Goldrush are very much the band of the moment. Recently signed by Virgin Records after running thier own Truck Records, their wonderful Indie folk has been attracting attention since they began as teenagers a few years ago. I cuaght up with Goldrush keyboardist Jef to find out a tad more about what it's like to be hyped.
Joe- First single bought?
Jef says: Err... might have been Suede 'Stay Together'. First album was definitely 'Heaven is a place on earth' by Belinda Carlisle
Joe- First Gig?
Jef: Eric Clapton at the Albert Hall. Not many people know I'm a guitarist at heart
Joe- Fave Whispering Bob/Goldrush song?
Jef: Ooh.... 'Don’t bring me down' I think. So simple and so uplifting.
Joe- Fave Record Label (NOT Truck)
Jef: I’m not much of a "Scener" personally. so any answer is gonna be vague....err...Juggernaut!
Joe- Last Record Bought?
I cant really afford to buy music....
err..Placebo's latest album. but didn’t pay for it so that doesn’t really count, last one was probably the Hybrid album, about a year ago! I have a cable modem so I just download everything, don’t tell anyone though. It's immoral.
Joe- Starsailor-Quality or Hype?
Jef: Oooh..... Haven’t heard the album. Did notice that the video to the Alcoholic song is just like an Embrace video.
Joe- Strokes-Quality or Hype?
Jef: First I thought complete hype... but having seen them at Reading I’ve changed my mind. Still some hype; I cant get over excited about a band that isn’t really original in any way. Good tunes though
Joe- NME or Q?
Jef: Neither.... I read Drowned in Sound! Haha!
Joe- Best Oxford Band To Look Out For?
Jef: The Rock Of Travolta. They rock.
Joe- Does NAM exist?? Are You Part Of It?
Jef: I think it does exist. If someone says it does then surely it does? If you can't see the cat is it there?(!) What am I talking about? Turin brakes are NAM. Not Goldrush
Joe- Current Song You Can't Stand
Jef: 'Heaven is a half pipe'. MTV2 plays music which 'subverts the norm' 'hates pop'.... or whatever rubbish they spout... what do u call 'heaven is a halfpipe' if not pop? Crap I guess.
Joe- Band Who've most influenced Goldrush?
Jef: There isn’t a primary influence as such.... The Band, maybe.... but that’s not a definitive answer. Ultravox. thats right.
Joe- Record which changed your life?
jef says: 'Kilimanjaro' by Ed Rush. Converted me from my obsessive 'only real instruments count' phase
Joe- Favourite Member Of Goldrush?
Jef: Huh? That’s an odd question. My one?
Joe- Yeah! Who do you get on with best in the band? Or are you all really close?
Jef: We all pretty much get on as well/badly as each other. Robin gets hit and Crys quite a lot. But he deserves it, we are all mates. Definitely
Joe- Whose going to win the Mercurys??
Jef: Elbow? I dunno I dont follow these things
Joe- What are you looking forward more to- Touring alone or with Elbow?
Jef: With Elbow... for many reasons. Mainly cos we'll have a DVD player in our van. It'll be a much more.... comfortable tour.. and Elbow will draw great crowds for us. Which is nice and I'll get to see them about 18 times for free!
Joe- Coldplay-Great Band or MOR Media Whores?
Jef: Not the first, dunno about the second. I’m not really a fan.
Joe- Travis-Great band or MOR Media Whores?
Jef: Travis? My opinion is improving slowly... but there is a long way to go for me. The new single is nice.
Joe- Best Moment so far in Goldrush?
Jef: Truck 2001 I think. It felt.... validating(?).
Joe- And finally......Favourite Goldrush Fansite?
Jef: I’m not gonna answer that!
Love is Goldrush!! www.loveigoldrush.20m.com
Jef: Oops! i did answer it
Joe- says: Thanks a lot for that Jef.
Jef: No worries.