Electric Soft Parade – Q Awards + Mercury Music Prize Interviews 2002

Q Awards Interview from Q Mag

Do you feel like a winner?

Tom White: I never knew what it felt like to win something. It doesn’t feel amazing but it does feel cool.

Alex White: Well, it’s weird but good. Baffling. But intense. Nice to have it validated by readers and listeners, viewers, users… maybe users isn’t the right word!

Have you ever won anything before?

TW: Nothing before this. Swimming badges, perhaps, but that’s not winning, that’s just achieving.

Have you met anyone today that you’ve always wanted to meet?

TW: Not really. The only people I would have loved to meet were Sparks.

AW: I would have liked to meet Radiohead.

Are you drunk yet?

AW: Not at all.

TW: I’m a bit fucked, yeah. I need to eat something or I’m going to pass out.

So, who’s the best act in the world today?

AW & TW (in unison) Radiohead.

Any last words?

TW: Yeah, I need some food.

Mercury Music Prize short film transcript

Alex: We played a lot of classical music, we were taught classically when we were younger and then got into the Beatles and Presley and stuff like that and Elton John and that was it.

Tom: We knew nothing about modern music until 96, 97.

Alex: The Great Escape, Blur, was the first indie/rock/anything that I heard, that I got into, and just kind of then went from there.

Tom: The Boo Radleys, they started off as just some record that Alex asked for for Christmas and then he got their whole back catalogue and it was kinda like the blueprint for what we wanted to do, be the indiest of indie bands. The stuff that we listen to and the music we make is so different. The stuff we listen to is often really underground stuff, whatever, Nirvana. What am I talking about, I’ve never listened to Nirvana in my life. The cricket pavilion was just jesus…

Alex: We used to get our mates up there. It was like a rehearsal and we’d go and rehearse up there every week and then one week it was like “what’s everyone doing tonight, do you want to get some cider and go up and play some tunes”.

Tom: One time we got there and there was like 200 people there or something. It was just ridiculous, it was just like absolutely rammed. A door got trashed and we got done for it.

Then they’re standing outside the Pavilion Theatre.

Alex: The Pavilion Theatre we’ve seen bands in that we love (Tom is holding a Feltro Media gig poster) It was great to get in there and play on a big PA and have monitors and all that stuff. Stuff which now we do every night…

Tom: I’d never seen 300 people facing me before.

Alex: It all sort of started from that gig. In terms of it seemed a feasible sort of tangible career, it was like we could actually do this. I don’t believe in age and you know…

Tom: I think it’s a big misconception that you’re not gonna feel anything or you’re not gonna have any valid point to make if you’re young. “Young” is the most important thing about this band. That’s the only thing that a journalist is allowed to talk about.

Alex: People say “it’s a great record and they’re so young”. It’s like no, if you like the record, you like the record.