Did you have a massive cutting list?
"Yes we tend to release everything. They turn into B-sides,
EPs or whatever
and what that is propelling us to do is to make a record very
realised that the third Jetplane landing album will probably
will be a very quick record and not as song based but more
music based. We don't want to sell ourselves short because
we've realised that we need two years to write
'Zero For Conduct' or a 'Once Like A Spark' because the lyrics
take an awful long time to finish. Emotionally draining? Only
when you've got a deadline and it's got to be finished. In
terms of speed I think we're fairly close to normal as we
can chuck out a song or two a month. There are three main
writers in Jetplane Landing, in that there are three of us
that all play guitar and that
does help. If it was just one of us then I think it would
be a lot slower."
You obviously work very hard on the band but have you had
time off to get away from music?
"I went on holiday with my girlfriend for two weeks.
For most of those two weeks whilst my girlfriend sunbathed
I was finishing the lyrics for the record. Thing is I find
being productive artistically enjoying, relaxing. I work as
well. I will go back to find a job after this tour, but actually
completing it makes me happy as a person. It does get really
stressful and we do bite off more than we can chew but I love
it. I really do so I can't therefore really take time off.
I've just read Bill Hicks' autobiography and found it very
inspirational. He was diagnosed with cancer and knew how long
he had to live but kept writing scripts, submissions and pitches
for books that never got made. I think that life is very short
and I really want to leave behind a big body of work when
I've gone and this band is a good way for going for that."
We talk more about the album. I'm particularly drawn to the
scribble that is the centre of the album's booklet and on
the CD itself. >>