Bill Cummings 01/06/2004
Korova are from Endinburgh and the latest and best things in
glam-rock/punk to hit your radar! We caught up with Mikey, their front man, for a little internet interview.
Location: Edinburgh and surrounding hamlets.
GodIsInTheTV: How did you meet?
Mikey: "Sophie and I met when we were 13 on a school trip to the north of France and thought it would be cooler than a fridge in the Antarctic and its surrounding icy things to start a band. We knew Charlie as the computer geek from school who happened to be hot on rums and also one of my closest friends. Plans for post-apocalyptic world domination soon followed...oh yeah, and we had a really intense artistic bond after interviewing French people about bouillabas and reading La Silence de la Mer and Les Yeux D'Antoine...by the fireside...with marshmallows...and sartorially-challenged French teachers. Man."
GodIsInTheTV: Describe your music.
Mikey: "That little known underground station where, at some point in the late seventies, punk raped prog, and prog later gave birth to a child so hideous heaven didn't want it and hell spat it back out.
Only kidding. We hate prog.
Well sort of, kinda like a rebellious teenager hates its over-bearing father. Cunt!"
GodIsInTheTV: What Korova songs are you most proud of?
Mikey: "I think the new one we've just recorded is probably our best work to date. I know its easy to say because the new ones are always the ones you get excited about but this one, 'The Only Possible Beyond', blends everything we want to do in a song; swooping vocal and piano melodies mixed with breathless ranting and screaming guitars. It is also lyrically probably our best song too".
GodIsInTheTV: What influences you? Artists? Bands?
Mikey: "At The Drive-In, Manics, Sex Pistols, Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rachel Stamp, Muse, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the stone age and other such co-hierarchy".
GodIsInTheTV: What are your opinions on the state of the current music industry?
Mikey: "Industry is a pretty ambiguous term. Problems will always exist with the big labels and tycoons seeing artists as numbers but recently there seems to be a lot of good bands coming out (ie Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Stills, Libertines, Interpol, etc) and making it into the charts which in our eyes is a good thing. Every band wants to be successful in some form and they'd be lying if they said they didn't. Its being careful about how you exploit yourself and other people that matters. My main problem is with the music press making and breaking bands. Although I like many of the bands that magazines like the NME and Q and Kerrang rant on about there is a lot of shit that they keep flogging and then pass over as a rock/music revolution. Good bands are glazed over because its not the time for the city they come from to get the limelight yet and this makes me feel ill inside. We are important because we surpass all this and genuinely don't give a fuck what seal of approval we get from anybody".
GodIsInTheTV: What's been your favourite live gig so far??
Mikey: "Sophie - Soulwax (I think)
Me - Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Damien Rice or Muse (Can't decide!)Charlie - Damien Rice"
GodIsInTheTV: What are your plans for the future?
Mikey: "Annihilation of every band we hate and that hates us/world domination in the form of the kind that drills up from beneath you sucking you into the ground and its fiery pits".
GodIsInTheTV: Anything else you would like to add?
Mikey: "Oh and come see us live. Definitely the most exciting live band you will see in a while".