The (Touch) Line
South Korea have just equalised against Italy in the world cup with
two minutes remaining on the clock. Now this wouldnt ordinarily
have troubled me that much, but there are two reasons why, on this occasion,
it does. One is because I drew Italy in the office sweepstake and looked
for some time like I was in the money. The other is that in two minutes
I am supposed to be interviewing My Vitriols Carolyn Bannister
over the dog and bone. And now the awkward sods have decided to take
the tie into extra time. Ah well, duty calls I suppose.
AD: What made you decide to release a remixed version of Finelines?
Circumstance really. Of course, we got the American deal and were given
a shitload of cash, and that gave us the opportunity to do the album
the way we originally wanted to do it. The sound is a lot different
this time around, and its a lot harder. Plus it gave us a chance
to release it as a double album with all our B-sides and other rarities
AD: The whole thing was remixed by Steve Thompson, of Korn and Guns
n Roses fame. What was he like to work with?
CB: I dont know. I didnt actually meet him. It was all
done in America you see. Som met him and said he was a really cool guy.
Anyway, the album is sounding amazing, so hes ok by me!
AD: So when can we expect to see a new new album?
CB: Well, were writing at the moment, but its been so
busy that its been difficult to fit it around touring and promotion
for the new single and album. So were getting that out of the
way first, so that it becomes a closed chapter, then hopefully by the
end of the year we can start recording some new stuff.
AD: Fair enough. Now, as we all know, the name of the band was inspired
by the character Pinkie from Graham Greenes Brighton Rock,
who would throw vitriol in the faces of anyone who threatened him. What
do YOU carry in your pocket to fend off any over amorous male groupies?
CB: Ha ha ha. I dont HAVE any over amorous male groupies!
I dont even have any AMOROUS male groupies. In fact I dont
even have any MALE groupies
and to take it one step further, I
dont have any groupies at all!
AD: I dont believe that for one minute. Anyway, have you been
personally taken aback with all the success youve had in such
a short space of time?
CB: Well, weve been playing together for about three years
now, so it seems like ages to us, not like things have happened really
quickly. But yeah, when we first got a record deal we were like Wow!
This is unbelievable! and although you always get bad reviews
and good reviews, its always amazing when you get single
of the week or something.
AD: I read somewhere on the internet that, although youve played
your fair share of festivals over the years, youre not exactly
brimming with enthusiasm for Glastonbury. Whys that?
CB: Its just that, living near London, I always went to Reading
every year, so Im used to that. Glastonbury just seemed really
false to me. Theres supposed to be all this spiritualism and hippy
stuff, but its just full of scallies looking for fights, and lager
louts all over the place. That said, Ive only been the once, so
I dont want to slag it off especially considering were
playing there this year!
AD: I also read that somebody gave your tent away
CB: No, it was a friend of ours who gave our sleeping bags away
she thought these people were more in need of them than us. She hadnt
really thought about what the hell we were supposed to do though! We
couldnt believe that!
AD: Im not surprised! So
if My Vitriol were a world cup
team, which one would it be and why?
South Korea, because of their sheer persistence.
AD: Ok, so, talking about
..hang on a minute
.are you sneakily
watching the football while Im doing this interview?
AD: I knew it! Then again, I must confess I have it on here in the
background, so Ive got half an eye on it myself. Anyway, talking
of TV, you managed to get Vincent Gallo, of Buffalo 66 fame
in your controversial video for Grounded
well, it was filmed in a field when foot and mouth was
at its peak
CB (sarcastically): Oooh thats REALLY controversial!
AD (sheepishly no pun intended) : Erm
how did you manage
to get him?
CB: Ah. Well that was a stroke of luck really. It was the video
directors idea to get him, and we managed to find someone who
knew how to contact him. To be frank though, none of us really knew
who he was before, so we all made a point of sitting down and watching
the film out of respect for the guy before we met him. He was a nice
bloke he talks for England
America even. Anyway,
after a bit of persuasion he came back and said OK, put me up
in a hotel and Ill do it. And that was that.
AD: What about Ozzy Osbourne? Is he a modern day genius or is he
a complete dick?
CB: Ha ha. Well, I wouldnt say he was a complete dick
AD: Im not sure. I cant make my mind up on the matter.
CB: I was pleased to see he was playing at the queens jubilee
anyway. He must have been pissing himself while he was doing that. I
hope he was anyway. Im not an intense fan but I like a few Black
Sabbath songs. Hmm, modern day genius or complete dick? Id say
hes somewhere between the two.
AD: Glad thats all cleared up then. Finally, you went to Japan
a little while before the world cup. How did that go?
CB: It was great. The fans arent as manic as everyone says
they are. Theyre all really well behaved and chilled. Just as
an example, it was a really weird sight to see all these Japanese fans
queuing in single file against the wall!
AD: Sounds about as surreal as seeing them all in England shirts.
Actually I have got one more question. Whats the weirdest thing
youve ever read about yourself?
CB: Ooh I dont know. Oh yes, - that I used to be in Elastica.
Now that IS weird. The only similarity there is that both bands are
fantastic, with Carolyns band having the edge over Justine and
co in my view. You only have to listen to a couple of tracks from Finelines
or Between The Lines to realise what a class act they undoubtedly
are. Anyway, theres about 3 minutes left of the football so Im
going to go and watch
oh shitshitshitshitshit South Korea
have just scored a golden goal. They really ARE like My Vitriol. After
all, if you buy their album, youll feel like youve struck
Interview and transcript by Tone E