Machine Gun Etiquette – Pris Interview.

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‘True Romance’ By Pris.

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‘Breaking Hearts And Giving Up‘ By Pris.

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Are you fed up with earnest young men sporting de rigueur beards, singing about the burden of being rich and misunderstood? Maybe you’re sick to the back teeth of  the seemingly infinite procession of quirky Brit schooled, incense burning, floaty robed, ‘mystical’ ladies who sing about the square root of fuck all?  Or quite possibly you have had your fill of homoerotic, metro-sexual boy bands and vapid overproduced, auto tuned girl bands? Does it feel like punk never happened, that the D.I.Y, don’t give a fuck ethic has all but disappeared as the musical landscape has been taken over by trainee accountants on a gap year who produce the aural equivalent of magnolia paint? Where’s the colour, where’s the attitude, where the fuck are the characters?

Well say hello to your new favourite snot pop,post punk pop princesses, Pris.  Tottering about on heels as high as their hem lines and displaying more attitude than the combined pupil populace who attend gargantuan tongued, culinary philanthropist Jamie Oliver’s Dream School, Pris are about to kick some life back into planet pop, or at least have some fun trying. With their stilettos’ sharpened and readied  to burst a few fragile egos, they  may not be the sort of girls your average designer nu-folker’s aristocratic family would approve of, but we at the VPME love them ( there is a male drummer by the way, but he’s hidden away rather like Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre. Well they do say all drummers are mad Smile )  Pris don’t suffer fools, shoot from the hip and waste no time explaining exactly what is wrong with the current pop scene. In doing so they also cleverly manage to make one of their heroes,The  Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire, sound positively diplomatic.

They’ve described Jessie J as ‘looking like a mental messed up Mystic Megand suggested that ‘Do it like an astrologer’ would be a far more apt song title. (Gossip Girl) Taylor Momsen is apparently ‘the most un-rock n’ roll girl you’ve ever seen- an embarrassing c_t’, and  latest indie hopefuls, the execrable Brother are quite rightly dismissed as ‘dire- is it even possible to be a crappier version of The Fratellis? They also have no time for the fey, pretentious wankery of Everything Everthing –‘Jesus Christ, we’ll actually kill ourselves if we have to listen to Everything Everything ever again.’ Whilst the feelings induced by the gurning unbearably smug visage of  X factor chump, Olly Murs, is nicely summed up as ‘having  such a punchable face- the dick.’ Oh yes this is indeed our type of band!!

However unlike me, there’s much more to Pris than nice legs and hilarious quotes, because crucially Pris possess killer pop tunes to match the attitude. ‘True Romance’ for example is a superb slice of post punk pop, reminiscent of Blondie , The Go-Go’s and Transvision Vamp at their best. ‘ Blue Tack Baby’ is bubble gum pop at it’s most disposable and indeed fun. ‘Crying After Kennedy’ shows that Pris are capable of writing songs that aren’t just about lipstick and  lashes, whilst the marvelous driving grunge pop  ‘Breaking Hearts And Giving Up’ sounds at various points like  The Long Blondes, Elastica and Kenicke. The deliciously titled ‘All That Glitters is Not Pearl Loweonce again demonstrates that Pris care not for egos or celebrity confessionals and any band that can mock the Klaxons mid song surely is deserving of  your ears? True, Pris may not be about to produce a concept album based on Arthurian legend replete with a centre piece mandolin solo, but if it’s short, sharp uplifting pop with attitude you want, Pris are here to use you and abuse you. You should be fucking grateful! Smile

We spoke to singer Cat, and after calming her with offers a rare 90’s vinyl she agreed to answer some questions, we found her to be very much a CAPS LOCK kinda gal.

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VP: Who are Pris – and how did you all meet….?

CAT : PRIS ARE A 4 PIECE GUTTER POP HORMONAL POST PUNK BAND. IT’S A MOUTHFUL BUT WE LIKE MOUTHFULS.  WE MET THROUGH MUTUAL FRIENDS, HAD A FEW BENDERS TOGETHER, SANG A FEW COVERS TO EACH OTHER, EMAILED RANTS ABOUT THE POPSCENE WORLD AND HEY PRESTO.

