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Adequate Seven

July 11th, 2003 · post by Edd · Make a comment

Interview with members of Adequate Seven on the roof of the Peel, Kingston in the summer of 2003.

RN: No wait… I’ll hold it like that.
Squeak (trumpet): Yeah?

RN: Yeah that’ll work! OK so are you happy with how the record’s [Songs Of Innocence and Experience] been receieved?
Squeak: We don’t really know I don’t think…
All: Yeah we don’t really know…
Johnny (bass): We always get sent reviews sent to us, and the ones from mainland Europe are always like, ‘crazy party band’! (laughs) It’s like crazy translations that you do on the email, and it just all goes wrong! But I’m getting side tracked aren’t I.
Kazz (guitar): I’m really pleased with .. I mean the thing is that obviously…
S: You can never really tell. I mean you’re mates are always going to tell you, yeah it’s wicked, but they’re going to say it whatever you do, so (laughs)
J: I mean the shows that we’ve played since the album came out, they seem to have gotten better haven’t they!?! I think.
K: Yeah we seem to be getting more and more audiences that know the words and stuff…
J: Which is always nice going in that direction, when they know the words and stuff!

RN: OK this is a cop out of a question, but tell people about the band that wouldn’t know about the band?
J: Ohh like secrets and stuff?
RN: Anything you wanna say!
J: Oh well I guess that we’re a band that plays a whole mixture of styles and stuff aren’t we..?
S: That’s not really a secret though is it! (laughs)
J: Well for people who know about us, but if they don’t then maybe it is. So yeah we play a whole …
K: Yeah it’s like hardcore punk with a funk groove.
J: Yeah funk grooves…
S: We don’t play ska though.
K: Yeah contorary to popular opinion it’s black and white man we don’t play ska, (laughs) I don’t who those people that think we are either, because I don’t know what they think ska is, if they think we’re it! (laughs)
J: I mean if you put the Specials on and then you put us on there’s a big difference. I mean even if you put contemporary ska punk bands on, we don’t sound like that! I mean I like ska when it’s done well but we don’t play it! (laughs)

RN: So that’s the big secret you’re not a ska band?
K: Yeah it sometimes seems like people don’t want to acknowledge it.

RN: You have horns you gotta be a ska band, that kind of thing?
J: Yeah I think there’s some of that!

RN: So did you specifically start out not being a ska band, or are you just not a ska band?
J: I don’t think it was anything specifically against ska or anything, it was just there is such, and mean when you play punk and stuff it’s so, it’s so, easy to go, ‘Oh yeah we’ll just mix it up with ska’ because like it is, it’s become like the fashionable thing to do, and the thing that people are getting into. Like ska punk bands, especially in Britain are beginning to be able to do big headline tours, like [spunge] and bands like that. I guess I always personally felt that it’s a bit of a copout playing ska punk (laughs) but then I’m sat here saying that wearing an Operation Ivy t-shirt, you know what I mean!?!
S: I just think that it’s something… when we started to play we wanted to try and make something different. I mean we were all into punk, and into funk, and hip hop, and I guess we just tried to make something different.
K: Yeah we figured no-ones ever tried to do funk and hardcore together, well not the way that we do it! (laughs)

RN: So you’re hardcore funk then?
J: Or funk-core and we call it. (laughs) That’s the term isn’t it…
S: Oh man…(laughs)

RN: You know the one thing you didn’t say in your description was that you’re political…
J: Oh yeah that’s true, we do have a political kind of view point as a band. I guess in the mix you could describe it as anti-capitalist, I guess that’s the best way, or is it just humanist.
S: Yeah, yeah…
J: You know what I mean because the songs are about people… I guess the thing we’re interested in is equality.
K: Yeah equality.

RN: So you all share the opinions of the lyrics?
J: I don’t know, one time…
K: Yeah well, they’re not my lyrics so you can’t obviously express like… we all kind of have, or share similar ideas to what’s expressed in the lyrics but we’ve all got our own perspective.
J: I think we all share the sentiment but not necessarily the context. We share where he’s [jamie] coming from but we don’t neccesarily agree with the exact kind of wording that he uses.
S: But having said that he’s got a job, he’s got a difficult job though, because he’s somehow got to put it all together, and make it so that it all fits.
J: Yeah him managing to get the words into the different bits of the music is difficult, and it’s good that he’s doing it at a political angle because we definetly all politically minded individuals.

