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
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.
I was as surprised as everybdy else when Bowie made a comeback this year. I don’t know if it’s going to be more than just one record, but I was very happy to see it happen. There probably isn’t another muiscian who could have such impact. I don’t even think someone like Sir Paul McCartney could have that impact, as big as he is. Or even Neil Young or other artists like that. It’s his entrance that commands everybody’s attention, especially as he’s been off the scene for a while.
- Black Francis on David Bowie