VP: So you’re named after a replicant sex worker ?[From Bladerunner]  Why ? Will there come a point in your career when a possible stage entrance may  feature Pris style cartwheels  replete with Rutger Hauer look alike backing dancers?

CAT: WE WOULD LOVE DANCERS LIKE THAT FOR PRIS. MAYBE WHEN WE HEADLINE THE O2 ON 5 DATES IN THE NEAR FUTURE. BLADERUNNER IS ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE FILMS. WE LIKE PEOPLE WHO LOOK AND ACT IMMORAL, DESPICABLE, TRASHY AND CHEAP, THOUGH THIS DOESN’T INCLUDE BERLUSCONI OR GALLIANO.

VP : You recently opened at a Manic Street Preachers show, for a relatively new band that’s some achievement! Was it  a fairly nerve wracking experience? Did you get to meet and hang out with them after the gig.

CAT: WE WERE SCARED OF FALLING OVER DUE TO THE HEIGHT OF OUR HEELS AND THE SHORTNESS OF OUR DRESSES. WE ALL HUNG OUT INTO THE EARLY HOURS TAKING LARGE AMOUNTS OF COCAINE AND DRINKING TIGER BLOOD. OBVIOUSLY THAT IS A COMPLETE LIE.

VP : Cat, I’ve been told you’re a massive Manics fan and  have a shrine to Nicky Wire made from real hair, toenail clippings and biscuit crumbs  in your bedroom. Did you find it a bit disappointing for a band who sang ‘We Destroy Rock n Roll’  on ‘Motown Junk’  to appear on Strictly Come Dancing with a chinny octogenarian and that chirpy Vernon Daley lass?

CAT: THAT SHRINE WAS 10 YEARS AGO FOR CRYING OUR LOUD! THERE ARE NO IMPORTANT MUSIC SHOWS ON TELEVISIONS ANYMORE. ALL WE HAVE IS T4 ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AND JOOLS HOLLAND. AS GREAT AS THESE SHOWS ARE THEY WILL NEVER BE AS IMPORTANT AS TOP OF THE POPS FOR US.  WE LOVED TOP OF THE POPS SO MUCH THAT A PRIS VS BBC MASSACRE WAS CONTIMPLATED WHEN IT CLOSED. I WOULD OF SETTLED FOR CD:UK WITH THOSE NICE GEORDIE SHORTIES BUT THEN THAT BUGGERED OFF TOO. SO FOR PRIME TIME MUSICAL FLAUNTING I THINK DOING STRICTLY WAS AN ASTUTE CHOICE.


VP : Damn you with your well thought out answers ! Ok so what have you got planned, band wise in the coming year ?  You of course realise ‘True Romance’ has to be a single at some point?

CAT: WE’RE GOING INTO THE STUDIO IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO TO RECORD OUR DEBUT SINGLE. WE STILL HAVEN’T DECIDED WHAT SONG BECAUSE WE HAVE TOO MANY GOOD ONES-WE’RE SURE MUMFORD AND SONS DIDN’T HAVE THIS PROBLEM.

VP : So what do you reckon about the current state of the music scene ? Too much earnest nu-folk,  too many shite manufactured pop stars?  What would you change if you had the power?  The beheading of Simon Cowell, BBC radio announcing a ban on Brit school kids ?

CAT: THE MUSIC SCENE IS A STATE , A COMPLETE MESS, FULL OF FLITHY RICH FUCKERS ON FIDDLES, UNSIGHTLY POPSTARS WITH GUITARS, UNDERWEAR SHOWING EMOS WITH ASYMMETRIC HAIRSTYLES, AND SIMON COWELL IS NOT TO BLAME FOR ANY OF THIS. WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD ONES GONE? IT NEEDS A PRIS MAKEOVER PRONTO.

