Thomas White on T’Internet Radio

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Thomas White on T’Internet Radio May 18th 2008

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T: Got a tour going in the next few weeks with Chris T-T, which’ll take us pretty much around the country so I’m preparing for that at the moment.

Excellent, sounds good, and tell us about Chris T-T, who is Chris T-T?

T: He’s kind of, in the best possible way, he is a protest singer, a lot of his songs are protest songs – very cutting, articulate protest songs. People have had a go at at him for it but I think it’s a dying art really, a lot of people tend to shy away from politics because it puts you on the spot as a listener, it forces you to have a reaction to it. When so much music these days is about satisfying peoples expectations and living up to an expectation that someone has, whereas his stuff really does push your idea of what a song can do and it makes you think which is great. He supported Brakes a few years ago on tour and we’ve played with him since and it seemed like a really good thing. I think he had the tour booked already and I just kinda snuck on there. It’s gonna be great, he’s a great guy. He’s a Brightoner as well so we know eachother.

Tell us about the gig you’re appearing at with Mark Chadwick and Jason Pegg?

T: I hooked up with Jason yesterday – I was on all the posters, I’m on the Joogleberry website and all that but no-one had actually told me that I was doing it but somehow I got booked and it’s all happening but no-one had actually made the call. So they did yesterday and I am actually doing it. I’m looking forward to that, we’re going to have a rehearsal in a couple of days. The idea is we’re gonna choose 5 songs each of our own and then everyone’s gonna learn them and help out and all that.

We’re also looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham very soon.

T: I believe we’re doing The Glee club. That should be a barrel of laughs…

It’s a really nice venue if you’ve never been there before.

T: No, I’ve never done it, I’m looking forward to it. We’ve only ever done The Barfly and Academy and that. Is there one called The Hare And Turtle, Pint Of Beer or something? I don’t know, some little pub.

Is it just going to be you and Chris T-T?

T: I think some of the nights will have a local support on first but it’s just me and ‘im travelling round in a van, it’s gonna be great. I can’t wait, the weather’s beautiful, it’s gonna be a proper start of the summer sort of tour.

How many bands have you been involved in over the years mate?

T: This friend of ours Paul, he’s been trying to convince me to do a Brighton Rock Family Tree. I had a go and it’s insane. It started when I was about thirteen, I played drums for my mate Duncan, his band, whilst me and Alex were getting our first band together. I just got asked to play drums and from then, every couple of years someone will go “oh do you fancy helping out on this project that’s happening” and then suddenly it’s a band. Like I say that’s the way Brighton is, it’s not a big deal. That’s how the musicians down here work.

And how is Alex, how is your brother?

T: He’s doing well, he’s alright, currently he’s been roped into The Pipettes to help write their new album and he’s playing drums for them and helping them get their second record together. It’s just that typical Brighton thing where people help their pals out. The Pipettes have been mates of ours for years, we helped ‘em out on their first recordings, before they were signed and stuff… There does seem to be a lot of girl groups around at the moment like that kind of sweet 60’s vibe you know, there’s a hell of a lot of bands doing that thing. The Pipettes got there first! They’re the first revivalists. They’re a great band.

When can we next see The Pipettes? I keep looking around the festival season and can’t seem to find them billed on any of the gigs at the festivals.

T: They haven’t even finished their new record yet. They’re taking it easy, they’re writing at the moment, they’re all just working up in London and writing their new record and it’ll be ready when it’s ready you know.

Tell us about your new record release.

T: That’s coming out June the 14th, it’s on Drift records, that’s a little label based out in Stroud, they’re great. It’s called I Dream Of Black and it’s kinda psychedelic but acoustic, a bit folk, it’s good though, that’s what I’ll be playing on this tour.