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you’d been on him forever, and then they were dead chuffed when you joined the band, and similarly, I imagine Modest Mouse felt pretty indepted to have you on board. As much as you’re the older dog, what did they teach you? Erm, well in the case of Modest Mouse, for example, it was good to be reminded that the stage is not to be taken for granted. Tey’re almost theatrical when they clamber up onto the stage, whether they realise it or not, and Isaac Brock has a very – well, even when Isaac Brock appears to be doing very little, I think there’s a very cool subtle theatre there and I hope he doesn’t mind me saying that. It’s really very interesting. When you’ve played a lot and also when playing the instrument comes fairly naturally and you have a knack for it – and I’ve been doing it since I was a kid – you can be somewhat cavalier about your approach to playing. It’s always intense and I’m always grateful to be a working musician and I’m never blasé on the stage, but it really was like a hydrogen bomb going off sometimes during the Modest Mouse set. Te Cribs were that way too, I think; from Te Cribs, it was just the excitement they have when they walk on stage – they seem to channel all the excitement from the audience and be charged themselves. It’s the sheer love of it; I never didn’t have that, but it was a very good thing to see. In the case of Te Cribs, we both found that we had very fundamental views in common. Tey’re pretty numerous, but the best one was, that being on a band was being on a mission. Tey’re probably the best examples of it, and a lot of bands don’t put that across. I’ve always felt like I’m on my mission, whether as a band member or otherwise – I’ve been that way from being 14, 15 – and they are collectively like that. Is it because they’re family that it’s a bit more obvious? I wish more bands gave off that message.


Emma Garwood


I think it’s just very good subject matter, rather than some internalised, wishy washy songs about my feelings, or all that kind of drippy stuff, you know.


See a music legend up-close as Johnny Marr comes to Te Waterfront on March 11th. For tickets, go to www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk. Read the full version of this interview on Outlineonline.co.uk 14 /March 2013/ outlineonline.co.uk


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