Gary Thatcher


1) DO YOU THINK YOU’VE MADE YOUR BEST ALBUM OR ARE YOU STILL HOPING TO MAKE YOUR BEST ALBUM? IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE MADE YOUR BEST, THEN WHICH ONE IS IT?. (DEREK MCDONALD)

I think that Passages is the band’s best album, and it is available from all good, and indeed, all remaining retailers right now. And at the gigs. And streaming services. Oh, and to download. Does anybody actually download music any more? Even illegally? The vinyl gatefold is really handsome, though. I’m not just being daft about that.

 

2) WHAT’S YOUR GOAL TODAY AS A BAND? GET A #1 RECORD? HAVE FUN? SOMETHING ELSE? AND HOW HAS THAT CHANGED FROM WHEN YOU FIRST BEGAN? (TODD ROSIN)

You know when the early Viking settlers swept down from the frozen north? It’s basically that.

 

3) IF YOU WERE TO REVISIT THE PERIOD OF 1989-1993, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOURSELVES? (DAVID MARSH)

Keep doing this, only more. It’s going really well. Don’t make eye contact with those concerned onlookers.

 

4) BACK IN THE LATE EIGHTIES – EARLY NINETIES WHAT WERE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE GIGS BOTH IN EUROPE/UK AND NORTH AMERICA? (SCOTT MOON)

I’ll speak for now, and the UK, I think. One of my favourite gigs was the Soundhouse, in Leicester. It was pretty cramped, but the upside of those places is that you see the whites of the audience’s eyes. And when they’re enjoying it as much as the band are – that feeling is incredible.

 

6) YOU WERE INFLUENCED BY HOUSE,HIP HOP & HARD ROCK ORIGINALLY , ARE THOSE SPECIFIC INFLUENCES STILL THERE? DO YOU STILL LISTEN TO BANDS LIKE PUBLIC ENEMY, ACDC, ETC AND WHO (IF ANY) ARE YOUR CURRENT FAVS? (JAMES FLETCHER)

I tend towards classic hip-hop, so PE are awesome, and forever. This might get me shot, but I prefer Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath to AC/DC.

On a modern note – Childish Gambino’s work has been incredible recently, but especially the This is America song/video double whammy. I watched it pretty obsessively, for days, when it was put out there.

 

7) SHADIEST HOTEL STAYED AT WHILE ON TOUR ? MOST ‘INTERESTING’ BACKSTAGE AREA AT A VENUE ?

This one’s easy. Sheffield, April 2018. We coincided with the snooker. Everywhere had been booked up for a year. So our accommodation was a bit Crapston Villas, to say the least.

 

8) NOW THAT YOU ARE OLDER AND POSSIBLY WISER, DO YOUR ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS: WHO AM I? WHERE AM I? WHY DO I FEEL THIS WAY? AND, DO YOU FEEL REAL? DIFFER SIGNIFICANTLY FROM YOUR ANSWERS WHEN YOU FIRST SANG THEM? (LEE CHETWYND)

 

Who am I? Where am I? Why do I feel this way? is my on-tour motto.

Do I feel real? is my waking-up-on-tour motto.

Everything is as it should be.

 

9) WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO WEAR SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONABLE WARDROBE FROM THE EARLY DAYS? WHO WAS THE MOST RELUCTANT TO CONFORM WITH THE CLOTHES CHOICE? (STEPHEN EALES)

I don’t have children, but if I did, they’d be encouraged to wear outlandish clothing whilst they were still young, yes. It’s the best time in your life for such pursuits.

 

10) WHAT WAS THE FIRST RECORD YOU EACH BOUGHT AND DO YOU THINK IT HAD ANY INFLUENCE ON WHAT BECAME JESUS JONES? (MARC YESCHANT)

My first record was a novelty hit called Bionic Santa. The first I bought with my own money was almost certainly by Adam and the Ants. They have had exactly 0% influence on Jesus Jones, that I’m aware of. There’s still time, though.

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