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Interview: Obsessive Compulsive [2011]

Posted in Interview with tags on 25th August 2011 by Hannah


Hannah sits down for a chat with Obsessive Compulsive at Bloodstock Festival 2011

Hannah- Hello guys! Cheers for chatting with me. So, obviously you are playing on Saturday; but, this time, you’re playing the Jaegermeister stage, which is acoustic!
Pete- Yeah, and it’s not even a stage!
Hannah- Oh, so should we call it the Jaegermeister piece of ground?
Kelii- The Jaegermeister yard.
Pete- Really, we’re just going to take over the whole arena.
Hannah- Quite right, just jump on! How do you think you’re going to translate into acoustic?
Giz- Well, we played an acoustic set at Download Festival, which was the first time we’d ever done acoustic.
Hannah- How was that?
Dani- Daunting.
Kelii- It won’t be quite as terrifying this time, will it?
Giz- It is kinda different, because obviously we aren’t an acoustic band, but we’ll just get up there and do our thing, and it’ll be cool.
Pete- We’re the heaviest acoustic thing you’ll ever hear!
Hannah- Well, I was going to say, actually, because your music is quite high energy, and acoustic tends to be really laid back and trippy.
Kelii- Yeah, our music is quite high energy, but we are quite eclectic; the whole album is very eclectic. It is quite different. We have a lot of slow songs that we don’t really want to play live, ‘cos we don’t really want to bring the mood down in the middle of a punky set, so it’s really good that we get to do something different.
Hannah- It gives you a chance to spread your wings.
Kelii- Yeah!
Pete- It translates surprisingly well; you’ve got the highs and the lows.
Giz- It’s really nice to do something like this as well, because people get to come and see a different thing, a different side to us.
Hannah- I guess what’s also different with acoustic is that everyone is so much closer, as well.
Kelii- This one will be really intimate, yeah. We can see their ugly mugs…
Giz- They can see our ugly mugs, too!
Hannah- So, your album has lots of different influences; would you say that you as a band have a particular sound?
Pete-¬† As said, it’s very eclectic. We have lots of different influences between all of us. It comes in from every different area and different genres.
Kelii- We all like really vastly different things. Between us all, we all like lots of different¬† styles. I’m not saying that we’re some kind of crazy band that sounds like nothing you’ve heard before!
Pete- We’re not trying to do everything in one go.
Kelii- Yeah, we don’t go out of our way to write really crazy shit, we just write what comes out. Sometimes it might take a grungey sort of sound, sometimes it might be more metal or punk, or even a bit of glam rock! We don’t really think about it too much.
Giz- Whatever comes out, comes out. We’re not trying to put any pressure on it, we’re just making our music; we’re just being creative.
Hannah- You can really hear that, because it all sounds really natural. Sometimes when bands try and do a different sound, it sounds really forced, but yours doesn’t, it all flows really well.
Kelii- Thank you! It all just sounds like us.
Giz- It’s ‘cos we’re all really rubbish at playing our instruments! Apart from Dani, Dani pulls it all together for us.
Hannah- So, how different is it then playing live than playing in the comfort of a studio, where it doesn’t matter if you get it wrong!?
Giz- Live’s always different because you’ve got the audience in front of you, and you’re feeding back off them.
Kelii- And you’ve only got one shot.
Giz- It’s all there in the moment, whatever happens happens. But playing live is what we’re all about. We love being on the road, touring and playing shows.
Hannah- Are festivals different yet again?
Pete- Yeah, you don’t have to go outside to smoke.
Giz- Festivals are really good fun, we really do enjoy playing festivals. If we can, we always love to come down and have a few beers with people.
Kelii- It’s especially nice to get out of Manchester where there are a bunch of knobheads being knobheads.
Hannah- A good thing about festivals like Download and Bloodstock is that you get heard by people who wouldn’t normally pick up your CD in a shop.
Giz- Yeah, it’s really important for us to get new people listening to our music.
Kelii- We’re still a tiny band.
Giz- Yeah, we still want to hand out flyers and talk to people, get them to come and check us out.
Pete- Everything’s so over-saturated in the media, there’s so much going on. So to actually get face to face with people and to get to show them what we’re made of.
Giz- It’s really great because we get to hang out with people. We’re here all weekend- if people want to come down and see us, then great. If people want to come and have a drink with us, then even better!
Pete- If people want to buy us beer, then ever better still!
Kelii- There are bands that are our size who are only here for the one day, and I don’t understand it! I will be there for as long as I possibly can.
Hannah- Exactly. Well, thanks very much for taking the time to talk to me, guys! I look forward to watching your set.

Debut album, Dreams Of Death And The Death Of Dreams out now, via Vociferous Records.