ALEX POTTERILL from LUXEMBOURG
1. Who are you?
Alex, one fifth of pop noirists luxembourg.
2. No, really, who are you?
A fractured combination of constantly shifting identities. I like to keep people on their toes.
3. What are you up to at the moment?
I’m sat in a windowless booth in an ultramodern office complex, idly Googling for reviews of our new single. Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well and drinking corporate tea in west London. Collectively, luxembourg are currently basking in the small-scale glory of What The Housewives Don’t Tell You and playing the usual round of relatively insalubrious venues. Unrelated anecdote – we all went to a wedding recently, where a full-scale manhunt was going on in the background. Nice cakes too.
4. What three rules would make up your manifesto?
What’s the point? I’d only go and break them.
5. If you were the dictator of a modern industrial country, what would
you abolish? What laws would you implement?
I’d abolish myself, then complain endlessly. Contrary bastard.
6. What are your lyrics about?
Ambition, obsession, disappointment, desire, frustration, escape. All perfectly straightforward.
7. What is your opinion on the contemporary music scene? What do you
8. What distinguishes you from your peers?
I’m not convinced we really have any peers. That’s not meant as an arrogant statement – simply that we seem to be mining a rather neglected seam. Melody in pop music has become desperately unfashionable, and the constant critical revisionism over “Britpop” (whereby suddenly Babies = Me Me Me… I mean, like, EH??!) means ridicule for anyone not trying to sound like they come from New York. Yeah, we’ve actually got some pretty good songs that quite a lot of people actually want to listen to at home and stuff – sorry about that. I’ll phone back in three months, yeah? Twats.
Oops, I seem to have undermined my previous answer.
9. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
The cover of Rolling Stone/a bedsit on the Holloway Road. Anywhere, as long as it represents some form of change.
10. Any regrets?
Non, je ne regrette rien.