The Popular Workshop Interview

By Londonist_Laura Last edited 159 months ago
The Popular Workshop Interview


Sick and tired of wading through the bleepings and scratchings of super trendy MySpace-famous outfits we thought we'd offer you a break from them, too, with a good old-fashioned dose of angular noise from the truly fabulous Popular Workshop. They've played more gigs than you've had hot dinners, their frontman looks dapper in a hat and if John Peel was still around they'd have set up home at Maida Vale studios by now, so it's about time we had a little chat with Gypsy, Luke and Jake.

So, what's new with Popular Workshop?

Everything's new with Popular Workshop, we're the world's first 110% original band. More materially, we've just released out first EP "Stutter & Dance". It's truly amazing.

How did the band get together?

A series of adverts, phonecalls, discussions, laughter, mistaken sexual identity and noise.

What three words would you use to describe your band?

Not Nu Rave.

What three words would a fan use to describe your band?


Do you have a plan for world domination?

Not really, we have a plan for the next month; but if we haven't achieved world domination by then we'll quit.

Time Out recently printed a photo of you and called you Popular Computer - did you write and complain?

Yeh, we wrote an open letter on myspazz. It wouldn't have been so bad but they called us Popular Worship a few weeks later.

Have you ever thought of changing your name to Pocket Calculator?

Erm... No, not until now.

What is each band member's favourite Popshop song?

Luke: "X-Rays Confidential".

Gypsy: "Channels".

Jake: "Well Done". Only joking, "X-Rays Confidential"

Who takes the longest to do their hair before a show?


You play gigs ALL THE TIME. What's been your favourite so far this year?

That's not true, we're not playing one RIGHT NOW... We just played the Camden Crawl which was absolutely fantastic, and gave us the opportunity to rant about TimeOut again. Also the last night of our tour with Look See Proof at 93 Feet East last month was pretty special.

Is there anything else you'd like to discuss?

Do the knobs of the guys in Klaxons glow in the dark?

Finally, two Americans are walking down the road. One is the father of the other one's son. What is their relationship?

Man and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend. The son's parents. Grr. My head!

Forthcoming gigs:

Thursday 3rd May - The Good Ship, Kilburn (with Blah Blah Blah)

Sunday 6th May - The Fox, Lewisham

Thursday 10th May - New Slang, Kingston

Tuesday 15th May - 93 Feet East (with William)

Full information (and non-London dates) are on Popular Workshop's MySpace page.

Image courtesy of FurryJumperGirl's Flickr stream

Last Updated 02 May 2007