RN: So you’ve never come to blows over the lyrics?
K: No, no, we just wouldn’t do it, I mean if there’s something that we disagree with in the lyrics we’d just say so, but I don’t think that would ever happen, because I just can’t imagine … I can’t imagine Jamie writing something that we’d disagree with really. (laughs)
J: Yeah that’s true.
K: I mean I guess ideally we’d all write the lyrics and we could all express how we feel about certain issues but that’s just the way it is I guess.
J: Yeah you got a lot of material there to work through! (laughs)
S: Yeah we’re gonna get a whole load of side projects on the go so that we can write our own lyrcis!
J: Yeah mine’s gonna be Johnny’s funk, funk prosecutor! (laughs)
K: Oh and Escape from Planet Funk-a-Tron!
J: Yeah it’s gonna be coming out on a pretty small record. Yeah maybe our own, cause the first A7 thing came out on Tom’s record label.
K: Actually well it’s not really a label, because it’s only released one record.
J: Yeah we put the first EP out on ‘Breaking World Records’, which is Tom Pinder’s (trombone) label.
S: Does he still check his hotmail account for that then?
K: Yeah that’s his personal account so he checks it… but I guess he should sign somebody!
J: Yeah he said if he had the money then he’d be doing stuff, but that’s one criteria of being in Adequate 7 you never have any money! That’s the catch all. (laughs)

RN: So I’m guessing this isn’t a full time thing?
K: Actually no it is, we just started it full time, I finished my last exam today.
J: So yeah… oh actually Pete has one more assignment but doesn’t have anymore exams. Yeah it’s gonna as full time as possible I think, without us being madly in debt!
K: Yeah we’re still going to be working shitty part time jobs to try and pay for it. Yeah washing dishs, or stuffing envelopes, actually yeah stuffing evelopes is the best job that you can do, cause you can just sit there and think about other things. You were just doing that weren’t you Squeak?
S: Yeah I finished that the other day…
J: Jamie was gonna do it as well wasn’t he!?!
K: But yeah you get to think about things. You’re in your own little world! Yeah I was up to eighty an hour.
J: What that’s only like just over one a minute, what were you doing? (laughs)
K: Well it was car manuals so they were like difficult.
S: With mine you had to actually fold them.
J: Somehow I don’t think anyone reading this is gonna be very interested in any of that. (laughs)

RN: What’s Cardiff like in terms of a scene?
J: Yeah it’s pretty cool actually, like I don’t know (laughs)… [pointing as Tom goes by] That’s Tom Pinder of Breaking World Records with one release (laughs)
K: Yeah Tom doesn’t really trust us with the interview! (all laughs)
J: No don’t put that… (laughs)… But wait where were we, oh yeah, how’s Cardiff. Yeah it’s good. There aren’t many bands playing the same kind of stuff, but there are is a kind of community feeling around the bands and everything. It’s good community feel. It still doesn’t mean it will always be a packed show though.
S: We haven’t played their for ages though have we?!?
J: The last time we played there I think was with Fishbone and there was barely anybody there. (laughs) There’s Good Clean Fun Records as well, they put on quite a few all ages shows. So yeah it is a good scene.
K: I think we take quite a lot of it for granted as well. I mean I bet if we lived in a really small town…
J: Yeah you’ve got to remember that it’s a capital city, which definetly helps. It’s just kind of the centre to everything.

RN: You’re also pretty close to Bristol as well.
K: Oh yeah Bristol’s right there…
J: It’s our second home town over there. We almost get bigger crowds over there than we do in Cardiff. Yeah actually Squeak’s the only true Cardiffian.

RN: Yeah I was actually going to ask why it’s only Squeak with the Welsh accent.
S: Yeah I know!
J: Yeah we did a session for Radio 1 Wales, and we had to blag it, and they ended up saying on air that we were all Welsh, which was just absolute bollocks, but yeah I live in Wales, I love Wales, and I cry whenever they lose something!
K: We get a grant as well don’t we?
S: Yeah the license payers money for pretending that you’re Welsh. (laughs)

RN: Oh do you get an Arts Grant or something?
J: Yeah something like that… Oh no wait it’s BBC money, yeah the license payer is lining our pockets.
K: We don’t get our pockets lined very often so we can take it wherever! (laughs)
J: Yeah it’s better than what the BBC normally does. (laughs)

RN: So what’s your ambition for the band?
J: I think that, I think we all just love music so much, that well for me, I’d just like to be able to do this as a full time job and not have to worry about paying bills or whatever. I think we all share that.
K&S: Yeah, yeah definetly.
K: I guess we do have a political concious thing going on.
J: But I guess you can still have that and be successful, I mean look at Rage Against the Machine they were one of the most fiercely political bands during the 90s. There seems to be bit of a negative attitude towards the bands that actually make enough to survive.
K: Yeah it’s bullshit. It’s bullshit. If Avril Lavigne or someone is going to pretend to be punk and make money from it, why not give that money to a real punk band you know what I mean? That’s the kind of attitude I have. Rather than having to endure Pop Idols and shit, you know what I mean. At least let the kids listen to some good music.
J: I guess the downside is if you’re on a major then you’re lining the pockets of a big corporation but then I guess you can’t beat them all by yourself!
K: Yeah and besides if you’re working shitty jobs when you’re not touring chances are we’re working for pretty much exactly the same people. It’s a shitty system, and we can’t neccessarily get out of it, which I guess is pretty pesimitic but at the same time realistic.
J: Bottom line is that you wanna put yourself into a creative place and only have to worry about playing music, and that’d be amazing, that’s what, that’s what I think people want to do! I don’t really give a fuck about money that much we just want to be able to live. (laughs)

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