VP:  Who would you say are the most iconic musicians’ past/present, ones who broke the mould and did something a little different. Gary Barlow is obviously a given.

CAT: COURTNEY LOVE FOR HER BABYDOLL DRESSES AND HER GORGEOUS SCREEHCING AND INSANELY GOOD LYRICS. IAN CURTIS FOR BEING YOUNG, NORTHERN, BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTBREAKING

VP: And as a tribute to your song ‘Blue-Tack Baby, who did you first have a teen crush on….

CAT: MUSIC AND COOLEST WISE PAUL SIMONON THE CLASH BASSIST. MY GOD, I STILL DO, I THINK (AND STILL WOULD) NON MUSIC WISE SHAWN MICHAELS FROM WWF WRESTLING. DOH.

VP: I think everybody should follow you on twitter for your chuckle inducing tweets’    So   who’s been pissing you off this week?

CAT: LILY ALLEN AND HER BULIMIA, WHO CARES? EVERY ONE FUCKING WOMEN/GIRL/TEENAGER  I KNOW HAS HAD AN EATING DISORDER, YET SHE ADMITS IT ON NATIONAL TELEVISION, THAT IN ITSELF FUCKS ME OFF.

VP: As mentioned you’ve already opened for the Manics, what would top that ? What would be the ultimate musical zenith for Pris.

CAT: A CLOTHING RANGE AND CHRISTIAN BALE AS OUR NUMBER ONE GROUPIE

VP: Five things you plan to do this week ?

CAT: EAT, SLEEP, FUCK, DRINK, SMOKE.

Pris - The VPME Interview 2011

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‘Blue Tack Baby’ By Pris.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

Discussion

    • Hey there JD, welcome and thanks for your insight.
      When you say ‘yore’ I don’t actually think it’s because you’re dim or a drooling cretin. I picture you in a doublet and hose, occasionally breaking into Shakespearian style soliloquy as you impart your insight and bestow your wisdom on those lucky enough to meet you. Yet the true picture is possibly so very different. Darth Maul T-shirt covered in ketchup and Kettle Chips crumbs? Dandruff ? A fear of females perhaps and life made bearable by the occasional wank over the lingerie section of Littlewoods catalogue. Run along petal.

        • Well JD, we don’t really use the comments section here as a confessional, and I’m certainly no Jeremy Kyle, but I’m very glad that you felt able to share that with us. There’s no shame in it , after all this is the 21st Century. Good luck to you sir you certainly do rock and no mistake x

          • Why I bet you have a voice as deep and booming and manly as Big Daddy’s in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Your balls didn’t simply drop did they, they positively plummeted , am I right ? Chick rock ? Boy ? Faggot? Man up ? What a strange little character you are JD. Glad to see you’ve not lost your Wildian wit. I found a picture of you too- Look see http://www.israellycool.com/geek.jpg
            Mmmm, I feel I may be on the turn. I picture life in a trailer park, irregular dental hygiene, mothers who are really sisters and muchos banjo fun. What say you ?
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  1. This is making me LOL, VP rocks more likely

    But back to music Pris are fucking aces also just what we need an the two songs here are enough to make go and see them live x

  2. Hey Andy can see this is your type of band,will you get Pris on one of your nights in the Pool soon. Hot, hot hot

    • Hi Jonny, Hot ? have you tried turning the thermostat down, that can help? Hoho.

      Sadly the nights in which I was technical adviser,band wrangler and drinker of innumerable cans of Red Stripe are no more for now. Both JK and I face financial oblivion at Cameron and Clegg’s hands and thus said nights became another victim of government cuts.
      On the plus side my blood pressure will remain stable, although of course I’d love to see Pris play up here. BTW there’s a new song on their facebook which provides a shaft of light amongst the coalition induced darkness and is cause for deep joy.

      • Andy that sucks we saw The Indelicates and Standard Fare and Ciara Elles at those nights and we all agreed a breath of fresh air. Hope one day they return. Would love to see Pris too you wont get hot mate, you can wear your famous red speedoes LOL

        have u gota link to the new song mate

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