the name Duffmonkeys to any local Leicester citizen, and they will almost
always break into a grin and mention their fondest moments of the last
time they saw them live whether it be when Jay had sliced off
his finger with a kitchen knife just before a gig, or the time that
Loz was so pissed off with the previous band he threatened to take them
all outside, but ended up sitting alone at a sparse table. Perhaps you
remember the gig where the band took the stage in large white Y-fronts,
or the one where, unbeknown to the five piece, they had been booked
to play a bikers pub. And nobody turned up. Good job too, by the sound
of it. Clint Friskney, the bands lead guitarist / vocalist
also known as The Guv spared me a few minutes to talk about
AD: What exactly are Duffmonkeys all about?
Duffmonkeys are all about having fun. Whenever we are on stage, we really
gel towards that and anyone who sees us live will remember us and enjoy
the show that we put on.
AD: Youve got a new album coming out shortly. What can we expect
and why should we buy it?
CF: I feel the next CD will be somewhat more mellow for a start,
and then build up to a great rocking peak! You should buy it before
we get a deal, and then itll be a collectors item. Its £14.99
by the way, ha ha!
AD: Anyone who has seen the band live will know that your keyboard
player, Jason Coates, gets rather humiliated regularly by the other
band members. Why do you pick on him so much?
CF: Dont get us wrong Jay is a great guy, and I feel
privileged to have known him as a band mate, but more as a friend for
the last 12 years or so. Lets face it though, it is so easy to
humiliate him I mean just look at his hair (or the lack of it!!!).
At school he was nicknamed Pogo Patterson after the character from Grange
Hill. They were separated at birth.
AD: You appeared on ITVs Oblivious in 2001 with
Davina McCall. How was the experience?
CF: Appearing with Davina was the highlight of 2001 for me (she
wanted me, I could tell!). The exposure it gave the band was fantastic,
and according to viewing figures, Whats Stopping Us?
was heard by 5.5 million people. How many unsigned bands can say that?
AD: What exactly is better than being bored?
CF: Anything really. Its like sitting at home watching TV,
when your missus says Lets go shopping, and you are
thinking Well at least it would be better than being bored.
Im not convinced on that one. I think Id
rather be bored! Anyway, the band include a rather rocky version of
I Will Survive in their live set. What on earth made you
choose that particular song?
CF: On a personal level, I always wanted to cover a really well
known song, but in the Duffmonkeys style, and as luck would have it
this is one of Lozs most hated tracks, so that was a bonus really!
But the response we have had has been amazing. Cant beat our Kylie
cover though ha ha.
AD: Which animal would you compare each band member to and why?
CF: Jay A turtle because hes always faffing about and
hes so slow, Loz a camel, as he is so laid back he is almost
horizontal (you wish ed), Paul a gorilla, as he is a BIG
man (take note ladies!), Carl a bulldog, as sometimes he looks
like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and me
a beaver, as Im always organising my house and am
calm in a crisis. And I like building my own bridges
AD: Where are the band heading, and what are the short and long term
goals for the band?
CF: Short term were hoping to play the 2002 Abbey Park Festival.
This has been my personal goal for a few years as it represents a certain
milestone in the history of Duffmonkeys. Long term, what all bands want,
- not so much fame and fortune, but for record companies or publishers
to recognise the potential as performers and songwriters and give us
the chance we feel we deserve to have.
AD: Did you cry when the Queen Mum finally fell off the plank? If
not, why not. If so, why?
no not at all. The passing was sad but I am not now,
nor have I ever been a great fan of the Royal Family, although I did
take part in the 2 minutes silence as a mark of respect. I mean I am
not a TOTAL heathen. Well, not on weekdays anyway!
AD: Tch tch. Anything to get out of two minutes work, eh? Anyway,
finally whats the next thing on the agenda for Duffmonkeys?
CF: The next thing in the immediate future is a gig at The Fountain,
Shepherds Bush, London on Saturday 20th April (plug plug). After
that, were doing the new CD, and some more gigs locally, and then
we shall have to see. Watch this space and in the words of Shaun Peel
from BBCs Crimewatch, Keep em peeled.
What can he mean exactly? Are we now to expect Duffmonkeys to kidnap
Richard Branson, maybe? Perhaps theyre intending to steal the
after all what better way to gain publicity? Or maybe
it will be an assault not on another living being, but on
the nations hideous charts. Fingers crossed, eh?
Interview and transcript by Tone E web