1. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE READERS WHOSE FORAYS INTO THE DARK HAVE NOT YET ENCOMPASSED THE BAND; WHO’S IN IT, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER, WHAT INSTRUMENTS/EFFECTS DO YOU USE?
We’re the football team of rock. We have a defence, midfield, attack & substitutes. In one form or another we’ve been the Sons Of Selina since October 1990 & 3 of us were together in a different band for 3 years before that. Instruments? Vocals, 3 guitars, bass, mono-synths, keyboards & drums.
2/WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE YOUR BAND’S NAME?
4 pints of Guinness whilst sitting on a plush settee in the Cayley Arms in Rhos- on-Sea in North Wales.
3/WHICH IS THE FAVOURITE OF YOUR OWN GIGS & WHY?
In the early chaotic days we turned up at a Welsh language festival, we were too drunk to stand up, let alone play so 3 of us guitar, bass & drums made an unholy racket, insulted the 800 people present to the extent that they wanted to kill us, & then we left very quickly, taking somebody else’s drumkit with us. We went through a phase of gatecrashing places, plugging in & playing, the UK Subs were a pushover & always let us play but the more interesting venues were a bus station on a Sunday morning, a couple of town centres on Saturday afternoons, a college dinner hall at dinner time & a children’s party on a holiday camp.
4/WHAT’S ON YOUR STEREO RIGHT NOW?
In my living room it’s The Box- Orbital, in my office it’s Exhale by Sound Inhaler, & in the car it’s the Purple Electric Violin Concerto by Ed Alleyne Johnson.
5/WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO GIG WITH & WHY?
Michelle Gayle because it would probably be the only opportunity I’d ever get (however remote) of sleeping with her.
6/DESCRIBE YOUR BEST & WORST MOMENTS & WHY?
In the band- playing live on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio One show, it had to be the biggets rush of adrenalin I had ever experienced. The worst- getting food poisoning on tour in Holland.
7/DO YOU HAVE ANY ‘IDOLS’ OR PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE?
8/ARE THERE ANY INFLUENCES FROM LIFE THAT YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR MUSIC?
Everything we see & experience is an influence therefore life is included in our music, I tend to write all our songs when I’m uptight, annoyed or pissed off, we haven’t written anything for 12 months so I guess I’m enjoying life at the moment.
9/WHAT DO YOU THINK LIFE WILL BE LIKE AFTER THE YEAR 2000?
Won’t it be strange when we’re all fully grown, meet you there 2 o’clock by the fountain down the road, I never knew that you’d get married, I would be standing here on my own on that damp & lonely Thursday years ago.
10/WHAT BANDS HAVE YOU GIGGED WITH & WHERE?
Membranes, UK Subs, Blitzkrieg, Culture Shock, Metal Duck, PMT, Boquet Of Thorns, Anhrefn, Cerebral Fix, Rubber Whips, Clan Morrigan, Mantaray, Porcupine Tree, Suicidal Flowers, Kava Kava, Mandagora etc. Everywhere from as north as Hebden Bridge to as south as Amsterdam.
11/IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL WHICH WOULD YOU BE?
A cat as it’s an easy life & I could shit in hard to get at but easy to smell places.
12/DO YOU BELEIVE IN/HAVE HAD ANY EXPERIENCES WITH GHOSTS, VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, IMMORTAL BEINGS & THE LIKE?
As a child I had seen & experienced apparitions, but whether these were down to an over active brain, a future flash-back after all the acid consumed in the early 80’s or from watching too much of Tom’s Midnight Garden I do not know!
13/DO YOU BELEIVE IN REINCARNATION?
Could there actually be another me? Does a consciousness continue existing after death & take on a fresh brain just conceived & start all over again? I’ll tell you when we meet on the other side.
14/ANY SPECIAL MESSAGES/ISSUES NOT COVERED BY THE ABOVE?
We are quite a lazy band, we did loads of gigs at the start but hardly play live anymore (we did 6 gigs last year), but we will play if we’re asked nicely, so drop us a line to say you’ve got an excellent venue that wants to put on a thoroughly memorable show.