Melbourne was really fun, because Glasto we planned and really structured, and Melbourne was completely impromptu.  I got a text from Kylie the day before saying “do you want me to come out with you tomorrow?” So it was completely unplanned.  It’s very exciting when stuff like that happens.
Do you guys get to go to many festivals as punters? 
DEL: Glastonbury was one of the main festivals we got to put on the punters helmet on and enjoy the festival as everybody else was, and get a sense of the festival besides the back stage area and go to the dance tents.
JAKE: That was a BLAST
DEL: that was kind of a peak of this last leg that we did
JAKE: You cant get any better than Glasto, I mean Glasto is the best festival in the world, and getting the spot that we did, it was pretty overwhelming and it was really really validating and exciting.
DEL: It was hot, and steamy, there was a bunch of British people who didn’t wear suntan lotion, who got drunk and had really bad farmers tans.
JAKE: Its amazing, just amazing!

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