INTERVIEW

“WE SMOKE FAGS PLAY SKUZZY electro-rock. They got a leg-up from The Holloways. They use a laptop rather than a drummer. Two of them even work at Nambucca, for god’s sake. Surely they are scenester trash of the highest Nathan Barley-fellating order? Well, no. Taking their cue from the frenetic, slashing guitars of early Blur […]

“WE SMOKE FAGS PLAY SKUZZY electro-rock. They got a leg-up from The Holloways. They use a laptop rather than a drummer. Two of them even work at Nambucca, for god’s sake. Surely they are scenester trash of the highest Nathan Barley-fellating order?

Well, no. Taking their cue from the frenetic, slashing guitars of early Blur and the dirty beats of The Prodigy, We Smoke Fags are a disposable perfect-pop treat without the patronising grime lifts of their contemporaries – tracks like ‘Pashion For Fashion’ and ‘Lust Puppet’ are the ideal soundtracks to a night out in the dirty old capital. But We Smoke Fags aren’t quite a normal group‚”

“The way the band’s always worked is that I’ve written and recorded the songs,” says dashing frontman Joey. “The way I write is by recording demos and we didn’t want to mess with the formula, so these guys play live – but we’re very much a band, it’s not like Metronomy or anything.” Riiiight… anyway‚”

Having just signed a lucrative contract with the Warner Brothers-canoodling 679 Records, you’d think the young band would rush to release a record, but you’d be wrong.

“All our focus is on playing live rather than releasing singles,” counters Joey, refreshingly. “What’s the point in putting out records if no one knows who you are?”

Having a name that’s sparked online battles between gay activists and right-wing homophobes (the band assure us the name wasn’t meant in any offensive way) hasn’t stopped the group from gaining a burgeoning audience and an army of Myspace friends. Just don’t mention the ‘N’ word.

“People always call us nu rave,” says bassist Lee, “but it doesn’t even exist.”

“We’d like to be pop in the sense of Blur,” adds Joey. “All good bands have a slow start. You can’t be selling millions with your first album, ’cause then you’ve spunked your load before you’ve hit your stride.”

We Smoke Fags, then – our tip for success in, ooh, 2011, if their plans work out. Until then, catch them live in a sweaty dive near you.

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