Serafin are infamous around London. Hard working, constantly touring and infectious tunes that rock like the proverbial female hound! I caught up with them on their latest tour, supporting chart raiding pop rockers Feeder, just as they came off stage to find out the truth about Dave Grohl, goldfish and Mister Lee as well as other complete madness (I would like to add this is an edited down version of the interview, the full, unabridged version would have gone on forever between the band, and myself, pissing themselves with laughter.)
First things first. How did you enjoy playing the Leeds Reading Festival?
Loved it. What we remember was really good. We rubbed shoulders with more famous people then were there. We got a bit excited. I met Dave Grohl and all I did was try and sell him a sugar cube for £10. And he's going 'Whats in it?' and I said 'It is what it is!' It wasn't even a whole sugar cube, it had a corner nibbled off it, I was trying to sell him damaged goods! I didn't even try and get a gig off him, it was so lame. Leeds was better then Reading though.
Some cunts played too long (I shall withold the band name) and we got told to get off!
Moving on. Does it bother you that you are considered a 'London band'?
Yes it fucking does! We are actually based in Scotland, we just live in London... and work there.
Does it bother you...
*Grin* Thanks for that. Does it bother you that you are playing with 'hyped' bands and established acts like Muse, JJ72, Feeder etc?
Well, we are a new band. We were lucky to get those gigs at that time. I can hear what you are saying but at this moment, we have to remain diplomatic...
Trying to keep a straight face (and failing), I continue... I noticed with your first 2 releases they both had 4 tracks making them chart exempt. Was this deliberate?
They were only our demos. They were just demos that got released. There were only 1000 copies.
I bought mine in Virgin on Tottenham Court Road.
At this point the band smile a bit and try to contain their mirth. For not the first time tonight, I feel REALLY silly.
'Day By Day' is gonna be released as a single at some point.
Is that the next single release?
No, thats 'Things That Fall Apart'. It is our most pop-friendly song. It's to introduce us to the charts. 'Hello charts, London Calling!'
So, what are your plans for the future
The whole room groans with disgust.
Fuck off. That is the WORST question ever!.
After explaining to the guys the short time I had to prepare, they kinda let me off and begrudgingly answer.
Well I am gonna get a goldfish. I Am! Oh, and album in June. Thats all! Oh, and tonight I am driving back to London to see my girlfriend
What is playing on the tour bus at the moment?
Aphex Twin 'Drukqs'. We listen to Aphex Twin on the way back to London every night. Some Zepplin. A little bit of some Aphex Twin. 'Come TO Daddy - Aphex Twin. Tom Waits, Eric & The Claptons, Ten Benson. We listen to Ten Benson. Who was that band we found in Northampton? The band ponder it over for a while. Mister Lee! Who the fuck are Mister Lee? We found their CD in a dustbin we thought 'This might be a laugh' so we put it on and by the end of the first song we were kinda like looking at one another. If anyone knows anything abut them, get in touch!
If you could be remembered as a band for just one thing, what would it be?
Preferably the music *band piss themselves again* An album... one that goes la de da de da *piss themsleves again* or dum dum dum dum dum. It's gonna be called 'Teaching The Kids How To Jump Part 2... Then Sit & Roll Around & Beg' or 'Fish Slippers'.
The Pitchshifter tour. No-one seems to know whats going on. Are you doing it?
No, we're not unfortunately. We can confirm we won't be doing that.
Lastly, What bands do you recommend for 2003?
BIFFY CLYRO!!! Oh and I like Millionaire. Oh, and Mister Lee and Jucifier from LA. Oh and The Strokes but you probably haven't heard of them.
At this point, I can't continue. I piss myself with laughter and after apologising profusely for such a crap interview, the band convince me it was OK and they will forgive me if I find out about Mister Lee.