Interview: Sebastian Pringle and Graham Dickson of Crystal Fighters at Underage Festival

By on Wednesday, 17th August 2011 at 12:00 pm

Not long after Crystal Fighters’ set at Underage Festival, I was able to speak briefly with Sebastian and Graham from the band. Graham was munching on a cheeseburger at the time we spoke, hence the little amount of speech he made. We focused on the ‘cover up’ concept, and read on to find out about their new material and Spanish relations.

Hi! Welcome to Underage Festival! How did you like the underage crowd?
Sebastian: It was incredible actually, it was very nice to play to this age group of people in this kind of scenario. It was wicked, they really went for it, enjoyed the show we hope. Well, they seemed to.
Graham: It was fun, haha.

One thing I find really confusing is that – two of you are actually English, why the Spanish ‘cover up’?

Sebastian: That’s true, we use the art and the general vibe from Spain because the band kinda started by a girl whose grandfather was Spanish. Because it’s part of the sub-artistic idea behind the band, we think it’s interesting, we think it looks good. It’s not ‘cover up’ per say, but I like the word. Identity is a big issue in rock music throughout time and the people thought the Rolling Stones were American and the Blue Skies couldn’t work out why they were singing blues in this way. It’s been going on in pop and rock music throughout time. We feel we’re just expanding on that idea.

I must say your Spanish accent’s really good.
Sebastian: Hahah thanks!

As a foreign traveller in London, I must admit I really enjoy listening to ‘I Love London’ while in London. My local friends have told me that there’s not much fun around Watford Junction, are you begging to differ the general views?
Sebastian: I think there’s a lot of fun in that song but it’s so ironic as well. We do love London, definitely and it feels like that in the song. But then we reference strange places, strange ideas like ‘friends’ party’, kind of nonsensical love of London. You know, maybe that’s how some foreigners see London when they come here, they’re like “I love it!” I don’t know why sometimes cause there are a lot of annoying stuff, and it takes ages to get everywhere, whatever. But there’s lots of love. So we try to sum that spirit up when we wrote that song.

I really liked the Spanish take of ‘Xtatic Truth’, are you planning to do that with your other songs in the future?
Sebastian: I think we probably won’t record different versions of the old songs, but we’re writing our second album at the moment, there might be some Spanish things on it, but we wouldn’t like to tell you exactly what they’re gonna be.
Ha, okay, so what’s the direction or sound of the new material then?
Graham: It’s difficult to put your finger exactly on it, but I think like any band, we learnt a lot from the first album, and it will be a natural progression plus some sort of spin of that you’re not aware of.
Sebastian: So another ‘cover up’ maybe!

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