"It came about because Fergal and I heard Nirvana. We had to start up a band after hearing them. I'd been playing violin since I was seven, but violin wasn't really good enough when you want to write."

According to Mark they don't know the reason for JJ72 or even why they are doing it. It has just come together naturally.

"Nothing's been pushed and nothings been held back. It has all fallen into place naturally. I'd like to think that there is a reason there, that we're not aware of."

The band has been very successful recently off the back of last year's single 'October swimmer' and their recent release 'Snow'. How does a band so submerged in industry praise often surrounded by the sleaze of the indie fraternity view it all?

"I don't know, I'm not going to say this in an arrogant way but it doesn't really matter because we know that it is bullshit anyway. As you said before, we're one of the buzz bands of the moment. Hopefully there were people that went away thinking we were great and that's the people we want to stick with. So whatever gets said in the press about us it doesn't matter. Not because we don't care about them, but the band and songs were around before they'd read about us. We knew we were good before so we don't really need them to tell us we're good."

It must still feel good though?

"Well, it'll be packed again in here tonight but if half way through the set most people just walked out, we'd just keep on playing because when it comes down to it, we're not playing for other people. I don't care what other bands say we're not playing for other people. We're playing for ourselves. We're selfish, that's all." >>

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