Dirty With David
band The Departure have made a startlingly quick rise to fame by anyones
standards. Less than a year ago they were just like you and I, but now
theyve had top 40 hits with Lump In My Throat an All
Mapped Out (twice), released their first full length album (Dirty
Words), worked with legendary producer Alan Moulder, been on world
tours and played at Wembley! All this from a band that hadnt even
formed this time last year! So, we got in touch with frontman David
Jones to see if they really DID have it all mapped out:
AD: Hi David, how was Japan?
DJ: It was really good, and a bit of a shock as well actually, because
the whole place is just so unbelievably clean. There are huge buildings
there about twice as big as Id imagined and everyone
there is so efficient that its unreal! The people were amazing,
and in the place we stayed at, all the girls dress up as Little Red
Riding Hood and other fairytale characters, so that gave it a surreal
AD: And less than a year ago, you hadnt even formed the band
yet! How does a band from a relatively unfashionable town like Northampton
become a top 30 act in such a short space of time? (Note to readers
from Northants Im not knocking your town I was born
and raised there myself!)
DJ: I think it was important that we were all on the same page of the
book, you know? We all had the same common vision, coupled with a bit
of ambition and hard work
AD: But how did you push yourselves forward?
DJ: Well, first and foremost, we had to make sure that the songs were
good enough, and that we didnt overcomplicate things. Once we
were happy with that aspect, we didnt hold back we gigged
and gigged, and we were quite bolshy with the record companies. I rang
118 (UK Directory Enquiries) and got contact numbers for the right people
at Polydor and Island and other labels and I think our attitude
AD: Since then your profile has risen dramatically to the
extent that, within seven months of formation, you played Wembley! What
kind of an experience was that?
DJ: Oh that was a WICKED experience, and we got to meet Robert Smith
as well, which alone made the experience worthwhile. To hear that many
people enjoying and singing along with your songs is just astonishing.
Thats probably the highlight of our career to date that
and hearing the final mix and tracklisting of the album. That felt like
a real achievement.
AD: But then the date of the albums release kept changing
DJ: Well, it was only pushed back a couple of times, but that was mainly
down to us anyway. We were just conscious of the fact that we hadnt
been touring very long, and we wanted more people to hear us before
we put it out.
AD: How was it working with Alan Moulder?
DJ: It was awesome. Hes a real nice guy but also quite humble.
Hell listen to what you want but hell keep you grounded.
You arent given time to get too carried away with it all. He really
was great and I just cant fault the guy.
AD: What do you think about all these comparisons with Jarvis Cocker
that you get?
DJ: Im not sure really. I mean, I dont think I LOOK at all
like him, or even SOUND like him. I do ASPIRE to be like him though
because he is after all a modern day lyrical genius. So I suppose its
flattering more than anything else.
AD: Name the album that changed your life.
DJ: Definitely Depeche Modes Violator. I hadnt
really ever heard anything quite so dark and eerie in my life, and it
opened my eyes and ears to new possibilities in the way we make our
AD: Ok, to finish off, whats the best way to listen to Dirty
DJ: I think the perfect scenario would be to listen to it in the twilight,
because theres so much romantic despair in there. At the same
time, it has moments that are very diverse and energetic, but the whole
thing would definitely work under the stars on a summer night.
Aaaah. What an old romantic. And hes right I wouldnt
be surprised if many couples in years to come refer to this as our
album, before realizing they actually want to poke out each others
eyeballs with a garden rake.
The Departures album is out right now at all clued up record shops
and online stores.
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