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New Band Interview: The Loose Cannons

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 127 months ago
New Band Interview: The Loose Cannons
The Loose Cannons

From some not-so-humble beginnings as an eccentric DJ double-act, Kaiser Saucy and Lord Fader have turned The Loose Cannons into a relentlessly fun-loving electro-punk-funk-camp-clash live band. Certainly when we first saw them perform a hugely energetic set at a ridiculously sweaty 93 Feet East a couple of weeks ago, we were pretty darned impressed. If you want to check them out for yourself, they're playing at The Jazz Cafe in Camden this evening.

We caught up with Lord Fader, fresh off the plane from India where they’ve been promoting their new album Muy Fuerte, to find out what they’re really all about…

Where does the name "The Loose Cannons" come from?

We named it before we were a band, when we were a couple of chancers who would do any old job or lig to get into festivals for nothing. We used to interview bands for this journo who couldn't be bothered to go himself, and send them back to him to ghostwrite for his mag. We'd end up getting stuff from all kinds of people we weren't even sent to interview just ligging backstage.

Who's In The Band?

Lord Fader, Kaiser Saucy, Priapus, Swordsman, Sas Ouffey, Yummy Polestar, Wood On and the Country Gent.

What Do You Do In The Real World?

Make music, present a show on Kiss, DJ, avoid a real job…

Describe Your Sound To Us

Cludge-tickling gutter funk dirt poetry.

How Did You All Get Together?

We were all in different bands together since school, then rose out of the ashes of those like a supergroup for the noughties.

Who Are Your Influences?

London Clubs in the mid 90s, French Morals, Clyde Stubblefield and Hairy Heavy Metal.

What's the greatest lyric you've written?

It's a small world if you’re big enough.

What's The State Of Play With The Band At The Moment?

New album, 'Muy Fuerte', just out in a shop near you. Touring that until we go multi-platinum.

Where Can We Hear / See You Next?

The Jazz Cafe tonight. Scala on 29th September. Maybe a few cameos at the last of the summer festivals – V, Bestival...

What's The Big Game Plan For The Band?

Get a million friends on myspace then have them all come to a run of sell-out shows at the re-vamped Wembley stadium and sing the words of our songs back to us, smiling (and crying where appropriate).

Who Would You Most Like To Support?

Prince, Scissor Sisters (again), Bon Jovi.

What's Your Ultimate Label To Be On?

Def Jam.

What's the best gig you've ever been to?

Sheesh... Guns n Roses at Wembley (first time round), D'Angelo at Brixton Academy (Voodoo tour), Prince, Jackson (Bad at Wembley)... too many.

Have You Ever Thrown A TV Out Of A Hotel Window?

No. Threw my pants out though – tried to hit Sauce, missed, window was open…

Would You Like To?

Yes – much more satisfying than pants.

Any Great Stories From The Road?

We did a one-off charity gig support for the Cure – I broke my thumb trying to breakdance to some very unimpressed Goths. Also, Sauce got thrown out of a gig at Sankeys in Manchester during our set for hanging off the lighting rig.

Recommend One Album To Our Readers You Don't Think They Will Have Discovered

Everyone should own Sia’s 'Colour The Small One' and Alice in Chains’ 'Jar Of Flies'... and of course 'Muy Fuerte' by The Loose Cannons.

Why Should Londonist Readers Go And See You?

'Cos we rock.

What's Your Favourite…

Venue To Play In London? Cargo's good. Brixton Academy would be better.

Venue To Go To In London? Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

Record Store? Tunetribe.com

Shop (non-music)? Soho Books, Brewer Street.

Market? Farmers'.

Place To People-watch? From the DJ-booth.

Place To Chill-out? Clapham Common.

Place To Get Lashed? Outside the French House, Soho, on a sunny day.

Place For A Post-gig Kebab? Spearmint Rhino.

View In London? Waterloo Bridge at dusk.

Form Of Public Transport? Victoria Line tube.

What Advice Would You Give Ken Livingstone?

Make London an independent state and put the government in Watford.

What London Place Or Thing Would You Declare A Landmark?

Brian Haw.

The World Is Ending In 24 hours. How Would You Spend Your Last Day In London?

I’d barricade myself into the top pod of the London Eye with a bunch of wide-eyed tourists and tell them we have a special fireworks show planned.

Have You Ever Been Sick On The Tube?

No.

If You Could Sink One Part Of London Into The Sea, Which Bit Would It Be?

Eltham.

Greatest Thing Ever To Come Out Of London?

Jimi Hendrix's career.

What Advice Would You Give To Someone New To London Getting On A Night Bus For The First Time?

Sit next to the loud Italians, then no-one else will bother you.

If You Could Write A Song About London What Would It Be Called And What Kind Of Song Would It Be?

We already did on our fist album. The song was called 'Out for the Night' – it was about going out in London for one drink after work and ending up out all night – the favourite pastime of every Londoner with a job.

and finally

Sum Up London In A Word...

Home.

Thanks to Matt for the photo.

Last Updated 17 August 2006

Franco Milazzo

Yay for the Loose Cannons!