|The retro set later that night wouldnt include 'A Gentle
Cycle Revolution' but would include 'Personal Stereo'.
Would the reason for it be that they were scared?
"Yes, were petrified to play them," laughs James
"no seriously it is for technical reasons."
Even by mentioning the subject the band discuss the
possibilities of playing some new songs as James states. "This leads us
back to what we were saying before about playing this gig, we
are sorting out what can and cant be done."
The year 2000 saw the band release 'Six Modular Pieces
EP' after 'Manual' offering us the killer single
'Personal Stereo'. As a result it had been stated
that the band were "exploring new territories whilst expanding
on the themes of their previous recordings, repetition and simplicity".
As well as "seeing them in a transitional phase, making
greater use of electronics and samplers in their music".
Though now onto their third album did the band think they had
finally created their own style or were they still diversifying?
"To say our records are unique would be a grand statement,"
claims James. "Though they do have a certain style that
is just Appliances. We dip into a lot of things. I wouldnt
say that we are only one thing. We sound more distinctive. Thats
a better word."
It can be emotionally draining when people write and record,
did that affect the band at all?
James once again quickly jumps in. "We were emotionally
drained when we finished it. Now when we listen to it we are
kind of proud of it but quite drained by it. You have to click
your mind into a different mind set because now we have to tour
the record. We have to focus now that we have finished it and
were really proud of it. Its a great record. I think
weve made our best record. We all think that, that once
'Are You Earthered?' is released it will be our best
statement weve made to date. Its a nice feeling,
that youve got it in the bag."
Interviewed by Andrew Mclean 2002
All photography © Appliance 2002