We’ve been very lucky, and always talked about in glowing terms. We’ve had it handed to us on a silver platter, and that silver platter has gone. It’s a good thing though, because it’s like, ‘Oh, you guys got a new bass player and new songs, you wrote a new gospel for the Old Testament.’ And people ask: ‘Is it valid? Is it legit?’ So we have something to prove at every single show. It’s not handed to us on a silver platter any more. Kim Deal kind of took it with her under her shirt as she ran out the door. —
- Black Francis
From this week’s NME, out now
Whenever we’ve played Europe, we’ve always been aware that there’s a heavy amount of government or council money being spent on music in those countries, but it seems to result in a safe and bland style of music. Britain is a stronger place musically because we have the freedom to write. —
- Eoin Loveless, Drenge
From NME’s inaugural Young Britannia special, out today nationwide.