Living in the UK as we do we
remain always fascinated by the intense longing and credible sense of setting
brought over to our shores by bands like The Morning After Girls. We can drone
over here, and shoegaze – oh, we can definitely shoegaze – but we just don’t have
the qualities inherent in our disposition to create anything quite like this dusky
expansive looping heatstroke paranoia double-vision creaking psychedelia. We certainly
don’t have the geography for the metaphors. But over there, in the USA specifically,
there are bands in abundance, like The Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,
The Warlocks, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the daddies of them all The Velvet Underground,
and now The Morning After Girls. Only TMAG are from Australia, but that still
works. They’ve got desert, an excess of space and perpetual burning solar rays.
There’s only one girl in their ranks, but that’s just a detail. They tour the
UK in February and March. Their debut single ‘Hi-Skies’ sees light of day – of
which we imagine they don’t very often – on March 13. We suggest you get out the
night before to see whether they live up to their promise.
1. Who are
you? Where do you come from? Why are you here?
We are the Morning After
Girls. We come from a place where every single thought feeling and emotion you’ve
ever experienced, is played out and presented in a way you’ve never seen before.
We are here because there is no other way of articulating and expressing the fact
that we didn’t choose to be here but must spend our days trying to conjure a semblance
of understanding ourselves and the people around us.
2. Who set the
watermark for you in 2005? Who’s the one to beat?
There is no one to
beat because this is not a competition. We don’t engage in any races or competitions
of any nature, time will keep us moving, we can’t change that. What we can change
though is people’s attitudes towards their perspective on their existence. In
2005, our faith in music was restored by Mainline, Dead Meadow, Black Rebel Motorcycle
Club, The Warlocks, Sky Parade, and many more. Watermarks, standards, etc, are
mere illusions that only serve as distractions, thus we don’t subscribe to them.
Name one way you see the world changing in 2006.
Human beings of the
affluent western-world will finally realize that they spend so much time caught
up in their various forms of pseudo-communication, that nobody’s doing anything
to actually attempt anything remotely resembling meaningful communication as a
means to a deeper connection with each other. Such a shame.
4. Have you
made a new year’s resolution?
If I have problem, I try to resolve it,
but as the problems I’m seeking to resolve are the same ones I’ve been applying
myself to all my life, they have nothing to do with the start of a new year. So…
We’re going to still give a damn about you in January 2007 because…
will be one of the few bands who actually give a damn about trying to give people
an alternative to the spoon that is charged down their throats by corporate-greed,
on a daily basis. When everyone has come and gone, we’ll still be there with you,
and you will be glad you joined us.
6. Name your tip for ’06.
is man in Australia who is currently developing his wonderfully beautiful concept
titled ‘Silvertone’. His name is Chris Peak, and when he’s finished, you’ll wish
it had of come sooner.
James Berry for Crud Magazine 2006©
More 06 for '06:
#3 The Spinto
#4 Union of Knives
The Morning After Girls
The Roger Sisters
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